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Saw this over at “In search of simplicity, quality and tranquility in software engineering“; a series of posts on SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle. Thought a good series to follow and read it over the weekend. Love the graphics on each post!

SDLC

  1. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … what’s the point? (part 1 of many)
  2. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … closer look at basics (part 2 of many)
  3. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … exploring common models (part 3 of many)
  4. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … agility strikes back with energy (part 4 of many)
  5. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … is prototyping  part of the good, the bad and/or the evil? (part 5 of many)
  6. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … analyzing the battle ahead (part 6 of many)
  7. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … designing the blueprint (part 7 of many)
  8. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … testing, the moment of truth (part 8 of many)
  9. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … flashback, component-level design principles (part 9 of many)
  10. SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle … Visual Process & Estimating (Guessing) Software Deliverables
  11. To scrum or to Run … that is the agile question? (new)

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  • This is definitely something interesting for me to try out; I just read a short post on Blogging Pro about Microsoft Web Application Installerand thought it might interest some of you so just passing on.

    Previously, to deploy a php application eg. wordpress, on Windows, we have to use something like XAMPP (that’s what I used anyways) and the like, do some configurations, pull hair and throw some fits to be able to deploy successfully.

    Now they’ve released this thing called Microsoft Web Application Installer, which is a freeware and suppose to ease those pain while deploying.

    The Web Application Installer Beta is designed to help get you up and running with the most widely used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server. Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more.

    System requirements

    • Supported Operating Systems are: Windows Vista RTM, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008
    • You must have administrator privileges on your computer to run Web Platform Installer Beta
    • .NET 2.0 Framework
    • Supported Architectures: x86 and 64-bit

    Detail feature reading and some Q&As here.

    Sounds simple enough. Oh yah, me want, me want, I want WP on my Vista!!!
    So lets test it out, download Microsoft Web Application Inataller here and instruction to install wordpress.

    Alrite, here I go…………..

    (more…)

    Just going through my feeds and this one interests me. There is an announcement of the next version of Visual Studio and .Net Framework: Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.0.

    Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Designed to address the latest needs of developers, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework deliver key innovations in the following pillars:

    • Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management
      Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) crosses many roles within an organization and traditionally not every one of the roles has been an equal player in the process. Visual Studio Team System 2010 continues to build the platform for functional equality and shared commitment across an organization’s ALM process.
    • Enabling emerging trends
      Every year the industry develops new technologies and new trends. With Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft delivers tooling and framework support for the latest innovations in application architecture, development and deployment.
    • Inspiring developer delight
      Ever since the first release of Visual Studio, Microsoft has set the bar for developer productivity and flexibility. Visual Studio 2010 continues to deliver on the core developer experience by significantly improving upon it for roles involved with the software development process.
    • Riding the next generation platform wave
      Microsoft continues to invest in the market leading operating system, productivity application and server platforms to deliver increased customer value in these offerings. With Visual Studio 2010 customers will have the tooling support needed to create amazing solutions around these technologies.
    • Breakthrough Departmental Applications
      Customers continue to build applications that span from department to the enterprise. Visual Studio 2010 will ensure development is supported across this wide spectrum of applications.

    Here is a full overview of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 and some more reading on vSTS 2010 (code-name “Rosario”): What’s new in Visual Studio Team System 2010. Read some more detail announcement on Somasegar’s (senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft) post: What’s next for Visual Studio and .NET FX?

    Ok, that’s about it for now.

    I haven’t written about office muses for a while and thought I’ll write something about last week muses from our department. Here is the story.

    Disc StakkaYou see, we have this disc stakka where we stored all our department softwares. It’s attached to a spare box sitting on my desk and I kind of become an unofficial librarian. Whoever ask to borrow software from me, I’ll just eject the discs from the stakka and hand it to them. There is no record of how many discs we have and who borrowed them. The stakka itself is installed for everyone hence anybody can login to the box and eject any disc as they like. The result is we lost a few important discs over the months. I have no idea who took them but discs are obviously keep missing from the disc stakka. We sent a few notification emails to everyone in the office asking about the missing discs but nobody responded.

    I kind of feel responsible about it since it was sitting on my desk and I am the one who is giving out the discs most of the time (unless ofcos they login to the box and eject the discs themselves when I’m away). The problem with me is that whenever I am into something or concentrating on a task at hand, I seriously don’t care about things happening around. I don’t see or hear anything unless someone pokes at me or waves in front of face. Even so, I don’t hear half of the thing they are saying. So when someone asks a disc from me while I am busy, I just remove the disc and give it to them without looking at their faces or noting their names. That must be one of the reasons people take advantage of my ignorance to snatch some discs from me.

    Anyways, last week we had a very loud and noisy discussing about how to maintain our softwares. Most of my colleagues say not to borrow software to anybody outside our department. Our HR manager disagrees and wants everyone to share the software the company owns. (Ok, I wasn’t in the discussion/arguments as it was happening at one of our colleagues’ desk and I just over heard bits and pieces.) Finally we agree to properly keep track of the disc movement in some way. Boss made up a software borrowing register spreadsheet and mail it to everyone saying, unless and otherwise people fill in the register prior to picking up a disc, we are not to give it to them. But the spreadsheet was editable by everyone which is not a good idea so I created a form out of it and pass around the form. After checking the form, one of our colleagues argues that the form is very easy to fill and we like to make thing difficult for whoever comes to borrow our discs. So he suggested a few adjustments to the form.

    Here are some of his suggestions:

    Way too easy, we need some pain here. Can we add some more fields :
    Put this under “Borrower Details

    • Weight (kg)
    • Height (cm)
    • Eye colour (offer Green, Blue, Grey, Brown)
    • Blood Type (offer A, B, AB, O) (suggestion to add negative, positive as well)
    • Hair Colour (offer Black, Grey, Brown, Red, Blond)
    • Random Question from http://www.survey-machine.com/take_survey/627331 that we’ll change every week or so, we’ll start with no. 1 “Have you ever peed your pants after age 8?”

    Make all fields required.

    There is a few more input from other colleagues as well such as “Do you have any recent health problem say in last 6 months?”, “Provide the medical certificate to prove your blood type”, etc…

    How about that!? Is the form painful enough yet? Haha, I’m not sure how many borrowers will be able to fill in that form and surely throw some serious curses at us.

    Anyways, I felt sorry for whoever have to fill in the form, and I did not implement those “Borrower Details” but left the simple form as below and see how things turn out. We had a few beta tests with our gang and now it is released to suva_everyone. One serious flaw we try to ignore is that anyone can login to the machine and remove the disc while I’m away from my desk. But for the time being, it’s doing quite well without complaint, a few minute ago, someone filled in the form and took 3 discs from me. I wonder how long this system will last though.

    Inet Software Borrowing Form

    So how do you keep track of the softwares in your organization? Do share with us some of the cool systems you use in your company. And ofcos’ you are most welcome to make suggestion to our system above as well. :D

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  • Windows Live FolderShare (beta)

    This is something interesting to check out. You can access your files and folders from any of your computers remotely.

    Keep all your files in sync
    Use FolderShare to create a mirrored image of your most important folders – like your Favorites, Pictures, and Documents – so they’re the same on all your computers.

    Sharing files is easier than ever
    Sharing with friends, co-workers, and family is easy when you add and update files in a shared library. Large files? Not a problem – FolderShare can sync files up to 2 GBs in size. And it works on both Mac and PC.

    Get to your files instantly when you’re away from home
    Install FolderShare on all your computers, and you can access all your files from any computer on the Internet.

    It’s 3 steps installation,
    # it will ask you whether you are an invited user or a new user,
    # Name your computer,
    # if you are new user, this step create an account for you,
    Then you are done.

    If you’re interested, download and test it out here: FolderShare and visit the site.

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  • When I install LLBLGen Pro 2.0 on Windows Vista, I got the following error and the installer rolled back itself.

    Error:
    The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2869.

    LLBLGen Installer Error 2869

    So I dig around the forum and found this solution from Otis.

    • Create a new .bat file in the same folder as the one the LLBLGenPro20.msi file is in.
    • Add the following text ‘msiexec /i LLBLGenPro20.msi’ and save the file.
    • Right click the .bat file and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

    I tried doing as mentioned in the steps but I got the following message and couldn’t able to install it.

    So I changed the Otis’s command to ‘msiexec /a LLBLGenPro20.msi‘ and run it directly from command line instead of right-click – run as administrator on the .bat file and it works!

    If it still doesn’t work for you after following the above steps, I guess you better do these, disable UAC and enable XP compatibility mode as mentioned here.

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  • Check out this program called “DreamSpark“, on msdn-channel8. This is really cool, MS for once, is giving out free developer and designer tools to students around the world.

    DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career.

    Starting today (or soon in some areas), students worldwide will be able to download our professional development and design tools for free! It’s called DreamSpark and it is upon us.

    VS2008 Professional Edition SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

    At the moment it’s available for 10 countries – United States, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium but they will make it available for more countries through out the year so keep checking this page for updates. Australia and Oceania regions are not in the list yet but we are eagerly looking forward to it.

    And here are the list of all the available MS products that the students can download: Product for Download

    Pretty cool isn’t it? This is the best news I’ve ever come across from Microsoft these days.

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  • Filed under: Design, Development, Downloads, News, Software, Technology, Tools
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