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April 2015

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Big Data and Functional Programming

David Glassborow – As we work more with big data, analysing large swathes of information, we are increasingly looking at functional programming languages for our development. Recently I’ve been learning, and working with, the F# programming language, originally developed by Microsoft Research and now released ...
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March 2015

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DU90 - Assessing the Quality of Drug Prescribing

David Glassborow – One of the key principles behind the Define Platform (an ongoing development in our collaboration with Rx-info) is to turn drug prescribing data into information on which financial and clinical decisions can be based. We’ve been working on a good example of this recently: using the Drug ...
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Benchmarking Antibiotic Homogeneity Index Using the Rx-info Define Platform

David Glassborow – Through our ongoing collaboration with Rx-info and our continued development of the Define Platform we’ve recently been involved in an exciting area of antibiotic research within the NHS. Consultants at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and researchers at the University of Leeds have ...
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Software Conservatives and Liberals

David Glassborow – I ran across a great article again, one I originally read six month ago, written by Steve Yegge (Googlier, used to work at Amazon, outspoken about many design topics), and remembered how great it was: His original post The followup I won’t ruin the article for you, but I think this is a ...
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February 2015

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Big Data Challenges

David Glassborow – Following on from my article about working with Azure: Azure Lessons, here are some of the lessons I’ve learnt recently working with Big Data and cloud computing. We’ve been working on various projects for clients (I can’t give too many details for reasons of commercial ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2015-02-11 12:01
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Great Dilbert Cartoons

David Glassborow – These three really rung true with some of my clients:
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October 2014

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Windows Gets Docker

David Glassborow – 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 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2014-10-18 10:41
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Azure Lessons

David Glassborow – 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: Azure SQL Server is not the same as normal SQL Server, it doesn’t work the same Azure Virtual Machines cannot host ...
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September 2014

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Leaflet Map With Google Maps and Geolocation

David Glassborow – 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 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2014-09-26 16:32
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There Has Got to Be a Better Term Than Technical Debt

David Glassborow – 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 ...
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July 2014

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Windows Needs Docker

David Glassborow – I’ve been using Docker a lot recently when setting up our Linux main server. If you’ve never used it is, I highly recommend it. It is a way of compartmentising your software. You run software in its own docker containers, they share the same machine, but are isolated from each other, can ...
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Seriously It Depends!

David Glassborow – I recently watched the discussions between Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and DHH, on Is TDD dead?. The discussions are fine, but the problem is one that all analysts are familar with, It Depends. DHH writes relatively simple end project management SAAS tool, Fowler works in much complex business ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2014-07-10 10:19
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What Happens When You Squeeze a Graph Model Into a Relational Database

David Glassborow – Microsoft CRM Dynamics is becoming a popular solution of CRM, case management, etc. It has reasonably complex data model, with support for Activities (e.g. Email, Phone calls) which are things the users need to do (email somebody, go to an appointment, etc.). These activities can be related to ...
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Don't Change the Name of Your CRM Server

David Glassborow – Or rather if you do, be careful what you change the config in the MSRCRM_CONFIG table to. One of our clients recently had an outage where nobody could login to CRM dynamics 2011 for most of the day. All users got the following useful message: Luckily the Windows Event Log recorded: 1 2 3 4 5 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2014-07-04 13:37

May 2014

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Microsoft CRM Dynmaics: The Good, the Bad and the Massive

David Glassborow – I’ve been working with Microsoft CRM dynamics for about three years now, with a couple of different clients. Both clients use CRM is quite different ways, and having varing levels of customisation and integration. Here is a shortish list of my experiences with it, and thoughts around what to ...
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