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  • QotD: Matt Stephens on OpenJDK in 2012 at the Register

    - by $utils.escapeXML($entry.author)
    While Java SE churns and gets pushed back, the new initiatives do at least show OpenJDK is reinvigorating the Java space. The project has picked up speed just a little too late for the fifth anniversary of the open-sourcing of Java, but if these promised developments really do come together then that means next year should see a series of “one last things” missing from 2011.Matt Stephens in an article in the Register.

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  • TechEd Video Chat: SharePoint 2010 with Andrew Connell

    Check out this video interview from TechEd 2010 with SharePoint MVP and guru, Andrew Connell: In the video, Andrew discusses: What is awesome about SharePoint 2010? Silverlight in SharePoint 2010 The SharePoint 2010 development experience Andrews CodeRush plugins that help solve SharePoint development pains Andrew's push to improve DevExpress' involvement in the SharePoint developer market SharePoint education and training from CriticalPath Is Andrew the best...Did you know that DotNetSlackers also publishes .net articles written by top known .net Authors? We already have over 80 articles in several categories including Silverlight. Take a look: here.

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  • Apps Script Developer Chat: Andrew Stillman

    Apps Script Developer Chat: Andrew Stillman Join us for a chat with Andrew Stillman, the developer of several popular scripts in the Script Gallery, such as formMule, formMutant, autoCrat, doctopus, and more. We'll talk with Andrew about his experiences with Apps Script and how he applies it to his work at New Visions for Public Schools and with youpd.org. From: GoogleDevelopers Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:00 More in Science & Technology

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  • Transcript: Andrew Tridgell on Patent Defence

    <b>ESP Software Patents News:</b> "The following is a transcript of a talk given in New Zealand, 2010. Andrew Tridgell discusses why reading patents is usually a good idea, how to read a patent, and how to work through it with a lawyer to build a solid defence."

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  • Question about "ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking" by Andrew Siemer (from Packt Publishing)

    - by user287745
    am currently reading a book, which has explanation of making a social website. ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking https://www.packtpub.com/expert-guide-for-social-networking-with-asp-.net-3.5/book On page 41 I noticed that the images of the solution explorer given in the text, indicate that windowsformapplication[PROJECT] has been used instead of WebForms[create new website]. there are no webforms? how would the end result be a site? what is happening here?? the name of the book is, ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking, please refer to page 41, thanks note:- i have always made websites which needs hosting and be accessible from other computers using webforms[create new website] which has web.config file app_data etc..... please help thank you.

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  • I am trying to deploy my first rails app using Capistrano and am getting an error.

    - by Andrew Bucknell
    My deployment of a rails app with capistrano is failing and I hoping someone can provide me with pointers to troubleshoot. The following is the command output [email protected]:~/projects/rails/guestbook2$ cap deploy:setup * executing `deploy:setup' * executing "mkdir -p /var/www/dev/guestbook2 /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/system /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/log /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/pids && chmod g+w /var/www/dev/guestbook2 /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/system /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/log /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/pids" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] Enter passphrase for /home/andrew/.ssh/id_dsa: Enter passphrase for /home/andrew/.ssh/id_dsa: [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished [email protected]:~/projects/rails/guestbook2$ cap deploy:check * executing `deploy:check' * executing "test -d /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] Enter passphrase for /home/andrew/.ssh/id_dsa: [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished * executing "test -w /var/www/dev/guestbook2" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished * executing "test -w /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished * executing "which git" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished * executing "test -w /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command command finished You appear to have all necessary dependencies installed [email protected]:~/projects/rails/guestbook2$ cap deploy:migrations * executing `deploy:migrations' * executing `deploy:update_code' updating the cached checkout on all servers executing locally: "git ls-remote [email protected]:/home/andrew/git/guestbook2.git master" Enter passphrase for key '/home/andrew/.ssh/id_dsa': * executing "if [ -d /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy ]; then cd /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && git fetch origin && git reset --hard 369c5e04aaf83ad77efbfba0141001ac90915029 && git clean -d -x -f; else git clone [email protected]:/home/andrew/git/guestbook2.git /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && cd /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && git checkout -b deploy 369c5e04aaf83ad77efbfba0141001ac90915029; fi" servers: ["dev.andrewbucknell.com"] Enter passphrase for /home/andrew/.ssh/id_dsa: [dev.andrewbucknell.com] executing command ** [dev.andrewbucknell.com :: err] Permission denied, please try again. ** Permission denied, please try again. ** Permission denied (publickey,password). ** [dev.andrewbucknell.com :: err] fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly ** [dev.andrewbucknell.com :: out] Initialized empty Git repository in /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy/.git/ command finished failed: "sh -c 'if [ -d /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy ]; then cd /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && git fetch origin && git reset --hard 369c5e04aaf83ad77efbfba0141001ac90915029 && git clean -d -x -f; else git clone [email protected]:/home/andrew/git/guestbook2.git /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && cd /var/www/dev/guestbook2/shared/cached-copy && git checkout -b deploy 369c5e04aaf83ad77efbfba0141001ac90915029; fi'" on dev.andrewbucknell.com [email protected]:~/projects/rails/guestbook2$ The following fragment is from cap -d deploy:migrations Preparing to execute command: "find /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases/20100305124415/public/images /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases/20100305124415/public/stylesheets /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases/20100305124415/public/javascripts -exec touch -t 201003051244.22 {} ';'; true" Execute ([Yes], No, Abort) ? |y| yes * executing `deploy:migrate' * executing "ls -x /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases" Preparing to execute command: "ls -x /var/www/dev/guestbook2/releases" Execute ([Yes], No, Abort) ? |y| yes /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/capistrano-2.5.17/lib/capistrano/recipes/deploy.rb:55:in `join': can't convert nil into String (TypeError) from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/capistrano-2.5.17/lib/capistrano/recipes/deploy.rb:55:in `load'

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  • Estudio de caso: CFO de At&T le apunta a la tecnología para transformar las Finanzas Globales

    - by RED League Heroes-Oracle
    AT&T es una de las pocas multinacionales modernas que han participado de todas las etapas anteriores de la innovación de las telecomunicaciones, de Alexander Graham Bell como inventor solitario, a Bell Labs, a los lanzamientos acelerados en las fundiciones de AT&T. La tecnología es el corazón de todo lo que AT&T hace, incluyendo sus inversiones en innovaciones tecnológicas para permitir que las finanzas de AT&T trabajen más estratégicamente con los negocios para asegurar que las inversiones en las iniciativas de crecimiento sean exitosas. Según John Stephens, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y director financiero de AT&T, la empresa ha trazado un plan de inversión de tres años para mejorar y aumentar sus redes IP de banda ancha alámbricas e inalámbricas. El plan incluye la implementación del servicio 4G LTE para 300 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos, expansión de IP de banda ancha de alta velocidad a unos 57 millones de hogares de clientes y una expansión de la fibra a 1 millón de clientes corporativos adicionales en su área de servicio de telefonía fija. "La necesidad de velocidad es mayor que nunca, y este proyecto es nuestro paso hacia la innovación para ofrecer tal velocidad," dice Stephens. Como AT&T moderniza su infraestructura global, sus procesos operacionales se hacen tan poderosos como su red. Ha sido una tarea grande y compleja, pero Stephens se complace al decir que el departamento de finanzas de AT&T ha adoptado su papel de catalizador corporativo. Empezó con un concepto simple: "Vamos a hacer que todos hablen en el mismo idioma". Esto llevó a la consolidación de sistemas financieros heredados de las empresas adquiridas. No fue una tarea sencilla, dado que la empresa pasó por más de cinco adquisiciones importantes y un sinfín de otras transacciones. En 2007, AT&T tenía 17 aplicaciones apenas en la función de cuentas por pagar. Hoy, el número se ha reducido a dos. Asimismo, hubo 50 sistemas de reportes gerenciales oficiales y ahora hay tres, con planes de excluir uno de ellos. Al tener un único lenguaje volcado a las Finanzas en toda la empresa, el equipo de finanzas de AT&T ha eliminado las varias versiones de los mismos datos, reduciendo la posible confusión en las discusiones y en las decisiones de estrategia de negocios. Estos pasos también han reducido los costos y aceleraron la toma de decisiones. "Lo lindo de los sistemas es que permiten que la gente talentosa con habilidades analíticas usen su tiempo en esa zona, en vez de gastar tiempo en recolección, agregación y organización de los datos," señala Stephens. "Tenemos un proceso eficiente y eficaz que hace que nosotros, dejemos a la gente libre para dedicarse a aquello en que son realmente buenos. Y tenemos un equipo de alta calidad y ellos están en su mejor punto cuando son capaces de hacer su función para apoyar a la unidad de negocio”AT&T es una de las pocas multinacionales modernas que han participado de todas las etapas anteriores de la innovación de las telecomunicaciones, de Alexander Graham Bell como inventor solitario, a Bell Labs, a los lanzamientos acelerados en las fundiciones de AT&T. La tecnología es el corazón de todo lo que AT&T hace, incluyendo sus inversiones en innovaciones tecnológicas para permitir que las finanzas de AT&T trabajen más estratégicamente con los negocios para asegurar que las inversiones en las iniciativas de crecimiento sean exitosas.  Según John Stephens, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y director financiero de AT&T, la empresa ha trazado un plan de inversión de tres años para mejorar y aumentar sus redes IP de banda ancha alámbricas e inalámbricas. El plan incluye la implementación del servicio 4G LTE para 300 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos, expansión de IP de banda ancha de alta velocidad a unos 57 millones de hogares de clientes y una expansión de la fibra a 1 millón de clientes corporativos adicionales en su área de servicio de telefonía fija. "La necesidad de velocidad es mayor que nunca, y este proyecto es nuestro paso hacia la innovación para ofrecer tal velocidad," dice Stephens. Como AT&T moderniza su infraestructura global, sus procesos operacionales se hacen tan poderosos como su red. Ha sido una tarea grande y compleja, pero Stephens se complace al decir que el departamento de finanzas de AT&T ha adoptado su papel de catalizador corporativo. Empezó con un concepto simple: "Vamos a hacer que todos hablen en el mismo idioma". Esto llevó a la consolidación de sistemas financieros heredados de las empresas adquiridas. No fue una tarea sencilla, dado que la empresa pasó por más de cinco adquisiciones importantes y un sinfín de otras transacciones. En 2007, AT&T tenía 17 aplicaciones apenas en la función de cuentas por pagar. Hoy, el número se ha reducido a dos. Asimismo, hubo 50 sistemas de reportes gerenciales oficiales y ahora hay tres, con planes de excluir uno de ellos. Al tener un único lenguaje volcado a las Finanzas en toda la empresa, el equipo de finanzas de AT&T ha eliminado las varias versiones de los mismos datos, reduciendo la posible confusión en las discusiones y en las decisiones de estrategia de negocios. Estos pasos también han reducido los costos y aceleraron la toma de decisiones. "Lo lindo de los sistemas es que permiten que la gente talentosa con habilidades analíticas usen su tiempo en esa zona, en vez de gastar tiempo en recolección, agregación y organización de los datos," señala Stephens. "Tenemos un proceso eficiente y eficaz que hace que nosotros, dejemos a la gente libre para dedicarse a aquello en que son realmente buenos. Y tenemos un equipo de alta calidad y ellos están en su mejor punto cuando son capaces de hacer su función para apoyar a la unidad de negocio”

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  • Synergy setup broke on upgrade

    - by CoatedMoose
    I had synergy setup working fine with version 1.3.7, however I got a new computer and decided to set it up as well. Because the setup I was working with was ubuntu (server - dual monitors) mac (client) and the new computer (replacing the mac) was windows, I ended up updating everything to 1.4.10. ______ ______ ______ | mac | ubu1 | ubu2 | |______|______|______| The problem is currently that dragging to the left of ubu1 causes the cursor on the mac to flicker briefly and then the cursor shows up at the bottom right corner of ubu2. Here is my .synergy.conf section: screens Andrews-Mac-Mini: ctrl = ctrl alt = meta super = alt Andrew-Ubuntu: end section: links Andrew-Ubuntu: left = Andrews-Mac-Mini Andrews-Mac-Mini: right = Andrew-Ubuntu end And the output from synergys -f NOTE: client "Andrews-Mac-Mini" has connected INFO: switch from "Andrew-Ubuntu" to "Andrews-Mac-Mini" at 1679,451 INFO: leaving screen INFO: screen "Andrew-Ubuntu" updated clipboard 0 INFO: screen "Andrew-Ubuntu" updated clipboard 1 INFO: switch from "Andrews-Mac-Mini" to "Andrew-Ubuntu" at 2398,833 INFO: entering screen

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  • Has "Killer Game Programming in Java" by Andrew Davison been rendered useless? What new tutorial should I follow? [duplicate]

    - by BDillan
    This question already has an answer here: Killer Game Programming [Java 3D] outdated? 5 answers Its pathetic how it was created in 2005 not so long ago when the Java 3D 1.31 API was released. Now after downloading the source code off the books website and implementing it onto my work-space it cant run. (The 3D Shooter Ch. 23) I downloaded Java 3D 1.5 API, installed it- went back to my source code and javax.media ect.., and EVERY imported class within the game simply couldn't be resolved... they are all outdated.. Please do not say how its meant for a positive curvature in your game development skills. No ~ I got the book to understand how to code 3D textures/particle systems/games. Without seeing results how can I learn? If there is still hope for this book please tell me. Otherwise what other books match this one in Game Programming? This one was very well organized, documented and long. I am not looking for a 3D game prog. book on Java. Rather one that has the same reputation as this one but is a bit newer..

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  • Remove duplicates from a list of nested dictionaries

    - by user2924306
    I'm writing my first python program to manage users in Atlassian On Demand using their RESTful API. I call the users/search?username= API to retrieve lists of users, which returns JSON. The results is a list of complex dictionary types that look something like this: [ { "self": "http://www.example.com/jira/rest/api/2/user?username=fred", "name": "fred", "avatarUrls": { "24x24": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=small&ownerId=fred", "16x16": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=xsmall&ownerId=fred", "32x32": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=medium&ownerId=fred", "48x48": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=large&ownerId=fred" }, "displayName": "Fred F. User", "active": false }, { "self": "http://www.example.com/jira/rest/api/2/user?username=andrew", "name": "andrew", "avatarUrls": { "24x24": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=small&ownerId=andrew", "16x16": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=xsmall&ownerId=andrew", "32x32": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=medium&ownerId=andrew", "48x48": "http://www.example.com/jira/secure/useravatar?size=large&ownerId=andrew" }, "displayName": "Andrew Anderson", "active": false } ] I'm calling this multiple times and thus getting duplicate people in my results. I have been searching and reading but cannot figure out how to deduplicate this list. I figured out how to sort this list using a lambda function. I realize I could sort the list, then iterate and delete duplicates. I'm thinking there must be a more elegant solution. Thank you!

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  • How should I fix problems with file permissions while restoring from Time Machine?

    - by Andrew Grimm
    While restoring files from a Time Machine backup, I got the error message "The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items." because of problems with files in one folder. What's the safest way to deal with this? The folder in question has permissions like: Andrew-Grimms-MacBook-Pro:kmer agrimm$ pwd /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/Andrew Grimm’s MacBook Pro/2010-12-09-224309/Macintosh HD/Users/agrimm/ruby/kmer Andrew-Grimms-MacBook-Pro:kmer agrimm$ ls -ltra total 6156896 [email protected] 19 agrimm staff 680 18 Jan 2008 Saccharomyces_cerevisiae [email protected] 1 agrimm staff 60221852 4 Aug 2009 hs_ref_GRCh37_chrY.fa [email protected] 1 agrimm staff 157488804 4 Aug 2009 hs_ref_GRCh37_chrX.fa (snip a few files) [email protected] 1 agrimm staff 676063 27 Oct 2009 NC_001143.fna [email protected] 1 agrimm staff 6148 23 Mar 2010 .DS_Store [email protected] 3 agrimm staff 1530 23 Mar 2010 . [email protected] 30 agrimm staff 1054 20 Nov 14:43 .. Is it ok to do sudo chmod, or is there a safer approach? Background: Files within the original folder on my computer also had weird permissions - I suspect I may have used sudo to copy some files from a thumbdrive onto my computer.

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  • Easy Credential Caching for Git

    A common question since launching our Git support is whether there is a way to cache your username and password so you don’t have to enter it on every push.  Well thanks to Andrew Nurse from the ASP.Net team, there is now a great solution for this! Credential Caching in Windows to the Rescue Using the Git extension point for credential caching, Andrew created an integration into the Windows Credentials store. After installing git-credential-winstore instead of getting that standard prompt for a username/password, you will get a Windows Security prompt. From here your credentials for CodePlex will be stored securely within the Windows Credential Store. Setup The setup is pretty easy. Download the application from Andrew's git-credential-winstore project. Launch the executable and select yes to have it prompt for credentials. That's it. Make sure you are running the latest version of msysgit, since the credential's API is fairly new. Thanks to Andrew for sharing his work.  If you have suggestions or improvements you can fork the code here.

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  • counting unique values based on multiple columns

    - by gooogalizer
    I am working in google spreadsheets and I am trying to do some counting that takes into consideration cell values across multiple cells in each row. Here's my table: |AUTHOR| |ARTICLE| |VERSION| |PRE-SELECTED| ANDREW GOLF STREAM 1 X ANDREW GOLF STREAM 2 X ANDREW HURRICANES 1 JOHN CAPE COD 1 X JOHN GOLF STREAM 1 (Google doc here) Each person can submit multiple articles as well as multiple versions of the same article. Sometimes different people submit different articles that happen to be identically named (Andrew and John both submitted different articles called "Golf Stream"). Multiple versions written by the same person do not count as unique, but articles with the same title written by different people do count as unique. So, I am looking to find a formula that Counts the number of unique articles that have been submitted [4] (without having to manually create extra columns for doing CONCATS, if possible) It would also be great to find formulas that: Count the number of unique articles that have been pre-selected (marked "X" in "PRE-SELECTED" column) [2] Count the number of unique articles that have only 1 version [4] Count the number of unique articles that have more than 1 of their versions pre-selected 1 Thank you so much! Nikita

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  • ssh-agent on ubuntu rapidly restarts

    - by Santa Claus
    I am attempting to use ssh-agent on Ubuntu 13.10 so that I will not have to enter my passphrase to unlock a key every time I want to use ssh or git. As you can see below, ssh-agent appears to be restarting for some reason. These commends were executed within a period of less than 5 seconds: [email protected]:~$ ssh-agent SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-pqm5J0s70NxG/agent.2820; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; SSH_AGENT_PID=2821; export SSH_AGENT_PID; echo Agent pid 2821; [email protected]:~$ ssh-agent SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-VpkOH2WKjT1M/agent.2822; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; SSH_AGENT_PID=2823; export SSH_AGENT_PID; echo Agent pid 2823; [email protected]:~$ ssh-agent SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-EQ6X9JHNiBOO/agent.2824; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; SSH_AGENT_PID=2825; export SSH_AGENT_PID; echo Agent pid 2825; [email protected]:~$ ssh-agent SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-8Iij8kFkaapz/agent.2826; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK; SSH_AGENT_PID=2827; export SSH_AGENT_PID; echo Agent pid 2827; [email protected]:~$ My guess is that ssh-agent is crashing, but how would I know? What log file would it log to?

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  • New site – and a special offer

    - by Red Gate Software BI Tools Team
    SSAS Compare has a brand new website! The old page was thrown together in the way that most Red Gate labs sites tend to be — as experimental sites for experimental products. We’ve been developing SSAS Compare for a while now, so we decided it was time for something a bit prettier. The new site is mostly the work of Andrew, our marketing manager, who has all sorts of opinions about websites. One of the opinions Andrew has is that his photo should be on every site on the internet, or at least every Red Gate site on the internet, and that’s why his handsome visage now appears on the SSAS Compare page. Well, that isn’t quite true. According to Andrew, people download more software when they have photos of human beings to look at. We want as many people to try SSAS Compare as possible, so we got the team together for an intimate photoshoot directed by Red Gate’s resident recorder of light, Dom Reed (aka Mr Flibble). The photo will appear on the site as soon as Dom is finished photoshopping us into something more palatable, which is a big job. Until then, you’ll have to put up with Andrew. We’ve also used the new site to announce a special offer. Right now, SSAS Compare is still a free beta, but by signing up to our Early Access Program, you’ll get a 20% discount when we release SSAS Compare as a fully-fledged product. We’ll use your email address to send you news and updates about business intelligence tools from Red Gate (and nothing else). If that sounds good to you, go to the SSAS Compare site to sign up. By the way, the BI Tools team wasn’t the only thing Dom photographed last week. Remember Noemi’s blog about the flamenco dance? We’ll be at SQL Saturday in our home town of Cambridge this Saturday (8th September), handing out flyers of a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. If you’re attending, be sure to say hello!

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  • Free Online Performance Tuning Event

    - by Andrew Kelly
      On June 9th 2010 I will be showing several sessions related to performance tuning for SQL Server and they are the best kind because they are free :).  So mark your calendars. Here is the event info and URL: June 29, 2010 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Eastern SQL Server is the platform for business. In this day-long free virtual event, well-known SQL Server performance expert Andrew Kelly will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to stay on top of three key areas related to peak performance...(read more)

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  • How to ensure images all loaded before I reference in my HTML canvas [closed]

    - by mark stephens
    I want to draw some images in on a HTML canvas with context.drawImage(Im1 ,205,18,184,38); In order to make sure it loads I need to put in code like this but then I cannot draw things with it var Im1 = new Image(); Im1.src="rechnung11014page1/img/1/Im1.png"; Im1.onload = function() { context.drawImage(Im1 ,205,18,184,38); } Is there a way to load all the images and then execute a block of code using several images?

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  • Looking for some OO design advice

    - by Andrew Stephens
    I'm developing an app that will be used to open and close valves in an industrial environment, and was thinking of something simple like this:- public static void ValveController { public static void OpenValve(string valveName) { // Implementation to open the valve } public static void CloseValve(string valveName) { // Implementation to close the valve } } (The implementation would write a few bytes of data to the serial port to control the valve - an "address" derived from the valve name, and either a "1" or "0" to open or close the valve). Another dev asked whether we should instead create a separate class for each physical valve, of which there are dozens. I agree it would be nicer to write code like PlasmaValve.Open() rather than ValveController.OpenValve("plasma"), but is this overkill? Also, I was wondering how best to tackle the design with a couple of hypothetical future requirements in mind:- We are asked to support a new type of valve requiring different values to open and close it (not 0 and 1). We are asked to support a valve that can be set to any position from 0-100, rather than simply "open" or "closed". Normally I would use inheritance for this kind of thing, but I've recently started to get my head around "composition over inheritance" and wonder if there is a slicker solution to be had using composition?

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  • Agile bug fixing - what's the preferred process for testing?

    - by Andrew Stephens
    When a bug is fixed, the dev set its status to "resolved" and the bug is reassigned back to the person that created it. In our case this is usually the product owner - we don't have dedicated testers. But what's a good process for controlling how/when the PO tests the software? Should he be given the latest build after each bug is resolved/checked-in? Or what about every morning? Or should he only receive a build at (or close to) the end of the iteration, to include all of that iteration's new functionality and bug fixes? We are using TFS by the way.

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  • Object behaviour or separate class?

    - by Andrew Stephens
    When it comes to OO database access you see two common approaches - the first is to provide a class (say "Customer") with methods such as Retrieve(), Update(), Delete(), etc. The other is to keep the Customer class fairly lightweight (essentially just properties) and perform the database access elsewhere, e.g. using a repository. This choice of approaches doesn't just apply to database access, it can crop up in many different OOD scenarios. So I was wondering if one way is preferable over the other (although I suspect the answer will be "it depends")! Another dev on our team argues that to be truly OO the class should be "self-contained", i.e. providing all the methods necessary to manipulate and interact with that object. I personally prefer the repository approach - I don't like bloating the Customer class with all that functionality, and I feel it results in cleaner code having it elsewhere, but I can't help thinking I'm seriously violating core OO concepts! And what about memory implications? If I retrieve thousands of Customer objects I'm assuming those with the data access methods will take up a lot more memory than the property-only objects?

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  • How to manage product backlog/user stories

    - by Andrew Stephens
    We're about to start a new project using Agile (using TFS), and I have a couple of "good practice" questions regarding the product backlog:- When we first start adding users stories, is it a good idea to put them in (say) a "Backlog" iteration, or just leave their iteration blank? Obviously when the time comes to start work on a US it would be moved into the appropriate iteration backlog. When breaking an epic down into smaller USs, would I simply close the original epic, as it's no longer required? Or should I create the new USs as children of the epic? (it's then someone's responsibility to close the epic once all child USs have been completed). Lastly, should the product backlog list all USs regardless of status, or only those that have not been started (i.e in my proposed "Backlog" iteration)? I realise these questions aren't life-or-death, but it would be nice to know how other people manage their product backlogs so we can organise things properly from the start.

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  • Current State EA: Focus on the Integration!!!

    - by Eric A. Stephens
    A recent project has me at the front end of a large implementation effort covering multiple software components. In addition to the challenges of integrating 15-20 separate and new software components there is the challenge of integrating the portfolio into an existing environment. Like other clients I've worked with and other environments I've worked in for many years, this is typical. The applications are undocumented and under patched leading to a mystery for any architect leading change.  We can boil down most architecture development methodologies (ADM) into first understanding the current/baseline state and then envisioning one or more future states. Many pundits emphasize the need to focus on the future/target states. I agree since enterprise architecture (EA) is about where you are going and not so much where you have been. But to be effective in the future, I contend some focused time needs to be spent on the current state. And specifically on the integration. Integration is always the difficult part of a project (I might put it more coarsely at a cocktail party). While I don't have a case study, my anecdotal experience suggests poorly integrated application portfolios tend to cost more to operate and create entropy when trying to respond to new changes and opportunities. In the aforementioned project, I was able to get one of our EAs assigned to focus on just integration almost immediately. While we're still early in the process, this EA is uncovering all sorts of information that will greatly assist our future state planning for this solution. This information is driving early decision making that we anticipate will accelerate our efforts moving forward. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; } #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; } #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; } #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }

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  • Basic is Best

    - by Eric A. Stephens
    Fellow foodies will recognize the recent movement towards "farm-to-table" restaurants. These venues attempt to simplify their menus and source ingredients as close to the source as possible. I had the opportunity to dine at such a restaurant the other evening. I was gushing about the appetizer to my server when she described the preparation for the item and then punctuated her comments with "basic is best". I reminded my fellow enterprise architect diners there was an architecture lesson in that statement. They rolled their eyes and chuckled. But they also knew I was right. I'm reminded of Frederick Brooks' book The Mythical Man Month and his latest The Design of Design. The former must read book talks about complexity. But he refrains from damning all complexity. The world we live in and enterprises we strive to transform with enterprise architecture are complicated organisms, much like the human body. But sometimes a simple solution is the best approach. Fewer applications (think: portfolio rationalization). Fewer components. Fewer lines of code. Whatever level of abstraction you are working at, less is more. I'm reminded of the enterprise architecture principle "Control Technical Diversity". At one firm I created pithy catch phrases for each principles. I named this one "Less is More". But perhaps another variation is what my server said the other night, "Basic is Best".

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  • The (non) Importance of Language

    - by Eric A. Stephens
    Working with a variety of clients on EA initiatives one begins to realize that not everyone is a fan of EA. Specifically, they are not a fan of the "a-word". Some organizations have abused this term with creating and assigning the title to just about anyone who demonstrates above average prowess with a particular technology. Other organizations will assign the title to those managers left with no staff after a reorg. Some companies, unfortunately, have simply had a bad go of it with regard to EA...or any "A" for that matter. What we call "EA" is almost irrelevant. But what is not negotiable for those to succeed in business is to manage change. That is what EA is all about. I recall sitting in Zachman training led by himself. He posits the only organizations that don't need EA (or whatever you want to call it) are those that are not changing. My experience suggests those orgs that aren't changing aren't growing. And if you aren't growing, you're dying. Any EA program will not succeed unless there is a desire to change. No desire to change suggests the EA/Advisor/Change Agent should just walk the other way.

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