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And then, six years later…

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Way back on the Ides of March 2006, I started at DevExpress in my current position of CTO (“What? Stuck? No promotions since then?” Etc.). Six years to the day. A lot of things have happened during that time but, rather than look back in a semi self-congratulatory way (which, after all, is boring to anyone but me), I want to look forward over the next few years – in essence the remit of what a CTO should do: identifying trends and technologies to watch and follow. To be honest, though, my predictions aren’t really going to impress
anyone who already follows the tech news and blogs. And, yes, I dare say there’ll be some “well, if the CTO is saying *this*, why the heck are DevExpress doing *that*” moments. First off, the big thing is the move away from desktops and laptops to tablets. We’re already seeing this trend in the retail space: Horace Dediu in Asymco, using some very conservative assumptions, recently estimated that sales of tablet units would overtake sales of traditional PCs in fall 2013, some eighteen months away. [When will tablets outsell traditional PCs?]. Already we are starting to see what’s...(Read whole news on source site)

C++ Little Wonders: The C++11 auto keyword redux

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I’ve decided to create a sub-series of my Little Wonders posts to focus on C++.  Just like their C# counterparts, these posts will focus on those features of the C++ language that can help improve code by making it easier to write and maintain.  The index of the C# Little Wonders can be found here. This has been a busy week with a rollout of some new website features here at my work, so I don’t have a big post for this week.  But I wanted to write something up, and since lately I’ve been
renewing my C++ skills in a separate project, it seemed like a good opportunity to start a C++ Little Wonders series.  Most of my development work still tends to focus on C#, but it was great to get back into the saddle and renew my C++ knowledge.  Today I’m going to focus on a new feature in C++11 (formerly known as C++0x, which is a major move forward in the C++ language standard).  While this small keyword can seem so trivial, I feel it is a big step forward in improving readability in C++ programs. The auto...(Read whole news on source site)

Nightly news, 16 March 2012

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WPF Elements Added DataSeries.IsShownInLegend property to allow series to be excluded from the legend If a type is edited in the property grid through a type converter instead of a TypeEditor, the grid now shows subproperties if the type converter derives from ExpandableObjectConverter Added support for IBindingList as a source for the DataGrid Fixed a [...]

Monitoring and Service Management for Distributed Environments

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Event Lobby (EVENT: 403172):

The Consumerization of IT at end points and within data centers is being driven by a raft of technology and market changes - Cloud, virtualization, exploding mobile end points (tablets, smartphones, etc.) and proliferating service providers. These changes are fundamentally shifting the role of IT organizations and CIOs. IT is stepping up to become a driver for positive change in the business – forging and managing relationships
with cloud and other service providers to provide higher levels of service at lower costs for “non-core” services, and using freed resource to deliver key differentiation that drives business growth. 

In this session we’ll briefly cover the key elements of these trends, how they drive new roles within IT, and the changes from traditional Monitoring and Service Management needed to set and keep SLAs within these new, distributed environments.
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Organization & Architecture UNISA Studies – Chap 6

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  Learning Outcomes Discuss the physical characteristics of magnetic disks Describe how data is organized and accessed on a magnetic disk Discuss the parameters that play a role in the performance of magnetic disks Describe different optical memory devices Magnetic Disk The way data is stored on and retried from magnetic disks Data is recorded on and later retrieved form the disk via a conducting coil named the head (in many systems there are two heads)
The writ mechanism exploits the fact that electricity flowing through a coil produces a magnetic field. Electric pulses are sent to the write head, and the resulting magnetic patterns are recorded on the surface below with different patterns for positive and negative currents The physical characteristics of a magnetic disk   Summarize from book   The factors that play a role in the performance of a disk Seek time – the time it takes to position the head at the track Rotational delay / latency – the...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily WP7 Development News 15 March 2012

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