.Net
Kevin Miller
July 12, 2013

A while back I shared a post about how we were successfully able to use the excellent , yet Java based Tika text extraction library in our .NET based applications.  Along side that post I also created a GitHub repo where the code for TikaOnDotNet lives and is maintained. At Dovetail Software we continue to use this library with great success on the .NET platform. Externally I’ve gotten responses from people using the ideas in the project but often they have problems creating their own release or getting Tika up and running in their projects.  Today I gave the project some love and some polish and updated it to support being consumed as a Nuget package which makes it really easy to use from your code base. Let’s take a look at how to use Tika in


Gary Sherman
December 11, 2012

We’ve worked with a couple of customers recently who use some other application for authentication. Basically, Single Sign-On. One was using CA SiteMinder, and another had a home grown application. In both instances, we were able to easily allow Dovetail Mobile / AgentLite to work with their existing authentication mechanisms, allowing single sign-on capabilities. This means that if a user has already authenticated in their environment, then they were automatically logged into Dovetail, without having to enter their username and password again. Pretty nice user experience.

 

In this post, I’ll share some of the details about how this all works.

 

For this scenario, our customer had a home grown “App Store”. Users logged into this App Store, which authenticates them, and then shows them a list of applications that they are authorized to use. One of them is Dovetail


Gary Sherman
May 16, 2012

As a follow up to my earlier post on Calling Oracle Stored procedures using Powershell, one of our customers shared another example of doing something similar.

 

He’s calling an Oracle stored procedure using vb.net. It uses both input and output parameters. Also, he’s using theSqlHelper object from the Dovetail SDK, whereas I used ADO.NET objects. SqlHelper is basically a wrapper around ADO.NET objects.

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The more examples the better!

 

 

Header declaration of the stored procedure VB code

 

 

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing Jim!


Gary Sherman
May 15, 2012

I’ve been doing some Powershell work lately, and needed to call an Oracle stored procedure with input and output arguments. I didn’t see a good example that mimicked what I was doing, so once I figured it out, I figured it was a good idea to share it.

Stored Procedure

First, I created a simple stored procedure with both an input and output parameter.

  Powershell script

Then I created a Powershell script to call the stored proc.

Overall, the logic of the script is pretty straightforward.

Create an Oracle connection and an Oracle Command Set the Command type to be Stored Procedure Add an input parameter, and set its type and value Add an output parameter, and set its type Open the connection Execute the stored procedure Close the connection Read the value of the output


Gary Sherman
August 25, 2011

I mentioned Pablo’s Fiesta earlier, and Dovetail has now signed on as a sponsor of Los Techies Pablo’s Fiesta.

This is always a great event, and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Pablo’s Fiesta – September 30, October 1, & 2; Austin, TX

Los Techies Open Space Conference on Software Quality & Craftsmanshiplt_pablo

The Los Techies blogging community is a truly exceptional group of developers, writers, teachers and mentors who love what we do for a living and take pride in producing quality software.  Because we want to foster this within our software development community, we are proud to sponsor Pablo’s Fiesta, a two-day open space conference.  This conference will be dedicated to


Gary Sherman
June 17, 2011

I wanted to drop a little update regarding some upcoming changes, specifically in regards to our classic web applications (Dovetail AgentDovetail Admin, and Dovetail SelfService) operating in a 64-bit environment.

 

If you’re not running one of those web apps in a 64-bit environment, then don’t sweat this post – head off and read something more interesting 🙂

Currently, we require our classic web apps to run in a 32-bit mode. Why? Because the Dovetail SDK is currently 32-bit only but that will change with SDK version 3.0.

 

Update: 3/28/2012:

 

Now that Dovetail SDK 3.0 has been released (which supports both 32 and 64-bit COM objects), I wanted to drop a little update here.

 

Dovetail Agent 4.5 can now be run in 64-bit mode. This requires the 64-bit version of SDK (version 3.0 or higher)


Gary Sherman
June 14, 2011

We now have a number of open positions here at Dovetail, including:

 

Senior .NET Technical Lead Front End Developer Senior QA Lead

 

Details of all open positions are listed on our website.

 

Email us and tell us why you’d make a great addition to our team: tech-jobs@dovetailsoftware.com.


Gary Sherman
March 7, 2011

I had an inquiry this week asking about our experience with automatic deployments for Clarify – specifically around deploying ClearBasic code and schema changes.

 

So I jotted down a few rambling thoughts that might be useful to others. Most of this stuff is pretty standard for software development shops, but not as common in enterprise internal IT organizations. (But it should be!)

 

At Dovetail, we have lots of experience in automated deployment. Let me lay out some of our experience and tools and scenarios.

 

Obviously, one of the big benefits of automation is that repeatable work can be moved from a manual to an automated strategy, and by reducing the manual components, we can eliminate the human error factors, while also improving productivity and increasing employee happiness.

Customization Replicator

 

Years ago, we created a product called Customization


Gary Sherman
March 2, 2011

We’re expanding the development team on our line of existing products. You’ll be working on a small team that develops applications for large businesses using some of the latest technology. You will be involved in all aspects of solution development, including analysis, design, development, testing, documentation, and support.

 

We’re looking for a software developer with demonstrable C# and HTML/CSS experience (FUBU MVC or ASP.NET MVC is a plus). Any experience with test-driven development or automated unit testing in general is a huge plus. Also, participation in the community (attendance of events, avid blog reader + commenter, or maybe you even have a blog yourself) will put you firmly in the running for this position. We’re looking for people that believe learning and continuous improvement are primary responsibilities of a software developer. We’re hiring motivated people for a terrific opportunity


Gary Sherman
February 8, 2011

Dovetail is hiring a junior to mid-level .NET Developer.

We’re expanding the development team on our line of existing products. You’ll be working on a small team that develops applications for large businesses using some of the latest technology. You will be involved in all aspects of solution development, including analysis, design, development, testing, documentation, and support.

We’re looking for a software developer with demonstrable C# and HTML/CSS experience (FUBU MVC or ASP.NET MVC is a plus). Any experience with test-driven development or automated unit testing in general is a huge plus. Also, participation in the community (attendance of events, avid blog reader + commenter, or maybe you even have a blog yourself) will put you firmly in the running for this position. We’re looking for people that believe learning and continuous improvement are primary responsibilities of a software developer.


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