On a Cloud: Designing for the Cloud

Jef King
Jef King

How Software Design has changed in the Cloud Through the years I have adapted to the technologies and tool sets available. In this video I wanted to share with you a story from a point in time where I noticed that there was a scale change taking place.   Horizontal Scale: Cost Vs Performance I…

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Coffee and Code – Visual Studio for Java Developers!

Lachezar Arabadzhiev
Lachezar Arabadzhiev

Let’s face it.  When we say “Java”, chances are very unlikely that the first company you think of is Microsoft.  That’s ok, it doesn’t hurt our feelings.  But if you do use Java, this episode of Breakpoint is just for you.  In this episode, JR and Paul dig into Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and…


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: Data & Secrets

Data Platform Choices Understanding what options you have to store your data is critical. At a high level this video tries to simplify and layout of Data Systems SQL databases Object data stores (NoSQL) Table data stores (NoSQL) Binary data stores (NoSQL)   My Scalability Secret The one thing that we never talk about is the human element…

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On a Cloud: Projects & Advanced Dequeuing

General Project Layout  My general thoughts that guide me in deciding which services to use and also how to structure the code projects to add the most value to the project. PaaS over IaaS Projects layout & SDK’s   Dequeue Dynamics  A deeper look into dequeuing; this wraps three key elements to ensuing scale while…

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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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From Requirements to Deployment: The Modern SW Developer using TFS

May 8th, the Scotia Bank Theatre in Toronto was the scene of ObjectSharp’s annual “At the Movies” event. The event was recorded and over the next few Fridays, you’ll be able to watch the sessions again and ask the questions you may not have been able to previously ask. If you do have a question,…


DevOps: The Abbreviation That Will Change How You View ALM

It seems that the term DevOps is gaining steam in IT circles these days. There are good reasons for that. The software tooling market continues to innovate and with it comes offerings that make it easier (and even more importantly, safer) to move software solutions to new environments.  Because of this, most people equate DevOps…


What should I be looking for during Code Reviews?

For the longest time, I was wary of Code Reviews. I used to spend most of my time implementing features and felt that Code Reviews robbed me of my precious time. I was mistaken and have changed my approach. Our team uses systematic Code Reviews to help us normalize our code base. It has helped…


Jump Start ALM in Your Organization

In order to jump start the process of streamlining your development pipeline and creating a culture of continuous improvement, you need to equip yourself with practical things you can implement right away, Start with those and work your way from there. These Microsoft Virtual Academy courses will get you started. Using Kanban Jump Start Experts…