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Machine Learning



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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Blockchain – Part 3 – Smart Contracts



In this final post in our three part series on Blockchain, we discuss an important idea in this space, smart contracts. This featured heavily at recent Blockchain Summits and similar conferences, and is a topic of great interest and research. (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



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 (more…)

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Unit Testing Private Methods Within a Class



This article is part of a series on software testing that will be expanded and updated over time. Software testing is a wide and varied subject, so we will aim to draw attention to certain topics of interest in a number of areas. This entry considers the unit testing of private methods within a class. Many (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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MiFID II Master Reference Data System



The upcoming MiFID/MiFIR II regulations and directives being developed by ESMA, the financial regulator of the European Union, are the subject of much discussion within the financial industry. Technology companies working within this space, including Sinara, will also be examining the implications for their clients and how the products and services they offer can (more…)

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Unhandled Exceptions in .NET



At Sinara, we build many server-side applications that must run 24×7 and cope successfully with the myriad problems that might occur in any live production system, including network outages, disk space problems, server restarts, slow connections, etc. We therefore devote a great deal of development time to ensuring that the code we build is resilient and can (more…)

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Market Data APIs



Earlier this year, as one of Sinara’s founding directors, I participated in a financial market data industry panel that covered the topic of Market Data APIs. This Blog post covers some of my views on the subjects discussed at that event, based on my industry experience and role as one of the system architects of (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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