Sinara Blog Archive

Category: General

Machine Learning



Introduction The amount of data that gets generated by companies is continuously growing – the term “Big Data” is commonly used to describe this, whether it is multiple financial transactions per second, thousands of emails per day or a million hours of video content in YouTube. This brings about a good amount of new challenges (more…)

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Developing Secure Systems



Sinara has been developing leading financial solutions for over 25 years, and throughout that time, the need to develop secure systems has been a constant. While requirements and technologies change over time, the financial sector has always recognised the importance of client confidentiality and information security, and cybersecurity concerns have been increasingly scrutinised in the (more…)

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Blockchain – Part 2 – Applications



Introduction This is the second in a three part series on blockchain, focusing on some of its potential applications. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about this subject without mentioning the original: Bitcoin. However, there is plenty written about this on the Internet so suffice to say that this is a digital currency where all (more…)

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Blockchain – Part 1 – Technology Overview



In recent years, two of the major drivers of change in the financial industry have been regulation and technology, and it is likely that this will continue for some time. There is one technology in particular that has been generating much interest (both to participants and regulators), active research and product development; a technology (more…)

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SignalR Coding Best Practices



ASP.NET SignalR is a library for adding real-time web functionality to applications. It allows server-side code to push content to connected clients as it happens, in real-time. We are seeing more and more SignalR applications come along. Whether it is the preferred technology or not, I think most .NET web-app developers will have to get comfortable (more…)

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Sinara at 25: past, present and future (2011 – 2015)



In 2014, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 25th anniversary. This blog entry covers the most recent period up to the present day and, as is traditional at this time of year, takes a look into the future. 2011 By now Sinara had survived plenty of downturns in the general economy, so we were not unduly pessimistic at the negative (more…)

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Sinara at 25: global storms (2007 to 2010)



In 2014, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 25th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, a series of blog entries look back on some of the events and projects over that time. This entry covers the period leading up to the global financial crash of 2008 and its aftermath. 2007 Towards the end of the year we (more…)

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Sinara at 25: investing for the future (2003 to 2006)



In 2014, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 25th anniversary. In this continuing blog series, we are looking back on some of the events and projects over that time. This entry covers a period of future investment and an interesting spin on offshore development. 2003 Much like the previous year this was a period of consolidation. Sinara’s (more…)

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Sinara at 25: the dot-com bubble (2000 to 2002)



In 2014, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 25th anniversary. In a series of blog entries we look back on some of the events and projects over that time. This entry covers the new millennium when civilisation did not collapse, and when it seemed the dot-com bubble would last for ever. 2000 Much to the media’s (more…)

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Unit Testing: A Personal View



When I started my career as a software developer over 30 years ago the waterfall model was the main game in town and my role was module design, code and unit test. The design was “Structured”, the coding language Z80 Assembler and C, but the unit tests? Well to be honest, unit testing was just (more…)

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