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A few days ago I read an article by Richard Seroter comparing the different cloud storage options and comparing Windows Azure and Amazon S3. I commented on his blog about how Id like to see companies use these more and more for B2B data exchange when you have a batch file rather than the traditional solutions using FTP and the painful infrastructure piece that often goes with this kind of project. The normal challenges include: Who hosts the FTP service or do we both What kind of security do we use ...
Red Gate launched the Ants Performance Profiler 7.0 product today. This application is simply amazing! SharePoint 2010 support! Decompilation without PDB using Reflector’s engine! Azure and EC2 Support! Seriously, if you need a profiler for your .NET applications this one takes the cake. They have some great videos online to show you how the product works and the team is very interactive if you have questions or concerns. There is also a 14 day trial so you can give it a go. The license fee is only ...
I'm currently reading Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship by 'Uncle Bob' Martin, which includes a section on writing readable unit tests. I've had an article about using Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to write readable unit tests in the works for a while now, and was inspired to finish it off using a 'clean' unit test from the book.You can read the article here ...
Not sure why this is being blocked, must be the word Amazon or maybe the link? So I am posting my review here word for word and hope they unblock it.ReviewGot it yesterday for my anniversary as a gift and was loving it. Great size for a tablet, hardware performs well, screen is good, and it's priced very well. If you want a tablet to read and watch "some" video it's a good purchase, that would be even better if they had TV show and movie rentals like Amazon. It would have gotten 4 starts, but this ...
Updated 29th June 2013: Microsoft is now previewing Load Test Service in TFS Service. Please check out more on the official offering by navigating to http://aka.ms/loadtfs Azure is fascinating, but even more fascinating is the marriage of Azure and TFS! Introduction Recently a client I worked for had 2 major businesses critical applications being delivered, with very little time budgeted for Performance testing, we immediately hit a bottleneck when the performance testing phase started, and the in ...
Two months ago, almost to the day, I opened Big Robot Games. This is my 4th game store (the 3rd actual Brick & Mortar store, in the 4th physical location.) I opened my first store in 1999. It was called Roanoke Hobbies and was located in Roanoke, VA. I partnered up with a buddy from the Navy to open it. It was a really small space, in a terrible location, but the rent was dirt cheap. Even then, we built up a pretty loyal group of regulars and friends. We carried all the traditional fare: Games ...
El NIST define 4 modelos de despliegue dentro del entorno de Cloud ComputingNube Privada Una Nube privada es la implementación de servicios de la nube sobre los recursos que se dedican a su organización, ya sea una implementación dentro de las instalaciones de la organización (on-premises) o fuera de ellas (off-premises) . Con una nube privada, obtendrá muchos de los beneficios de los servicios de una nube publica — incluyendo autoservicio, escalabilidad y elasticidad — con el control adicional y ...
Yeah, you read that right. I may be weird, but I do think that unit testing is fun. It is also very important. I didn’t know much about Unit testing when I came out of school. I think colleges need to have a class dedicated to it. But anyway, I didn’t do much of it at my previous job since I was developing the Siebel CRM. Since Siebel is an Oracle product, it involves mostly configuration and customization using built components. We did some integration testing by building any new components into ...
I just got back from Microsoft’s 15,000 attendee-strong Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles, and I have to say, the company and its partners are pumped. How can this be, given the number of people who have written Microsoft’s eulogy of late? If Amazon owns the cloud, if Apple owns the consumer, if Google owns search, if Cisco owns unified communications, if EMC/VMWare owns virtualization, if Oracle and SAP own ERP and if Oracle/Siebel and Salesforce.com own CRM, how can Microsoft be ...
Has the cloud backlash started? Stallman's cloudburst when he railed against the dangers of allowing our data to be locked up offsite and online (http://www.guardian.co.uk/... was perhaps predictable, but he is not the only voice to have suggested that cloud vendors are overselling the benefits and ignoring the risks. On the one hand we have some very large corporations (Amazon, Google and Microsoft in particular) pushing the advantages of migrating ...
What is cloud computing? Is hosting the same thing as cloud computing? Are you running a cloud if you already use virtual machines? What is the difference between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and a cloud provider? And the list goes on… these questions keep coming up and all try to fundamentally explain what “cloud” means relative to other concepts. At the risk of over simplification, answering these questions becomes simpler once you understand the primary foundations of cloud computing: Elasticity ...
This is a group that is focused on entertainment in the aviation industry. I am attending their conference for the first time as it relates to my job at Swank Motion Pictures and what we do for our various markets. I will post my notes here. The Evolution of Television and Home Entertainment by Patrick Cosson, Veebeam TV has been the center of living rooms for sometime. Conversations and culture evolve around the TV. The way we consume this content has dramatically been changing. After TV, we had ...
We had a very interesting meeting on Friday 28th last week. We had 10 attendees and two speakers. The first topic presented was Cloud Computing, presented by Allan Rwakatungu @arwakatungu who works with MTN Uganda. He gave a very brilliant outline of how Cloud computing and service oriented applications had begun changing the platform for operating business and the costs it saves because of scalability and elasticity. He went on to demonstrate the steps you would take if you are beginning a new Windows ...
In this Issue: Steve Wortham, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, Joe McBride, Dan Wahlin, Walter Ferrari, Page Brooks, Deborah Kurata, WindowsPhoneGeek, Andrew Byrne, and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Clipping to Bounds with Geometries and Attached Behaviors" Page Brooks WP7: "Tasks: Launchers and Choosers–Windows Phone From Scratch #22" Jesse Liberty Expression Blend: "Remove Transformation from shapes in Blend" Andrea Boschin From SilverlightCream.com: XAP File Optimization Techniques ...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the beta release of its “Elastic Beanstalk” Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. The platform Initially is available to Java developers only, but it sounds pretty snazzy: you wrap your code up as a Java WAR file (a Web Application Archive), upload it and deploy it. There are tools developers can integrate into Eclipse to do the upload or you can use the AWS Management Console. Wait a few minutes and then visit your app at http://myapp.elasticbeansta... ...
Over on “The autistic coder” blog there is a new post entitled: Limits on message size and why it might be a problem for you “Message queuing technologies always have an upper limit set for the message size they are able to transport. The size limit is usually related to some constraint imposed by the underlying technologies used to implement the queuing system. Usually this is not a problem since the limit for the common enterprise messaging systems are quite large. MSMQ for example has a limit ...
If you had asked me if I was interested in owning a Kindle device, then my response a couple months back would have been a flat out no back then. So what has changed between now on then you might be asking me then? I would have to say watching my wife enjoy the many books in digital form has peeked my interest to start with now. Was that enough for me to buy a Kindle though? Not just yet, but that is where the Windows Phone 7 comes in for me once again. It’s no secret that I’ve wanted this device ...
At the DreamForce 2010 event in San Francisco Force.com unveiled their next big thing in the Fat SaaS portfolio "Database.com". I am still wondering how would they would've shelled out for that domain name. Now why would a already established SaaS player foray into a key building block like Database? Potentially allowing enterprises to build apps that do not utilize the Force.com stack! One key reason is being seen as the Fat SaaS player with evey trick in the SaaS space under his belt. You want ...
Retailers are desperate. Amazon has “leaked” their entire Black Friday movie deal schedule. More deals here. I have used their daily deal too ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
According to Engadget they are! The HTC Surround and the LG Quantum are available for a penny when you sign up for a new AT&T 2 year contract! I went on to Amazon’s site and can confirm that the pricing is indeed in effect: So if you’re thinking about getting one, Amazon might be the way to go ...
I recently upgraded from the second to the third Kindle version. It was not by choice. (Note: A Kindle cover is useless when you drop a reader on one of its corners. No really … it was an accident and I did not say any bad words, though I certainly was thinking them.) So, now I have a new Kindle with all my old content onboard. I thought I would post a few impressions, in no particular order, after two weeks of use and after reading some teardown reviews. See the updates on the unlighted cover issues ...
Our SQL Azure book is finally done! After months of work, research (and waiting for Service Updates ) the book is finally finished. We spent a lot of time on this book, and we wanted to let you know it is out and ready for reading. It should be available on Amazon and other sites know. For topics, we cover the following: Getting Started with SQL Azure SQL Azure Design Considerations Setting up and Configuring your SQL Azure Environment Security Data Migration and Backup Strategy Programming SQL Azure ...
It's been a ride! Over six months ago Scott Klein and I started to write a book on SQL Azure. It is now officially out and available. You can find the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Pro-S... We used and abused SQL Azure for a few months, used it in projects and pushed some of its limits to understand how it behaves. We present the basics of SQL Azure on a couple of chapters, including what the ...
I didn’t go to the Microsoft’s PDC Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) this year because it was, as far as I could tell, a made-for-streaming video event. As such, I watched the keynote about 24 hours after it took place and used my Media Center PC to watch it on my plasma television. And I have to say, the keynote was worthy of the medium. Not only did the Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology deliver a fine HD image, but the content of the keynote itself, merited a big screen, and necessitated ...
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 ...
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 ...
Use Case Just started working with amazon's S3 buckets to hold a centralised filesystem to support a distributed workflow system. When the tasks in the workflow run on different physical machines in a viariety of locations so it's we need efficient ways of syncronising just small sub-sections of local files with a bucket. The Plan Amazons API allows listing objects by a key prefix i.e. search for all the files in a particular folder or sub-folders. This is a great way of syncronising folders where ...
I read the Andrew Binstock editorial in the latest issue of SD Times, "PHP debuts, Delphi returns, and C++ tapers off". At first, based on the title, it didn't seem worth reading. But it's short and it was half-time at the soccer match, so... I didn't realize that Embarcadero purchased Delphi (among other items) from Borland years ago. They just released RAD Studio XE (http://www.embarcadero.com/). As mentioned, it supports Delphi XE, a few other interesitng and powerful tools, and RadPHP XE. This ...
I recently purchased the Kindle 3 and very excited to have this device that lets me read documents without tiring my eyes from the backlight. I can even let it read for me in a fairly natural way “when you get used to it”. I have also played some music using this device and perfectly understand that it was not designed to be some form of music player like iPod or Zune, but does give a good sound either off it speakers or through earphones. Things i like I was tired a few days ago and set the speakers ...
Amazon is a key vendor into the Cloud game, Amazon was one of the first to offer Cloud Services such as EC2 and S3. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is cloud-based persistent storage, It operates independently from other Amazon services. In fact, applications you write for hosting on your own servers can leverage Amazon S3 without any need to otherwise “be in the cloud.” “Simple Storage,” refers to the feature set that offers, Amazon S3 enables you to simply put data in the cloud and pull it back ...
Cloud services platforms are still in their infancy considering the size of the market, but big players like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google have made significant investments for the future in offering cloud services in some form or the other. In this section, I will outline the offerings of some cloud services providers: Amazon Web Services Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, and to support its daily operations, Amazon has one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Processing ...
Understanding Cloud Architecture Fundamentally, cloud architectures are based on creation of large data centers with a management fabric defining clear abstraction between server hardware and operations systems. The management fabric automates the deployment of virtualized operating systems images on server hardware. In its simplest form, a typical cloud data center consists of a bank of server hardware and massive storage for storing fully functional operating system images. The management fabric ...
En el artículo anterior se definieron los conceptos de la Nube y Cloud Computing, y se repasó rápidamente la evolución de tecnologías que favorecieron el surgimiento de dicho paradigma. En el presente artículo se definirán los diferentes conceptos “*aaS” relacionados con el concepto de cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.). SaaS digamos que ya es un término hasta cierto punto conocido, pero ¿y los demás? Eso es lo que se aclarará en este artículo. Los servicios de computación en la Nube, así como ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... In my previous post, Cloud Services and Command-Query Separation: Part 2, I walked through a sample Command-Query Separated service bus solution using readily available cloud services for communication. In this one, I'll look at some of the implications of shifting systems integration to the cloud, compared to an on-premise ESB. The focus here is mainly on Amazon Web Services, but I'll cover Azure with a dedicated sample project. Cost & Non-Functional ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... In my previous post, Cloud Services and Command-Query Separation: Part 1, I looked at the design of a service bus in the cloud based on Command-Query Separation. In this post, I'll walk through a sample solution meeting the design, using Amazon Web Services. Sample Cloud Service Bus Solution I've worked through an implementation of this using Amazon Simple Queue Service and Amazon SimpleDB - it's on github here: Cloud Service Bus sample solution. ...
Remember when the internet was like the wild west, you could do and say anything you wanted and no one could track you or stop you? It's not like that anymore and it's getting worse: seems every week there's another story of someone getting fired over a personal blog or twitter or facebook. Google has 282,000 results for "fired for blogging". So what can you do? How do you protect yourself? Read on to find out. What NOT to do I read an article recently on the popular blog lifehacker about using a ...
A few weeks ago I decide to experiment with moving a portion of my inventory from the online store (www.realitycheckgames.com) to Amazon to "see how it would do." Well, I'm happy to report that experiment has been a huge success. In < 2 weeks, I have moved more product on Amazon than in > 6 months on our own website. Granted, Amazon gets their pound of flesh for each transaction, but when you add up hosting costs, merchant account fees, and Paypal fees, the difference is negligible and the ...
Technorati Tags: CodeCast,CODE magazine I really enjoyed listening to the June 18th episode of the "CodeCast" podcast: http://www.code-magazine.co... Ken Levy, Markus Egger and Rod Paddock reminisced about the 10 years that have passed since Markus and Rick Strahl came up with the wild idea of branching out from the software business to magazine publishing. CODE has by far been the most useful magazine for me during the past 10 years ...
A couple of weeks back I was at Web Directions manning a stand showing off Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 2 (check out a post I did at the time including videos to watch on IE9 development). The developers and designers present were in general impressed with the progress we were making with IE9. Way faster than IE8, far better standards support, focus on being great at HTML5 etc. IE9 is big news. Seriously big news. Its existence (once finally released) will significantly change how developers ...
In this Issue: Sigurd Snørteland, Jeff Prosise, DaveDev, Joe Zhou, Chris Eargle, John Papa(-2-, -3-), and David Anson(-2-). Shoutouts: In with the links I've listed below, Sigurd Snørteland also sent a link to this app he's working on which is actually pretty cool to see: ZuneLight. The code is not yet available. He also has a no-code demo of a Silverlight Media Center Pieter Voloshyn, Luiz Thadeu, and Jhun Iti have a very nice Silverlight image editor up: Thumba From SilverlightCream.com: WP7 - ...
Here are a few one-liners that use NetCmdlets. Some of these I've blogged about before, some are new. Let me know if you have questions, which ones you find useful, or how you altered these to suit your own needs. Send email to a list of recipient addresses: import-csv users.csv | % { send-email -to $_.email -from lance@nsoftware.com -subject "Important Email" –message "Hello World!" -server 10.0.1.1 } Show the access control list for a specific Exchange folder: get-imap -server $mymailserver -cred ...
When the iPad was presented at its San Francisco launch event on January 28th, Steve Jobs spent a significant amount of time explaining how well the device would serve as an eBook reader. He showed the iBooks reader application and iBookstore and laid down the gauntlet before Amazon and its beloved Kindle device. Almost immediately afterwards, criticism came rushing forth that the iPad could never beat the Kindle for book reading. The curious part of that criticism is that virtually no one offering ...
Well, since my post on hosting ClickOnce with Amazon S3 Storage, I've received quite a few emails asking how to secure the deployment. At the time of this post I regret to say that there is no way to secure your ClickOnce deployment hosted with Amazon S3. The S3 storage is secured by ACL meaning that a username and password will have to be provided before access. The Amazon CloudFront, which sits on top of S3, allows you to apply security settings to your CloudFront distribution by Applying an encryption ...
IronRuby is a Open Source implementation of the Ruby programming language for .NET, heavily relying on Microsoft's Dynamic Language Runtime. The project's #1 goal is to be a true Ruby implementation, meaning it runs existing Ruby code. Check out this summary of using the Ruby standard library and 3rd party libraries in IronRuby. IronRuby has tight integration with .NET, so any .NET types can be used from IronRuby and the IronRuby runtime can be embedded into any .NET application. These 5 steps should ...
Many people in the mod community were very excited to see the release of the Unreal Developer Kit (UDK) a few months ago. Along with generating excitement into a very dedicated community, it also introduced many new modders into a flourishing area of indie-development. However, since UDK is free, most beginners jump right into UDK, which is OK though you might just benefit more from purchasing a shelf-copy of Unreal Tournament 3. UDK UDK is a free full version of UnrealEd (the editor environment ...
When I get some time (and hell starts to look a little chilly) I would love to do a more detailed review. But I wanted to get something “out there” as I really like this book and reviews of it seem a little thin on the ground. In brief: Is it a good book? Yes Would I recommend this book to a .NET developer who was new to Ruby? Yes (This is me by the way) Would I recommend this book to a Ruby developer who was new to .NET ? Yes Would I recommend this book to a developer who sometimes does Ruby and ...
[You might want to also read other GuestPosts on my blog – or contribute one?] On the 26th and 27th of March (2010) myself and Edd Morgan of Microsoft will be popping along to the Scottish Ruby Conference. I dabble with Ruby and I am a huge fan whilst Edd is a “proper Ruby developer”. Hence I asked Edd if he was interested in creating a guest post or two for my blog on IronRuby. This is the second of those posts. If you should stumble across this post and happen to be attending the Scottish Ruby ...
I received an email from Amazon.com today, essentially cutting off my affiliate status because I'm in Colorado. Colorado recently passed legislation that requires retailers to either collect sales tax for on-line transactions or engage in an onerous process that makes you wish you had collected sales tax. After I Tweeted this, Mike Jones tweeted a link to the legislation. Here's an excerpt from Amazon.com's email: "Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate: We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program ...
Cloud services such as Azure from Microsoft and Amazon’s Cloud Services have replaced Web 2.0 as the latest buzz word. It was enlightening to see how companies, including my own, are using these services. Chris did a wonderful job of explaining the evolution of the Amazon services and some of the alternatives that existing. It was also great to get a speaker in front of the group who isn’t from the Microsoft camp. Thanks to those who came out after meeting us at the MSDN Cloud Computing and Azure ...