All the tinkering and reading I keep doing helped a [...]
Tools don’t matter I don’t use vim or emacs, but for some reason whenever I used to read a vim or emacs article or blog post, I used to download, install and spend the rest of the day reading books, manuals and playing with the editors. I’ve done this several times in the last few [...]
The launch of Windows Azure has coincided with the launch of the entire cloud computing initiative from Microsoft which makes a lot of business sense but it also makes it hard to differntiate the individual parts of the initiative, here’s my understanding so far.
This is the base platform that [...]
I downloaded the Windows Azure SDK today and was going through the quick starts from MSDN , the quickstarts mention that you need SQL Server Express 2005/2008 to run the samples, but I only had SQL Server 2008 developer edition installed. I decided to give it a try anyways and immediately hit a snag when trying [...]
Last week I saw a wrap up from cedric’s coding challenge on his blog, the problem looked simple enough, “write a counter function that counts from 1 to max but only returns numbers whose digits don’t repeat”.
My first stab at it consisted of a brute force solution of looking at every natural number up [...]
A few years ago I was a firm believer in the Rich Connected Client application model, which was based on running applications installed locally on the users desktop. From the time of the Ajaxian explosion, the quality and quantity of Ajax based web applications has continued to increase, applications like FaceBook have introduced new paradigms [...]
We were having memory issues on one of our production servers today, no one was able to get in via Remote Desktop or any other remote access tools. PsTools by Mark Russinovich was a life saver, it allowed me to query the processes running on the remote machine and also their memory usage, we were [...]
I was thinking on the way to work today that subversion would be a great tool to overcome some of the difficulties associated with frequent deployments to the web serevers. Here’s how I see it working
Create a production/live build folder in your source tree and add it to the repository. Modify our build system [...]
Having worked with programmers with an extreme variance in skills, I sometimes get the feeling that there is an big lack of good programmers but when I thought about it a little more I realized that it’s not very clear cut, some of the programmers have strong areas and if you confine the tasks into their strong areas then they tend to deliver well. So I started thinking about all the lines on which we can evaluate a programmer and came up with this Programmer Competency Matrix, that organizes all the attributes that I could think of to evaluate a programmer. [...]
I recently found this document that I had written for my company newsletter, copied verbatim below.
Concurrency is one of the hot subjects in computer science today. This has partly to do with the fact that processors (1) are reaching their physical limits and thus we need to start looking at new avenues of achieving [...]