Unit testing multi-threaded WPF applications

While working to make a WPF application more responsive by offloading time consuming operations to .net 4.5 tasks (one of my favorite things!), I ran into a problem.  Some of the unit tests just hung.  This was because code running on the UI thread was modified to run a task, which eventually invoked a method…

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Strange error when using Start-CopyAzureStorageBlob

Every so often you need to copy a bunch of blob data around in the cloud.  The Start-CopyAzureStorageBlob PowerShell cmdlet can be useful for kicking off that copying.  It returns an object you can use to poll on the status of the copy if you are copying large blobs that take a while. While using…

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How much space does each table take up?

In the DevOps world space matters, especially when you are using PAAS databases in the cloud such as Azure SQL Database (aka SQL Azure) where there can be tight space limits per database.  One useful way to keep track of how much space each table (and accompanying indexes) take up is to use a query…

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