Archive | June, 2012

Forget Micromanagement: 12 Team Techniques That Work

1. Keep Up the Weekly Meetings
2. Powerful Project Management Software
3. Set Specific Deliverables
4. Always Share the Big Picture
5. Set Goals Together
6. Keep the Fun Going
7. Run a Results Oriented Company
8. Is It Really Micromanagement?
9. Create Templates
10. Keep the Team Small
11. Vision and Values
12. Set the Destination, Not the Journey

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Weblogic to JBoss Migration

Low cost compared to all other application servers with more reliability powered by community.
You can get the ability for distributing JBoss servers with application to your customers.
Easy auditing of data, hence less downtime which gives more business.
Elegant administration with easy CLI and console utilities, hence less cost invested for admins.
Provides a great customization facilities to the admins compared to other application servers.
Cloud computing, it is one of the best application server which is cloud ready. Very easy integration with OpenShift http://www.facebook.com/openshift
Ocean of best community projects which makes it up to date with the latest technologies to fulfil the changing demands of it’s users.
Amazing tools for JBoss Developers in form Of JBDS (http://www.jboss.com/products/devstudio/) and JBoss Tools (http://www.jboss.org/tools)

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Seven Databases in Seven Weeks – The Pragmatic Bookshelf

Redis, Neo4J, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, Riak, and Postgres: with each database, you’ll tackle a real-world data problem that highlights the concepts and features that make it shine. You’ll explore the five data models employed by these databases: relational, key/value, columnar, document, and graph. See which kinds of problems are best suited to each, and when to use them.

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Induction – A Polyglot Database Client For Mac OS X

Data is just data, after all. Induction supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, Redis, and MongoDB out-of-the-box, and has an extensible architecture that makes it easy to write adapters for anything else you can think of. CouchDB? Oracle? Facebook Graph? Excel? Make it so!

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Welcome to OpenStack – An Introduction

OpenStack consists of a set of inter-related projects which make up the various components of a cloud computing platform. Its services are interoperable with existing cloud services like AWS, which heightens its appeal. Three key components of OpenStack are:

1. OpenStack Compute (Nova)
2. OpenStack Object Storage (Swift)
3. OpenStack Image Service (Glance)

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A VC: Retaining Your Employees

1) Communication – the single greatest contributor to low morale is lack of communication.
2) Getting the hiring process right – a lot of churn results from bad hiring.
3) Culture and Fit – Employees leave because they don’t feel like they fit in.
4) Promote from within. Create a career path for your most talented people.
5) Assess yourself, your team, and your company.
6) Pay your team well.

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SourceMaking – teaching IT professionals

SourceMaking — is the best information source on the Web on such software development topics as design patterns, refactoring and UML. A lot of information freely available through the site’s pages, so feel free to use bookmarklet to leave interesting chapters for further reading.

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Get Hired

What I (the Interviewer) am Really Trying to Figure Out

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How Facebook keeps 100 petabytes of Hadoop data online

AvatarNode isn’t a panacea for Hadoop availability, however. Ryan notes that only 10 percent of Facebook’s unplanned downtime would have been preventable with AvatarNode in place, but the architecture will allow Facebook to eliminate an estimated 50 percent of future planned downtime.

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The Two Horsemen of the Enterprise Software Apocalypse – Businessweek

It’s not uncommon for a buyer to spend years installing a new version of Oracle or SAP software. The process requires the purchase of an expensive, long-term license and a ton of computer hardware. Then you need a team of experts to make the components work together and another team of experts to configure and customize the system for every peculiarity of a company. Year after year, Oracle and SAP levy maintenance fees to keep these customized machines humming. Call it a “thanks for being our customer” tax. For years, software makers would offer discounts to customers if they bought long-term licenses for, say, 40,000 expected employees instead of the 20,000 current employees. “You spend $25 million instead of $20 million for what’s billed as this super, smoking deal that will give you room to grow,” Smoley says.

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