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Sinara at 30: the dot-com bubble (2000 to 2002)



In 2019, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 30th 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. (more…)

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Sinara at 30: Bigger projects (1995 to 1996)



In 2019, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 30th anniversary. This 3rd post in the series covers our move into bigger projects with exciting new technologies such as smartcards and mobile phone software. 1995 was an exciting year for Sinara with the chance to work on two separate innovative projects. At Nat West, Phil was delivering (more…)

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Sinara at 30: our first office (1992 – 1994)



In 2019, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 30th anniversary. This second post in a series to mark this milestone covers 1992 – 94, when Sinara established our first permanent office and started to specialise in software for financial market data. Sinara has always been a leading indicator for the location of good value London office (more…)

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Sinara at 30: the early years (1989 -1991)



In 2019, Sinara Consultants are celebrating our 30th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, we’ll be publishing a series of blog entries that look back on some of the events and projects over that time. This entry covers our early years, including the search for a name and challenging customer feedback (flying keyboards!). (more…)

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Sinara celebrates 30th Anniversary in 2019



Sinara Consultants Limited is delighted to be celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019. Over all that time we’ve designed, written and supported a lot of software systems for clients all over the world. We aim to carry on doing that for many years to come! Over the next few months we’ll be publishing a few (more…)

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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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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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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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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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Dynamically Generating Excel Workbooks



Recently, developers here at Sinara have built a number of applications that have involved dynamically generating large numbers of Excel spreadsheets from database tables. In some cases, the spreadsheets had simple layouts, with just raw numbers in cells, whilst others had more sophisticated formatting and charts. In addition to the core functionality, the performance of the (more…)

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