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March 14, 2016
"Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand" even working with Xmerge this quote has meaning and something to always keep in mind
February 6, 2016
Another example of a key function that often gets used. In this example we build up on our previous work with sentence syntax and join and how it nicely wraps into a function to deliver on less code, consistency and ease of readability.
January 19, 2016
Xplan of today is interconnected with its data, the general idea being that a user should only enter client data once and that same data then flows to all the advice tools and modelling. To do this though means using standard areas and locations to draw the data from. The result is that today's solutions need to be double checked before falling back on custom fields and groups in order to maximise this linking and reduce double entry for users wherever possible.
December 2, 2015
'Great things are done by a series of small things brought together' Vincent Van Gogh. Building on our previous look at 'Functions', we have another small example of how these work and the cumulatively powerful benefits they can provide.
November 15, 2015
We don't know when 'Xplan Administrator Appreciation Day' is, maybe its already been this year? Maybe its coming up? In either case, to cover our bases (because surely such a day exists) we started braining storming ideas for things we could do to add some efficiency and ease into the role of the Xplan Administator.
October 9, 2015
"Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen" Edward V Berard True enough even for when building with Xplan 🙂
August 31, 2015
Following on from the previous article that looked at an example of adding a help and information layer to Advice Tools to enhance user learning. We take a broader look at existing state of help and training materials and how these could be enhanced and better utilised.
August 28, 2015
At the same time as practices and licensees are striving to get the most out of xplan and expand usage and adoption levels, the need for help, guidance and training increases. We look at a simple but powerful approach to instantly informing and guiding users when using advice tools.
August 17, 2015
One of our goals must always be, striving to deliver the best experiences to the user. To that end, this article aims to walk through some concepts that push the boundaries of the interface system as most know it. For advisers and users, hopefully the examples show that you aren’t limited by the system – if you can imagine it chances are you change it and do it. For developers and admin, maybe these will give you ideas or inspiration for even better functionality and things you can deliver to improve your users Xplan experience.
July 28, 2015
Steve Jobs quote on quality and craftsmanship: “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
July 9, 2015
A quote relevant for our industry, where historically knowledge has been limited and scarcely shared. Without community and conversation to improve ideas, expand knowledge, seek inspiration and push ourselves to learn more, we are all missing out.
June 29, 2015
"I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver...