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My blog of techy stuff, ranging around SQL (SQL Server, that is), C# and .net, JavaScript and a smattering of stuff about the Orchard CMS (that powers my site) as I get more familiar with it. There's the occasional non-technical post when something is of interest to me that I feel is worth sharing, but they should be few and far between

  • Do it, Delegate it or Dump it

    Sure I've waffled about this before, but there's an article on StickyMinds.com titled "Win-Win Delegation" in which the most important (to my mind) point is "Delegate Authority with the Task". There' …

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  • Done, done and done!

    [StickyMinds.com] Done and DONE-done - The Magic of Completion Criteria

    Another great article from stickminds, which shows the importance of defining requirements, in this instance …

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  • "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API."

    For a few weeks now my computer has been throwing up the message "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API." every now and then when I try to hibernate it. No rhyme, no reason, just a …

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  • Project Management

    Grand Designs (on Channel 4 on November 2nd 2005) was all about a build in Belfast. After having seen the organised chaos that is many of the other builds that Grand Designs has showcased, this one …

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  • Developer (& Tester!) Quality

    Joel of Joel on Software posted an interesting entry a while ago that makes a point about time vs developer resource.

    The part I'm interested in starts about a third of the way …

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  • Managing...

    Time -- Time Management Tips for Developers

    Collect all tasks in a to-do list -- I started doing this fairly recently (in part prompted by an internally delivered training course I …

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  • What are the INFORMATION_SCHEMA views?

    They're fantastically useful things which make it easy to access metadata in SQL Server in a (theoretically!) version agnostic manner. I've mentioned them (or similar) in SQL Server 2005: sysXXXX …

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  • Writing Bug Reports / Defects

    Spurred by: The Perfect Bug

    Having read this blog entry and found it really rather interesting, it's got me thinking about Severity and Priority of defects/bug reports. What's the …

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  • Finding the Foreign Keys for a table

    For a while it's been driving me barmy, trying to obtain a list of Foreign Keys which reference a particular table. Below is the end result of my hunting. No doubt the code could be optimised, which …

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  • Managing Email

    A couple of good articles regarding the art of managing email. [via: Jonathan Hardwick: Shipping Version One]

    Tips for Mastering E-mail overload

    Change This :: The Tyranny of …

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