The first thing you think about when you hear “The Cloud” may not be development and testing. The Cloudy market is filled with SaaS applications, hosting, and cloud-based file systems. All are very useful, and offer a clear value. However, development and testing in the Cloud is one of the easiest ways to actualize the benefits the Cloud can provide. By utilizing the Cloud for your development projects you immediately save time, maximize efficiency, alleviate frustration, and increase the overall value of your code. Read the rest of this entry »
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I'm Chris Riley ( @HoardingInfo ). And I represent the coders and practitioners that use @CloudShare as technology evangelist. I fancy myself a technologist & and a recognized industry expert in Content Management, Information Architecture, BigData, Text Analytics, and Cloud Virtualization. I commonly speak and author content on these topics.
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This time of year is great for the developer to catch up. Get beyond the daily fire drills. Maybe your family will get you involved in some IT task you rather avoid. But this time of year you get to finally think for yourself. You get to revisit that piece of your application you knew you could have coded better. Spend some time researching new technologies and approaches. And overall start digesting all that has happened in your world over the last year.
Do you have enough fingers to count the number of “Systems” in your organization? These systems, lovingly called Line of Business applications, or LOBs for short, are critical for daily work. But the software and infrastructure powering them are often very complex mixtures of on-premise apps and cloud tools. And they are hard to change. When someone has a great idea on how to improve processes, how do you begin?
As you may know CloudShare’s new product, TeamLabs, opens up a world of opportunity in the Application Lifecycle Management, and Application Release Automation worlds. While I’ve spent a long time working in application development, the details of these processes have been foreign to me. Enter crash course on DevOps. I have been spending a lot of time learning this world, and what I found out is… Microsoft Lab Management, no work!
Not long ago the folks over at DotNetRocks aired a podcast on application testing in the Cloud. In this podcast, they talked about the benefits of testing your code in the Cloud across a range of applications including web, mobile, and client/server.
As many of you know, I left CloudShare almost 11 months ago. But the whole time I was gone I could not stand it, so I came back. If you were a ProPlus subscriber who canceled you should come back too! To make it worth your while I convinced the team to give you a promo!
Are you familiar with DotNetRocks? If not, either you are not a .NET Developer, or you’re just not cool. Just kidding. Here is my summary of a podcast I did with DotNetRocks on Testing in the Cloud.
I should not have been surprised. The session was on “Building Your Dev and Test Sandbox with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”, not best practices, interesting use cases, or automation for dev/test environments in Azure. It was, as advertised, an hour allotted for just the setup process. And unfortunately for those who stayed for the full session, nothing was ultimately built.
Most developers couldn’t care less about go-to-market strategy. In fact, I’ve heard from a few developer buddies their total frustration with their marketing department, “always asking for random things” and “they always slow down my work”. It is true that marketing’s relationship with development is rocky, but more and more as web applications tightly integrate with marketing tools, the two teams have to work together. Besides analytics and drip campaigns, there is another area where what the development team does, directly impacts the ability of ISVs to market. However I’ve never seen marketing teams or dev teams acknowledge it, and that’s the impact of release cycles on go-to-market strategy and marketing campaigns.
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We all have our favorite work tools. For sales teams it’s their CRM, for operation folks it’s their ERP package, for the knowledge worker it’s their Email client. But for the developer it’s their IDE. And one of the favorite IDEs is Visual Studio. CloudShare believes that the developer should be able to live inside of their favorite dev tool, but still experience the power of using Dev/Test Cloud for their builds and testing. Introducing the new CloudShare Explorer. Read the rest of this entry »