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Building highly scaleable distributed application

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Developing an enterprise application is a bit of balancing act, when you have to juggle all different aspects in your development environment, things like the ease and speed of the development should be the number one priority and it’s all to easy to get carried away when you are so comfortable with one particular style of architecture and approached.

Building a distributed system might require you to change the way you think about certain things, as the first rule of building a distributed system is “don’t distribute”. We have been fed with the ease of classic Remote Procedure Call(RPC) treated as local call, the tool vendors are preaching their platform could easily take a remote call and wrap them in your favorite language object and method and make it look like a simple local method call without even worrying about the network and the plumbing behind it.

 

 

 

 

Windows 8 – So do I we need to upgrade now?

It’s been more than a week since I had my home workstation running Windows 8, It was originally running Windows 7 Pro. So what it is for us programmers.

No 1 , it’s nothing as far as our life as enterprise developers is concerned it will be years before everyone or significant numbers to move to Windows 8 to really embrace “Windows 8 UI”(aka Metro). 

No 2 its quite the opposite since there tons of related usability and navigation features introduced. Though many thousand hours were put in designing the great user interface and the new navigation system, they break 1 simple rule, “Don’t make me think”. It’s not like picking a new set of wheels and floor them to feel the benefit. You do really have to read the user manual and helps to get around. What you supposed to do when all these years you have “Start Menu” ( nor it I understand why we all should click Start menu to shutdown) and it’s been really good in Windows 7 and suddenly it’s gone and you have to learn the new things.

No 3, Do we really care about all these new features, most likely not, the number 1 reason for the upgrade for me as a programmer is usability and performance is the key indicator of usability. As Windows progress so is the performance only in this aspects that I were to consider to adopt the new OS. Then there are things like.. it just works and that what great piece software does.

No 4 Visual Studio 2012 rocks, the UI were different but it’s good enough for me, ReSharper 7 just works, it’s all that matter. 

 

Obviously this opinion is based on my everyday life as a developer building enterprise application. If you are a developer in web/mobile and what not. Then you might not agree with me.Especially those who think that being connected at all the time it the utmost important part of your life.

 

The more things change the more they stay the same. BTW what is so great about being connected all the time.

So how much time do you spend reading emails

Emails is the biggest productivity killer for programmers, so should you or not spend time reading your emails. All I’m saying is schedule your email. Don’t write much.

SQL Server Spatial

Learning SQL Server spatial.

Microsoft SQL Server, has had supported for spatial for quite sometime. It never really interest me until recently when we are working on mapping system. It’s all started when we were task to do project management consulting for LLM which is responsible for the country toll highways. It’s a pain to watch those guys working with spatial object in Oracle.

From then on we know, that we can’t ignore this. With the emergence of web mapping services such as Google Map and Microsoft Bing Map, couple with the affordability and ubiquity of GPS enabled devices. Microsoft SQL Server spatial is made easy if you are .Net developer and understand the concept of CLR and it’s hosting. From .Net developer point of view it’s just another class , another datatype, with a set of inheritance, properties and method.

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