Time Cockpit Blog

This month we are announcing the next important step in our movement towards HTML and JavaScript: We present the first public preview of time cockpit's OpenID Connect endpoint for authentication and authorization. Additionally we have improved validation consistency and disabled SSL 3.0 support to prevent POODLE attacks.

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When we did our yearly strategy meeting at the beginning of 2014, we decided to dedicate this year primarily to moving time cockpit to HTML and JavaScript. This decision had huge consequences on important cornerstones of time cockpit's internal structure. The proprietary communication protocols we used in Silverlight are not appropriate for a purely browser-based solution. So we decided to move to platform- and vendor-neutral standards communication standards. Today, we present the next step down that road: Time Cockpit's brand new OpenID Connect endpoint for authentication.

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We believe that modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions like time cockpit have to develop at different speeds at the same time. There are layers where change has to be very carefully planned and executed slowly. On the other hand there are layers that are constantly moving and change has to happen literally overnight. Architects call this the sheering layers concept. In this article I would like you to introduce you to this idea, provide some tips how you can benefit from it, and finally describe how time cockpit follows this principle.

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Comboboxes that depend on each other are a common requirement in time cockpit. Example: Once a customer is selected, the project combobox should only contain the selected customer's projects. Configuring dependent comboboxes isn't complex. This blog article describes how you can do it in custom forms and lists.

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As announced last month, we have made more performance improvements this month. This time we have focused on the client database. If it takes some time to open the time sheet form in the calendar in your environment, the new version may improve the loading time significantly.

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Time cockpit has had support for time sheet templates for years. For this version we have completely redesigned this concept and added support for scripts. That enables fascinating new possibilities for integrating time cockpit with external systems.

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Last week I was speaker at a large conference in Germany. Although I mainly covered technical topics concerning software development, the most asked questions weren’t around programming. Instead, people complained that their bosses prevent innovation by not allowing them to invest time and money in promising new technologies or methods. Stop complaining, start making the problem transparent and measurable instead.

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Recently we got a question from a customer who wanted to access time cockpit's OData web API using Visual Studio 2013 and C#. We thought it would be a good idea to create a short video demonstrating how this is done because it might be interesting for other people, too.

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Das Risiko für Konflikte bei erstmaliger Einführung einer Projektzeiterfassung ist nicht zu unterschätzen. Information der Mitarbeiter ist ein Schlüssel zum Erfolg. Ein wichtiges Thema dabei ist die Wahrung der Privatsphäre. In diesem Blogartikel geben wir einen Überblick, welche Funktionen time cockpit diesbezüglich enthält.

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In the September version of time cockpit we have improved the importer for Excel and CSV files. It now supports compound keys. See a video demonstrating the new functionality.

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