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DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective This is the first DevOps book that shows a realistic and achievable view of the full implementation of DevOps. Most of the books and other literature I have read on DevOps are all about the culture, the attitudes, how it relates to Agile and Lean practices, and a high level view of microservices. This book includes all that, but they are not its main focus, and it goes several steps further with respect to the architecture and infrastructure needed for the implementation. The book is broken down into five parts. I have listed each part below along with the chapters they include. Part One: Background Chapter 1. What Is DevOps? Chapter 2. The Cloud as a Platform Chapter 3. Operations Part Two: The Deployment Pipeline Chapter 4. Overall Architecture Chapter 5. Building and Testing Chapter 6. Deployment Part Three: Crosscutting Conc... (more)

Book Review: iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals

This book is a great place to start with iOS 7 development. It is actually the first 13 chapters of what would have been Programming iOS 7 4th edition. The book Programming iOS 6 contained everything, but the book was getting too large to keep adding new material. This book now ends where Programming iOS 7 will pick up./p> The separation is nice for those that have experience with iOS and only need the advanced topics. I still wanted both parts of the book, because I like the authors coverage of C, Objective-C, Xcode, introduction to Cocoa. After advising the reader to brush up o... (more)

Agile Development != Chaos

The most agile project teams I have seen are those that do not claim to be agile or lean. They have a solid well-documented architecture in place as well as designs of the modules being built. They have separated the responsibilities amongst the team members according to the team member's skill set. They don't try to pretend everyone has the experience levels that would allow them to contribute to all aspects of the development process. Requirements, Architecture, Analysis and design, and Proof of Concepts take up 80% of the projects resources of time and money, and coding takes ... (more)

SharePoint 2010 Development with Visual Studio 2010 Expert Cookbook

"Expert Cookbook" are the last two words in the title for a good reason. This book is for the advanced SharePoint developer. The book is a collection of small recipes that dig into some of the more advanced SharePoint 2010 programming topics. It does not mess around with introductions to topics, it just jumps right into the details of the solution. The book includes chapters on List and Event Receivers, Workflows, Advanced Workflows, List Definitions and Content Types, Web Parts, Web Services and REST, and Working with the Client Object Model. The author has made the code available... (more)

Book Review: Decision Management Systems

There are not too many systems being created today that I would consider more than interfaces to a data structure. Meaning most systems today rely on people to provide the intelligence behind them. The systems themselves are viewed as a necessary evil by the people who use them. I find this to be especially true in organizations with a long history. Their attitude is they were built by people, and people will continue to be their most valuable asset. The author of this book challenges us to take our systems to the new level of existence. One where they are responsive partners in ... (more)