Into the Azure (or Cloud!)

So I’ve recently started to work on a personal project. Now due to time available, motivation, PS4 etc. it is impossible to say if this project will “make it” lets say. But for now I will assume it will (Lets at least start positive!). The aim of the project is to deliver an Agile Management System – something a bit like one that starts with J and ends in A. However, this system will work exactly in the way I think it should – and why? Because I’m going to write it!
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ASP.NET vNext

So the new version of ASP.NET is almost amongst us with VS 2014 CTP3 being just released earlier this month. Redesigned from the ground up so they say, enabling a leaner and composable .NET stack for modern applications (they also used the word cloud – but doesn’t everyone!?).

Anyhow it is good to see they have looked to merge MVC, Web API and Web Pages into one framework and called it MVC 6 (not sure about the naming convention in terms of clarity?!). Dependency injection is built into the framework- you just need to pick an appropriate IoC (i.e. Ninject, Castle or Unity to name a few…).

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Service Desk Prototype

At the end of last week I built a service desk prototype. My mission was to rapidly deliver a web site and the framework behind it (perhaps not quite a mission – but it does sound a little more exciting!?). I started last Friday and had the perfect opportunity to make some solid progress over the weekend with my wife going out for a meal that evening and nothing on television worth engaging over Saturday/Sunday evening either. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in such development type projects when building a new and exciting idea and how you might take it forward.

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Asana – A Shared Task List

During the last month I have been questioning my teams use of JIRA Agile and if we were utilising it correctly or what was holding us back? So during this thought process I decided to look again at other options in the Agile Management tool space. In doing so I stumbled across a web and mobile application called Asana (I believe the definition of this term relates to a hatha Yoga posture… apparently!) which has been developed by two Facebook co-founders.

I’ll be honest I was immediately taken back by their promotional video – so much so, that I felt that I needed their organisational abilities in my life – this video was definitely doing a good job! Now what really attracted me about Asana was its lightweight nature, in the way it was implicitly simple and intuitive. Who doesn’t know how to create a check list!?

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Raspberry Pi XBMC Media Centre

So last weekend I was lucky enough to be given a Raspberry Pi Model B with a cool case from Pimoroni. I was asked many questions on receiving this gift… What is it? What can it do? or What are you going to do with it?

Now I knew what it was (not a part-time geek for no reason!) but at that moment I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with. So I asked my old friend Google to see what suggestions they could come up with. It didn’t take me long to come up with a winning decision! Raspberry Pi XBMC Media Centre… now that would be cool (seriously).

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Sony PlayStation 4 Announced

So in the early hours of today Sony announced firm details of the new PlayStation 4. I for one was a little disappointed with the PlayStation 3 launch… I didn’t really get the marketing campaign, I felt the console was expensive and a little underwhelmed by the release titles. Now this year both Sony and Microsoft are going head to head with new consoles, both targeting a Christmas 2013 release.

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