Software Development

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Content Delivery Networks can improve your website’s performance

Content Delivery Networks were created for one reason: to speed up your websites and web applications. In this article, I explore how you can take advantage of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to improve your website performance for a small cost.  The ProblemModern websites and web-based applications have a number of digital assets. These are the stylesheets, scripts and images that make up the websites you use. My website is no exception – it has 15 such assets.These assets are…

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Upload photos to Blue Twilight PHP photo gallery from your new iPhone

Buying the new iPhone that Apple will announce today? Interested in photography?Did you know that you can capture a photo and upload it straight into your Blue Twilight photo gallery directly from your new iPhone or iPad device.First Method – direct upload into an albumLogin to your Blue Twilight photo gallery and tap the “Manage” link in the navigation bar. On mobile devices, tap the “hamburger” button to show all menu options.Tap the “Album” link in the “Manage”…

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Simply Remind Me: my first SaaS application

It’s rare for commercial software developers, such as myself, to get to use the software we write. We rely on our users to report problems or suggest new features for the applications we develop.It’s also difficult to try out new technologies or methodologies without having a “real” application to build or experiment on.Just lately in my life, the days seem to rush by. So much so that important dates come and go without me even realising it. Important dates such as my car MOT’s…

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Delegate invocation can be simplified – C#

When you have worked with the same technology day-in, day-out for almost 15 years, it’s easy to miss some of the “under-the-radar” changes that are made without any fan-fare. This, for me, is one of those in C#.I couldn’t tell you how many times a day I write code similar to the following, which is a staple of object-oriented, event-driven programming – used to fire an event if something is listening to…

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OneDrive storage is no longer unlimited

… after some people upload too much.“Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.”Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management. 27th October, 2014Fast forward to November 2015 and storage limits have just become present again. A little over a year after Microsoft announced that Office 365 subscribers would get unlimited storage on OneDrive – Microsoft’s cloud storage solution – the offer has been revoked and…

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MariaDB 10.1 is Generally Available

The open-source database fork of MySQL, started by MySQL’s original developer – MariaDB – have certified their latest release of the 10.1 series (10.1.8) as Generally Available – i.e. suitable for production use.MariaDB 10.1 is a drop-in, binary replacement for MySQL for those that want a quicker development cycle and don’t want to have their hands tied by Oracle, who know own the MySQL project.I’ve already upgraded my server to this release, and if any of the below…

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Microsoft launch Windows 10 developer qualification

Microsoft Learning today announced a new Windows 10 developer qualification aimed at software developers who want to target the recently-released Windows 10 universal platform.The qualification is an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) entitled “MCSD: Universal Windows Platform” and is earned by passing 3 exams.These exams are:70-483: Programming in C#70-354: Universal Windows Platform – App Architecture and UX/UI70-355: Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and…

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Migrate an SVN repository to TFS

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS.) It is a complete tool for managing an application throughout its lifecycle. However I was bought up (and learnt most of my programming skills) on open-source software. It’s important to me that I don’t forget my roots!While TFS is a fantastic tool for commercial application lifecycle management, SVN(Subversion) also has its place in corporates. It’s free and has lower training overhead: perfect for…

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Linode: Why I chose them to host my website and applications

Software developers sometimes have to get involved in choosing an infrastructure partner or web hosting provider, especially if that developer runs their own application or websites, or they work in a small company that can’t afford (or don’t want) to employ separate infrastructure engineers.In my current role as a technical consultant, I can be called upon by a client to recommend a hosting environment, so it’s important I know what’s available on the market, and who to trust.This is…

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