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Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” and “Data Hub” Previews Don’t Appear Ready for BigData

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Or even MediumData, for that matter: Background Uploading with Microsoft Codename “Data Hub” Uploading with Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” Conclusion Neither the Codename “Data Transfer” utility nor Codename “Data Hub” application CTPs would load 500,000 rows of a simple Excel worksheet saved as a 17-MB *.csv file to an SQL Azure table. The “Data Transfer” utility’s Choose a File to Transfer page states: “We support uploading of files smaller than 200 MB, right now,” but
neither preview publishes a row count limit that I can find. “Data Hub” uses “Data Transfer” to upload data, so the maximum file size would apply to it, too. Both Windows Azure SaaS offerings handled a 100-row subset with aplomb, so the issue appears to be row count, not data structure. Background The Creating the Azure Blob Source Data section of my Using Data from Windows Azure Blobs with Apache Hadoop on Windows Azure CTP post of 4/6/2012 described the data set I wanted to distribute via a publicly accessible, free Windows Azure...(Read whole news on source site)

Videolan 2.0.1 is now available

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Videolan 2.0.1 is now available at

VideoLAN and the VLC development team present VLC 2.0.1 "Twoflower", a major new release. With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC. Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos. This version also fixes important security issues.

#mvvmlight V4RC available on #nuget

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I just published the MVVM Light V4 RC packages to Nuget. Note that this is still technically a preview, so the main package is still V3. The V4 packages are available here: Package with libraries and content:
When you install this package into a “virgin” application (i.e. an application without ViewModelLocator, preferably a brand new application), it installs a new ViewModel folder with a MainViewModel, ViewModelLocator and adds an entry into the App.xaml file to intialize a the ViewModelLocator in the global resources.
/>Do not use this package if you want only the libraries, this will add content files! Package with libraries only:
This installs and references only the libraries. Both packages are available for Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, Silverlight 5, .NET3.5SP1, .NET4, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 and Windows 8 (WinRT). That last one is brand new! :) Nuget prerequisites Follow the steps to install Nuget (if needed): In Visual Studio 10 or 11, select the menu Tools, Extension Manager. ...(Read whole news on source site)

What is Wilder Minds?

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As many of you have known for a while, I've been running my AgiliTrain training company focusing on technologies like Silverlight, WPF and the Web. My interest in training isn't going away, but I've yearned to work with a small group of thought leaders to help companies in more innovative ways. With this goal in mind, I am launching Wilder Minds. The vision for Wilder Minds is to be a complete solution for companies who are trying to move to new technologies (like Windows 8, HTML5/JS, Mobile Development, node.js, etc.) Instead of just doing training,
we're expanding to help in three primary ways: Training (like we've always done) Development Coaching Training Wilder Minds is still focused on training. We are still building and teaching our courseware as we did as AgiliTrain. This hasn't changed. We have adapted to the changing way people are taking training and suspending our publically-held courses. We won't be doing our "Tours" any longer, but we will continue to teach our courses (and custom courseware) as clients request them. In addition, we're continuing to build courses for PluralSight and do some remote classes. Training is still a major focus...(Read whole news on source site)

Overcoming Burnout for Programmers …

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Just came across this interesting and good article on Burnout by Scott Boms . I have already read this some time back and might be a bit old article too but the content mentioned in it is definitely worth  reading specially for Programmers . Scott explains the term “Burnout” and explains Freudenberger’s research on it [...]

Presenting Numbers with Skill

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At Microsoft, we get a lot of chances to present numbers.   Whether it’s making a project pitch, or writing our reviews and quantifying our impact, numbers are everywhere.   And when we aren’t the one presenting, we are often reviewing the numbers that other people are presenting. It’s one thing to know the numbers.  It’s another to share the numbers in a meaningful way. As a Program Manager for several years, I’ve had to manage, show, and report on budgets.  I’ve had to quantify impact.  I’ve had to report status on key metrics.    I’ve had to figure out velocity
and burn down.   I’ve had to show schedules and variance.   I’ve had to present estimates and calculate risk.   It comes with the turf.   Part of making impact, is knowing how to show it. The problem is, we don’t always get the best mentors or the best examples.   We don’t really learn how to present numbers in school, at least not with the same focus we get on learning how to read, write, and speak.   The more I see complicated charts and confusing figures that obfuscate key points, the more I appreciate the value of simplicity and elegance in presenting...(Read whole news on source site)

RavenDB 1.2 work has started (and a road map)

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Two years after the launch of RavenDB 1.0, (preceded by several years of working on 1.0, of course). We are now starting to actually plan and work on RavenDB 1.2. You can read the planned roadmap here. RavenDB 1.2 is a big release, for several reasons. We are going to break RavenDB into several distinct editions, from the RavenDB Basic, suitable for small apps to RavenDB Standard which is the current version and all the way up to RavenDB enterprise, which is going to get some awesome features (windows clustering, index encryption, etc). We are also going to
have plans for ISVs, which will allow them royalty free distribution of RavenDB for their customers. We are going to update our pricing structure. You’ll hear more about this when we have finalized pricing. Because I am well aware of the possible questions, I suggest reading the thread discussing both editions and pricing in the mailing list: I will repeat again that we haven’t yet made final pricing decisions, so don’t take the numbers thrown around in those threads as gospel, but they are pretty close to what we will have. This is the boring...(Read whole news on source site)