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Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 23th

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This week we are releasing our sprint 71 work on VS Online.  You can read more about the changes on the news page.  In the past, we’ve struggled with how to “time” the publishing of release notes with the deployment of the software.  As we get more and more instances (we have 4 now and will be adding a 5th one soon), it becomes increasingly hard to get any timing right.  Starting this sprint we are going to publish the release notes when the upgrade for the first public instance starts.  That means the release notes will always be
available a little before the features are but should usually be, at most, a couple of days earlier (and less for many people). I also wanted to comment on one thing mentioned in the news post: work item performance. I mentioned last sprint that we are bringing some larger internal teams onto TFS/VS Online internally and, in that process, we’ve run into some performance (and usability) issues.  We made some progress on them last sprint and more this sprint. A couple of examples: Work Item form loading – One of the teams has...(Read whole news on source site)

O’Reilly Deal on designing scalable systems to 05:00 PT 1 October 2014

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Originally posted on:’Reilly are offering 50% off a range of books designing scalable systems to 05:00 PT 1 October 2014 at Getting Started with Impala “This practical book shows you how to write, tune, and port SQL queries and other statements for a Big Data environment using Impala, the open source, MPP SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop. The best practices outlined inside help database developers and business analysts design schemas that interoperate with other Hadoop components, are convenient for administers to manage and monitor, and accommodate future expansion in data
size and evolution of software capabilities.” Using Flume “Using Flume shows operations engineers how to configure, deploy, and monitor a Flume cluster, and teaches developers how to write Flume plugins and custom components for their specific use-cases. You’ll learn about Flume’s design and implementation, as well as various features that make it highly scalable, flexible, and reliable. Code examples and exercises are available on GitHub.” Designing Data-Intensive Applications “Want to know how the best software engineers and architects structure their applications to make them scalable, reliable,...(Read whole news on source site)

What is new in RavenDB 3.0: Operations–Optimizations

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One of the important roles operations has is going to an existing server and checking if everything is fine. This is routine maintenance stuff. It can be things like checking if we have enough disk space for our expected growth, or if we don’t have too many indexes. Here is some data from this blog’s production system: Note that we have the squeeze button, for when you need to squeeze every bit of perf out of the system. Let us see what happens when I click it (I used a different production db, because this one was already
optimized). Here is what we get: You can see that RavenDB suggest that we’ll merge indexes, so we can reduce the overall number of indexes we have. We can also see recommendations for deleting unused indexes in general. The idea is that we keep track of those stats and allow you to make decisions based on those stats. So you don’t have to go by gut feeling or guesses....(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1700

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Today marks another century in the Morning Brew Software Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 (And More) Available – John Montgomery announces the release of the second Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 (And More) Available – John Montgomery announces the release of the […]