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What is Insight?

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"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Some say we’re in the Age of Insight.  Others say insight is the new currency in the Digital Economy. And still others say that insight is the backbone of innovation. Either way, we use “insight” an awful lot without talking about what insight actually is. So, what is insight? I thought it was time to finally do a deeper dive on what insight actually is.  Here is my elaboration of “insight” on Sources of Insight: Insight
You can think of it as “insight explained.” The simple way that I think of insight, or those “ah ha” moments, is by remembering a question Ward Cunningham uses a lot: “What did you learn that you didn’t expect?” or “What surprised you?” Ward uses these questions to reveal insights, rather than have somebody tell him a bunch of obvious or uneventful things he already knows.  For example, if you ask somebody what they learned at their presentation training, they’ll tell you that they learned how to present more effectively, speak more confidently, and communicate their ideas...(Read whole news on source site)

#Windows 10 is available for download and free upgrade

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It’s 29th July 2015 and long waited Windows 10 has been finally launched globally. If you are a consumer, you can now download and upgrade your Windows 7/8.x system for free. If you are a Windows Insider, you might have already installed it a few days ago. This post will cover how to download the Windows 10 installation media and create an ISO image using the “Windows 10 media creation tool”.   If you are already part of Windows Insider, you might have already upgraded to this latest build: 10240 few days ago. If you didn’t participate in this beta
testers group and already have Reserved your free copy Windows 10, you might have already got the notification to download and install the latest OS from Microsoft, provided you have either Windows 7 or Windows 8.x system. In case you are not part of any one of the above and missed to reserve your copy of Windows 10, Microsoft has provided an option to upgrade your system (Windows 7, Windows 8.x) using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Using this tool, you can either upgrade your PC now or create an installation media (either USB directly or an

DevOps and PowerShell - Publish a NuGet package as part of build process

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NuGet is a free, open source package management system for .NET platform, which helps in easy dependency management. Using NuGet very easy for project owners to build and define package dependencies which will be included in the package during the packaging process and later publish this to the repository for usage by external users.

Users can later install the package by searching in the NuGet source repository which will automatically download and install the dependencies as well. You can use the NuGet command line utility to create packages from a specification file and later publish them to the repository
whenever needed. If you want to automate the process of package creation and publishing from a TFS build process, you can make use of custom PowerShell scripts that can be invoked as part of the build process. The Team Foundation Build template (TfvcTemplate.12.xaml) provides the capability to extend the build process by using PowerShell scripts at stages like Pre build and Post build.

You can use the default template to run PowerShell and batch (.bat) scripts before and after you compile your code, and before and after your run your tests. During the script execution you can make use...(Read whole news on source site)

Who do you want to KISS? - About simplicity in coding

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Originally posted on: does KISS really mean? How do you write KISS code like required by TDD for phase two when going from red to green? To answer that we need to know what simplicity is. Wikipedia says “Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. Something which is easy to understand or explain seems simple, in contrast to something complicated.” Well, that helps, doesn’t it? No, I don’t think so. Because it begs the question: What is easy to understand? I was wandering in the dark for a
long time myself. Couldn’t really get a hold on simplicity. I had the feeling I knew what it meant - but then it still was hard to explain. But fortunately those days are over. What one day cleared my understanding was a simple sentence I read on a page of B.J. Fogg: “Simplicity is a function of your scarcest resource at that moment.” Suddenly simplicity was easy to recognize and to apply. But let me explain what my understanding of this definition is: function of: Simplicity is...(Read whole news on source site)

Getting Started with ProcMon for Troubleshooting Long Running Processes

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Originally posted on:   In this post I will cover a few tips for getting started with using ProcMon (Process Monitor in the Sysinternals Suite) for troubleshooting long running processes.  Note that I am not an expert in ProcMon by a long shot, so this is more of a selfish post to remind myself of some key settings to be sure to configure.    Side note.  You can run the Sysinternals tools from the web at Sysinternals Live without needing to download the tools to your local machine.  This is useful if your customer /
organization doesn’t allow installing / running 3rd party tools or has concerns about running them directly on a machine.   Background    Skip down to the Tips section if you don’t want to read the back story.    At least once a month I have a customer scenario where two or more applications are not playing nice with each other.  A .Net website and anti-virus software, SharePoint and server backup software, etc.  Usually the problem involves one piece of software placing a write-lock or exclusive hold on a file / registry entry while the other...(Read whole news on source site)

Production postmortem: The evil licensing code

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A customer gave us a call about a failure they were experiencing in their production environment. They didn’t install the license that they purchased for some reason, and when they tried to install that, RavenDB will not run. There is what this looked like: Once I had all those details, it was pretty easy to figure out what was going on. I asked the client to send me the Raven.Server.exe.config file, just to verify it, and sure enough, here are the problematic lines:
This is the default configuration, and this failure is
actually the expected and desired behavior. What is going on? This customer was running RavenDB in a development mode, without a license. That means that the server is open to all. When you install a license, that is a pretty strong indication that you are using RavenDB in production. It is actually common to see users installing the development mode in production, and registering the license at a later date, for various reasons. The problem with that is that this means that at least for a while, they were running with “everyone is admin” mode, which is great for development, but...(Read whole news on source site)

Ingredients for well-designed OWIN middleware components - Part 7

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In the sixth post of this series I talked about how you can use Swagger to create real useful documentation for your API. In this seventh and probably last post, I'd like to present some spices to make that OWIN middleware component extra special.

Spice 1: Automate your entire build process using PSake
So you've completed the first version of your component and you're ready to ship it as a NuGet package. Manually creating that .nuspec file, running nuget.exe and publishing it to is not that difficult to do. But now what? Are you going to do it like that forever?
Of course not. That's why we have the power of PowerShell to our disposal, something that I already demonstrated with ingredient 6.

Spice 2: Choose the right release strategy
Now that you have your first release out of the door, you'll have to start thinking about when and how you're going to release feature versions of your component. Is any change you make that good that you can ship right away? Or do you first want to stabilize upcoming releases by shipping alpha or beta packages to be tested by your consumers. Within the git open-source world, two...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1913

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Information RyuJIT Bug Advisory in the .NET Framework 4.6 – Rich Lander .NET Lifecycle, Roadmap, and Announcements – Joe Irizarry & Reed Robison Getting Started with Windows 10 – Scott Hanselman Differences between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education Editions – Scott Ge Introducing TypeScript npm nightlies – Jonathan Turner A Complete List of […]

Rx Challenge #8 Solution

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this post is part of series, the hole series can be found in here. this challenge was all about buffering the data on suspension period and flush it out on resume. the idea is to suspend the observable notification for a while without loosing data. the following diagram show the required functionality Marble Diagram /************************************************* […]