Solution Street Blog

February 21st, 2018

Practical Artificial Intelligence

  Introduction   I just finished reading Dan Brown’s new book, Origin. In this book, the hero, Robert Langdon, works with an Artificial Intelligence program named Winston. Winston appears to be remarkably human in that Robert interacts with him via voice in a seamless way. At first blush, Winston is everything we hope Artificial Intelligence […]

January 27th, 2018

Software Engineer Resolutions for 2018

  Every new year brings many great articles on technology trends and predictions. I assume many predictions will be correct and just as many will be incorrect. With so much technology to keep up with, it’s virtually impossible to be all knowledgeable as a software engineer in everything. Nonetheless, as developers we want to know […]

December 21st, 2017

Online Education vs. Conventional Learning in the Technology Sector

  Traditional colleges and universities remain steadfast in the belief that students must complete four years of college along with multiple internships before they are ready for the workforce. But does a student working towards a major in computer science require four years of education before he/she is ready to build quality software? Some online […]

November 27th, 2017

Serverless Platforms as a Service: The Next Big Thing?

  This year, Gartner has added “Serverless PaaS” to the 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies*. This addition is shown as a light blue circle midway in the Innovation Trigger column/phase in the figure below. As I have heard this buzzword come up several times recently, I thought it would be a worthy newsletter topic. […]

November 6th, 2017

Spencer Jones will present at NationJS

Solution Street’s very own Spencer Jones will present on GunJS at the upcoming NationJS conference on December 1st.  Please visit for more details about this conference. Spencer Jones Spencer Jones is a humanities major turned software developer via free tutorials, Stack Overflow, sweat, and occasional tears. He believes everyone should have access to high-quality and […]

October 27th, 2017

Avoid CodeThinking – The Pitfalls of Trial and Error Coding

  Do you suffer from this issue? I can’t tell you how many developers I have seen who fall into this trap. I certainly have from time to time. I can’t say that using coding instead of thinking is always bad, but in so many cases it turns good code from simple elegance into a […]

September 15th, 2017

Following Directions

  I remember back in 5th grade one of our first assignments in Mrs. Signet’s class was on following directions. The worksheet she gave us looked something like this:     When I received this, I read the directions and I started to read through the list of items. I got to about number 7 […]

August 29th, 2017

Rapid Development of Mobile Apps Using React Native and Expo

  I’ve been interested in mobile development for a while, but only recently have I taken a few steps into the mobile development world to gauge how hard or easy it is to put together a mobile app. Ultimately, I discovered that it was easier and faster to do than I first thought. Download the […]

July 27th, 2017

Security in Software Construction

  Thirteen years ago, two good friends and co-workers of mine, Karthik Shyamsunder and Selva Neethiraj, and I presented ‘Ten Secrets to Securing your Java Web Applications’ to hundreds of developers at the 2004 JavaOne conference. You can see the original slides from our JavaOne presentation here.   Fast forward to 2017 and application security […]

June 26th, 2017

Celebrating 15 Years in Business 2002 – 2017

  The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same   On June 21st, 2017, we at Solution Street celebrated our 15th year in business with a party at our office in Herndon. It was a humbling event for all of us; seeing how this company which began with only a few employees has […]