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Automating repetitive tasks with Azure Functions.
Apologies in advanced for the code formatting in this post. I've been having trouble trying to get it to work, but didn't want to delay this post any more than it already has. Since the
announcement of Azure Functions at Build 2016, I've been looking for an...
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Windows 10 upgrade experience
Microsoft have really upped their upgrade game. Pre-Windows 8, there was no point even bothering with an upgrade. Even if it completed without bricking your machine, the end result would be so unstable you'd just pave it and start again anyway. The upgrade ...
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UniqueIdentifier as a primary key, that will solve all of our problems!
No, no it won't. In evolving a single-instance website to multi-instance one, one of the many problems I have faced is how to deal with database access when your website instances are on the opposite side of the world. My solution to this was to use SQL Azu...
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Windows Phone 10 - First Impressions
After running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on my laptop for the last few months and being generally happy with it, bar the obvious problems you get running a Technical Preview, I've been itching to get my hands on Windows Phone 10 (officially referred t...
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Getting started with Azure Application Insights
Now that pricing information has been released for Application Insights, I decided to take the dive and deploy it on a few of the web applications I work on.
The documentation is pretty good for your basic scenarios, but it glosses over what I think are pro...
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Close a window by title in C#
When you're developing for embedded systems that don't have a mouse or keyboard attached, a misbehaving program that decides to pop up windows at random is suddenly a lot more inconvenient. Cue the below code snippet, which takes in a window title and sets ...
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ProTip: Open Powershell as admin from Powershell
Just a quick one as I find I have been using this trick a lot lately. If I am in a standard Powershell prompt and need to get an admin one open, I used to search for Powershell, right-click, run as admin. I'd do this even if I was already in a Powershell pr...
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Copying records between tables in different Azure accounts : The Next Generation
A few months back I posted a small piece of code for copying objects between Azure Table Storage Accounts. I have 2 bug-bears with the code I previously posted.  It's all very custom, you need to give it the type that is in the table and add lambdas to make...
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Using Custom Model Binders in ASP.Net MVC
I answered a question on Reddit this week from someone starting out in MVC who had read an incorrect article about model binding which was mostly correct, but made using custom binders look like they require more code than they actually do, so I thought it ...
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API Head-to-head: AWS S3 Vs Windows Azure Table Storage
Recently, I was experimenting with using S3 as a tertiary backup for my photos, an honour which eventually went to Azure as it was cheaper and my first impression of the S3 .Net APIs was “yuck”. I thought I’d take a deeper look and see if my initial impress...
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