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Jason Armstrong
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Manager of Software Development
Manager of Software Development

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What is DevOps?  Wikipedia defines DevOps as “…a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration (information sharing and web service usage), integration, automation and measurement between software developers and Information Technology (IT) professionals” [1] I would simplify that definition to be more along the lines of “an IT cultural philosophy that ensures that the operations and development…
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Enterprise Data Workflows with Cascading by Paco Nathan (O’Reilly Media) is a great summarization of using the Cascading API.  Paco spends a sufficient amount of time providing a solid overview of Cascading along with an explanation of related extensions such as Pattern and Lingual.

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Enterprise Data Workflows with Cascading by Paco Nathan (O’Reilly Media) is a great summarization of using the Cascading API.  Paco spends a sufficient amount of time providing a solid overview of Cascading along with an explanation of related extensions such as Pattern and Lingual.
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Like a 10 year old heading to the dentist, the design review stage of a project is one of those areas that will drive a series of heebie-jeebies in even the most iron stomached software engineer or designer.  You’ve spent time with your users and business analysts.  You’ve diagramed all of the ins and outs of your solution.  Now you have to present your design to others and convince them why your design is the best approach to solving the problem within the constraints of your project.  Let the stomach aches begin!

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With the growing number of implementations in the development community based on the SOA (Services Oriented Architecture) paradigm, I see many different governance mechanisms stated in terms of “must”, “shall”, and “only” when someone has begun an implementation of SOA. In this post, I will discuss some of the observations I have seen in my 8+ years of working in the SOA paradigm and provide some advice on how to better manage one of the stickiest areas of SOA implementation – governance. ...
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While working on a proposal for a new open source incubator project, it came as no surprise that the topic of which coding standards we should use came to the top of my task list as code formatting arguments were raised.  In a flash of inspiration, I immediately provided the standard quick and concise answer:  “Lets use the Oracle Java Coding Conventions standard.”  ...
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In this world of cost cutting and temporary resourcing, the importance of looking at the long term strategy when defining a solution’s design can get lost with the pressures of implementation deadlines.  How many times has a team been asked to shorten their design time in order to “get on” with the development effort and get something out to the market?  As a designer, how many times have you been told to worry about the fine grain details later – aka when we work on the low level designs for the developers? ...
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