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Groundhog Day

Apr 19, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Recently, a friend and I were sharing our love for the movie Groundhog Day. In this movie Phil, a disgruntled, cynical weather reporter (played by Bill Murray) visits a town to report on the emergence of the groundhog and whether this indicated 6 more weeks of winter. Of course, Phil has a terrible day and everything lives up to his cynicism. When he awakens the next morning… it is Groundhog Day all over again. Phil gets to live the same day over and over again… until the experience forces him to grow into a better version of himself.

 

This reminiscing got me to thinking… what lessons are suggested by Groundhog Day that help us in our roles on software development teams…?

 

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The State of Windows DevOps

Apr 12, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

DevOps as a practice has largely grown from the need to manage infrastructure and configuration for large scale applications. Frequently this has led to the technical choice of fleets of Linux-based application servers operating in a dynamic environment such as VMWare or AWS. The reasons for this technical choice are straightforward. Linux enjoys a lightweight and standardized remote administration mechanism through Bash and SSH. Software installation and dependency management are usually a breeze thanks to Linux distributions’ package managers.

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ConFoo 2018: CSS-Grid

Apr 04, 2018 | by Jon Opdahl, Software Engineer | Tags: Mobile App Development

Before you ask, no I don’t know why the conference is named ConFoo, but I can tell you what ConFoo is. The Confoo Conference is an international conference focusing on various aspects of web development. It began as a conference focusing strictly on PHP programming, but in the 15 years since its conception Yann Larrivée, the conference’s founder, has grown it into a developer-focused colloquium focusing on multiple technologies, the majority being used within a web-development context.

I headed into ConFoo with the intention of focusing on learning more about the areas of web security and JavaScript, but surprisingly one of the best talks I attended** was about a cutting edge CSS feature that alleviates the pain of laying out a website with CSS: CSS-Grid.

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Distributed Ledger Technology, Blockchain, and IoT (Part 1)

Mar 29, 2018 | by Hudson Ludvigson, Senior Software Engineer | Tags: Internet of Things

You just hit buzzword bingo by reading the title, congrats!  Over this and several follow up blog posts we’ll explore the idea of distributed ledger technology (DLT), how it is related to blockchain technology, how DLT could be leveraged by IoT applications, and some of the challenges facing using DLT in the IoT space.  For starters we’ll focus in on what DLT is, which will lead to our discussion about blockchain.  Then in future posts, we’ll cover how this technology can be leveraged by IoT applications as well as some of the potential challenges.  While DLT and blockchain are often used interchangeably, for the purposes of our discussion we will treat them as two distinct items, though they are closely related.

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