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Build 2015

This has been a week full of events, from Kentucky Derby, to Mayweather versus Pacquiao and Chelsea becoming the Premier League Champion, just to name a few. In the Technology world, Microsoft held their biggest developers conference called "Build", in San Francisco. Everybody was anxious to see what Microsoft had to offer, since the company was determined to prove that they don't want to keep trailing behind Apple and Google. That message was clearly stated when, recently, they announced cross-platform support for .Net framework (or a subset of .Net), a new unified truly universal experience for Windows and the ground-breaking holographic device called Hololens.

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Aiming for a streamlined development process

A well defined development process is key for a successful Software Development team. Transparency and common understanding, will help new developers get up to speed more quickly and allow more flexibility for further modifications. This may sound a bit chaotic, but your development process should be prepared to allow constant improvements (modifications). Obviously you shouldn't change something just for the sake of it; identify what value does your modification bring and make a conscious decision before applying it; ask your team members, or even the whole department, what do they think about your change and how it will help them; also, things that look obvious to you, might not seem so obvious to someone else, so think about the impact your tweak will have on your team workflow. What I am saying can be interpreted as common sense, and it should be, however you would be amazed by how often people disregard common sense. And I can tell you, changing something without a reason can be as dangerous as not changing at all.

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My presentation about PowerShell 5

Last week I did a presentation about "PowerShell 5 and OneGet" for my company. It was an introductory level session where I talked about some of the new features of PowerShell 5 and what is/how to use OneGet. It was a time boxed session set to last no more than thirty minutes, so I had to pick the topics I thought were the most relevant to developers. Small disclaimer, I did my presentation on the month of April of 2015, so keep in mind that some of the things I am going to talk about today, might be out of date by the time you read this post. Additionally, you may be wondering where is the PowerPoint for my presentation; well on my presentations I try to stay away from PowerPoints as much as I can, in a way to provide more demonstrations and engage everybody in a interactive session. On this blog post, I want to highlight the most relevant things I mentioned on my presentation.

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An odd letter from IT

Today I want to comment on an e-mail that was sent by the IT department of a technology company. To give you some context, the official operating system used by the company was Windows 7. However, due to some development needs, some Software Engineers and IT folks were using Windows 8. It wasn't an officially supported OS, but a reasonable amount of people were using it and honestly no problems or incompatibilities were found. Anyway, I copy pasted the e-mail so you can read it and take some conclusions of our own. Some of the content was change to keep it anonymous, but the general idea remains the same. Here it is:

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