Monday, December 31, 2007

Source Control

We've been developing a fairly sizeable .net application for a client but the development team have each been working from home (or telecommuting as they used to call it before people actually did it). We looked for a while at how to best set up a source code repository to deal with distributed team and in the end went for Dynamsoft SourceAnywhere. It's not all bad as hosted services go. It's got a thick client and Visual Studio integration and from whichever perspective you take, it's as good or as bad as SourceSafe, without the hassle of setting up and managing your own server. It's actually quite scary how close to SourceSafe it is - I know where all the menu items and features are intuitively because I've used SourceSafe many times before.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Not blogged since June

That's unbelievable - I haven't done anything here since June.  Where oh where did the year go? Time is a strange thing - there's just never enough of it and yet it seems to go on forever.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Politics - Phooey

When it comes to politics, like many others I've slowly grown an attitude of disillusionment over the years.

But recently I've actually found myself getting quite interested - not really interested mind you, just quite interested.

The political landscape in Scotland has changed dramatically since the last elections with the Scottish Nationalist Party 'winning' but not 'winning' enough to do anything other than form a minority government. And that means there's a lot more stakeholder management required to get decisions made - things can't just be forced through by the biggest party.

What's really caught my imagination however is the blog that the BBC's Political Editor for Scotland, Brian Taylor has been writing. He has a wry sense of humor and a relaxed writing style that I really enjoy reading - a blog I would recommend.

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Now I'm all Widgeted Up

Well that seems easy... just installed the Blogger widget on my BlackBook - makes adding blog entries a whole lot easier.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Somebody really does think of those use cases...

I'm providing project management consultancy for another major IT project at a financial institution at the moment. We're in the middle of all that testing that happens before a system goes live - operational acceptance testing, user acceptance testing, performance testing, stress testing, security testing... the list goes on. There's a lot of work and a lot of attention to detail. I guess it's the kind of thing that could be challenged from a budgetary perspective - just what is the cost/benefit analysis? - do other industries pay as much attention to detail?

I got home from holiday the other day to find that my car battery was flat - the radio had stopped working the day before I'd headed off so I guess it must have drained the battery while I was gone. I got the car jump started and the roadside assistance guy suggested driving for a while to get some charge into the battery.

From the get-go the car was in survival state and to start with it was a bit worrying. The warning lights were initially flashing like a Christmas tree but as some charge was gained they started to go out. But they weren't going out in any random order. Somebody had through about it. And somebody had made sure that it worked just the way it should.

The design objective was obviously survival - of the driver. So when I turned on the headlights the speedo stopped working - it's more important to see where your going than know how fast you're driving through the darkness. When I tried the electric windows, they stopped to conserve power, same with the rear de-mist. The air bag was more important than the heater...

So now I know, when it comes to using available power, my car has been built and tested to be just as smart at the flight control team and crew of Apollo13. And that was by design.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Progress on the golf front

Well it’s been a while really but I actually found the time to join the golf club round the corner from where I live – not only that but I’ve actually been to the driving range and hit some balls – wonders will never cease!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More Infinite Apps sites go live

Another Infinite Apps developed website has gone live in the last month. If you're looking for a high quality bed at an affordable price you would do well to head along to bedbusters.co.uk

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ajax Scaffold

I'm in the midst of another web application development for a client and I've been looking at using the Ajax Scaffold plugin. I've got to say I'm most impressed by the user interface and the ease of integration/use from a development point of view. The guys involved in developing the plugin are currently working on a new release of the plugin and things are changing so dramatically that they're considering a name change too. Definitely something to keep an eye out for if you're developing a CRUD type application and want a particularly slick UI.

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