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Today (20th Oct 2010) I delivered a 90min session to architect on the Windows Azure Platform. Are you an ISV? ISV = Independent Software Vendors - that is you write some kind of product that you sell to more than one customer. My new team is all about helping ISVs and we have a team blog and brand new twitter account which I will increasingly be found on. If you are an ISV, please fave the blog and follow the twitter account. And if you are an ISV please keep an eye on (and sign up to) http://bit.ly/ukmprhome, ...
The first-ever meeting of the St. Louis ALT.NET group will be held Wednesday night at 7PM at the offices of Professional Employment Group at 999 Executive Parkway (Suite 100) in Creve Coeur (South of Olive off of Mason Road - Here's a map). The topic will be "Introduction to NHibernate", presented by Nicholas Cloud: setting up NHibernate for data access configuring NHibernate building and mapping domain objects to a SQL Server datastore querying the domain model for data The ALT.NET community is ...
My notes from a session at Digital Hollywood in Santa Monica. SPEAKERS: John Penny – EVP Strategy and Business Development at Starz Entertainment Curt Marvis – President of Digital Media at Lionsgate John Calkins – EVP Global Digital and Commercial Innovation at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Hardie Tankersley – VP Innovation at Fox Broadcasting Company Paul Yanover – EVP and Managing Director of Disney Online Ira Rubenstein EVP Global Digital Media Group at Marvel Entertainment – Moderator In ...
I've spent time the last few month checking out much of the latest in code generation tools. Again one of the most complete and comprehensive is Iron Speed Designer - now in version 7.1. I had the good fortune to talk for about a half hour with Alan Fisher of Iron Speed and I will be adding content here in the next weeks. Hopefully I can also present some examples. Here's the lastest from their press release. For Immediate Release Iron Speed,Inc. Sephorah Green 408.228.3429 sgreen@ironspeed.com http://www.ironspeed.com ...
This is from a session at the Digital Hollywood Fall conference in Santa Monica, California. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers Simon Morris – CMO LOVEFiLM (Netflix for Europe) Matt Milne – Divx recently acquired by Sonic Solutions (Roxio Now) Jeff Schultz – SVP Business Development, Clicker Michael Alexander – Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Jim Funk – VP Development at Roku Stuart McKechnie – Director of Strategic Marketing at Zoran Amy Hoffman ...
I’m writing this post from Bulgaria, where the annual DevReach conference is taking place. A number of well-known American and Canadian speakers from the Microsoft-focused conference world are here with me. The combination of speakers who have known each other for a while and an unusual location for their gathering typically makes for camaraderie, and a lot of discussion. Before long, that discussion usually turns into an industry analysis bull session. And just two days ago, we had such a bull session, ...
We’re pleased to confirm that Youssef Hamadi, Microsoft, will be joining Angela Spicer (Zap Technology) and Richard Jones (Anglia Business Solutions) at the next IT & Infastructure event on Business Intelligence. Youssef is leading the Constraint Reasoning group in Microsoft Research Cambridge. His work combines mathematical and AI reasoning and is applied to several domains from software verification to business intelligence, and sustainable development. At the meeting he will discuss The Smart ...
The wonderful people of Sams Publishing were kind enough to send me a few books to review recently, and one of them was C# 4.0 How-To by Ben Watson. There were a couple things about this book that really compelled me. The format (this is a first How-To book by Sams for me so I assume it goes across the board) was very much like a focused blog. It was broken up into small posts about each topic. The other thing that compelled me was the amount of code samples. This is not a book that you can sit down ...
Introduction Recently I have been involved in some projects to improve the software quality of their code base. These code bases have been rather large, and in some cases consisting of both managed code, C# and C++, and Native code in C++. The reasons for improving the code base comes from a realization of the relationship between non-optimal coding practices and runtime incidents. Runtime incidents can be anything from exceptions, out of memory conditions to functionality simply not working at all ...
Agile is one of those super buzzwords that everyone knows. The problem starts when you ask people what it means. It seems that the more people I ask, the more answers I get. One of my standard interview questions is, what development process do you use where you are today? I am always frustrated when they say, we “do” agile. My canned response is “What does that mean?” Very few developers can answer that question. I get the standard, “we have daily meetings and we don’t do requirements.” That hardly ...
I just read again the book of F. P. Brooks , “The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering”, and can’t avoid create relations between his thinking and Scrum, specifically with the development of the Sprints. A sprint produces a visible, usable, deliverable product that implements one or more user interactions with the system. The key idea behind each sprint is to deliver valuable functionality. Each product increment builds on previous increments. The goal is to complete tasks by the sprint’s ...
So, I listen to podcasts allot… it started with DNR and now I have number of tech podcasts that I listen to regularly. What I have found with most of them is that they follow the same thread and same topics which means it can get boring at times. So it is refreshing when you come across one that is totally different and useful and that expands your perspective. That’s what happened with the latest podcast of TechZing – show 76 titled Thomas Thurston / Modelling Disruption. What I liked about this ...
I received (by chance, mostly) a Netduino last tuesday. Netduino is an open-source hardware project based on Arduino and the .Net Micro Framework. And it’s extremely cool. I’m a C# developer and I was always interested in electronics. This is an excellent tool to start to understand that incredible world. I was about to buy an Arduino when the Netduino fell on my lap, so I was really happy about it. Netduino has various disadvantages over Arduino (for starters, it’s more expensive, not all the shields ...
Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group will be honored to have Scott Klein, Microsoft MVP and Author of Pro. SQL Azure (APRESS) as our October speaker. Scott will be talking and answering all our questions about Azure. Time has never been better for our Fladotnet West Palm Beach .Net User Group. We are fortunate to have a free meeting location offered to us by CompTec and to enjoy the backing and sponsorship of many top notch companies. This support is enabling us to uphold our founders’ vision: Create ...
It has been over a year since the last time I updated my list of Florida technical communities and a lot has changed since then. Joe Healy, our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelist, maintains a list for each of the main areas in Florida, but this only covers the .NET-focused groups. Taking what he has started, I have put together a similar list (based on the information Joe maintains) that covers the other technical communities that I know of. If you are part of a technical user group community ...
I just noticed I haven’t blogged in about 8 months… time flies when you have work to do. Things are going well and I have a few bits of insight I’ll try to share in the coming months (ya ya to busy to blog, etc). Anyway I wanted to say that I was renewed as an ALM MVP for the 6th year, I’m very happy about this obviously, I invest a lot of time in the Montreal community and with the ALM Team at Microsoft to make each version of the ALM suite just a bit better. I will continue to drive the team and ...
In today’s world, agility and flexibility are two vital assets that every company must have in order to stay on course. Organizations that can adjust to market trends and rise to meet new challenges are the ones that will come out on top. Having the technology to communicate on an ad-hoc basis and meet in real-time collaboration with co-workers and decision-makers allows for many businesses to do just that. However, many companies are still stuck on old communications technologies that cause for ...
La primera tarea en la preparación para un despliegue BPOS es garantizar la compatibilidad de la plataforma con todos los dispositivos cliente. En cuanto al software, el sistema operativo es bastante simple: Windows XP (Professional o Tablet Edition, tanto SP2), Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, Ultimate o Home, todos los Service Pack 1), o MacOS X 10.5. Para aquellos curiosos sobre el manejo de dominio utilizando Vista Home, BPOS no sincroniza sus credenciales con el Dominio de Windows, conservando ...
Yesterday (5th Oct 2010) I delivered a short (45mins) session on the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who made it to the far side of beyond in London to attend the afternoon session. I think the event turned out rather well with my old team doing a top job as always – ably supported by our CEO Steve Ballmer doing the keynote :-). For folks wondering, Martin Beeby (IE9) is one of the two chaps that took my old role when I moved to the ISV team in August. Are you an ISV? Speaking of ISVs (Independent ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will have the privilege of speaking with Joe Homnick at the Gold Coast .Net User Group October 2010 meeting about The Open Data Protocol (OData). For this talk, I plan to demonstrate how the Open Data Protocol can be leveraged in an ASP.Net MVC solution to consume data feeds using JQuery. Speaking at the Gold Coast .Net User Group brings back good memories. It was at the Gold Coast group that I first met Alex Funkhouser, Sherlock Technology’s President a little over a year ago. At ...
Recently I have been reading about how some companies offer services that would provide you with Team Foundation Server capabilities in the cloud. When we talk about cloud (and it seems everybody is doing it), we need to differentiate between the services running and also the type of service we (as a company or individual) will be running. We can talk about 2 potential possibilities for TFS that would be effective, but each is different in its own way: SaaS: Software as a service, ideal scenario ...
For companies that are Microsoft partners, there has been change in the wind for some time. Ever since last year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans, Microsoft has made it clear it thinks that it has has too many partners that those partners are too small. Since WPC ‘09, the Enterprise and Partner Group (EPG) has focused strongly on Global Systems Integrators (SIs) like HP and CapGemini, and much less on smaller or regional SIs. From WPC ‘09 onwards, Microsoft said smaller ...
I’ve blogged about the tools and have played with the hardware, now its time to put an application on the actual Windows Phone 7 hardware. I will guide you through the entire process step-by-step. Please note that I have an early version of the phone and had to get a Connect Login to download Zune 4.7. If you are reading this after the phone has launched then you can probably just go to the Zune web page and download it directly. You will also want to skip down until the next section that starts ...
I was lucky enough to be nominated to receive the Windows Phone 7 from a representative at Microsoft. The phone that was given to me was the LG GW910. Please note that this phone is not mine, it’s going back in a couple of weeks. The review of the phone below is my personal opinion. Keep reading to find out if I’m actually going to buy one and to see other screen shots. Back to the phone, the first thing that I did was remove the sim card from my iPhone 3G and drop it into the WP7. It immediately ...
I installed the new BizTalk Server 2010 Developer Edition, released a couple of days ago, on a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual image. The installation went very smoothly, but I did notice one problem. Initially I attempted to upgrade the beta version of BizTalk Server. Brian Loesgen reports that this worked OK for him. However, I couldn't do this. The installer reported that upgrade from the Enterprise Edition to the Developer Edition is not supported. I attempted to uninstall the beta, but got an ...
I returned just last night from a short trip to Redmond. While I was there, I learned some news that I wanted to share, but I wasn’t permitted to. But today the news was made public: Oslo, once destined to be a full fledged-wave of Microsoft technologies that would facilitate and promote model driven-development, is dead. The Oslo name summons Shakespearean images of King Hamlet slaying his Norwegian foe. But even without such literary context, the fall of Oslo is quite dramatic And it’s important ...
A customer of mine for years has been using a very expensive bit of labelling software to produce pallet labels. I’ve made use of this software invoking it from the command line to print labels from a windows service that polls a database table of print jobs. This has worked very nicely, in that all the web-services for my mobile application need to-do is drop a description of what label needs to be produced and what printer to send it to into a row in a database table, and my service does the rest. ...
Since sometime I have been toying with the idea of publishing developer interviews on my blog. There are a large number of non-Microsoft developers(ie, developers who are not MS employees) who have been doing good work. A lot of them are largely unknown to the worldwide developer community. Some are awarded MVPs, yet are not much known outside their league/ chosen technology. And there are many who haven’t received the MVP award, even though they strongly qualify for it through their relentless support ...
Scrum is an agile framework that deliver an iterative and incremental management approach for software development. In the same way than Extreme Programming (XP), Feature Driven Development (FDD), and Crystal, Scrum provides an “Agile Approach” to build software using a set of practices that includes different artifacts such as Product Backlogs and Sprint Backlogs, “time-boxes” such as Sprint, Daily Meeting and predefined roles for the members of the Team (Team == all direct participants into the ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures… Objectives of Chapter 17 Explain the foundations for the adaptive development methodologies List and describe the features of the Unified Process system development methodology List and describe the features of Agile Modelling Compare and contrast the features of Extreme Programming and Scrum development Explain the importance of Model-Driven Architecture on enterprise-level development ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures… Objectives of Chapter 9 Discuss the issues related to managing and coordinating the activities of the SDLC Explain the major components and levels of design Describe each major design activity Develop a simple network diagram Describe common deployment environments and matching application architectures Key Words & Definitions architectural design – broad design of the overall ...
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So last night I started seeing the #oow10 hashtag show up on Twitter, along with comments about cloud computing, Oracle, and how horrible the HP portion of a presentation was. Turns out that OOW10 stands for Oracle Open World 2010, Oracle’s annual conference. They were live streaming the keynote and Larry Ellison was on the stage so I thought I’d check it out. First thought of the presentation was how unpolished it seemed. Keep in mind that all the tech-related keynotes I’ve seen have been at Microsoft ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures… Objectives of Chapter 16 Describe implementation and support activities Choose an appropriate approach to program development Describe various types of software tests and explain how and why each is used List various approaches to data conversion and system installation and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each Describe different types of documentation and the processes ...
TOPIC: BDD and SpecFlow This is a presentation on how to use BDD and SpecFlow to build software driven by specifications. It will include a brief overview of how SpecFlow works and how to define specifications, followed by a compare and contrast with standard TDD. It will finish with real-world SpecFlow examples of successes and failures. PRESENTER: Darren Cauthon Darren Cauthon is a developer with over eight years of experience, half of which have been on the .Net platform. He currently works for ...
Greetings! Short one today. Over the last week I have had to change a set of IP addresses for a new project repeatedly. To save time I decided to quickly make a batch script to do it for me! The premise is that there are two computers being used for a specific task and are connecting to a real time emulator. The software being designed assumes that whatever computer it is on the local IP address is always the same (192.168.1.2). The users simply have to double click on the batch file to set the IP, ...
If you have made it to this point in your quest to find a new blog post from me, then you can consider your quest to be complete. For those of you not on a quest to find a new post from me, this post still applies to you too. Welcome to UXD with Wessty, the new home of my ramblings about user experience development (UXD) and anything else I feel like posting about. I say new home, because I have been maintaining another blog for almost two years now that I call Digital Thoughts, which is officially ...
Each year the editors of SD Times recognize the top leaders and innovators of the software development industry – the Knights of the Software Development Table as they call them. The list includes 100 companies and projects that demonstrated their ability to set the agenda and advance the state of the art. This year Gizmox was included in that noble list among industry giants such as Adobe, Google and Microsoft. These are some of the highlights from the Winner's Profile: “Computing in the cloud is ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 13 Describe the differences and similarities between relational and object-oriented database management systems Design relational database schema based on an entity-relationship diagram Design an object database schema based on a class diagram Describe the different architectural models for distributed databases Key Words & Definitions database (DB) – an ...
I was asked about the method I use for documenting products, so I thought I'd blog about it. Topic-based information is essential to today's computer user, whether using web software or shopping online. Most users use information to get "unstuck." Learning methodologies or reading the Great American Novel are for the student or the insomniac. Most experienced users can figure out how to use more intuitive software but hit the occasional snag in a process. Only then do they turn to the information ...
In Part 1, I introduced Thomas Erl's notion of adopting the reusability analysis practices of ISVs when modeling reusable services. Today we look at what this entails. First, let's take a look at what happens to software that's supposed to be reusable if you do *not* perform reusability analysis. When my employer was launching its first enterprise product a few years ago, we allowed our first few customers to dictate the details of many features. This practice had a certain logic to it: we needed ...
Thomas Erl insists in his magnum opus, SOA Principles of Service Design, that you do not need to goldplate a service's capabilities, or consult with Madame Zelda and her crystal ball, to make the service reusable for future consumers and compositions. Certain types of software that we have been using for decades--operating systems, business productivity software, almost anything an ISV produces--have benefited from a lot of up-front analysis of reusable capabilities. If your software is being used ...
What is BPOS? BPOS is a suite of enterprise-class software that is hosted by Microsoft and delivered as a subscription service. BPOS includes: Exchange Online, including Exchange Hosted Services, which are attached services that encompass the archiving, encryption, continuity and filtering of data SharePoint Online for intranets and document sharing Office Communications Online for real-time communication and presence (instant messaging and related capabilities) Office Live Meeting for interactive ...
"Can I have 1,000s of MSMQ queues?" Yes, of course you can. "Is it a good idea to?" Maybe not. The queues themselves do not take up many resources: In memory - each ACTIVE queue is about 400 bytes (over half of which is kernel memory). On disk - each queue has a configuration file (in the \msmq\storage\lqs directory) and these are only 1-2kb each. So a thousand queues - all containing a single message, for argument's sake - are not going to be much of an overhead on an MSMQ machine. The problem may ...
I will be presenting: Topic: Intro to Windows Phone 7 – A different kind of phone Come learn basics about the most anticipated phone platform of the year - Windows Phone 7. See the new design, new methods for developing application and the new opportunity this all brings. Speaker: Nikita Polyakov, MVP Bio: Conversations on Web, UX and Windows Phone. A Microsoft MVP, Speaker and Employed Consultant. Home Theater in free time. Internet Media User Group Bio: The focus of this group is about Photography, ...
For those who haven’t come across it, PowerPivot is Microsoft’s Excel- and SharePoint-based self-service BI tool. Essentially, it allows power users to build their own SQL Server Analysis Services cubes, except that they don’t need to be familiar with cube concepts and they won’t even notice that SSAS is involved. The other exception from the Microsoft BI norm is that these cubes use a new columnar, in-memory storage engine, called VertiPaq, rather than Analysis Services’ traditional MOLAP (Multidimensional ...
Why Assembly? I was going to start the title as "The Art of Assembly" however, that title was already taken. I am probably going to commit the biggest sin of modern developers, I am going to advocate that developers learn, and consider using, a bit of assembly! I know, I can already hear the voices in my head saying "But Thomas, How could you advocate the use of such a low level, non-crossplatform, and painfully slow language?". Fear not voices, I haven't completely lost my mind yet. There actually ...
Back in May and June I jointly run a highly successful (IMVHO) training programme on the Windows Azure Platform over a six week period for UK developers (Check out some stats/background). We have been discussing how we can take that format forward and I am pleased to say we have our first “spin off”. Namely the “Windows Azure Platform – Accelerated Virtual Training Workshop” which will take place in October. Yippeee. The training will be delivered over a two week period and combines instructor led ...
Windows Live has had many lives. It started as a single page at www.live.com, where you could set up various widgets in a tiled configuration. The widgets mostly consumed RSS feeds and the idea was that you could have a home page where the content updated dynamically; i.e. where the content was “live.” I remember when the service was still in Beta and called Start.com; Robert Scoble, then a Microsoft employee, was hawking it pretty hard. It was kind of cool for its time, but it petered out, as did ...
When the P & C insurance company I used to work for wanted to start obtaining geocode information for addresses, I was responsible for the architecture and design decisions related to consuming the vendor-supplied data. The background for the task was nothing unusual: the vendor provided the data via a web service that used proprietary (and poorly documented) XML schemas for the input and output messages. We had 2 point-of-sale web applications and an internal underwriting application that would ...