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  • Google have made me move to Bing

    Over the last two months or so, every time I want to perform an internet search, Google offers me a modal dialog telling me I must read their new privacy information. Naturally I choose other options, and set everything to no then Google fails to acknowledge this. After a couple of weeks I ended up treating it as a EULA and just clicking OK, but still every time I search on a computer I get this annoyance.

    I use search on my phone, work laptop, MacBook, desktop and iPad where this annoying message just won't go away, even if I click yes. The solution has been to change search providers, notably to Bing, just how are they keeping a record of all of this?

  • Learning Azure

    I have decided to have a look at Azure. Thus far, I have avoided learning anything because it was new product, and experience has taught one to always wait a period, unless there are pressing commercial reasons.

    I would probably like to start with a basic MVC website with a SQL backend.

    I would also like to connect to some JSON web services on the internet and periodically download data into my cloud SQL database.

    I would also like to use SSL both for the website and some web services I would like to host in Azure, would prefer WCF as I know that, but WebAPI will do, if Azure does not do anything fancy with WCF web services.

    Finally I may want to use some of the machine learning capabilities in Azure, but that is probably way down the line as there will be quite a bit to learn?

    What book or videos have you found to be the best when learning Azure, especially if they can help in what one has just outlined.?

  • When developing a larger website do you start with the UI or the database?

    , figuerres wrote


    Hey I like that link, never had that name but been using the concept for years!

    Your wisdom has rubbed off through the years, if I have never said thank you, then thank you!

  • When developing a larger website do you start with the UI or the database?

    @magicalclick: That's why if you have the money, you pay for a project manager to flesh out the functionality, then arrange meetings with you to ask, do you like this, or do you like that?

    Business software is seldom a thing of beauty first, it has to solve your domain problems for customers A,B,C and D, then try and make it look good. If you have something that looks good but works poorly, the project will fail.

  • When developing a larger website do you start with the UI or the database?

    , magicalclick wrote

    I would design GUI first, that will give me an idea what data I need. Based on the data I need, I will design the DB. After I have the DB implemented. I can design how the page will pull the data from the DB.

    If you have no budget, then this works, this is the slowest method

    If you have some budget, then get a design agency and or a developer with flair to do the frontend, you do the backend (or vice-versa), your time to market will be quicker

    If you have a lot of money, pay people to do everything for you, your time to market will be quickest

  • When developing a larger website do you start with the UI or the database?

    How much money have you got?

    How much time have you got?

    Do you know what a trilemma is?

  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    , fanbaby wrote

    @cbae: this thing always bug me with native apps in general. always bet on the web

    Once Google start creating iOS apps and telling you that their search app has a better experience natively, I think you need to rephrase that to 'always bet on web services'. Facebook also bet heavily on the web on the phone initially but ended up going native (I still use their web app mind because their native app drains my battery)

  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    , figuerres wrote


    the question is not will "I" be willing, it's will clients who pay for the work ask for it, in particular we need to have customers that today are only asking for iPhone / Android  phone and tablet apps start asking for windows versions of them.

    that is where the problem is.


    A lot of the apps on my iPhone advise you to download the app instead of using the browser, whether it is a newspaper, social networking app or a banking application, all would rather you used the app as it is a far better experience.

    The only thing I can think of is that Microsoft's workforce is as agile as they are with the way they deliver software, and they have lost and continue to lose good people too easily. Facebook and Apple appear to have better retention, and with that comes people that absolutely love what they do and it shows in the end product, developers in sprints just do what has to be done, never any more.

    I think them releasing another platform or framework if the current one does not work will really mean they may as well give up. Apple are now talking about taking over the workplace, Microsoft have been playing catchup in the mobile space and I fear Windows may go the way Windows Mobile went, it is now a possibility.

  • Is ​communicati​on to devs broken or just too fragmented

    Agile software delivery means flexibility in delivering products, but quite a nightmare to build products on top of, as naturally things are more changeable. I have been working with SSRS/SSIS and though the quick updates to VS 2013 meant we got it quickly at the time, it was never in step with SQL, so what you have is a vastly unstable Visual Studio 2013 and SQL Data Tools with reproducible bugs, but the focus long shifted away and you're stuck with it, because the thinking is that people will just upgrade. There is no support for SSRS/SSIS for the current Visual Studio so there are drawbacks in they way things are now done.

    I just hope they get to a stage where they say modules 1, 2 and 3 are now stable in Azure and unlikely to change. As a consumer and third party, there is still great value in getting a shrink wrapped piece of functionality that won't change for a long time because you can concentrate on building a suite of functionality rather than having to rewrite your software every year or so because support and API's are being dropped for something that you rely on heavily.

    As for communication davewill, you can forget it, talk nowadays is always about what they would like to build, or what they are about to release but seldom about engaging with the community the way they used to, you just need to look at how the Evangelism team now operate, they just don't engage with the community they way they used to, I hope things change.

  • Windows 10 Fall Version

    @spivonious: Jury's still out on that one, I will try it when I get back home, but it appears quite tucked away i.e. you need to go to a settings screen and enable it. I have however displayed confirmation bias in finding problems when they are not there with Windows. When I went into my pictures on skydive, everything looked like it was being re-synched.

    I will try recreate this, but in all honesty, I am just glad it is reversible