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Getting your teams to communicate effectively

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Lets be honest here. For a very long time, if I had to choose between an averagely skilled but well-spoken developer and a very skilled and experienced introvert, I would probably choose the first. And yes, I do realize that these are two extremes and that most people have characteristics of both. So please don’t flame me for saying this. Nonetheless, I (still) believe that multi-disciplinary agile teams need to foster open communication. In such a setting, you just can't work in isolation that long. XP practices like pair programming and swarming on stories is the common thing people do.
Consequently, having somebody in the team that has difficulty expressing him or herself in Dutch or English can be considered as a impediment. But before I'm going to talk in solutions, let me share some of the symptoms I've observed first hand. Communication Impediments I think many experienced scrum masters will recognize this, but when I was still part of a Scrum team, we regularly had retrospective and sprint demos. Somehow, the same people were either always speaking or always silent. Even tricks like brain storming using post-its and dot voting didn’t...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Toolbox: Cloud Enable a WPF LOB App Part 1

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In this episode, the first of two parts, I begin exploring how you can modernize your existing WPF line of business applications and move to the cloud. The demo app uses WCF and SQL Server. I first move the data to Azure SQL and then publish the WCF service to an Azure Web site. And I don't have to touch the code in the app! This episode is based on the first half of the Cloud-Enable a Windows Presentation Foundation LOB App course on the Microsoft Virtual Academy. That course goes into much more detail, particularly on Azure. The sample
code and the scripts used are available at
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Renewed as SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2015

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Aprils fools day and for the sixth time I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) recognition for SharePoint Server. Dear Wictor Wilen,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year. Thank you Microsoft, my employer and those in the community that still gives me the kicks in contributing on- and offline.
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stop explaining it away

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This last weekend, I had a rather new experience. It wasn’t something I expected, and I wasn’t sure how to react to it. My initial reaction was a little bit of surprise, mixed with a desire to just explain things away. I wanted to deny the experience… of others, and of myself. Ironically, this was […]

How ASP.NET MVC 6 discovers controllers?

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In the past I did a couple of blog posts (here and here) about how ASP.NET Web API discovers controllers. ASP.NET MVC 6 supports both regular controllers (inheriting from Controller base type) and POCO controllers. Let’s have a look at how the discovery of them happens in ASP.NET MVC 6. Note that the code and […]The post How ASP.NET MVC 6 discovers controllers? appeared first on StrathWeb.

Strangest support calls for RavenDB

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We have a support hotline for RavenDB, and usually we get people that give us “good” problems to solve. And then we have the people who… don’t. The following are a few of the strangest issues from the past month or so. OutOfMemoryException is thrown when running RavenDB in 32 bits mode, and documents of size of 50-70MB size are used. Solution – When running in 32 bits mode, RavenDB only have 2GB of virtual memory to work with, and that is really not enough to do much. There is no reason today for any server app to
run in 32bits mode. Also, a 70MB document?! Seriously! Very slow startup time for RavenDB when the number of indexes approaches 20,000. Solution – That isn’t a typo, honest. We had a customer that sent us a database that had 19,273 indexes in it. When they restarted the database, we had to load all of those indexes, and that took a… while. And no, those weren’t dynamic indexes, they were static indexes that (I hope, at least) were probably generate by a tool. Index creation can take a long time when the number of map indexes in a...(Read whole news on source site)