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PascalSCADA. HMI/SCADA for developers using Lazarus/FPC

PascalSCADA – I’ve heard about this project in October 2009 for the first time and it was immediately covered in the Polish data center professionals portal: DCSerwis.pl (currently suspended). However, PascalSCADA is under continuous development and I have to present it here, again – especially because we are lucky to have Lazarus IDE for Free Pascal Compiler available in version 1.0 since August 2012. This project is a good advertisement of Lazarus/FPC and it can be interesting not only for Lazarus/FPC or Delphi developers, but also for some data center professionals having general knowledge about SCADA systems and programming. For sure, PascalSCADA will be appreciated by those who have software engineering or automation and control engineering background. So, what exactly PascalSCADA is?

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Data center infrastructure maintenance standards

The following statement can be read in "Tiered Infrastructure Maintenance Standards (TIMS) For Mission-Critical Environments" white paper by Lee Technologies: […] Business and government have invested billions in pursuit of "buying" uptime. However, an unavoidable fact of life remains: While beginning with a strong foundation is crucial, ongoing maintenance will make the difference between success and failure. And the more critical the mission, the more intense the maintenance program needed. […] Therefore, as we take care about requirements defined by Uptime Tier Classification or "ANSI/TIA-942. Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers", especially when it comes to design and construction stage of our data center facilities, we shouldn't forget that uptime is also a direct result of wisely balanced maintenance programs. It seems obvious, but... How to measure our currently implemented maintenance standards to match them against Uptime Institute or ANSI/TIA-942 tiers? How to define appropriate maintenance program individually for given data center with all its limitations and designed features? TIMS – Tiered Infrastructure Maintenance Standards seem to be the one and only formalized, industrial proposal for now, on which we can rely, so let's make a short review for our further inspirations.

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New features of MS Windows Server 2012

Interested in the forthcoming MS Windows Server 2012 and its features? Good! Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free e-book – "Introducing Windows Server 2012" – based on the RTM version of the software. The book is about 256 pages long and can be freely downloaded from the Mircosoft Press blog or purchased in the hard copy version ($14.99) from the official distributor, O’Reilly Media. Too much reading? At least, let’s watch CBT MicroNugget video on MS Windows Server 2012 installation by Tim Warner.

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Start programming using Object Pascal and Lazarus/FPC

A great news for Lazarus/FPC beginners all over the world! Not only version 1.0 of popular, multiplatform, 32/64-bit IDE/compiler (Lazarus/FPC) is available for us (what we’ve already covered here), but also… A book "Start programming using Object Pascal" by Motaz Abdel Azeem was translated to English by the author (originally written in Arabic) and published under Creative Commons license for our convenience.

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Lazarus IDE 1.0 on Mac OS X reviewed

I've found short, but very interesting review of the latest – 1.0 – version of Lazarus IDE for Free Pascal Compiler (FPC). It's written from the perspective of Mac OS X user, so it's even more important to take a look, if you've found my previous blog article worth your time.

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