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Reading from a queue in an Azure WebJob
A few months ago, Microsoft introduced something called a WebJob in Azure . It's essentially a "thing" that can run as a background task to do "stuff." The reason this is cool has a lot to do with the way you would do this sort of...
5 Ways to surround yourself with awesome
[Repost from my personal blog .] I'm surprised at how often it comes up, the issue of creating a "culture of awesome" where you work. And honestly, as much as I think of it in terms of the software profession, the path to getting there likely applies...
The problem and opportunity with accountants' view on software people
[Note: This is a repost from my personal blog .] I was having lunch with a colleague the other day, talking about the strange state of affairs that is software developer hiring. There's a great desire at the executive and accounting level to hire people...
POP Forums v12 posted, for MVC 5
POP Forums v12 is now available on CodePlex for download. This is a significant upgrade that includes updates to various packages and use of .NET 4.5.1, as well as MVC 5. Upgrading? This release has data changes. Run the PopForums9.2andLaterto12.0.sql...
Performant: Stop making up words
People need to stop saying "performant." If it's a word at all, it's a noun synonymous with "performer," like an actor. Even if the construct was a real word, it wouldn't indicate whether it's a negative or positive thing. Something can perform well or...
Decoupling OWIN external authentication from ASP.NET Identity
One of the nicest features of the forthcoming release for the ASP.NET Web stack is the inclusion of bits around external authentication. It makes it stupid easy to add login capability through Google, Facebook and such. Coupled to this in the default...
Five things to remember when trying to change a company
One of the recurring things I've seen at companies large and small is that they often have really great people who don't necessarily have the breadth of experience to push processes in the "right" direction. It's happening a lot less in software circles...
Today's ideal developer
Scott Hanselman wrote a short blog post about developers vs. Googlers , but I really love where that inspired Rick Strahl to go . Having been in a lot of positions to hire people over the years, I think Rick really goes in depth with regard to skills...
When the Google beats on your SignalR
Around the end of April, I put v11 of POP Forums into production on CoasterBuzz . Probably the biggest feature of that release was all of the new real-time stuff in the forum, with new posts appearing before your eyes and in the topic lists and such....
Everyone else is doing it (incorrectly)!
[This is actually a repost from my personal blog, but I think the technical audience might “dig” it as well.] Innovation is hard. You can definitely foster it, but you can't really force it. It's completely fascinating when people innovate in a massively...
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