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Lessons learnt from the world of Software Development, Object Oriented Design and .NET Architecture.

Visual Studio 2013 javascript error while running in DEBUG mode | Posted on by Anuj Varma

If you encounter a javascript error only when running through Visual Studio (and not standalone), then you are probably running into this new feature in Visual Studio 2013 – called Browser Link.
It is a two way communication between Visual Studio … Continue reading

RDS (in AWS) offers a LIVE read-replica of your RDS instance – which is essential in DR scenarios.
1. Replicate the entire Application – not just RDS

Your application must be able to function in both source and target locations. That … Continue reading

Document management is a little different from content management. The goal of content management is to allow end users to edit live content – and have it appear instantly (publish).
Document management involves a more complex workflow – and typically … Continue reading

Amazon RDS for SQL Server–Notes from the field… | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Here are some notes from the field…

For PROD environments, use Multi-AZ deployment (mirroring) and provisioned IOPS. It is much harder to change this after the fact – if you want to ‘upsize’ your RDS instance.
Recreating a prod environment from a … Continue reading

Component based design versus Object oriented design | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Object oriented design starts with either an inheritance hierarchy or an interface based design. Component based design also uses Object oriented concepts, but instead of inheritance (or interfaces), utilizes object composition.

Take an existing PPT theme and apply it to another presentation | Posted on by Anuj Varma

I don’t know why Microsoft has to change things around completely with every new release of MS Office. However, if you have an existing MS PPT 2010 presentation – and need to save that as a THEME (new name for … Continue reading

Changing default font in Outlook | Posted on by Anuj Varma

I do not like the default Outlook fonts. I prefer Palatino Linotype for all my new messages. In addition, I like to specifically mark MY responses – in an email chain – so that people do not confuse who said … Continue reading

Changing existing powerpoint slides to widescreen | Posted on by Anuj Varma

If you are stuck with a non-widescreen template (theme), you may still be able to show your LIVE presentation in widescreen mode. This can be done by:

Click the Design tab, and then click Slide Size.

Change from Standard (4:3) to Widescreen … Continue reading

SQL Server–Multiple Instances on same physical server | Posted on by Anuj Varma

If you need instance separation – that is – you want to isolate two different databases completely – while hosting them on the same physical box, you can install SQL Server multiple times on the same box. This does incur … Continue reading

Cloud Foundry–a better option for Apps as a Service (PaaS) | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Cloud Foundry – An alternative PaaS – competes with Elastic BeanStalk and AppFabric from Azure.
Cloud Foundry PaaS supports apps written in Ruby, Node.js., and Java
Developers can add their own applications and runtimes by building Custom Buildpacks