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Frauke Nonnenmacher
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Renaissance woman: Writer, Cartoonist and Tamer of Computers
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Attempting to be Agile Part 1 - Should I Have Run Away With the Circus?
For several years now I've been hearing about Agile development, but I've never been employed in a company that actually used the process. So, in the interest of professional development, I've decided to have a go by myself. As if I didn't have better thing...

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Attempting to be Agile Part 1 - Should I Have Run Away With the Circus?
For several years now I've been hearing about Agile development, but I've never been employed in a company that actually used the process. So, in the interest of professional development, I've decided to have a go by myself. As if I didn't have better thing...

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It's not just me who would like to see VR classrooms!

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An Exploration of TDD Part 3 - Discovering that EF7 Doesn't Like Arrays
With my generic Get() method working as it should, it's now time to bake something that can retrieve a single location by its Id. My test for this looks as follows: [TestMethod]
public void Get_returns_correct_details_for_a_stored_location()
{
// Create...

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An Exploration of TDD Part 2 - A Data Repository for the Location Class
Now that I've got my data context class set up, I need a repository for at least basic CRUD operations for my Location class. In order to test this, I create  a new test project. In the UnitTestApp.xaml.cs file I add the following code to the constructor: u...

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An Slight Detour From TDD in Favour of Entity Framework 7
Now that I've created a class for my locations, I need a way to store them. Unfortunately Microsoft, for reasons I have yet to fathom, decided that the best way to store data for MS Store applications would be as XML or JSON text files. Looking at my fledgl...

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An Exploration of TDD Part 1
I've been squinting at TDD as a development concept for a while now. I'm coming from a background where all you did was testing after the fact (if you were lucky and had a patient boss), and I remember the pain of extending or changing code in such an envir...

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Not directly related to tonight's hangout, so I'm posting this here. There was mention of the problem that EU based businesses face with the new VAT regulations. I got a little confused because my accountant told me that as long as I was selling my courses through a third-party platform, I'd be OK. Looking at the VAT flowchart on the inland revenue I get the same (https://whitehall-admin.production.alphagov.co.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415931/VAT_MOSS_Flow_chart_FSB_edit_V1_0.pdf)

During the hangout it was mentioned that Udemy handled EU VAT, but that some other platforms could get UK-based educators in trouble with the VAT people. Does anybody here know something about this? Is this something that doesn't apply to businesses that aren't VAT registered?

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My latest article in my 'Essential IT skills for entrepreneurs' series
What on Earth is a Domain Name?

A lot of people get confused when the subject of websites and domain names comes up. A common belief is that a domain name is irrevocably bound to a website - this is not the case. But let me start with the basics.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, a website is “a group of connected pages on the World Wide Web containing information on a particular subject.” The same source defines a domain name as “a unique name, corresponding to one or more numeric IP addresses, used to identify a particular web page or set of web pages on the internet.”

So, your website is a collection of pages with information - your home page, your “about us” page, your “contact us” page and so on. Your domain name is the address for your website - www.acmecorp.com, for instance. You need both to have a presence on the internet.
The whole thing is similar to having a mobile phone. Your website is equivalent to your handset, and your domain name is similar to your SIM card. Having a handset is all very fine, and, of course, necessary, but you can’t make or receive calls unless you also have a SIM card that provides you with a phone number.

But here’s what’s interesting: You don’t have to get your SIM card from the same people you got your handset from. You can use any SIM card in any handset (leaving aside issues like unlocking and SIM card sizes.) Let’s face it - you wouldn’t cancel your contract just because you wanted a new handset, would you?

It’s exactly the same situation with an internet presence. I have a website, a set of web pages, hosted with company x. I own a domain name, www.creativecats.com, registered with company y. I can point that domain name at any website I wish. If I decided that I wanted to move my website to be hosted by company z, I could do that. I can even point it at a website that doesn’t belong to me, like my company’s Google+ page, or my Facebook page. Or even a page that has nothing whatsoever to do with me, like the weather channel. I wouldn’t do it because it makes no sense, and I have no idea if that sort of thing would be legal, but technically I could.

So.

A domain name is just that - a name. Something people can type into their web browser to find whatever you want them to find at the end. It is not a website, it holds no content, and it’s not irrevocably fixed. It’s just a way for your customers to get through to the right person - just like your phone number.
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