COM+ average call duration

By on February 18, 2010

Serving on support duty, we received an issue report from our customer: some of the processes in I-Plan are silently failing — even though everything worked fine before. The first question any developer would ask in such case: what did you change? Turns out, they have installed SP2 on their Windows Server 2003, and this was the exact reason for this issue to appear. Read on to find out what causes it and how it can be solved.


ActiveX publisher name not available

By on February 11, 2010

Testing the installation of our ActiveX controls (used in I-Plan for rich-functionality — grid, graph and date/week/month picker), we noticed that in IE8 the controls display string “Control name is not available” instead of the publisher name. How does one solve such a problem?


Issue connecting to Oracle 9 from a .Net application

By on February 3, 2010

Connecting to Oracle from .NetWhat do you do when, connecting to Oracle 9 using standard DB client from .Net, an error message informs you that at least Oracle version 8.1.7 or higher is needed? We did encounter such a problem while working on a project. Thankfully, after some searching and asking, a solution could be found — read on if you are looking for an answer too.


Birth of an icon, steps

By on January 21, 2010

Sometimes all you need is a correct tool. Hammer, for instance.As we posted earlier, after looking for another company that could redesign our site, we decided to do it ourselves. Developing HTML/CSS, configuring a CMS (Joomla, in the case of this site) was not a problem for us. Yet this also involved development of visual style and graphical elements, which we, being a mostly software development and QA team, don’t do too often.

Yet it seems that with the right ideas, boldness and perseverance, anything becomes possible.

This article explains the thinking behind the icons used on the frontpage of this site, as well as the steps of creating such an icon.


Feedback with !JoomlaComment added

By on December 28, 2009

Need to get out moreOur company is improving its outward communication, and as one of the steps, we are allowing commenting of all the articles on this site. Read on to see our goals described, as well as the steps we took to enable the feedback feature on a Joomla site.


Pricing, estimation: How NOT to

By on July 31, 2009

Last December, we decided to redesign our website, and, due to lack of resources, wanted to hire and external shop to do it for us. After the requirement discussions and resulting budget calculation, we decided to design and implement our website ourselves. Yet some lessons were learned, which I would like to share below.


Technorati verification

By on July 2, 2009


PPMLite announced

By on April 21, 2009

PPMLite finally enters free public beta stage, and, since it allows import of projects from Basecamp, there has been a corresponding announcement over on the 37 Signals’ site. More links and reviews to follow as the application gets more adoption.

PPMLite is a simplified project portfolio management tool developed by TechWire for CloudPatterns LLC.

New design

By on February 1, 2009

Please visit the new site, design totally reworked to represent our company better. As a bonus, check out the “TechWire site museum” beneath the cut.


Partners - Trading Science

Trading Science Ltd

By on January 12, 2009

Trading Science Ltd is a partner and a joint owner of TechWire, as well as a customer on a number of products, with successful cooperation in analysis, design, development, testing and support. Team of Trading Science is an integral part of our management team. (more…)