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The rest of the story (about sand)

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A month ago I wrote about our newly enabled capability to measure quality of service on a customer by customer basis.  In that post I mentioned that we had actually identified a customer experiencing issues before they even contacted us about them and had started working with them to understand the issues.  Well, the rest of that story… We’ve identified the underlying issue.  The customer had an unusually large number of Team Projects in their account and some of our code paths were not scaling well, resulting in slower than expected response times.  We have debugged it, coded
a fix and will be deploying it with our next sprint deployment. Now that’s cool.  We’ve already started working with a few other of the accounts that have the lowest quality of service metrics.  Our plan is to make this a regular part of our sprint rhythm where, every sprint, we investigate a top few customer accounts on the list and try to deploy fixes within a sprint or two – improving the service every sprint. Brian
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Geo distribution and high availability in RavenDB

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A customer asks in the mailing list: Due to data protection requirements, we have to store a users data closest to where they signed up. For example if I sign up and I’m in London, my data should be stored in the EU. Given this, how do we ensure when replicating (we will have level 4 redundancy eventually), that any data originally written to a node within say the EU does not get replicated to a node in the states? The answer here is to use to features of RavenDB together. Sharding and Replication. It is a good thing
that they are orthogonal and can work together seamlessly. Here is how it looks like: The London based user will be sharded to the Ireland server. This server will be replicating to other Ireland based server (or to other servers in the EU). The data never leaves the EU (satisfying the data protection rules), but we get the high availability that we desire. At the same time, Canadian customers will be served from a nearby states based servers, and they, too, will be replicating to nearby servers. From a deployment standpoint, what we need to do is...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1657

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Information Conventional HTML in ASP.NET MVC: Replacing form helpers – Jimmy Bogard continues his series looking at building HTML input forms via a set of HTML5 form helper methods, exploring the implementation of the simpler HTML5 input types Short questions – Eric Lippert rounds out his short series of posts answering questions raised during his […]

Human javascript free eBook

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Thanks to a colleague I got to know about this free eBook: It’s not the typical dry to read tech book and doesn’t get you started with javascript. On the contrary it reads in a nice way and talks about what the author was confronted with and how he dealt with it. Something extra to read while sitting outside in the evening sun (when there is any in Belgium). Grz, Kris.

Noncovergence in transactional replication with updatable subscription

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Hello replication champs, 

I have a Transactional replication with updatable subscription setup having 1 publisher and 3 subscribers. All the servers are SQL 2008 and have conflict resolution policy set as subscriber wins. Of late, I have been observing data mismatch for few tables. However replication is running fine without any issue. I am trying to understand what could have caused this issue and how it could be avoided in future. 

Do you have any idea what might be causing this? Let me know if you need any further details. 

Hey Developers - is it UI, UX, UI/UX or something else?

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My recent venture into consulting has allowed me the privilege of working with a talented UX team. The interesting thing is I probably fell into a trap and misconception about their roles and responsibility like any other developer that has not worked with a group containing this specialization. I rack that up to lack of 1st hand experience, so I've appreciated the onboarding of more knowledge. While this may not be the 'perfect' account of the UX professional's world, it's hopefully at least insightful to the large community of developers in a similar position to me.
Recently on our company Yammer site I saw the following quote by my friend and colleague Anthony Handley:
STOP staying UX/UI. It's just UX.
This had me thinking to the previous times I had Googled Bing'd the phrases "UI vs UX" or "difference between UI and UX." These were turning up abstract and sometimes confusing explanations. One link I pulled up was probably the equivalent of a 30 page document! Is it that complex? Other descriptions would say stuff like "the bike is a UI and the user thinking about the purchase and the tire size is the UX..." OK strike 1 - awful...(Read whole news on source site)

Announcement: SharePoint Dev blog has moved

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This is the final SharePoint Dev blog post. We’ve moved to the Office Developer blog, in this new location: Please join us in this new location to keep reading all the latest news about SharePoint development. Don’t worry, we won’t delete any of these MSDN blog posts – they’ll stay here so you can continue to refer to them for the information you need. Here are all the places where you can join the Office Developer conversation: Twitter @OfficeDev Facebook Office Developer
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