Agafonov Slava Digest about software

Becoming an effective leader

Why is it that certain people seem to naturally inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others ( who may have just as much vision and smarts) stumble? It is a timeless question and there is no simple answer.  Why is it that Let your passion be a part of who you are as a leader. Lead with both your head and your heart. Do you know how to set direction, align people, motivate and inspire? Effective leaders periodically take stock of their personal strengths and shortcomings. They ask: “What do I like to do? What am I really good at?” More...

Experience with Microsoft HoloLens hands on


augmented realityHololens is augmented reality or mixed reality - call it whatever you like, but you should get the idea main that it is not virtual reality. You don not need to get pills to get into matrix or to get back into normal world. But last week from March 31, Microsoft let us see what it is actually like to use HoloLens on stage yourself or to buy actual developer edition. Current price is unrealistic for many people, but if you want to be first on the market it can make sense, for now it is $3000 and you have to wait in line, probably around 3-6 month to get it, but you can actually do it for real.

Alex Kipman (technical fellow from Microsoft) worked on Hololens from idea to production for the last seven years, if you go back to the idea he first pitched to Microsoft, which became Kinect. When the motion-sensing Xbox accessory was released, just in time for the 2010 holidays, it became the fastest-selling consumer gaming device of all time. Finally, project was released to developers only 10 days ago. More...

Next stop: MBA? Foster TMMBA strong!

UW Go HuskiesWant to change the world? For as long as I can remember, technology has been a vital part of my life. My parents bought me a ZX Spectrum computer when I was 5 years old, and my mother went out of her way to make me feel like computer programmers are “cool” and that software programming would soon define the future of our world. So, I made it my priority to study English and computer languages in hopes that one day I would be able to become a programmer myself. Today, I am proud to say that I have achieved that goal by graduating with a master’s degree in computer science from the Kharkov Aerospace University and by developed it further with 10 years in professional software development. With that success under my belt, I feel that I am ready to advance beyond my childhood aspirations of being a computer engineer. More...

Dale Carnegie training for software industry

Programmers ultimately deal with people, both directly scoping with stakeholders, working with support people and indirectly end users. We can't afford to be anything less than fabulous with people. Software is eating our personal and professional lives, and we are today forced into relationships with digital counterparts that we often describe in human terms. Dale Carnegie training and his books kind of a life changing, the challenge is to keep practicing the parts that resonate with you as it does take work changing your habits at any company and industry. As users of software, when we are treated as an afterthought or merely a means to an end, we start down the path of “endless trouble”. As software developers, we have a responsibility to avoid this and make them feel important. More...

Enable built-in IIS compression in Azure

The time it takes to transfer an HTTP request and response across the network can be significantly reduced by decisions made by front-end engineers. It's true that the end-user's bandwidth speed, Internet service provider, proximity to peering exchange points, etc. are beyond the control of the development team. But there are other variables that affect response times. Compression reduces response times by reducing the size of the HTTP response. I found a bit tricky and interesting to enable compression in Azure service deployment. More...

Challenge Bing vs Google

First of all, as you probably already know I was working in Bing Ads and I am going to move to the Bing Search next week (Satori is my new team) and I will be working in the city center plaza  in Bellevue (head quarters of Bing). Second, I see that a lot of people think that Google is only one good search engine that can find stuff in the web and people usually don't trust new search engines like Bing. So, people in Microsoft created web site where you can challenge Bing versus Google to change this or at least try. Microsoft and the Bing team set up a little website that lets you blindly compare search engines with 5 searches side to side. You can’t see which is which as the results populate and you choose which is better the one on the left or the right. More...

Most asked tricky interview questions

How many of you had stumbled upon an interview question you haven’t prepared yourself for, and your mind drew a blank? Before I go to a job interview, I usually take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also, I review sample answers and advice on how to answer these typical interview questions. More...

Top important things for career

As you consider what you are looking for as the next step in your career, what are the top three things that are important to you? The most important step in managing your career is to know yourself. This is true whether you are just beginning your career, or are well-established. Taking the time to focus on knowing yourself better will help you make decisions about your career and professional development that will lead to long-term satisfaction. If you skip this step, you run the risk of making career decisions without regard to what you really want, which can lead to dissatisfaction with your career. More...

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