Microsoft Excel CSE Functions

Posted by batman on Sep 16th, 2010
2010
Sep 16

Have you ever felt that, while the "SUMIF" and "PRODUCTIF" functions in Excel are great, there's just not enough of them? Wouldn't a "MINIF", or "MAXIF" or even an "AVERAGEIF" have been really nice as well? Or even the ability to have a custom "MYCUSTOMIF"?

Then welcome to CSE functions. CSE is an anagram for Control Shift Enter, and is named such because, unlike just typing in your formula and pressing Enter, you need to type it in, and press Control Shift Enter – or else it just won't work. And you'll need to make a note of this, because you probably won't remember this in a few years time.

OK, so what are CSE functions? By definition CSE functions are functions that operate on arrays (they are also known as array formulae). An array can be one-dimensional (single row or column), or two-dimensional (multiple rows or columns). An array formula is a formula that can perform multiple calculations on one or more of the items in an array. Array formulas can return either multiple results or a single result. For example, you can place an array formula in a range of cells and calculate a column or row of subtotals. You can also place a formula in a single cell and calculate a single amount. An array formula that resides in multiple cells is called (logically enough) a multi-cell formula, and an array formula that resides in a single cell is called a single-cell formula.

CSE functions can be identified by being wrapped with curly braces i.e. "{=MIN(IF($C$2:$C$20=A5,$I$2:$I$20))}", wheras a regular function would be "=SUM(A2:A20)".

I won't attempt to provide a tutorial on CSE's – no point in re-inventing the wheel. There are several really good resources already out there. You can try any of these to get a kick-start:-

 

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The world’s best countries

Posted by batman on Sep 4th, 2010
2010
Sep 4

I found this really cool interactive study of the world’s “best” countries, hosted by Newsweek. The analysis considers education, health, quality of life, economic dynamism and political environment. Countries can by grouped for example by sub-saharan african, all countries, EU and G7, to mention but a few.

To quote Newsweek – “A Newsweek study of health, education, economy and polictics rank’s the globe’s true national champions.”

But it wasn’t the informative nature, or the level of detail that caught my eye. It was the slick manner in which it was presented. I develop web applications for a living, and it has been a while since I have seen a web “application” that is just so “cool”…

Please click here to see for yourself.

Credits : Newsweek

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IT Salary Survey 2009

Posted by batman on Sep 3rd, 2010
2010
Sep 3

The gender gap remains one of the constants in a decade of doing this survey…

Those with degrees earn significantly more …

At executive level, the median salary is R59 000, followed by R35 000 for operational managers, R33 000 for IT specialists and R25 00 for general IT staff…

… over the past 18 months, many companies affected by the economic crunch have applied a salary freeze…

To read the full article – please click here

Credits : ITWeb

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MagmaTec, Comprehend-IT rebrand to Alacrity

Posted by batman on Jul 28th, 2010
2010
Jul 28

MagmaTec and Comprehend-IT have officially merged and rebranded to Alacrity with immediate effect; this final step marks the end of a year-long process to combine the services and competencies of these two organisations into a single entity offering MS.Net and Java software development services to an expanding range of blue chip clients.

Since announcing the deal in August 2009, both companies continued to operate as separate entities, although combining efforts where required.

“As technologies have converged it was no longer in our best interest to maintain our niche focuses,” comments Stuart Phillips, MD. “The technology environments of our clients are far more dynamic and require us to be as conversant in cutting-edge application development technologies and platforms, as well as being able to support legacy systems that need to be maintained to support their existing operations.”

Services

Alacrity is a software development company that offers consulting, development and support services to a broad range of clients.

Clients may need assistance in developing an IT strategy, competency-based resourcing covering the full SDLC either on- or off-site; or software developed for products or projects, or systems and software applications support.

The product division is geared to support technology entrepreneurs that need support services in addition to software development expertise to build and sustain the product or business. The company has an impressive array of clients, including Momentum, Discovery, Gallo Images, Paarl Media, Old Mutual, Metropolitan, Firstrand, Webber Wentzel and Media24 to name a few.

Leadership team

The Alacrity group will be lead by a combined management team: Stuart Phillips – Managing Director, Robert Marshall – Strategy & Business Development Director, Brian Ford – Sales & Marketing Director, Gerhard Pretorius – Technology Director, and Teresia Arendse – HR Director.

New brand

“Alacrity as a word is synonymous with agility, quick responding, efficient, flexible and engaging; important words when you consider the work that we do and the benefit offered to our clients,” adds Brian Ford. “Similarly, the corporate identity is more dynamic, using four colours interchangeably, as the IT in the word, it’s both simplistic and unsuspecting for a software development company.” The brand was launched internally to staff prior to the official market launch today.

ITWeb Press Release

Alacrity Homepage

Magmatec Homepage (limited time)

Comprehend IT Homepage (limited time)

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MagmaTec, Comprehend IT agree to merger

Posted by batman on Mar 7th, 2010
2010
Mar 7

Two of South Africa’s ICT companies, MagmaTec and Comprehend IT, today announced that they have reached an agreement to merge their companies.

Merger talks have been ongoing for a few months now and the boards of directors of both companies agreed in principle to the terms of the transaction at a joint board meeting held on Thursday, 30 July 2009.

A merger committee, representing both businesses and functional areas, has been established to finalise the transaction and oversee the combined strategy and transition of the new company that will now employ over 100 IT professionals; and a number of key announcements on services, products and branding will be made during the coming months.

“We’re excited to announce this transaction or partnership as we prefer to call it. It enables us to position MagmaTec for future growth in offering multiple technology platforms to our clients and more,” said Stuart Phillips, MD of MagmaTec. “We’ll be able to leverage Comprehend IT’s knowledge, capability and experience in the Microsoft .Net arena, their international experience and innovative products and applications in the mobile and Internet arenas.”

MagmaTec remains focused on supporting the IT strategy and complementing the development capability of financial services clients by offering systems development, integration, support and consulting services through all phases of the systems life cycle, focused largely on Java technology protocol. MagmaTec was recently awarded Level 1 BEE status and has a client base that includes FirstRand, Momentum, Discovery, Old Mutual and JP Morgan, among others.

Similarly, Comprehend IT was started in 1998 and is well established in the retail, marketing, health and publishing sectors as a software development company that offers consulting, analysis, architecture and design, development and training using .Net capabilities. Comprehend IT’s enterprising culture extends to the support they offer to budding entrepreneurs, and a separate division is focused on providing support, infrastructure and funding options to start-up companies or entrepreneurs that have developed cutting-edge applications in the mobile and online space. These products are taken to market and supported as separate divisions, operating on an international basis.

“As companies continue to outsource elements of their IT capability to a greater or lesser extent given their ever-changing circumstances, this merger will position us to assist them in responding to their needs irrespective of their technology strategy. We are truly an IT partner to companies of all sizes,” adds Robert Marshall, CEO, Comprehend IT. “Both MagmaTec and ourselves have well entrenched cultures within our business with staff that have been there from the beginning. In MagmaTec we’ve not only found a technology partner, but a company that shares our vision and ethos.”

While both companies will realise economies of scale through infrastructure sharing and will not be rationalising any staff, taking advantage of new market opportunities, a richer customer offering, realising synergies and an expanded product and service offering were the primary drivers for this deal. “We’re combining our resources and not retrenching anyone as we gear the businesses to take advantage of new and much larger opportunities here and abroad. For a while it’ll be business as usual for our staff and customers; however, our customers will start benefiting from an expanded product and service offering and a depth of knowledge that extends the full technology spectrum,” concludes Phillips.

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History in the making – MagmaTec turns 10!

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

Original article posted by MagmaTec
Magmatec's 10th anniversary

A little over 10 years ago, members of the then Southern Life EB IT department underwent some anxious moments when it was announced that Southern Life was being “merged with” (or more correctly “taken over by”) Momentum Life. Some of the drivers at play in this regard were that Momentum had a relatively small EB operation, and were not in a position to take on the much larger EB book of Southern. The decision had however been taken that the merged Momentum EB head office was to be in Gauteng. Our EB IT staff were desperately needed up there, but not many (none!) were prepared to make the move from Cape Town. As in all mergers, the biggest question for our staff was “what will happen to me”.

Fortunately for us, Momentum had an entrepreneurial culture, which was open to entrepreneurial behaviour and risk taking. So when the idea of the Southern EB IT shop starting a company by itself was mooted, they accepted this as a win / win proposition, which would provide the new Momentum EB entity with protection regarding the maintenance of the Southern Legacy systems. Consequently, MagmaTec came into being on 01 November 1998! As a new business, it was started with a lot of idealism and enthusiasm, a contract to support these legacy Southern systems, and not much else in the form of business experience or further opportunities. The journey had however begun… Some highlights over the years included:

  • Early on, we had no structure, open salaries, and lots of lengthy debates over every decision – we took a few days of meetings to choose a name, and our first new person recruited (Vanessa) required a company vote for approval!
  • We had lots of “sessions” (at The Range in Tokai) facilitated by Helene Smit, with the purpose of getting everyone`s emotions and values incorporated in the new “MagmaTec culture”. Many of the cultural factors that emerged in those early years have in fact stood the test of time, and are still very much part of MagmaTec today.
  • Although we were primarily a mainframe shop at that point, we did have a few “new age techies” in our midst (eg Steve, Bruce) who actually knew how to “program for PC`s” as we called it back then. They did an investigation as to whether our future should lie more in the Java or the Microsoft worlds. History tells us what they decided!
  • We had no clue as to what services we actually offered, and basically tendered for any IT work that we could come across (any technology, any industry). We did a web site for Future Growth, a financial calculator called “Lighthouse”, and a few other small things that cost us money but didn`t go anywhere.
  • We did a lot of work for a company called Limon (now sadly demised), based in Jhb – so LOTS of stressful travelling was done by Brian, Shafiq and Cathy Kleyn, who became local residents in the Morningside City Lodge for months on end.
  • We looked hard for an office to rent, couldn`t find anything suitable and eventually took the risk of buying the offices at Greenford.
  • We then did a catering system for Fedics, and a survey system for Netcare, both of which in fact are still being used in one form or another, despite not being worked on for many years!
  • It slowly dawned on us that we always struggled to get new business, and we needed a marketing specialist. Brian emerged from the technical woodwork to start a drive in marketing strategy. Eventually (with the help of a consultant) – we got the idea that the one area we could in fact compete was – you would never guess – Employee Benefits IT! This insight had taken us a few short years (we were quick learners you see :). Once we focused on “EB IT”, the company growth started.
  • Growth meant many more talented people joining us, and making their individual marks on our fledgling company in different ways. Middle management layers started to appear, our “Finance” and “HR” functions began to get more formal, and in general, we became more structured and organized.
  • Once we started to reach our peak in our local EB IT clients, we decided to spread our wings into the broader financial services market, and also to Johannesburg… and this is where we are today.

On the one hand, it feels like we started the company just the other day, and it is difficult to believe that 10 years have already passed. On the other hand, we have grown and learned so much during this time, as we faced one challenge after the other, that it seems like a VERY long time since we started. But overall, I for one can say that although there have been some difficult moments (and there still are many challenges we are grappling with), the consistent reason that I have stayed at MagmaTec, is that all the people involved have made the journey a very special one. I wouldn`t wish to face the challenges of competing in today`s very competitive markets, and dealing with ever increasing demands from clients, with any other group of people!

I would like to end off by saying a big THANK-YOU to all the staff who have been with us along the way, regardless of how long they have been at MagmaTec. Our collective efforts have resulted in us being able to move from a small start up, to a professional mid-size IT company, and credit in this regard is due to each and every person who played a role. Apparently only a very small percentage of start-ups make it through to 10 years, and I think we can all be justifiably proud to be one of them.

Now to the challenges of the next 10 years!

Stuart Phillips – Managing Director

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Cool way to nuke rogue processes

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

The scenario

Lets imagine we have a couple of rogue ‘apache2’ processes. This in no way implies that apache provide rogue processes – it is merely used as an example.

First just list all running processes (subset shown)

$ ps ef

root 5726 0.0 0.0 1856 304 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/bin/ ...
root 5727 0.0 0.0 1860 304 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/bin/vmnet-dhcpd -cf ...
root 5738 0.0 0.3 20944 6448 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5755 0.0 0.7 28608 14480 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5756 0.0 0.6 27304 13384 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5757 0.0 0.6 27508 13092 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5758 0.0 0.5 26464 12056 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5759 0.0 0.5 25664 11192 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
root 5830 0.0 0.0 2948 620 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/bin/kdm
root 5851 0.8 2.5 55928 51996 tty7 Ss+ 06:08 1:31 /usr/bin/X -br -nolisten tcp :0 vt7 -auth ...
root 5869 0.0 0.0 3932 1460 ? S 06:08 0:00 -:0
bruce 5961 0.0 0.0 1756 536 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startkde
bruce 6004 0.0 0.0 4432 588 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/bin/ssh-agent /usr/bin/startkde

or then for a specific user –

$ ps efu -u www

www 5755 0.0 0.7 28608 14480 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5756 0.0 0.6 27304 13384 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5757 0.0 0.6 27508 13092 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5758 0.0 0.5 26464 12056 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5759 0.0 0.5 25664 11192 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5961 0.0 0.0 1756 536 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startkde
www 6004 0.0 0.0 4432 588 ? Ss 06:08 0:00 /usr/bin/ssh-agent /usr/bin/startkde

now filter out only those processes we’d like to kill

$ ps efu -u www | grep ‘apache2’

www 5755 0.0 0.7 28608 14480 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5756 0.0 0.6 27304 13384 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5757 0.0 0.6 27508 13092 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5758 0.0 0.5 26464 12056 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
www 5759 0.0 0.5 25664 11192 ? S 06:08 0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start

now extract the second column i.e. the process id

$ ps efu -u www | grep ‘apache2’ | awk ‘{print $2}’

5755
5756
5757
5758
5759

and finally kill them all

$ ps efu -u www | grep ‘apache2’ | awk ‘{print $2}’ | xargs rm -f

All of your apache2 processes for user www have been killed.

As always, there are probably hundreds of ways of doing this, and probably many more elegant | more efficient | faster | easier | etc | etc | etc… This particular one worked for me on the day.

I hope you find it helpful!

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Weird GWT and OpenJPA problem

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

I had the strangest problem the other day. I have a GWT app which uses Spring to load the backend beans – and this has always worked well. Recently I have added a servlet to this application, which provides an entrypoint into the system from another app (in a callback kinda way). Now this servlet needs to load my backend beans (DAO) using Spring, so as to effect changes to my database. I have full SHOW SQL logging on so that I can see every SQL statement that gets executed.

My problem – any kind of SELECT query works fine, retrieving the data as one would expect. However any UPDATE or INSERT just doesn’t happen – and here is the funny thing. No exceptions thrown whatsoever, nothing breaking, but also NO logging – it’s as if the framework just decided to skip the execution of these SQL statements (turns out this was exactly what was happening).

My thinking led me to transactions, and so I started investigating this – I had a @Transactional annotation on a method in my servlet, and it seems that this was the cause of my problems. As soon as I moved the method to a backend POJO bean with an annotated method – problem solved.

My understanding of it isn’t complete (I’m by no means a Spring expert), but I suspect it had something to do with the transaction boundaries being set in the backend layer and not the Service layer??? Please feel free to enlighten me 🙂

For the record, these are my project specs:

  • Windows XP
  • Tomcat 6.0.16
  • GWT 1.5
  • OpenJPA 1.1.0
  • Spring 2
  • Java 1.5

It had me baffled (for a while at least) – hope it can help someone else someday…

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My PC Software

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

I have compiled a list of programs and software I use on my home PC. It isn’t intended to represent a survey, or exhaustive study of the “best-of-breed” – rather just stuff that I have found, and that work for me. I have no doubt that there are many, many other programs out there that are better than what I’ve got, but my setup does what I need it to. Hopefully it will help you with yours 🙂

Operating System

While I am a Linux person by nature, it just makes more sense to run Windows XP at home. The kids are always wanting to plug in MP3 players, or watching video clips, playing online games (with flash) – and inevitably on Linux one generally needs to spend some configuration time before it works. With Windows – unfortunately – it often just works.

Web Browser

Ok, this one is a no-brainer. Mozilla’s Firefox wins hands down, simply for the way it consistently outperforms Internet Explorer as far as new features, security and lack of vulnerabilities are concerned. No further discussion is even required.

Password Manager

I use Gorilla Password Manager to maintain and protect all of my passwords. It is freely available, open-source and best of all – cross platform. This means that one common password file can be re-used across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and *BSD operating systems. The “Twofish” encryption algorithm is used to secure your password database, and it is not possible to break into it without having the master password. It allows me to store a multitude of login details and passwords, in a hierarchical structure, and allows me to generate seriously secure passwords for sensitive sites. Good luck tring to crack my password of Gj_)bGF5$,!l:;@#jhsTg*(-+

Backups

I use Corbian Backup to backup my valuable data. It is freely available and does everything I need it to do. I can create several tasks, include files and folders and package them in a zip file in a specified folder or folder. I can schedule them to run automatically, so that perhaps my only responsibility is to backup this Corbian folder to DVD or secondary harddisk as and when I deem it necessary. It is highly customizable and would certainly perform as well as – if not better – than many commercial products on a scale much larger than my home PC.

Anti-Virus

AVG is one of the most widely used free virus protection utilities out there. Although in this case there are many other competitors, and in some cases, or as argued by some people, many of them superior to AVG. Touch wood, no virus has yet caused me damage, and AVG has picked up a few. This is one of those cases where commercial products will actually offer vastly superior protection – it just depends on how much you’re prepared to spend.

Desktop Blogging

I am a big fan of Zoundry Raven for creating, editing and publishing blog articles to several blogs. It has a true WYSIWYG editor that is really simple and straightforward to use. Zoundry supports a whole host of destination blog types – I use WordPress, and it works flawlesly. Admittedly I am not a super-blogger, but it certainly does everything I need it to do, and certainly beats having to edit articles “online” – using one of WordPress (or other) built-in editor. The edit-local and publish model just makes so much more sense than the online-edit model.

File Manager/Transfer Clients

  • FileZilla is a simple but effective ftp client that does everything I need it to. As with many of the software on this page, there are many others that will perform equally, if not better. For me – if it works – it’s good enough.
  • WinSCP is a Windows implementation of the *nix function SCP (Secure Copy). It has an awesome amount of features, and one can do almost anything with it. It allows me to easily communicate with my Linux Ubuntu installation, running as a virtual server
  • FreeCommander is an alternative to Windows Explorer. While Windows Explorer does pretty much everything FreeCommander can, FreeCommander offers its functionality with a different interface, and I just prefer using it. It strongly mirrors the two-panel interface of the old blue Norton Commander, or of late, the *nix Midnight Commander (mc as it is better known). F5 means copy, F8 means delete – I just feel at home using it.

Other

  • JRuler is a handy little screen measuring utility – it offers a ruler calibrated in pixels, mm or cm (if my memory serves me correctly). I use it a lot for web page design, when one wants an indication of how big something must be, without the rigour of “trial-and-error”. Very simple, but effective – it does what it was designed to do.

Virtualization

I use VMWare Server– a free option ideally suited to a home pc. The limitations are by no means limiting, as I could run several virtual servers, can configure all of them and allocate resources to my heart’s content.

VM: Ubuntu – KDE

My distro of choice will always be Debian-based – the “apt” method of installation is seamless and reliable, and makes installations a walk in the park. Updates of packages as well as distribution upgrades are really childsplay – the single provisio is that you need a good internet connection. My personal distro of choice is Ubuntu, or rather Kubuntu (Ubuntu + KDE)

VM: Web Content Filtering

Dans Guardian wins this one hands-down for me – to the point of running a linux server whose sole purpose is to provide this capability to my Windows OS. It is extremely powerful and configurable, although out of the box works just fine. I am quite comfortable letting my children aged under 10 loose on the Internet without supervision, knowing that Uncle Dan is keeping an eye out for them. This is one of my Killer Apps, and nothing else on Windows comes even close.

VM: Source Version Control

Even though CVS is aged and improved on by many products these days, it nonetheless still does everything I need from it, and it does it well. I have no need to upgrade, or look for anything more.

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Creating a SAMBA share on Kubuntu Linux

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

Kubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Linux Server

  • $ sudo apt-get install samba
  • $ sudo smbpasswd -a SOMEUSER
  • Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf: (place the following code snippet at the bottom of the file)
path = /SOME_FOLDER
available = yes
valid users = SOMEUSER
read only = no
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes
admin users = SOMEUSER
  • You will need to ensure that your folder (in this case “/SOME_FOLDER”) has full read/write permissions by the user SOMEUSER
  • I’m not sure if it is a requirement, but I have my server and client sharing the same username/password combination – it just seems to ask for passwords less frequently.
  • $ sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

Windows XP Client

Browse “Microsoft Windows Network” to find your shares, and if desired map a drive letter to this share.

Troubleshooting

Periodic timeout, or where Windows “drops” the connection – use “regedit” to modify your registry.

Modify [My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\parameters] – set property [autodisconnect] to “0xffffffff” (4294967295) minutes – effectively disabling the timeout.

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