Entity Framework 4.1: Install,

First, you have to install Visual Studio 2010 and then download the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1, you download the entity framework from: http://bit.ly/entityframework41 But I don’t want to load all of that junk on my system, well fine, here is a virtual hands on lab: http://bit.ly/entityframeworkvirtualhol Beginner’s Guide to ADO.NET Entity Framework: http://bit.ly/BeginEntityFramework41 Now go…

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When you develop projects you need to stick with it: NASA Gravity Probe B, 52 years in the making!

Wow!  52 years to get this experiment to confirm the Theory of Relativity completed.  Wow! The Gravity Probe functioned using four ultra-precise gyroscopes using spheres machined to within 40 atoms of being perfect spheres.  It then pointed at a star named IM Pegasi, and then when the star had sunspots the probe got thrown off. …

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WTF: Could F# have saved the Mars Climate Orbiter?

  The Mars Climate Orbiter likely failed due to one sensor passing data in the wrong units to the central processing units on the MCO.  I have created a first cut demonstrating the use of the dimensional analysis capabilities in F#.  It is a simple idea, but one that helps the engineers and scientists to…

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Conclusion (10/10)

Conclusion With over 60 references to a multitude of webcasts, guidance and virtual hands on labs, it is hoped that you have a better idea of how much material is out there. These references have been reduced from approximately 500 source documents. In the pages of the preparation document we have covered many of the…

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Testing, Analysis, QA, Reviews 8/10

Testing, Analysis, QA, Reviews Build and test, then review the results of the software builds; follow up after deployment with the end users to ensure quality assurance, make the changes that improve the quality. It is simple as that, except that it is difficult to implement these processes in a matter that is cost effective…

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Metrics and Reliability Assessment 7/10

Metrics and Reliability Assessment Measuring the process of building, installation and implementation of the system under design is required so that costs and time estimates can be tracked. As a software and hardware system is being implemented, project managers have to make many decisions. Costs have to be estimated and the time remaining to project…

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Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) Risk Assessments and Reuse 6/10

COTS Risk Assessments and Reuse Risk assessments End-users often benefit in cost and time to operation by purchasing commercial off the shelf (COTS) technology. The use of COTS can save money, but not always. Implementing processes that utilize COTS software may require special training for existing developers. COTS often require changes to the business systems,…

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Design in Software Engineering 5/10

Apologies It has been quite awhile since I last posted to this blog, but I have completed the discussion about Software Engineering and will be posting more regularly.  After the completion of my software engineering entries, I will be demonstrating real software engineering using XNA 2.0 (a toolkit from Microsoft for Game Programming) that works…

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Selecting a programming language 4/10

In selecting a programming language, a software engineer will need to consider the following: Is it a standards based language? Many programming languages are based on a standard; other languages are standard due to their age or use group size. In this decision: Is the language widely supported, whether or now it is a standard?…

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Requirements and Specification: Software Engineering 3/10

Requirements and Specification Creation and generation of requirements and specifications, students, unless they are working as consultants or with sales people, may have difficulty understanding how to generate requirements for a project.   Undergraduate students often have had little experience with adding code to an existing project, and usually have worked on homework problems that are…

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