Setting up Torquebox on Rails as a webserver

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Rails and Microsoft Azure

Preparing your Rails application for running on Microsoft Azure

If you are using a Mac (obviously as Rails just works so good with it!) you will install the command line tools for connecting to your Azure server.

 This link explains how to do that:

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/linux/how-to-guides/command-line-tools/

We already have Azure accounts so we skipped that step.

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Writing content for your website

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You know that you need a website, but other than the name of your business, you don’t have a clue of where to start in terms of writing content for your website pages.

Does this situation sound familiar?

Your website is the first place that people go to find out more information about your business and how it can fulfill their needs. So keep that in mind when developing your ...

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Agile Tool Support: JIRA System Administrator Guide – JIRA Workflows

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JIRA Training

As part of our JIRA training modules, we have developed instruction guides to assist users when making use of JIRA as an Agile tool. In this blog series, we will be providing tutorials for JIRA System Administrators on how to perform certain functions in JIRA. Part 1 deals with the Issues and Fields elements in JIRA. In Part 2, we take a look at JIRA Workflows.

JIRA Workflows

A ...

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Protocon Convention 2013

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Garden route mall George, 14-15 March

“The Garden Route is hosting the most unconventional convention for creators ever seen in our area on 14 and 15 March at the Garden Route Mall in George.

ProtoCon 2013 is all about getting creative thinkers together to learn about creativity techniques and idea development, rapid prototyping, technology to kick-start your concept development and even the legal pitfalls of coming up with the next ...

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Agile Documentation

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Documentation? What Documentation?

One of the biggest misconceptions within agile teams is that we do not need documentation. Also, many teams struggle to get to grips with documentation that is needed within agile projects. When implementing agile for the first time, many teams actually drop the ball before realising that some sort of documentation is still needed within agile projects.

The approach

So the first approach is the following:

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Facebook Pages, Profiles and Groups

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Facebook has a number of ways to create an online presence, namely through Facebook Pages, Profiles and Groups. Clients often assume that when creating a business profile on Facebook, an account is created in the same way that you would for an individual. This approach is incorrect for a number of reasons. Let’s distinguish between the different Facebook options.

Facebook Profile

A Facebook profile (where you sign up for Facebook ...

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How to import CSV files into JIRA

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Introduction

It is sometimes quicker to import stories from a spreadsheet, especially when an existing project is migrated to JIRA. JIRA allows importing from a number of sources, one of which is from a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. This is arguably one of the more useful import options. This tutorial discusses how to import CSV files into JIRA.

Other options include a direct import from ...

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Agile project management tools

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There are many agile project management tools out there. To name a few that we have tried and tested: Pivotal Tracker, VersionOne, Scrumy and Jira.

We have settled on Jira as the best agile project management tool on the market at the moment, but our reasons for selecting our best of breed agile project management tools is not only focused on agile project management, as there is ...

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Creating a Windows 2012 Server in the Windows Azure cloud: Part 1

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Overview

As Agile Consultants we are always looking at ways to improve processes, both internally and for our clients. Today we will be looking at Microsoft Windows Azure as a cloud computing platform. We will setup a Windows Azure account, proceed to create a Windows Server 2012 instance and login with RDC (Remote Desktop Connection).

Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are ...

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Agile Tool Support: JIRA System Administrator Guide – Issues and Fields

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JIRA Training

As part of our JIRA training modules, we have developed instruction guides to assist users when making use of JIRA as an Agile tool. In this blog series, we will be providing tutorials for JIRA System Administrators on how to perform certain functions in JIRA, starting with the Issues and Fields elements in JIRA.

Issues Types in JIRA

Everyone’s needs are different and so JIRA also allows you to ...

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Agile testing: Getting agile tests incorporated into your sprints using BDD and Cucumber in C++

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Agile testing

We’ve adopted agile testing in the form of Behavior Driven Development (BDD) as part of our agile development process, and use Cucumber features extensively on Ruby on Rails web application projects for our own customer software development projects, although we have done Java, Delphi and C# implementations of agile testing as well using BDD and Cucumber.

Cucumber for C++

A recent project called for the introduction of ...

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Clear user requirements using agile user stories and automated testing

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It is vital to have clear user requirements. This can be achieved by using agile user stories. Lately one of the biggest problems we experience in the agile space is the lack of clearly defined requirements.  Lack of clear defined non agile requirements results in a lot of problems during the development cycle.  The following is just some of the key observations around this:

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  • Lots of rework is identified during
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The job market for IT graduates

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Infoware Studios recently gave a presentation to IT students on the IT job market and landscape. Here are some things we highlighted that graduates need to keep in mind when entering the job market.

Motivation

Contrary to popular belief, money is not the best motivator. Surprised? If you get stuck in a job that you really hate, an increase in money is only a temporary motivator. You will ...

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Connecting to Microsoft Azure from Linux (Mac)

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After wasting a couple of hours to fine tune the right settings for connecting to Microsoft Azure from Linux we managed to find the settings that works with MS SQL Server 2012, so I would like to share that with those of you that stumble across this blog and hopefully I can contribute to making your journey less painful as Microsoft Azure is really cool.

So I assume that ...

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