23 Sep 2017

Stealing Ridgeway's 'National Coding Week' Developer Questions

Not realising that it was something called National Coding Week this past week - I started seeing Tweets from Ridgeway (a company I used to work with) where each day a different one of their developers would answer the following three questions...

Learning
22 Sep 2017

A piece of Cake!

This is something that's been on my "to blog about" list for quite a while - so I thought it was about time! I've been using the Cake Build system for a few different projects now, and it has quickly become my go-to method of building and deploying my projects.

.NET, Cake
18 Sep 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup VI: Reactive Bots!

Reactive Bots? What's that all about? Well the title for this month's .NET Oxford actually refers to two different talks ... 'The fuss about Bots?' with Martin Kearn, and 'An Introduction to Reactive Extensions' with James World ...

.NET, dotnetoxford, Meetups
22 Aug 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup V: Rider - Taking ReSharper out of Process!

This week we had our 5th .NET Oxford, and this time we had Matt Ellis from Jetbrains talking about their new cross platform .NET IDE - Rider!

.NET, dotnetoxford, Meetups
27 Jul 2017

Visualising your Workflowy database in Neo4j

I'm a heavy user of Workflowy, which is an amazing tool for taking notes. Due to the very hierarchical nature of Workflowy, I had a random idea that this would make a very cool Neo4j visualization! So I made a thing, and put it on GitHub.

LINQPad, Docker, Workflowy, Neo4j
23 Jul 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup IV: Lightning Talks!

On Tuesday it was our fourth .NET Oxford, and this time we had a slightly different format ... In order to give more people the opportunity to get up and talk, we decided to go with a lightning / grok talk event. There was actually quite a lot of interest, and the speaker slots filled up very quickly with a really good line-up ...

.NET, dotnetoxford, Meetups, LINQPad
15 Jul 2017

ELK Stack with .NET and Docker

I was recently investigating issues in some scheduling and dispatching code, which was actually quite difficult to visualize what was happening over time. So I decided to reach for the ELK Stack to help me see what was going on using time based charts. I've only used this briefly in the past, but given the very simple setup thanks to Docker, and also the power and flexibility of ELK, it made a huge difference in my investigations!

.NET, LINQPad, Docker
11 Jul 2017

LINQPad Tips and Tricks - Part 2

This is my second LINQPad Tips and Tricks post. If you haven't read my first post, I'd definitely recommended reading that one first, and then coming back to this one ...

.NET, LINQPad, Productivity
09 Jul 2017

Git Commits: Past or Imperative?

Up until about six months ago, all my commits have used past tense. For example, I'd write "Added ...", or "Fixed ...", etc. However, at my current contract, they have a standard where the commits use imperative tense, eg. "Add ...", "Fix ...", etc.

Git
24 Jun 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup III: Xamarin!

On Tuesday evening we had our third .NET Oxford, and even despite the heat it was yet another great event! Whilst not quite our usual turnout due to the very hot weather, it was still pretty good! Luckily for those who did attend, our sponsors Corriculo Recruitment were on hand doing an amazing job as usual with plenty of refreshments - both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety! Personally, I think I drank enough of their water for everyone! It was so hot!!

.NET, dotnetoxford, Meetups, Xamarin
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