Blog-RMN

  • Virtual Machine Pains and How Vagrant Can Help You
    April 11, 2017
    In my last project we were upgrading the database for the application from Oracle 11g to Oracle 12c. I created and configured a VirtualBox Virtual Machine (VM) using these instructions....
  • Round Tripping Your Assumptions
    March 22, 2017
    This is an ignite talk I did at one of our Estimation Guild Meetings. Here is the text parsed by SlideShare 1. Round Tripping Your Assumptions ‘CAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT...
  • A Review of Three Checksum Verifier Tools
    March 14, 2017
    What is a CheckSum? A checksum is a unique string that identifies a file. You can think of it as a file’s fingerprint.   Why do I need a Checksum...
  • Installing FoodCritic on Windows
    March 6, 2017
    FoodCritiic is a linter for Chef Cookbooks. It does an automated code review on your Chef Cookbook and reports violations. See the FoodCritiic home page for a list of violations...
  • Creating a Chef Cookbook for Windows
    February 16, 2017
    The Berkshelf documentation moved to the “official” Chef docs. I found it a little confusing but complete. The purpose of this post is to remind future self how to do...
  • Ignite DevOps 2017 @ SEP – Chef
    February 13, 2017
    Last week I blogged about the Ignite Talks that happened at SEP last month. See below for the slides from the Chef Ignite Talk.    
  • SEP Ignite DevOps 2017
    February 6, 2017
    Last month at SEP, our DevOp guild hosted an internal meeting of Ignite Talks. The theme for the talks was Configuration Management. Below is a slide deck I used to kick...
  • Elastic Search, LogStash, Kibana and Beats
    January 28, 2017
    I attended the Indy DevOps meetup last week to learn about Elastic Search, LogStash, and Kibana. Also known as the ELK stack. The speaker, Adis Cesar a Solution Architect at Elastic, also...
  • What is DevOps?
    August 2, 2016
    What is DevOps? The word DevOps is a clipped version of the words Development and Operations [1]. What does development mean? Development is the process of designing, building and testing...
  • Book Review: Predicting the Unpredictable – Pragmatic approaches to estimating project schedule or cost by Johanna Rothman
    August 14, 2015
    Synopsis On every software project I have been on I’ve been asked 2 questions, “how much does it cost?” and “When will it be done?”. One would think that given...
  • Lessons learned from Moving from ASP.NET Webforms to ASP.NET MVC.
    January 15, 2015
    A few months ago a client came to us and asked for our help with rewriting a couple of their high volume pages in ASP.NET MVC. The current application was written...
  • Failure is Part of Success
    June 12, 2013
    I did my tenth Toastmasters speech today which fulfill the requirements for a Competent Communicator Award Here is the speech: “Thomas Edison once said, I have not failed, I’ve just...
  • Tool for creating CSS for a sprite
    April 16, 2013
    A sprite is an image that contains a bunch of smaller images. I needed to write CSS for a sprite image that was created by our graphic designer. I found...
  • Why should I care what my code looks like?
    April 4, 2013
    Someone said to me recently “I don’t care what the code looks like, as long as it works.” This offended me because I take pride in making my code look...
  • I don’t have time
    October 26, 2012
    Have you ever said “I don’t have time for XYZ”? If you said no you are liar or a very special person. I have said this many times, to myself,...
  • Training using Study Groups
    April 9, 2012
    Since I have started working at SEP I have been invited to a number of training sessions where an outside trainer is brought in and we get a mix of...
  • One Small Step Toward TDD, One Small Leap for SEP
    April 3, 2012
    One small Step Toward TDD I have been reading about TDD and unit testing for about 7 years now and have not fully adopted TDD. It has a ton of...