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Software Architecture in the Movies

by Michael Stal on  Jul 31, 2011

Keeping up-to-date with software architecture can be a tough endeavor. Information is normally available within thick books or somewhere hidden in the Web. Another more entertaining way can be to watch clips available at video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Access Team Foundation Server 2010 on Multiple Devices Using the OData Service

by Jenni Konrad on  May 05, 2011 1

The OData Service for Team Foundation Server 2010 provides access to the TFS object model on any device that supports the HTTP protocol. This makes it easier for developers to create applications that access Team Foundation Server in non-Windows environments and on smartphones and tablets.

Amazon EC2 Outage Explained and Lessons Learned

by Abel Avram on  Apr 29, 2011 1

Amazon has published a detailed report on the service failure plaguing one availability zone in the US East Region. The online media is full with analysis, commentaries and lessons to be learned from the event.

Lessons Learned from Skype’s Outage

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2010 11

On December 22nd, 1600 GMT, the Skype services started to become unavailable, in the beginning for a small part of the users, then for more and more, until the network was down for about 24 hours. A week later, Lars Rabbe, CIO at Skype, explained what happened in a post-mortem analysis of the outage.

Foursquare's MongoDB Outage

by Ron Bodkin on  Oct 15, 2010 9

Foursquare recently suffered a total site outage for eleven hours. The outage was caused by unexpected uneven growth in their MongoDB database that their monitoring didn't detect. The system outage was prolonged when an attempt to add a partition didn't work due to fragmentation, and required taking the database offline to compact it. Learn what happened and what responses are planned.

Studies that Validate Agile and Lean Methodologies

by Dan Puckett on  Aug 04, 2010 4

Ralph Jocham asked: "I am searching for some references that show that Agile projects have a higher chance of success than other approaches, the references should be quotable in a government document ie. come from a trustworthy source." Luckily, there are some studies out there, summarized in this article.

LinkedIn's Data Infrastructure

by Ron Bodkin on  Aug 04, 2010 1

Jay Kreps of LinkedIn presented some informative details of how they process data at the recent Hadoop Summit. Kreps described how LinkedIn crunches 120 billion relationships per day and blends large scale data computation with high volume, low latency site serving.

Using the Cloud: Two Examples

by Dave West on  Jul 22, 2010 1

Most of the discussion about cloud computing has focused on tools, providers, and security. While this focus is appropriate for an emerging technology, it becomes easier to recognize the value of cloud computing when you have actual application examples, or case studies. This month IBM announced two such applications: a development-and-test cloud, and an animation rendering cloud.

Yahoo! Updates from Hadoop Summit 2010

by Ron Bodkin on  Jul 12, 2010

The Hadoop Summit of 2010 started off with a vuvuzela blast from Blake Irving, Chief Product Officer for Yahoo. Yahoo delivered keynote addresses that outlined the scale of their use, technical directions for their contributions, and architectural patterns in how they apply the technology.

7 Lessons Learned at Reddit

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2010 1

Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, shares the main lessons he learned scaling Reddit from a small web application to a large social website.

Windows Azure: Pending Success or Eventual Niche?

by Abel Avram on  Feb 28, 2010 2

Microsoft has had its successes and failures over time, and it has managed to come first with some products even if it came later in the game. Is Microsoft going to be as successful with Windows Azure as it has been with the Windows operating system? Or will it remain a niche player like Windows Mobile?

Validating a Backup Strategy with Restore

by Abel Avram on  Dec 16, 2009

Jeff Atwood has recently lost two of his blog sites: Blog @ Stackoverflow and Coding Horror. He managed to recover the contents of both websites, but what lessons are to be learned from this event?

Case Study: Migrating a VB6 Large Application to .NET

by Abel Avram on  Dec 15, 2009 5

An IT services provider company has migrated an ERP application totaling 950,000 lines of VB6 code to .NET in 9 months.

What Value for Incremental SOA?

by Mark Little on  Nov 01, 2009 3

John Moe discusses a range of approaches to SOA, including incremental (Guerrilla) SOA. This has caused a stir in the SOA community with representatives from vendors and consultancies alike trading value-based blows (for instance which is the greatest cost, software or people?) to try to illustrate the benefits of these (their) solutions.

Is Leading Self-Organisation like Conducting an Orchestra?

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 29, 2009 1

Traditional management models don't tell leaders how to support their Agile teams without undermining their emerging self-organisation. Allusions to musical performance and "conducting the orchestra" abound - but not all are in agreement. Is the "conductor" model a good practice or an anti-pattern? In his TED talk, conductor Itay Talman shows that it may depend on what we think a conductor does.

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