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articlecloudus July 31, 2013 by Don MacVittie
I don’t make a habit of inserting myself into OSS wars, they tend to hurt everyone and benefit no one. Far too often (content management OSS projects are a great example) they result in code splitting and users with limited options moving forward. With that said, I read with some amount of interest the competing posts first by Randy Bias and then by Robert Scoble, and feel that this is an odd conversation to be having, all things considered. Where do I get my opinion? From the trenches. For t...
articleclouddevelopmentsdnus July 26, 2013 by Don MacVittie
You may have noticed that I’ve been awfully quiet out here lately. That’s because I’ve been adapting to my new role and making certain I had a clue what I was talking about before I came out and posted a bunch of things. But it’s been long enough that it is time to start getting back in the groove of regular blogging, before the many interesting threads I’m following start knotting up all of my time. So here I am. I’ve moved to the role of Product Management Engineer for BIG-IQ Cloud. In terms...
articleperformancesdnus May 09, 2013 by Don MacVittie
#F5 - #ADN, not #SDN should be the end goal. When Lori and I were writing import/export routines for a large software vendor, we had a phrase to remind ourselves that what we loved was not necessarily the all-important part of what we were doing. We used to say “It’s all about the data”, almost as a mantra, to keep our team (I was project lead, she was tech lead, so really our team) that when translating, accuracy and faithfulness to the data mattered, code was just a means to that end. At that...
articleperformanceus May 01, 2013 by Don MacVittie
#SPDY implementation, testing, and verification tools, SPDY implementation bits. Quickly, read this ;-). I was researching something totally unrelated today, and happened upon a couple of things that made me decide to write a quick blog about SPDY support and the tools available to you relevant to SPDY. First, I found a ton of administrators asking how they could verify that SPDY was being used on their website, and some regular users asking how they could tell a website had SPDY support. Sec...
articlemanagementdevelopmentus April 23, 2013 by Don MacVittie
Lori and I were discussing the entire topic of agility the other day, she looking at it from the SDN prospective, and I from the evolutionary perspective for development. While I know there has been a metric ton of writing about the topic, since I’ve used agile development, and find it to be useful, but didn’t become a fanatic on my first agile project, I thought some perspective might be in order. There is a reason why absolutists always fail in technology. Not just because high-tech is always...
If you’ve ever developed for an enterprise IT department, and had to please the end user, you know very well that they don’t care about what your technical limitations are, they care about getting a tool that helps them do their job better. Oh some will commiserate with you about your challenges, and the best of the business side will compromise to get to a product that helps, even if it’s not perfect, but much like everyday consumers, they want what they want, and you either provide it or not. ...
Driving tacks in carpentry is just that – putting small nails in to hold something (normally carpet) in place. It is a task that is easily accomplished by the most novice of carpenters, and heck, even a non-carpenter like myself can get it right most of the time. A repeated process of nice, clean, repeatable steps. And it relies on an entire set of industries, without which the task would not be composed of clean, repeatable steps. Tacks are cranked out at a factory, carpet at an entirely diff...
Don’t forget: Integration is not free. #Android #Dev #F5 Many things are intended to work together, but require specific knowledge to get the outcome you desire. Automobiles and trailers, for example, require a trailer hitch, and not just any trailer hitch, but one with a ball the correct size to work with the trailer, and wire connectors that will plug in. It’s all in the interface, but once you have the knowledge and get it all hooked up, you can haul a lot more with the combination than wit...
articlesecuritydevelopmentus March 27, 2013 by Don MacVittie
Connecting via #SSL in #Android. Correctly and securely. Mimic browser functionality with untrusted certs and hostname mismatches. #f5 Okay, for those of you who’ve been waiting, this is the blog. For those who haven’t, welcome, we’re going to talk about https connections (specifically) on Android (TM) from within a native app and connecting to sites that Android views as possible security risks. Easy like learning to drive if your face was in your navel. But I’ve tried to make the issues and ...
We’ve all known the person that believed they knew everything there was to know about topic X. In IT this person is so commonplace that I have wondered if there isn’t an advanced cloning device that spits them out on a daily basis. While this self confidence (or bravado, whichever) in the right individual, at the right time, has done some amazing things in world history and specifically in the history of computer science, most of the time it is merely annoying. When any attempt is made to explai...
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