Running a Scheduled Task after another

Within the Windows Task Scheduler it is possible to fire off processes based on a lot of different triggers, both time based, and windows event based. However it seemed quite hard to fire off one scheduled task after another had completed, despite there being an event log showing the task starting, running and completing: The…

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Simple grep in .net

I have been meaning to write a simple grep program which looks through the incoming pipe for a regex and either replaces or matches the lines found for a while.  However I haven’t had enough reason to do it up until now, when I had to process 100 files replacing something which required a zero…

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Making a healthy application with HealthVault

I have done some projects in the past utilizing Microsoft HealthVault (http://healthvault.co.uk/), which officially is defined as: “a health application platform, a set of platform services and a catalyst for creating an application ecosystem that enables consumers to collect, store and share health information online.” – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/healthvault/default From a developer’s point of view, it’s a…

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The Cool Wall is Back

For those of you who are fans of the BBC show Top Gear, you may remember the Cool Wall, and now you can get your very own Cool Wall along with the launch of IE9 beta and BBC’s Top Gear site. I have been very fortunate to be a member in the team to develop…

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Security Best Practices in Azure

Recently the Azure and security community published the “Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Application” paper on download.microsoft.com: download available here Outlining the security considerations developers should consider when building a service on Windows Azure. As I have worked on Azure before and have an interest in security I found this a very interesting…

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Lambdas and anonymous delegates for Debugging

I was posed the problem a few weeks ago that someone has a coding project where the execution engine swallows all exceptions and unless explicitly catching all exceptions (he didn’t want to put a big try catch around everything in production code) there would be little or difficulty in finding if an exception had been…

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Consuming data from Codename “Dallas”

Codename “Dallas” as part of Windows Azure is an Information Service offering which makes it easy to find and consume data from a number of different languages, both managed such as C# and VB.NET, and other web technologies such as javascript and php due to the interface it provides. For a good overview and the…

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Eye On Earth on BBC News

A couple of announcements to be made, Firstly: BBC news has written an article on Eye On Earth, my previous project with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8499059.stm Also a proud post from Dom Green, who worked alongside me on this project and let everyone know about the article first: http://domgreen.com/2010/02/05/eye-on-earth-hits-bbc-news/ EyeOnEarth is a rich Silverlight…

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Using WCF Tester with Azure

If you’ve tried to use the wcf testing tool wcftestclient.exe (\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\WcfTestClient.exe) which comes with visual studio on an azure project, you will probably have come across this problem… As the WCF service runs locally or in the cloud hosted in azure you will notice that the addresses are different between…

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Entity Framework 4.0

With .net 4.0 comes Entity Framework 4.0 which will help with data access and rapid development of database projects! (Don’t worry if you’ve only seen one version of EF before now, this is only the second release). A while back now in PDC was the session with Shyam Pather and Chris Anderson demoing new features…

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