On a Cloud: Software Quality

Jef King
Jef King

Simply Testing Software When teams form to release software, they have to determine what level of testing is going to be done; and how it is going to be done. If I boil down what I have learned over the years is that you really need to cherry-pick the type of testing. I recommend taking…

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On a Cloud: Config & Consumer Pattern

Configuration In this video I quickly go through how I set up configuration for the projects that I work on. I go through the reasons why I have come to only using configuration when the value needs to change depending on environment.   Queue: Competing Consumers Pattern The competing consumer pattern is a basic queuing…

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On a Cloud: Capacity

In these two videos I cover some ways to think about server resources or capacity which enable to save money and improve throughput. Once you understand your needed capacity, and how you can scale through the use of scale units you will really be enabling the power of cloud computing. Capacity Planning This video is…

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On a Cloud: Queues

In my first two videos I have presented a couple quick overviews of Queues and a very typical queuing pattern. Both videos tackle queuing from a generic perspective and you can apply these to almost any queuing technology available today.   Basic Overview I posted a quick video on when and how you use queues….

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Join the Microsoft Partner Program, Get Expression Web

Microsoft Canada has a great offer for any Canadian web solution provider that isn’t already a Registered Microsoft Partner. For a limited time, we are offering a free copy of Expression Web 2, our premier web design tool for building compelling web sites. All you need to do is go to this site, register as…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 3

Note:  This is the third post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 2

Note:  This is the second post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 1

Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and job security.  IT as an industry is certainly not immune to these worries and as professionals in this space, I’m sure…

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Farewell...

It’s with a touch of sadness that I’m announcing that I’ll be leaving the Developer Advisor team here at Microsoft Canada (as foreshadowed in the previous video). This is going to be an exciting opportunity as I’ll be moving on to a new role in Redmond, representing and supporting developers worldwide! I’m really excited about…

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Designing Websites with Web Standards Using Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

For the past 12 years, I’ve been building websites and working with different Web technologies. I’d have to say that one of the most frustrating experiences (and the most time consuming) has been to get content to render correctly in all browsers. As a result, I’m a really strong advocate of Web standards. For example,…

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