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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, shares the main lessons he learned scaling Reddit from a small web application to a large social website.
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?
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?
An IT services provider company has migrated an ERP application totaling 950,000 lines of VB6 code to .NET in 9 months.
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.
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.
Tathagat Varma, general manager with a large provider of IT management solutions, wondered whether Agile's productivity improvements could be linked to how it improves teamwork. His article analyses Agile values and practices by mapping them against Patrick Lencioni's business fable "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team."