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  • Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals. Part 2

    by Michał Bartyzel on  Dec 21, 2014

    All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, in this second article in a series Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs. In this article he discusses formulating questions to be able to uncover the real needs and underlying motivations

  • Merry Swiftmas from InfoQ

    by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 20, 2014

    It's nearly Christmas time now and some might still be looking for a tree and a few presents. Well, InfoQ would like to help you here. This article teaches you to create as many trees and presents as you need on your iOS device using Apple Swift and SceneKit. SceneKit is a 3d-graphics-framework often used for gaming projects and obviously sometimes to create Christmas accessories. Merry Swiftmas!

  • Creating a Sales Dashboard with Bootstrap and ShieldUI

    by David Johnson on  Dec 19, 2014

    Bootstrap is a front-end framework, which addresses important development problems such as element positioning, application responsiveness and multi-device rendering. This article shows how to use it, along with ShieldUI, to create a sales dashboard.

Book Review and Interview: The Practice of Cloud System Administration

Posted by Richard Seroter on  Dec 18, 2014

The new book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems, looks at a wide range of considerations for cloud-scale systems.

Spark the Change Runner up - the Markel Marvel: A Case Study of IT Transformation in Insurance

Posted by Helen Walton on  Dec 17, 2014

Few companies share warts-and-all stories of IT transformation. In this case study, Spark judge, Helen Walton, interviews Markel International on how they went from waterfall to agile in 6 months.

Roy Fielding on Versioning, Hypermedia, and REST

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  Dec 17, 2014

Roy Fielding talks to Mike Amundsen about versioning on the Web, why hypermedia is a requirement in his REST style, and the process of designing network software that can adapt over time. 11

Designing a Highly Available, Fault Tolerant, Hadoop Cluster with Data Isolation

Posted by Monica Beckwith on  Dec 16, 2014

In this article Monica Beckwith, starting from core Hadoop components, investigates the design of a highly available, fault tolerant Hadoop cluster, adding security and data-level isolation.

Open Kanban: The First Agile and Lean Open Source Method for Continuous Improvement

Posted by Joseph Hurtado on  Dec 15, 2014

Open Kanban is an innovative open source method that takes the best ideas from Agile and Lean and creates a minimal method, one that is designed to be adapted to any business or even personal use.

Spark the Change Winner - Mission-critical: a case study of GCHQ’s culture of innovation

Posted by Helen Walton on  Dec 14, 2014

The public sector – innovative? An intelligence agency – open? It doesn’t sound likely. But when Helen Walton interviewed GCHQ for the Spark Award she discovered an exceptional, creative culture.

Removing Binary Files from git using Roberto Tyley’s BFG Repo-Cleaner

Posted by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 13, 2014

If you’ve ever checked in a file that shouldn’t be in source control, you know how difficult removing it can be. Using Roberto Tyley’s BFG Repo-Cleaner for Git, fixing this becomes much easier.

Author Q&A: Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Dec 12, 2014

The book Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan is a straightforward introduction to agile values, principles and practices which includes interviews with various luminaries

Implementing Hypermedia

Posted by Steve Klabnik on  Dec 11, 2014

In this article, we'll talk about four different real-world implementations of hypermedia starting with how you may already be using hypermedia through image links.

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