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Nicom Builds Enhanced Container Tracking Web App

Earlier in the year, Nicom put into production for the Port of Halifax an “Enhanced Container Tracking” web application, which answers the question definitively, “Where is my container?”. That seems to be a simple enough question, but if the answer is “over there, see, under that stack of other containers,” then that doesn’t do you much good.

Or if the answer is “right here, see, but it’s being held up by customs,” that’s no good either.

What’s needed is a place where people can see not only where their containers are, but also when they’ll be ready for pickup, and what’s their status in terms of held and released.

That is what the system—part of the Halifax Gets it There portal, also built by Nicom—will do. After a container has arrived in Halifax, every phase of its journey is tracked—it’s been taken off the vessel, it’s now on a rail car, it’s left the terminal, etc. See http://halifaxgetsitthere.com/en/shipping-tools/EnhancedContainerTracking/ContainerQuery.aspx.

In order to be able to do its job, the portal takes feeds from many sources and generates a schedule. Users can register to the system and get notices via text or email whenever the status of a container they are interested in changes.

What’s next? Nicom is now doing a design for an “Operational Dashboard”, which will make other logistics information more visible. Stay tuned.

We have an Author Among Us!

After many months of work, our own Mike  Hatfield is a published author. His technology book, “CoffeeScript Application Development Cookbook” has been published and is now available on the Packt and Amazon websites.

Mike has a  LinkedIn post on the subject, at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-book-has-been-published-mike-hatfield.

Congratulations to Mike on this significant achievement!

Nova Scotia Community College Hits a Sweet Spot for IT Education

It’s summer and, as Nat would say, time to roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of soda and pretzels and beer.

Well, maybe not so much the soda and pretzels, but certainly all the rest of it. And what better time to talk about… school!

In particular I’d like to talk about the Nova Scotia Community College and their Information Technology diploma program.

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Ruby on Rails Makes Programmers Happy

So my Chief Technology Officer walks into one of our Friday meetings and tells me he’s started a special interest group for users of Ruby on Rails.

Who, on what? And for that matter, why?

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Technology Over the Years

Woody Allen used to say that 80% of success is showing up. I’d add that the remaining 20% is staying there long enough.

I was first introduced to Information Technology when I was in high school, back when the Apollo program was going on and the Foundations were singing “Build Me Up Buttercup”.

I am a member of a very small group of people around town who studied “Computer Science” 40 years ago and stuck with it ever since. I enjoy being at industry roundtables when we go around the room introducing ourselves and stating how long we’ve been in the business. I’m often the granddaddy of them all.

So naturally, over the years I’ve come to see all kinds of technology come and go and I thought this month I’d summarize the ones I think were truly revolutionary.

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