GOTO: automated driving

by dotnetnerd 4. October 2016 11:56

A subject that I find myself reading about and discussing over the dinner table a lot recently is the promise of self-driving cars. I absolutely love the idea because of all of the problems it can solve in society. No more drunk driving, no more wasting time in traffic jams, no more parking issues and no need to own an expensive heap of metal that looses value even though you only use it a few hours a week.

With this in mind I went to Sanna Pampels talk called “Automated driving - are we taking the human factors researcher out of the loop?”. The talk was relly good with Sanna starting out by covering the different levels of automation. Going from a level 0 with no automation, over different levels of assisted and partially automated driving to level 5 which is full automation or autonomous cars.

Sanna said that british drivers spend 124 hrs in traffic jams each year, and dribing is not as safe as it could be, mainly because of human errors in traffic.

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Deep learning at GOTO

by dotnetnerd 3. October 2016 11:49

Today I chose to take up an old advice and picked a track that was completely out of my comfort zone for the first day of GOTO. When jumping off the deep end you might as well do it completely, so I decided to go for a number of talks on Deep Learning Analytics.

I had high hopes because the first talk was an introduction to the subject called “what is it and what can it do for you”. Sadly the talk didn’t really do it for me, because it started out really theoretical, and Diogo Almeida seemed almost too passionate, which meant that he started speaking really fast and jumped between usecases, both current and some for the possible future.

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GOTO 20 year anniversary

by DotNetNerd 3. October 2016 08:58

This year is, believe it or not, the 20th anniversary of the GOTO conference. So I think the expectations are high, with the event being hosted at the Bella Center.

Dan North, who is a regular speaker at GOTO, was tasked with doing the first half of the keynote, and as always he delivered. The topic was on the future of agile, so a topic that I have seen Dan speak about a number of times. He went over how we are still a young industry with the vast majority of us being the first in our families to work in IT.

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GOTO – a word on language divercity

by DotNetNerd 29. September 2016 10:52

One of the things that makes GOTO special for me is that it is the one conference i visit every year where I run into developers with so many different backgrounds. Most conferences are in one way or another centered around one platform and one programming language. Even though GOTO started as a Java conference back when it was called Jaoo, this is no longer the case, with Microsoft being regulars on the speaker list, and with tracks on languages like Elixir, Pearl and NodeJS being a regular occurance in the past.

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Almost GOTO time

by dotnetnerd 13. September 2016 07:40

So it's that time of the year again. GOTO Copenhagen is just around the corner, and this year it is the 20th anniversary, so I expect it to be an even bigger deal than it normally is. It certainly looks like it, with the event being hosted at the Bella Center on the 3.-4. October, and with a very impressive speaker lineup.

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TypeScript 2.0 beta non-nullable types

by DotNetNerd 13. July 2016 07:19

tsOne of the nice features of functional programming languages like F# is the lack of null. Not having to check for null every where makes code a lot less errorprone. As the saying goes "What can C# do that F# cannot?" NullReferenceException". Tony Hoare who introduced null references in ALGOL even calls it his billion-dollar mistake. The thing is that although this is quite a known problem, it is not trivial to introduce non nullable types into an existing language, as Anders Hejlsberg talked about when I interviewed him at GOTO back in 2012.

With version 2.0 of TypeScript we do get non-nullable types, which has been implemented as a compiler switch --strictNullChecks. More...

Azure Webjobs – good stuff, with a gotcha

by DotNetNerd 26. May 2016 11:27

imageOne of the really nice things about Azure Webapps is the support for running Webjobs. Most large webapplications will at some point need some data or media processed by a background process, and for that Webjobs are a perfect fit.

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Backup with Azure Cool Blob Storage

by dotnetnerd 11. May 2016 12:49

azure-storage-blob-logoA few weeks ago Microsoft introduced the concept of "Cool" Blob Storage on Azure, which means that you get REALLY cheap storage for data that you don't access very often - backup being an obvious usecase. In my case I have used Dropbox for backups for a while, and although it works fine for a certain amount of data, it is not really a good fit for backing up that family photos and videos once a year from the home NAS.

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Azure Resource Management Templates

by DotNetNerd 29. March 2016 12:59

image11A core value that Azure brings to modern projects, is to enable developers to take control of the deployment process, and make it fast and painless. Sure scalability is nice, when and if you need it, but the speed and flexibility in setting up an entire environment for your application is always valuable - so for me this is a more important feature of Azure. Gone are the days of waiting at best days, most likely weeks and maybe even months for the IT department to create a new development or test environment.

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A few thoughts on Visual Studio Team Services

by dotnetnerd 11. February 2016 14:08

VSTS-2015Visual Studio Online was recently renamed Visual Studio Team Services, which more accurately tells you what it is about. Sure, you can still browse and edit code, but it is just one feature, and not really a core one at that. On my current project I have had the chance to dive in a little deeper, and have a look at some of the features that VSTS has to offer. Although I have often been critical of these kinds of products, VSTS has been mostly a pleasent acquaintance.

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