Concept First Blog

IT consultancy, web development, data analysis and application development

Great Dilbert Cartoons

These really rung true for me.

The centralise – decentralise dance: Centralise

I don’t think we need complicate the document with alternatives: Careful with the truth

Windows Gets Docker

As I mentioned before, I really believe Docker would help the windows ecosystem. All my clients end up having loads of server boxes, doing nothing, with 1 app per box, just to keep the isolated so nothing breaks something else.

Docker gets all the advantages of virtual machines, within out the overhead, making better use of hardware, saving money, burning less fuel, and causing world peace ;–)

Microsoft have just announced a partnership with Docker to add the necessary OS support for container deployment !!

They have obviosuly been researching this for a while, see this MS research project Drawbridge

Azure Lessons

I’ve spent a frustrating week trying to get a legacy app running against SQL Server into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Here are the things I wish I knew before I started:

Leaflet Map With Google Maps and Geolocation

Here is a leaflet.js map, using plugins to show various sources including OpenStreetmap, MapBox and Google Maps. It also includes a search facility using the OSM geolocator.

It’s mostly here for my own development use. You can pass a lat/lng on the query string to auto centre and zoom the mapp when loaded, e.g. lat=51.5&lng=0&zoom=16 gives us greenwich

There Has Got to Be a Better Term Than Technical Debt

Technical Debt is a common term used in IT circles, and a useful metaphor when discussing planning and tradeoffs (although too often I fear management don’t understand the interest repayments side of it)

Want I want is a term that is more easily understood by non technical business users and management, something which says to them “Your half considered last minute must have change is going to leave the system in a right bloody mess, and its going to take lots of time and effort in the future to clean it up”, but in a nice punchy phrase.

Any ideas ? Some word to do with foundations, rotting, derelict, decay, structurally unsound, negleted, condemned ?