Dear Job Seeker, So you're looking for a new job in I.T.? First, how many users group and software groups do you visit each month? These are a GREAT way to meet potential co-workers and potential employers. To find them, search on meetup.com for “software”, and, separately, “users groups”, and also “developer”. There are tons … Continue reading Open Letter to Job Seekers in Information Technology
When Loading Data, Should I Drop Indexes or Not?
I just ran a few simple tests in Azure SQL DB to see how each would perform. I have a target table with an identity column that is the clustered primary key, and two other indexes that are the same except for the field order. (Whether having both is useful is a question for another … Continue reading When Loading Data, Should I Drop Indexes or Not?
A New Adventure…
I've added a few new acronyms to my life this past week: BMI, BNA, and TN. I've accepted a position at Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), which is in Nashville (BNA) Tennessee (TN). This will require a move from Charlotte to Nashville. Something we are going to have to work on over the next few weeks. … Continue reading A New Adventure…
The 3 Things a Project Needs to Accomplish – Highest Level Requirements Document for an Agile Project
Often, in an agile software development project, there can be a “fly by the seat of your pants” feel to the development effort as stories are created, prioritized and scheduled into Sprints without formal Requirements. One way to handle this lack, is to create a “3 Things My Agile Project Needs to Accomplish” document.
Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates
Which Version of Visual Studio do I Have? Because I couldn't find it on the web, here's a list of the Visual Studio 2013 Version numbers for each of the Updates: VS 2012 Version Version ID Shell - RTM 11.0.50727.1 Update 5 11.0.61219.00 VS 2013 Version Version ID RTM 12.0.21005.1 Update 1 12.0.30110.0 Update 2 … Continue reading Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates
New BI SharePoint Server Showed Up
I love that no one told me the new BI Server for SharePoint was up. Grrr..... And, lo and behold, despite the requisition stating clearly that it needed Windows 2012 on it, I still got Windows 2008. Aahhh! I fixed that with an in-place upgrade to Windows 2012 R2. Hopefully, that won't bugger it … Continue reading New BI SharePoint Server Showed Up
Purpose and Principles of the Data Layer
At its core, the Data Layer’s main purpose is: Data Layer’s Main Purpose: To abstract all interactions with the database so that business objects can be written to deal with business rules, not with database interaction. For example, when promoting a standard Deal, the business logic comprises: validate that the Deal is in a promotable … Continue reading Purpose and Principles of the Data Layer
IdeaBlade DevForce – Model Setup Walk-through – Background
I know the world is about to change in April when VS2010 goes live, however, we are still using VS2008 and will be for at least a few more weeks. In the hopes that this walk-through provides some insight to someone, even if it is just me, here goes. Background We are creating a Silverlight … Continue reading IdeaBlade DevForce – Model Setup Walk-through – Background
What A Lot Has Changed
Seasons Change… Greener Pastures?
After spending several months figuring out how to automate the build of a Java app in using Maven, CruiseControl and myriad other tools, I took a job where I can return to working with Microsoft technology. However, little did I know, the greener grass wasn't mowed and disguised the morass that is web development anyway. … Continue reading Seasons Change… Greener Pastures?