Quant? Quant? Kalman Filter and Baynesian for Finance all in one blog post?

What is a Quant?  A Quant or sometimes Rocket Scientists is an information specialist who is able to use formulas from the space program, or deep math to create forecasting systems for Hedge Funds.  An example might be the use of Kalman filters or Dynamic Bayesian Networks or Bayesian Belief Networks (yes that is real,…

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Team Foundation SERVICES, not server

Oh thank you demi-gods of program management, Team Foundation Server being offered as a SERVICE!  If I was the type of theologically driven individual to sing praises to some non-descript timeless and universal entity or entities I would do so at this time.  I have always loved the concept behind TF SERVER (not services) but…

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Test, Test and test some more testers are needed and the universities don’t produce many

Even the Universities leadership admits that getting the knowledge about significant test capabilities is impossible with all of the other things that students need to learn.  So what to do?  Well this is an opportunity for you.  Yes you. What does a tester do? QA and test professionals’ core responsibility is to verify whether the…

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Bing Maps and LightSwitch

Can you use Bing Maps with LightSwitch?  Here is a entry (which I only read and didn’t test, so no guarantees): Switch on the Light – Bing Maps and LightSwitch Really can’t add more except that I had to really search for that page through the Bing map web site (http://www.bing.com/community ), it didn’t appear…

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Debugging code faster with IntelliTrace

How much is your time worth?  Debugging code is something that takes time, even if you are an experienced developer or integrator.  Over a year you might spend 50 to 80 hours doing nothing but debugging your code or software that you are integrating. What if that could easily be reduced to 20 to 40…

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Fundamentals of Desktop Development

You might be thinking that sometimes this blog gets a little complicated and you need to get up to speed on desktop development, maybe to get ready for Windows V-Next or to get a promotion, whatever. Since I don’t like to write about consistent things, well actually I would like to, but every time I…

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Architecture description language

Here are my pontifications… In current software systems, an Architecture Description Language (ADL) is used for architectures of component-based software systems.  Let’s take an example of a Windows Phone Application, you dear reader, may start with a game engine for an existing application from AppHub.  Then you figure out how to modify the application using…

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Free Team Foundation Training tools

If you are up for an interview or promotion to a group that uses the advanced and excellent Team Foundation Server, check out this free training kit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=752CB725-969B-4732-A383-ED5740F02E93&displaylang=en  If you have enough memory, you can build Team Foundation Server on your Laptop or Desktop: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=509C3BA1-4EFC-42B5-B6D8-0232B2CBB26E Have fun!

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SCRUM: Guidelines from the SCRUM org and short form from Microsoft

If you are using SCRUM, likely you are using one of the excellent books out there to help with your understanding.  If you are getting started the link below is a good starting point: Links to SCRUM, less to more material: Brief briefing: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff731587.aspx Less Brief but more detail, and a must read before going…

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What is Lync? How does it benefit you? And a mention of artificial intelligence

Inside of Microsoft we use a system called Lync for our phone, IM and collaboration.  Take a look at: Lync Server 2010: Making the Lync with Microsoft Office This is a good article that explains the Lync Office Communicator in brief. Why is Lync or similar products important to you as a software developer or…

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