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  • Blog Post: Book Review on: "Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind" by 99U

    I recently received a great book as a gift. I'm not one that likes reading fiction. But non-fiction, especially with short, structured chapters is always a winner for me because I can read a chapter during my limited spare time and if I set the book down, next time I pick it up, I can read a different...
  • Blog Post: Quality First

    Whether you are a developer, a tester, or in a combined Software Engineering role, understanding the fundamental thinking behind testing your own code is of significant importance to producing solid, quality services for our customers. Due to this, I'd like to spend some time directing you to some of...
  • Blog Post: On-Premises SharePoint careers

    I have taken a job as the architect for the new on-premises SharePoint team in Suzhou , China. We are in the process of hiring a large number of engineers. It is a great opportunity for developers and leaders with great distributed systems or database skills. As well as the impact that comes from working...
  • Blog Post: DevOps, The Art of Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

    All engineering teams are set up differently. In the Microsoft IT department, we have a set of Software Engineers that work on designing, implementing, and testing the software solutions needed to run the company. We help deploy our builds, but most of the work of getting our new bits out to production...
  • Blog Post: Job Object Insanity

    Job Objects were introduced to Windows in Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 to allow an application to manage a group of processes. One of the limitations of Job Objects is that a process can only belong to a single Job object. This becomes an issue when you are attempting to manipulate a process which...
  • Blog Post: Taking Flight a.k.a. The Data Dragon’s Life After Microsoft

    Cross-posted (with slightly worse formatting) from http://befriendingdragons.com/2014/07/23/taking-flight-a-k-a-the-data-dragons-life-after-microsoft/ Life is a journey – we can choose to fly through it with our wings spread to catch and channel the winds, or we can let the winds pummel us to...
  • Blog Post: It Doesn't Take Muscles to Use Your Strengths

    But it does take a manager that understands how to leverage strengths. Many managers say they do this, but I'd question if they really think this way, if "leveraging peoples' strengths" is really part of their DNA. The reason I question this is because many companies have defined roles for people to...
  • Blog Post: Meet Job Stock – The Startup Making Freelancing Simple.

    Meet Job Stock – The Startup Making Freelancing Simple. I recently had the privilege of catching with founder of Job Stock, Paul Dunstone. I first met this awesome start-up a year ago at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. A year on in, they are launched with a fantastic platform for Freelance...
  • Blog Post: Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

    Some days I just amaze myself. I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work. Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value. And I can do this again and again and again until I really don't need to pay much attention because I am adding value just by the...
  • Blog Post: Advice From Your 95 year old Self

    There you are sitting on your death bed. Yep, you had a good life. And although many people have come to visit you and feel sad for you, you aren't sad. You are content. You did absolutely everything you wanted to do and had a ton of happiness along the way. If you had to live your life over again, you...
  • Blog Post: SSIS, SQL Agent, Credential, Proxies and the -1073741515 process exit code

    Recently I have been dealing with a really weird error while trying to execute a SSIS package using a SQL Agent Job with a concrete user credential. The error that I've got was: Executed as user: XXXXX. The step did not generate any output. The return value was unknown. The process exit code was ...
  • Blog Post: Fixing What's Not Broken

    Many engineering teams look at change as a bad thing, something that will disrupt their work. And granted, changing for the wrong reasons, or making changes for the right reasons but too many of them too quickly, can be disruptive and affect productivity. But you should also be careful about being too...
  • Blog Post: AX 2012-Después de aprobar una solicitud de compra no es posible generar una orden de compra automática o manual

    Hola, este blog pretende ayudar en la resolución del problema en el título. Esto es, es posible que se hayan enfrentado al escenario en donde después de haber aprobado una solicitud de compra no les es posible generar una orden de compra de manera automática o bien manualmente...
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