November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving America!

Filed under: General — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 5:43 pm

To all my American friends, colleagues and readers – please have a safe and happy holiday weekend surrounded with family and friends!

November 16, 2012

SCRUM: beyond better software

Filed under: Development,Small Business — Tags: , , — Arne Joris @ 6:24 pm

Agile software development has been picking up steam in the last couple of years and especially SCRUM has become a very popular development methodology. SCRUM can produce better results for complex projects and the internet is full of helpful tips on how to tailor it to specific project types, team structures or industries.

I have been using SCRUM for several years now,  in both large and small environments and found that there are  non-technical benefits from the SCRUM process that can have a positive impact on your business. Benefits such as effective customer engagement, timely customer payments and better estimates should be of interest to everyone in the software development business. Small companies may benefit the most because the link between a developer’s pay cheque and customer happiness is obvious and there can be direct contact between end user and developers.

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November 3, 2012

A big welcome to Arne–our newest contributing author

Filed under: General — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 9:32 pm

welcome to the big leagues arnePlease join me in welcoming our newest contributing author !  Arne is has been my colleague at for several years and has had a diverse fifteen year career spanning the world.  

We’re always interested in hearing from talented folks that might like to contribute to – if you’d like to become a contributing author please feel free to .

It’s a boy!

Filed under: General — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 6:37 pm

Hey everyone!

Another day another baby!   On November 2nd at 1am exactly our son, Ozzy Ash Pawliuk-Maidlow was born.  Yup, Ozzy as in =]  Weighing in Ozzy Ash Pawliu-Maidlowat a hefty 6 lbs 5 oz (as opposed to our who was 4 lbs 7 oz).  Mom and baby are doing great.  As I hoped this time around was a LOT easier.  Much better when you have some idea what you’re getting into.  The only thing I wasn’t prepared for was the lack of sleep.  Staring blankly at a screaming baby on maybe 2 hours of sleep trying to remember how to change the diaper on a newborn.  The last time I did an all nighter was when our daughter was born.  Before that it had been many years =)

Fortunately the little guy looks great in pink : )

November 2, 2012

Visual Studio running slow? Check your Anti-virus

Filed under: Development — Tags: , , — Darrin Maidlow @ 8:00 am

TurtleFor several weeks now I’ve been suffering a slow painful agony at work,  has been unusably slow.  The editor takes forever to display WPF views and don’t even get me started on builds.  I’ve got what I would consider to be a pretty decent pooter – Alienware M17xR3 with an Intel i7-2720QM 2.2Ghz, 16GB ram with SSD drives.   The machine is still generally pretty quick.  It boots in a matter of seconds.  A quick test of the disks using shows that disks are running within the expected ranges.

Visual Studio seems to be the only thing really running slowly

I tried the usual suspects.  Disabling all plugins and addins.  is a very powerful tool – but it can also come with a cost creating all of its metadata.  It was conceivable that as our solution grew (it’s at 40+ projects) some bug may have been exposed in R#.  I  also and that were rumored to help deal with slowness.

There’s no bad ideas when you’re brainstorming

That header there was for those of you with toddlers and TV’s glued to the Disney channel.  Yes, its true… I have kids TV show songs like stuck in my head most o f the time now.  Oh the joys of being a parent =)  In all seriousness though after sitting back and thinking about the systems involved it dawned on me.  Real time anti-virus scanning.  Visual Studio is constantly writing temporary files during use.  Builds are especially disk intensive.  Builds are also usually building and copying around exes and dlls that real time anti-virus engines love to scan.  This may not be immediately apparent on smaller solutions which would explain why this seems to have been a progressing problem.  As more and more code and projects were added to the solution – Visual Studio got slower and slower.   To test this theory I just disabled and ran a build.  Hurray it was fast again!

Add some scanning exceptions

Thankfully due to our strict rules on source control all of our solutions exist within one of two folders – one for and one for .  This allowed me to create a handful of exceptions under the AVG real-time scanner settings that excluded my source control repositories.  Suddenly now my designers as well as my builds are quick once more!

Set it and forget it is great – except when you set something up years ago and forget about it when its causing you problems.  =)

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