1. Why the new guy, even if they are a junior, matters

    We have all been juniors at some stage. You enter the job market full of hope that you will change the world and that your programming skills are next level. Within about 5 days of your first job you get cut down to size and you realise that your programming…

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  2. Hosting providers are making the decision to move to the cloud very easy

    By now it should be pretty clear the future is in the cloud and moving workloads to the cloud are now commonplace. However all companies, including mine, still have significant investments and relationships with our existing infrastructures providers. Minor projects are often conducted and executed with the mindset of easier…

    on Azure Azure migration Management

  3. Syncing SQL Azure indexes across different environment

    We recently had a SQL performance workshop to address ongoing performance issues in one of our client systems. The workshop was conducted by Gail Shaw. The experience is one for another article, but lets just say it was interestingly insightful. One of her suggestions was to make sure we are…

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  4. Improving client demos

    As developers, we fear client demos. It’s the one time the system will never work. The client will think the feature is wrong or have some change that he swore he told you to do. What are client demos After having written functionality in the system, a software developer…

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  5. My Azure PAAS Journey

    Ever since leaving GetaDoc back in 2015 I had been itching to get myself back into Azure's Platform as a Service (PAAS). My current company didn't have any clients running anything in Azure, nevermind PAAS. 8 months ago I got the opportunity to dive back into the wonderful world of…

    on Azure Azure Functions Migration Azure migration Azure PAAS

  6. Automating the restores of a SQL Azure Database using Azure Automation

    We have a client whose back office application is hosted in Azure and they have utilised Power BI to create an operational dashboard. The Power BI dashboard queries the Live SQL Azure Database every 2 hours. The database is set up as a Premium 2 performance tier. The refreshes would…

    on Azure Azure Automation Azure Functions Azure PAAS

  7. Where are your side projects?

    I read an interesting article the other day (I can't for the life of me find the article). The article outlined why this developer didn't have a side project. He had recently been to an interview and, in his opinion, he failed the interview because he didn't have any side…

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  8. That time I lost my phone and secured my life

    I have a horrible habit of being a bit forgetful. This time it was a little bit more than just forgetting to close the bedroom cupboard door. My fiance and I popped into a printing shop on the way to gym to get some printing done. I ran back to…

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  9. How Apex SQL Restore saved me

    I always seem to find myself in these situations. The type of situations where you wished you had not put something off and just done it at the time. The type of situation where you ask yourself why do I make life so difficult for myself. My colleague had to…

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