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Posted on 07/25/2017

Many times printing a map in your report is a great feature but more often there is a need to customize the map image with data points and markers to more effectively tell the story of the data.  Using Windward Import Tags, you will be able to dynamically construct Google Maps images from longitude and […] …read more

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Posted on 06/26/2017

I hit a weird situation last week. We had a report (Windward, not SSRS) that was pretty basic, 9 pages long, and it was taking over 1 minute to run. I ran it under a profiler and 92% of the time is in the ADO.NET connector (i.e. SQL Server was slow to respond). And then […] …read more

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Posted on 12/08/2015

We often see issues come in where template builders don’t know how to make changes to query their XML. Well, there’s good news. Making changes is fairly simple. It’s all a matter of understanding a few XPath basics. This blog post and video will help you understand how XPath works and how you can use […] …read more

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Posted on 09/10/2015

Here at Windward, we’ve taken some steps forward to make sure you benefit from the latest technology. Our product is automatically compatible with any IaaS cloud service (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), but some of the PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) providers introduce some constraints. For example, Google App Engine code must be in pure Java. This isn’t a foreign concept to […] …read more

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Posted on 07/29/2015

You walk by the office of a programmer in the morning and talk for 30 seconds with them. Nothing more than good morning and how was your day yesterday. Short, polite, and no big deal as you only took half a minute, right? Actually — no! Your 30-second interruption is a 45-minute hit in their […] …read more

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