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Lessons Learned in Deploying PaaS

Posted by Colin Humphreys  on  Jul 06, 2012

Colin Humphreys discusses PaaS: why they chose a certain PaaS solution for their customers, PaaS in ALM, lessons learned from their experiences and what to expect from different PaaS vendors.

Evolving Database Design and Architecture: Patterns and Practices

Posted by Pramod Sadalage  on  Apr 05, 2012 1

Pramod Sadalage discuses several patterns in database changes related to Architecture, Structure, Data Quality, Referential Integrity, Database Code, along with associated practices.

Automating (almost) Everything Using Git, Gerrit, Hudson and Mylyn

Posted by Ryan Slobojan  on  Mar 29, 2012 6

Ryan Slobojan discusses how to perform issue tracking, code review, commits and builds in an automated manner by integrating Git, Gerrit, Hudson and Mylyn.

How We Got Here, And What To Do About It

Posted by Barry Hawkins  on  Feb 17, 2012 4

Barry emphasizes the need to continue thinking critically about the processes and practices we embrace, accounting for the context in which they exist, and the importance of reflection and refinement at both the organizational and personal levels.

Want Better Estimates? Stop Estimating!

Posted by Joel Semeniuk  on  Feb 15, 2012 7

Joel Semeniuk discusses ways of making better project estimates excluding guessing as much as possible.

A Dash of Kanban Anyone?

Posted by Joel Semeniuk  on  Feb 02, 2012

Joel Semeniuk shares some of the lessons he learned managing development teams, how he got into Kanban and why its principles are helpful.

Test First Development v.Next with Pex and Moles

Posted by David Starr  on  Oct 24, 2011

David Starr demoes Pex –a parameterized white box unit test tool- and Moles –an isolation framework-, two .NET tools useful for test-first development.

Design and Architecture Tools in Visual Studio 2010

Posted by David Starr  on  Aug 05, 2011

David Starr presents some of the tools in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 helpful for building an application’s architecture: Architecture Explorer, Dependency Graphs, UML Modeling, and Layer Diagrams.

Availability, the Cloud and Everything

Posted by Joe Williams  on  Dec 09, 2010

Joe Williams discusses how distributed systems, cloud computing and automated configuration management affect system’s availability. He exemplifies with a database service built on CouchDB, Erlang, Chef, all running on EC2.

Eclipse, Mylyn and the TFI

Posted by Mik Kersten  on  Jun 03, 2009 1

Part one focuses on an overview of Mylyn's task management features including offline editing, background synchronizations and change notifications with demos of how these work for Bugzilla and JIRA. Part two is an overview of how Mylyn's frameworks can be extended when building IDE, desktop, and server-side applications. NOTE THAT ANIMATIONS ARE MISSING.

Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database Design

Posted by Pramod Sadalage  on  Mar 06, 2009 3

For years the norm for developers was to work in an iterative and incremental manner but for database developers to work in a more serial manner. The predominance of evolutionary development methods make it clear that the two groups need to work in the same manner to be productive as a team. Pramod presents material from "Refactoring Databases " on implementing evolutionary database development.

Behind the Scenes at MySpace.com

Posted by Dan Farino  on  Feb 10, 2009 5

In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talked about administering thousands of web servers from a system’s architect viewpoint. He mostly detailed the performance counter monitoring used by MySpace, the system profiler and the system administration site demoing the tools for the audience to see how it works.

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