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Career planning: Disaster recovery

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One of the more important things that you have to remember is that you should always be ready for failure. As developers, we are used to thinking about stuff like that in our code, but this is true for real life as well. I’m going to leave aside things like personal disasters for this post (things like car accidents, getting seriously sick, etc), because there are some ways to mitigate those (insurance, family, etc) and they really isn’t anything special in development to say about those. Instead, I want to talk about professional disasters. Those can be things like:
Company closing (nicely or otherwise). Getting fired. Product going under. Product doing badly. Reputation smear. High profile failure. Let me try take them in turn. The easiest one to handle is probably a company closing down, there is very little blame attached here, so there shouldn’t be an issue of having a new job. This is also the time to consider if you want to move tracks to be an independent or entrepreneur. Getting fired is a bit harder, but assuming that you weren’t fired for cause (such as negligence of criminal behavior), the old “everyone is downsizing” is...(Read whole news on source site)

The Future of IT Leaders

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I’ll need to elaborate on this at some point, to share what I’ve experienced across lots of businesses large and small, as well as some of the biggest businesses on the planet, as they transform themselves for the digital economy. Meanwhile, here is an interesting read on CIO Straight Talk magazine. In their words, "CIO Straight Talk is a series of "straight talking" articles from senior IT executives and leading companies and government and nonprofit organizations." This first edition is focused on learning, failing and learning in the Second Machine Age, and features two
non-practitioner experts on current topics: “Andrew McAfee, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age, cofounder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management, talks about ‘The CIO’s role in the enterprise of the future.’ Says McAfee: ‘The overall trend is that companies of all stripes will need, proportionately, many fewer people in IT. Those who remain will be very highly valued, very highly skilled, very important… Enterprises are going to need someone to help them navigate the second machine age… I think that if the CIO...(Read whole news on source site)

Classic Manhattan

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For most of my life, I was a man without a drink. Yeah, this is not a typical topic for this blog. I normally try to stick to writing about software and such but I've been in a bit of a rut. I hope it helps to change it up and write about something I've been enjoying lately. Now back to the story. I didn't drink in college because the environment was quite Lohanesque and that didn't appeal to me. For many college kids, the focus of drinking is to get wasted. The choice of alcohol is dictated by what a student
can afford and what will get them shitfaced most expediently. Not all college kids, mind you. But a lot. When I first started to frequent bars and clubs, my drink choices revolved around what drinks were sweet and would get me buzzed. I went through that puerile Long Island Iced Tea period. I had my brief infatuation with Adios Motherfuckers. Remember kids, blue drank spells trouble! But sometimes, trouble is exactly what you want. But when faced with a classy social situation, I always hesitated when it came to ordering a drink. I hadn't found my drink. I went through a Mojito...(Read whole news on source site)

A Different Angle: What is AngularJS?

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This post covers my presentation, AngularJS from a Different Angle, that I presented to the Atlanta JavaScript Meetup group on October 20th, 2014. This was just over a week after the Atlanta Code Camp, when I presented Let’s Build an Angular App! Many of the attendees are local and might have attended both events so I wanted to make something unique. It was then I realized that most Angular articles and presentations I see tend to walk through the Angular API. Did you know Angular has a factory? What about a
service? It does dependency injection, and oh, let me tell you about the data-binding! Although that can be useful, what does it look like when you take a step back and view it from a higher angle? In other words, if I’m in charge of an upcoming project and am putting together my toolbox, how would I look at these frameworks? Even before looking at features I’d probably want to know about real world use cases. How many times have you read a question posted that went something like, “Show me the money!” (Err, I know, it’s not really...(Read whole news on source site)

How to convert a string to enum in C#?

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Below is a sample code snippet demonstrating how to convert a string Eg: “Blue” to Enum value . How to convert a string to enum in C#? using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Data; using System.Linq; using System.Net; using System.Text; using System.Threading.Tasks; namespace GinktageConsoleApp { public enum Colors { Red = 1, Blue = 2, Green [...]...(Read whole news on source site)

Browse for a directory using FolderBrowserDialog in Winforms

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When developing a Windows Application , the developers can use the FolderBrowserDialog control which lets the user to select a directory. Browse for a directory using FolderBrowserDialog in Winforms Below is a sample code snippet demonstrating how to use the FolderBrowserDialog control using C# . string FolderGKPath = ""; FolderBrowserDialog folderBrowserDialog = new FolderBrowserDialog(); if [...]
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Popular C# profilers

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Are you looking for C# profilers ? . In this blog post , we list out some of the popular C# profilers. Popular C# profilers CLR Profiler for .NET Framework 4 The CLR Profiler allows developers to see the allocation profile of their managed applications. The CLR Profiler includes a number of very useful views [...]

Should MVA Jumpstarts cover most/all of an exam?

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On a recent comment on one of my blog posts, a reader wrote the following; Been trough the jumpstart and since my collagues also have been trough them and tried out the exam also. Seems Jumps start is not covering anymore the areas the exam nowadays includes. Seems more and more TFS 2013 related questions are coming in exams. Hearing what was in the exam from collagues (“best” example was around 15 questions of 48 were not covered by current jumps start at all) I am a bit worried if I should go and try anyhow. Is there anything of
this uncovered area available (I have the current (TFSadmin and TFS instal helps available aleready)? […] The post Should MVA Jumpstarts cover most/all of an exam? appeared first on My ALM Blog....(Read whole news on source site)

ALM Forum 2015 conference – Seattle May 18-22, 2015

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The ALM Forum conference is happening again in Seattle in May 2015. This conference is a must-see event for serious ALM practitioners especially those focusing on the Microsoft ALM suite. The event is moving from the Washington State Convention Center to the Bells Harbor Conference Center which is around a 7min drive away. For those people familiar with the Seattle waterfront, the conference center is halfway between the Seattle Aquarium and where the Victoria Clippers depart from. Registration for the ALM Forum has just opened on the event website. Here are some important dates to remember for some great savings
if you act soon. Super Early Bird ($1295) for registrations up until December 1st. Conference […] The post ALM Forum 2015 conference – Seattle May 18-22, 2015 appeared first on My ALM Blog....(Read whole news on source site)

AngularJs and Promises with the $http Service

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When using the $http service with Angular I’ve often wondered why the $http service opts to use a custom Promise instance that has extension methods for .success() and .error(). rather than relying on the more standard .then() function to handle the callbacks. Traditional promises (using the $q Service in Angular) have a .then() function to provide a continuation on success or failure, and .then() receives parameters for a success and failure callback. The various $http.XXXX functions however, typically use the .success() and .error() functions to handle callbacks. Underneath the $http callbacks there is still a $q Promise, but the extension
functions abstract away some of the ugliness that is internal to the $http service. This might explain that when looking at samples of Angular code that use the $http service inside of custom services, I often see code that creates a new wrapper Promise and returns that back to the caller rather than the original $http Promise. The idea is simple enough – you want to create a service that captures the data and stores is and then notify the controller that the data has changed or refreshed. Let’s look at a few different approaches to help us understand...(Read whole news on source site)

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