Khalid Abuhakmeh

Software Developer and All Around Nice Guy @AquaBirdConsult

The Pain And Pleasure of Workplace Dynamics

Working with team members in mind

Being a working manager has been interesting and a great responsibility. I recently had a team member ask me a very pointed and very open-ended question.

With a mixed workforce of on-site and remote team members, how do I convince the entire team that I am serious about the ultimate success of our projects?

There was also a concern that team . . .

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January 30, 2015

Naming Resources In Windows Azure

What you need to know before you start

Windows Azure is a great product, but being a great product doesn't mean it makes it any easier to fall in the "pit of success" when naming your resources. Our team is currently migrating all of our resources from a private account into an organizational account. We thought we would take the opportunity to reorganize and rename . . .

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January 24, 2015

How To Stay Out Of Wonderland

Techniques To End "Rabbit-Holing"

Getting lost in your tasks is a common problem amongst development teams. The problem becomes increasingly detrimental the closer you are to deadlines. Here are a few helpful tips to keep yourself and team members from burning precious time.

Set Realistic and Achievable Goals Upfront

If you know your goals upfront, then you are more likely to . . .

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January 19, 2015

Codemash 2015 Wrap-Up

Codemash 2015 is over and it was fantastic. The content was incredible, and the caliber of speakers even more so. I got to meet some of my long time .NET heroes and few new individuals that just made me even more motivated to kick virtual ass in 2015. Here is what I took away from the event.


I got to spend a good amount of time . . .

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January 11, 2015

Designing A Team Workspace

space... the final frontier

As a team, we've been trying to hone in our ideal workspace environment. Common phrases we came up with to describe the space were open, communication fostering, quick, accessible, fun, and useable. Additionally, we wanted the ability to have standing desks, projectors (a lot of those), displays, and huddle rooms. This is what we came up . . .

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January 05, 2015

ASP.NET : Playing In A Sandbox

Supercharge Your Integration Tests

At Ritter Insurance Marketing we have been watching ASP vNext closely. We are very excited about the possibility of end to end integration tests all done via C#; the language we know and love. Seeing what might be possible in the future got us wondering what might be possible now. That is when Sandbox was born. Utilizing our three automation . . .

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December 19, 2014

ASP.NET Auth - A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Claims

Fortune smiles on your big cookies

The team is currently looking into Thinktecture IdentityServer and we are thoroughly impressed. That said, we are running into a few questions about Claims, and where they get stored after authentication has taken place.

Taking a step back, Claims are a collection of data about your user that you may want to utilize in your application. You . . .

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December 16, 2014