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The best way to do software development is to get hold of master programmers. Get them to form a self organizing team and do the development in short increments. That is agile. What happens if you cannot find sufficient number of master programmers? Get as many master programmers as...
Have you ever been invited to present a product solution and within a few minutes the audience is thumbing on their mobile devices? Have you ever presented to a remote audience and asked the end "any questions?" and there are none? Here are some tips for giving a great demo. (Credit ...
Do you remember when computers were hard to use? In fact it’s just nine years since a GM press release asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down. Because of this great leap forw...
Online advertising is a huge market and prodigious amounts of money are spent by companies to connect with customers. Where can, and do, approaches based on taxonomy plus semantics add value to this dance of moving (emotional and semantic) parts between the intentful consumer poised ...
Yesterday VCE and their proud parents announced revenues had reached an annual run rate of a billion dollars. Today VCE announced some new products along with enhancements to others. Before going forward though, lets take go back for a moment to help set the stage to see where things ...
There is a significant change in how software is developed over the last decade. Agile had been the buzzword over the last decade and probably is most significant of changes in software development to date. Now that the hype around Agile has been subsided, it is worth an effort to unde...
Agile works! If you have any doubt about it just look at the adoption rate … look at the study results published … or just try it yourself. Offshoring also works! Again, if you have any doubt, just look at the growth of offshoring … look at the success of the success of the India ba...
Quick: name some APIs! Which ones come to mind? Amazon? Twitter? Google Maps? Chances are, the APIs which came to mind are APIs which are open to any developer to use. But are these the only kinds of APIs that exist? What about Enterprise APIs? In order to answer this question, let's ...
I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc…), and in turn, Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve visited the park, etc…). This information may seem trivial, but ...
When conducting code reviews then you should determine if code reviews are just something you check off your list or have they actually gotten you closer to better quality code? Your motivations and attitudes towards code reviews can greatly affect their effectiveness. When my son sta...
Tоday I was participating in a discussion on one Java forum – the question was if Java is easy or difficult programming language to learn. IMO, Java is not difficult to lear, to teach, and to use. It’s a strongly-typed compiled language with tools that help you out to identify most of ...
When I think about API Analytics, I like to think about the "Goldilocks Question". This question is "Who's been using my APIs?". One of the tests of an API Analytics solution is how easy it makes it to answer this question. Let's look at these two scenarios. I've used a vehicle telema...
About a year ago I wrote BYOD–The Hottest Trend or Just the Hottest Term just when #BYOD was burning up the #trendingtopics. Since then, BYOD has become one of the most talked about IT challenges and at the top of many enterprise initiates for 2013. Most industry pundits and analysts...
The Agile Manifesto happens to be a unique piece of document. I cannot find any equivalent document in whole of software engineering history. Why only software engineering, I cannot think of any equivalent in any field of engineering. Think of how it was developed. In February, 2001, ...
If you are still asking the question should I build a mobile website or create an installable application for mobile… …then you are asking the wrong question! The Mobile Web vs. Mobile App debate is finally over. It is no longer a question of either…or. Making your website mobile fr...
Yes … if you have a co-located cross-functional team … and … there is no pressure or compulsion to shift part of the work offshore. Yes … if you do not feel any necessity or face any difficulty in scaling the team. In all other cases offshore-agile may not be such a bad idea. If you...
If you take the literary meaning of the words off-shore and distributed then it would appear that off-shore is indeed a special case of distributed. But, if go by the de facto understanding then off-shoring is definitely not a special case of distributed software development. Off-shor...
The Java Designer’s general principle to architecting high scale or low scale application is choosing between EJB Centric Design (with EJB) or Web Centric Design (without EJB). OCE EJB Certification covers all design/developer knowledge required to implement Enterprise Java Bean Compo...
*&%#* The system is running slow again! Now what? Is there a space hog application sucking up all my resources? Did we just crash? No, must not say that word...must not say that word... ...still running, just sloooowly. I wonder if anything new has been installed… Nice if they told m...
Before buying more storage space it's a good idea to make sure your existing space isn't filled with redundant or old data - or hundreds of downloaded cat videos. Disk capacity is increasing and while prices continue to drop, those savings are offset by demands for new capacity to sto...
Reactionary defenses cost an unreal amount of money for consumers, businesses, governments (both state and local), federal and military. You would think with all of this time and money spent on the various products billed as “protecting” you from cyber threats & intrusions, your enviro...
Am I the only person who thinks that we need a clear, well understood and unambiguous determine if the development process that you are following can be classified as Agile development process? Do you necessarily have to have a small, co-located, cross-functional team to be able to cl...
The godfather of Viewpoint in the new era of cloud computing is clearly Salesforce.com. As I have written here, SalesForce.com's "The End of Software" created a unique and compelling Viewpoint that aligned with the aspiration and frustrations of their target customers who needed fas...
In this article of the Performance Tuning Windows 2012 series we’ll focus on the Networking Subsystem. We’ll approach the various optimization guidelines by layer, starting with the hardware and drivers. We’ll also cover NDIS, the protocol stack, and user mode applications. Let’s star...
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers, how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book. The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text stylin...
It has been less than four months since we introduced the first public preview for Windows Azure Mobile Services and in this short time we have seen continual improvements to the service offering including: SDKs for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8 and iOS app Auth using Microsoft Acco...
In today's TechNet Radio show, I'm back again for another episode in our System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru. Tune in as we discuss new support for App-V 5 virtual a...
Is the hype about MDM over? According to a recent study by the 451 Group research firm: Fewer than 15 percent of enterprises have deployed an MDM tool beyond Microsoft Exchange’s native capabilities. Most organizations feel that encryption and password requirements, coupled with the...
If James Watt had also invented the Deisel Engine … If Rudolf Diesel had also invented Electric Engine … If Guglielmo Marconi had also invented Telephony … If Alexander Graham Bell had also invented Mobile Phones … If Thomas Alva Edison had also invented the Fluorescent Lamp … If ...
In "Final Parameters and Local Variables", Dr. Heinz M. Kabutz rants against the generalized used of the final keyword in Java code. For him, this is a "trend' and an "idiotic coding standard". I'm a firm believer of the complete opposite. As a software developer, I spend most of my ...
Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a "This Town ain't big enough for the both of us" way. As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as t...
A question – specific to F5 technology – was raised during the panel session I moderated at Gartner DC 2012 that for me, at least, raised an interesting question. Well, actually it wasn't just that question, but rather the question was the icing on the cake after hearing commentary fro...
Hybrid cloud models continue to outpace pure-public (and pure-private) models for most organizations. There's value in being able to leverage the cloud for a variety of reasons from periodic, expanding compute resources to dev and test environments. Whatever the reason, hybrid models a...
You might have noticed that in general, enterprise-grade networking solutions aren't always available for general deployment in public cloud environments. You might also have noticed that when you provision a compute instance in a public cloud environment you get one public (and usual...
Finding a good a script can be tough, with the PowerShell Script Explorer, currently in release candidate can help. I just learned about a new tool currently in development now call the Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell®. Currently the tool is in Release Candidate, an...
Hybrid-mobile #cloud is the latest attempt at modernizing what remains a relatively unchanged, decades old computing model I was informed via e-mail that the "next big thing" is hybrid mobile-cloud (HMC), which is described as client being a mobile-native application and its server-si...
I have been engaged in a lot of research and writing of late on business transformation made possible by the advent of the real-time enterprise, Big Data, mobile strategies and field services. I could have added social and cloud as well, but you have to stop somewhere. I find these s...
It’s been a busy and successful seven days for online retailers. Black Friday and Cyber Monday traffic and sales were well above 2011, and there was the extra benefit to those businesses that started deals on Thanksgiving Night. The traffic data collected by the Compuware Ecommerce and...
Big Data has been a hot topic throughout 2012. With 2013 fast approaching, we sat down with Terracotta CEO Robin Gilthorpe to get his predictions for the top trends that will drive Big Data activity in the coming year. His top five predictions, explained in detail in this video, are: ...
When I was in Europe presenting some sessions at conferences and doing some seminars last month I meet and spoke with one of the attendees at the StorageExpo Holland event. The persons name (Han Breemer) came up to visit with me after one of my presentations that include SSD is in your...


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