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Programming

Event Code 3005: An Unhandled Exception has Occurred

If you have come across this rather vague message (Event Code 3005: An Unhandled Exception has Occurred), you will have spotted that there are very few resources that give any reasonable answers on the root cause of the issue – that’s probably why you are here, so I will do my best to help. For […]

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Visual Studio

Using Visual Studio LightSwitch to Create an Application in Under Four Minutes

Visual Studio LightSwitch is a mind-blowing new offering from Microsoft, which is currently available as a public beta. The idea behind LightSwitch is to create data-backed applications without having to write any code. This sounded too good to be true, so I dedicated some time to trying it out. Three minutes and twenty seconds to […]

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Programming

X509 Certificates on Windows Server 2003

This issue originally came up some time between 2004 and 2006 while I was working on a web portal for fund and share trading – but recently popped up its head again, which made me decide to write down the answer properly in case other people stumble across this issue with certificates and private keys. […]

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Programming

WPF BackgroundWorker and the Mysterious 0x80131623 Error

If you use Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), you are very likely to come across the awesome BackgroundWorker and its best friend the Dispatcher. The BackgroundWorker lets you chuck a long-running process onto another thread, allowing the UI to remain responsive. When the BackgroundWorker needs to pop something on the UI, you ask the Dispatcher to […]

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Programming

Fixing .htaccess Rewrite Problems with RewriteBase

I recently encountered an issue on an otherwise perfectly functioning .htaccess file, which contained mod_rewrite rules. The rules had been working for several years (since 2008 to be precise) but some patch or change on the web server suddenly caused all pages except for the home page to be unavailable. The error suggested that the […]

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Pie Charts

Continued Pie Chart Hatred

You might have heard me mention that pie charts are bad and should never be used and you may have read my article explaining why you should never use pie charts. Well, every now and then a really good example pops up to illustrate exactly why you shouldn’t waste time on those little circular devils, […]

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Programming

Improving Your Code with NDepend and CQL

I have been talking a fair bit recently about code quality tools such as Resharper and NDepend. In this article, I will explain how to use one of the features of NDepend to improve your code quality. On of my favourite features of NDepend is the suite of “code query language” tests, which run against […]

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Programming

Adding Multiple Lines to Descriptions in ICalendar Files

ICalendar files (or iCal files) are used to share event information. You just download the file and open it up using your preferred calendar tool and it adds the event to your calendar. This is great as it means you don’t need to copy and paste the event information into a new meeting. One issue […]

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Programming

Optimising Your jQuery

jQuery is taking the JavaScript world by storm, but because it makes life so easy, it also makes it easy to forget about the amount of work you are asking the browser to do. This is especially important if you are performing an action against multiple elements, in a loop or as part of an […]

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Programming

NDepend Contextual Help

I’ve talked a couple of times about NDepend recently, in the article NDepend For Beginners. NDpend is jammed full of code analysis tools, but sometimes you need a bit of a hint to tell you what is going on in the various matrix displays and graphs – well now NDepend is getting some improvements to […]