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Following on from my recent post on the subject, I was unhappy with the conclusion of that post, because while I was offering many ways to solve the problem, I wasn’t happy with the code. Connecting to a database should be simple? Well to be fair to Sql/Server it is, but there are numerous ways […]

Umbraco is built on the idea of document types and templates. The document type defines the data that is to appear on a page, the template shows how that data will appear, so when you create content, it is based on a document type and a choice of templates that you are allowed to use […]

I had a problem with a C# Winforms application recently that uses EF and some ADO.NET code to access SQL/Server. The customer wanted to use Active Directory to set up the users for this system. There are two ways of doing this: Define the AD users in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), assigning these to […]

I have recently been working on an Umbraco 7 based site. Umbraco is a little strange to get used to for a developer due to the fact that it overrides some the MVC defaults, and has different types of controllers such as Surface controllers (which are used to render content) and Custom Controllers (that can […]

Now for something a bit more controversial. I read a post on LinkedIn recently which appears to originate from an Indian developer. Quite a discussion. Its at: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/2139884-5990522670213586945 I’m an experienced developer, and I’m totally a fan of Agile. Agile is about communication Agile is about learning as you work Agile is about working closely […]

I came across an interesting problem this week. The requirement was to get row counts from two different tables and return these on the same row. The tables had a common column, lets call it category. The first thought was to use GROUP BY in T-SQL, but there is a problem with this:

The […]

Today, at a project review meeting, a customer said in no uncertain terms, that fewer, more expert developers are better than a team of devs all with just a couple of years of experience. I was very pleased about this, because this is something I strongly believe, and in this case, a good part of […]

Should software ever be re-written? Technology is always changing, new versions of development tools, databases, third party components continually appear. In fact about ten years ago somebody said it was a full time job just to keep up with the new tools coming out of Microsoft. If anything in recent years, especially with the advent […]

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