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Offshore Development: How Not to Screw It Up In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, an entertainment executive/TV producer turned serial entrepreneur, will present a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project results within possible constraints You will see how it is possible to find your perfect software development partner and establish a long-term business partnership in the world of offshore development. Speaker Bio Alan Winters is an entertainment executive/TV producer turned serial entrepreneur. After spending two deca... (more)

Software Error vs Exception – In Real World Examples | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

Software Error vs Exception - In Real World Examples By Matt Watson After 15+ years of software development, I still use the words error and exception interchangeably. But is there a difference between exceptions and errors? I think it is best to make the distinction with some examples of errors vs exceptions. Example #1: Dishwasher Errors Let's use this example of a dishwasher. Both images depict a problem, or error, that happened with the dishwasher. One was clearly user error of putting in the wrong type of soap. The other was an error that the dishwasher recognized and showed an error code for this. I think this dishwasher example perfectly sums up the difference between an error and an exception. Both of these problems were errors. The difference here is the designer and engineers designed the product to handle one of the errors. It was an exception that the e... (more)

Software Deployment Tips and Tricks with ITNinja

Many organizations are trying to find the time to do remediation and updates with software such as Windows 7. In some cases it's taking them 6-8 months just to complete these tasks, especially when complications like Windows 8 are added in. So the question is - are there quick tips that your IT team can access in order to streamline the process to save time and money? Utilizing ITNInja will help build your IT team's knowledgebase. Keeping up with changes in technology and understanding the demands of doing so is critical, especially in business. ITNinja is a resource site with excellent software development tips and tricks shared by IT professionals to help with just such processes. Here are four steps that will help your IT team in streamlining applications. ... (more)

Private Cloud Management

Platform Computing has announced a new software product for managing private cloud environments. Platform ISF is an end-to-end cloud management product for enterprises to build and run their private clouds. It is the centerpiece of Platform's cloud strategy and will be made available for beta in June with general availability planned for the Fall. As the longtime leader in grid and HPC management software, Platform Computing is expanding its product offerings to support the needs of mainstream business applications, leveraging its strong technology and experience in deploying large-scale shared compute environments. Platform ISF is computing infrastructure sharing software for private cloud management. Private clouds generally refer to resources pooled together in a shared IT infrastructure to run applications for business users. Platform ISF creates private clouds... (more)

Government Social Media & Cloud Computing

GovIT at Cloud Expo June 23, 2009 - During this morning’s IAC breakfast, discussing “Transparency, Collaboration and Web 2.0”, a panelist made a very interesting point. While the US Federal Government’s use of Internet social media services and cloud-based information-sharing applications is well underway, albeit at the very earliest of stages (mainly due to significant policy, privacy, security and simple “newness” issues), by far one of the major risks lies with accountability. Accountability in collaboration and information-sharing environments is typically achieved to some degree by association of metadata with the information packages being exchanged, or with the “containers” of online events and the trusted identities of those participating in the dialogue. With social media applications and contexts like Twitter or Facebook, however, there are far too many w... (more)

What the Stimulus Plan Means for Your Business

The mantra heard most often in business these days is "Do More With Less." For many businesses, cutting costs while trying to grow—or even sustain their place in the market—is easier said than done. What could help many businesses is gaining access to some of that $787 Billion in Federal Stimulus Package monies. Not surprisingly, many small companies [94% of them according to a recent Intuit survey] said that, "success depends more on what they do for themselves than the government." Steve King from Emergent Research—when interviewed by Entrepreneur about the survey—said he's not surprised by that attitude. The money has only just started to flow - like only 2% to 5% thus far. Steve is one of the experts tapped to clarify the opportunities presented by the Federal Stimulus Package in an upcoming online event: The Stimulus Package: What Does It Mean For Your Business ... (more)

Photos: Travelers Eye Summer Savings at Vacation Rental Homes

NEWTON, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor((R)), the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced its vacation rentals survey of more than 2,800 travelers. Forty-three percent of travelers said they are staying at a vacation rental in the next 12 months, and 24 percent are staying or have stayed at a vacation rental this summer. Forty-three percent believe there are good deals to be had on vacation rentals this summer. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/tripadvisor/37968/ (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080902/TRIPADVISORLOGO ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090716/NY47423LOGO ) This spring, TripAdvisor announced the availability of vacation rentals and the innovative Vacation Rentals Calculator (www.tripadvisor.com/#Calculator) on tripadvisor.com. More than 90,00... (more)

Adobe Flash Media Server on iPhone

Modulation Index, LLC announced  that the Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app for Apple iPhone is the first ever iPhone application to natively support the true RTMP protocol for streaming audio via Adobe Flash Media Server. Radio stations can now use a single standard streaming format to serve MPEG-4 HE AAC v2 audio to listeners on Windows, Mac, and Apple iPhone. In addition, Modulation Index announced that this functionality is also available immediately to all station customers taking delivery of customized versions of its iPhone radio app. The Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app for Apple iPhone is a custom version of the Modulation Index iPhone radio app. By supporting MPEG-4 HE AAC v2 audio delivered over Adobe Flash Media server protocol, the Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app enables a listening experience with more stability and higher audio quality than the more typical MP3 or HE AAC v1 over ... (more)

Performance Tuning Essentials for Java

In light of today's compressed development cycles, multi-tiered application architectures and complex technologies, many organizations are challenged to get reliable yet scalable enterprise Java applications out the door in a timely manner. Devoting a small amount of energy throughout the development process to identify, address, and correct performance obstacles can lower the risks and costs associated with poorly performing applications over the life of the code. Java performance tuning simply means optimizing your code for speed, reliability, scalability and maintainability. Producing truly scalable, lightning-fast Java SE and Java EE applications demands clarity of purpose and well-understood programming priorities. A major benefit of adopting regular performance tuning cycles is instantly seeing exactly which parts of your applications represent critical bottl... (more)

The Unofficial History of Software Engineering

First, there was One Tier, and it was good. Back in the eighties, there was one mainframe and users’ dumb terminals were connecting this one and only Big Iron. These 3270 terminals were called dumb because they had only a keyboard and a monitor. No CPU. It was simply an I/O device. Two Tiers. Thanks to Bill Gates, PCs with their own CPUs came to the masses, and in the end of the '80s and early '90 I was developing Client-Server applications with fat clients – part of the calculations was done locally and the data was sitting in the remote DBMS server. Life was simple. The resumes of the developers were simple too. You’d only need to know SQL to manipulate the data and some programming language. C++ would do. Too difficult to learn? Use SQLWindows, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, or Delphi instead. The main subject for discussions: where to put business logic – in the fa... (more)

Book Review: C# 4 Unleashed

The author of this book starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question as I turned to the introduction. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far as C# 4.0 books go, I have read C# 4.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference, Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, and CLR via C# (Dev-Pro) . All very good books, very good!!! C# 4.0 Unleashed belongs on the shelf with them. The author does indeed break down the C# language in a unique and very enjoyable way. The book starts out with a great overview of the .NET Framework and history of C#. The author breaks the history down by versions. He continues this theme throughout the book as he covers features. He includes an icon indicating which version of C# included the feature he is going t... (more)