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100 Top Agile Blogs

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Luis Goncalves has put together a list called the 100 Top Agile Blogs: If you don't know Luis, he lives and breathes driving adoption of Agile practices. Luis is also an Agile Coach, Co-Author, Speaker, and Blogger.  He is also the co-founder of a MeetUp group called High Performing Teams, and he is a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. Here is a preview of the list of top 100 Agile Blogs:   For the rest of the list, check out 100 Top Agile Blogs.
Lists like these are a great way to discover blogs you may not be aware of.   While there will be a bunch of blogs you already know, chances are, with that many at a glance, there will be at least a few new ones you can add to your reading list.
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Hello World Podcast Changes

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Last November when I decided to start the Hello World Podcast, I wasn’t sure how long I could sustain it. I’m having fun doing the show and getting to speak to the most amazing people in our field. I’m most surprised by the different stories. Because I started with a computer as a kid and then just fell into software, I thought I’d get that story over and over again. But that’s not been the case for the most part. I’ve heard from people who were in medical school, fighter pilots, retail management, and even people who thought
they hated writing software. It’s been an amazing year. It’s been a crazy year for me. As many of you know I got married, got rid of most of my worldly possessions and I am travelling the world for a year ( So sustaining the show and everything else I am doing has been a bit of a chore. Scheduling guests when you’re six to ten hours difference in time zones has been a challenge. Hoping to get decent internet service so that we can do the calls over Skype has been more difficult than I imagined. But...(Read whole news on source site)

Programmatically force create a new LocalDB database

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I have spent the last week working in an integration test suite that seemed to be taking ages to run its first test. I ran a profiler on the setup, and noticed a few things that were cheap to improve. The first one was how a new LocalDB database was being created.
An empty database file was included into the project. When running the setup, this file would replace the existing test database. However, when there were open connections to the test database - SQL Server Management Studio for example - replacing it would fail. To
avoid this, the SQL server process was being killed before copying the file, waiting for it to come back up.

Another way to create a new database, is by running a script on master. You can force close open connections to the existing database, by putting the database in single user mode and rolling back open transactions. You can also take advantage of creation by script to set up a sane size to avoid the database having to grow while running your tests. When you specify the database size, you need to also specify the filename; I'm using the...(Read whole news on source site)

Career planning: Disaster recovery

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One of the more important things that you have to remember is that you should always be ready for failure. As developers, we are used to thinking about stuff like that in our code, but this is true for real life as well. I’m going to leave aside things like personal disasters for this post (things like car accidents, getting seriously sick, etc), because there are some ways to mitigate those (insurance, family, etc) and they really isn’t anything special in development to say about those. Instead, I want to talk about professional disasters. Those can be things like:
Company closing (nicely or otherwise). Getting fired. Product going under. Product doing badly. Reputation smear. High profile failure. Let me try take them in turn. The easiest one to handle is probably a company closing down, there is very little blame attached here, so there shouldn’t be an issue of having a new job. This is also the time to consider if you want to move tracks to be an independent or entrepreneur. Getting fired is a bit harder, but assuming that you weren’t fired for cause (such as negligence of criminal behavior), the old “everyone is downsizing” is...(Read whole news on source site)

The Future of IT Leaders

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I’ll need to elaborate on this at some point, to share what I’ve experienced across lots of businesses large and small, as well as some of the biggest businesses on the planet, as they transform themselves for the digital economy. Meanwhile, here is an interesting read on CIO Straight Talk magazine. In their words, "CIO Straight Talk is a series of "straight talking" articles from senior IT executives and leading companies and government and nonprofit organizations." This first edition is focused on learning, failing and learning in the Second Machine Age, and features two
non-practitioner experts on current topics: “Andrew McAfee, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age, cofounder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management, talks about ‘The CIO’s role in the enterprise of the future.’ Says McAfee: ‘The overall trend is that companies of all stripes will need, proportionately, many fewer people in IT. Those who remain will be very highly valued, very highly skilled, very important… Enterprises are going to need someone to help them navigate the second machine age… I think that if the CIO...(Read whole news on source site)

Classic Manhattan

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For most of my life, I was a man without a drink. Yeah, this is not a typical topic for this blog. I normally try to stick to writing about software and such but I've been in a bit of a rut. I hope it helps to change it up and write about something I've been enjoying lately. Now back to the story. I didn't drink in college because the environment was quite Lohanesque and that didn't appeal to me. For many college kids, the focus of drinking is to get wasted. The choice of alcohol is dictated by what a student
can afford and what will get them shitfaced most expediently. Not all college kids, mind you. But a lot. When I first started to frequent bars and clubs, my drink choices revolved around what drinks were sweet and would get me buzzed. I went through that puerile Long Island Iced Tea period. I had my brief infatuation with Adios Motherfuckers. Remember kids, blue drank spells trouble! But sometimes, trouble is exactly what you want. But when faced with a classy social situation, I always hesitated when it came to ordering a drink. I hadn't found my drink. I went through a Mojito...(Read whole news on source site)

A Different Angle: What is AngularJS?

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This post covers my presentation, AngularJS from a Different Angle, that I presented to the Atlanta JavaScript Meetup group on October 20th, 2014. This was just over a week after the Atlanta Code Camp, when I presented Let’s Build an Angular App! Many of the attendees are local and might have attended both events so I wanted to make something unique. It was then I realized that most Angular articles and presentations I see tend to walk through the Angular API. Did you know Angular has a factory? What about a
service? It does dependency injection, and oh, let me tell you about the data-binding! Although that can be useful, what does it look like when you take a step back and view it from a higher angle? In other words, if I’m in charge of an upcoming project and am putting together my toolbox, how would I look at these frameworks? Even before looking at features I’d probably want to know about real world use cases. How many times have you read a question posted that went something like, “Show me the money!” (Err, I know, it’s not really...(Read whole news on source site)

How to convert a string to enum in C#?

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Below is a sample code snippet demonstrating how to convert a string Eg: “Blue” to Enum value . How to convert a string to enum in C#? using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Data; using System.Linq; using System.Net; using System.Text; using System.Threading.Tasks; namespace GinktageConsoleApp { public enum Colors { Red = 1, Blue = 2, Green [...]...(Read whole news on source site)

Browse for a directory using FolderBrowserDialog in Winforms

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When developing a Windows Application , the developers can use the FolderBrowserDialog control which lets the user to select a directory. Browse for a directory using FolderBrowserDialog in Winforms Below is a sample code snippet demonstrating how to use the FolderBrowserDialog control using C# . string FolderGKPath = ""; FolderBrowserDialog folderBrowserDialog = new FolderBrowserDialog(); if [...]
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Popular C# profilers

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Are you looking for C# profilers ? . In this blog post , we list out some of the popular C# profilers. Popular C# profilers CLR Profiler for .NET Framework 4 The CLR Profiler allows developers to see the allocation profile of their managed applications. The CLR Profiler includes a number of very useful views [...]