When an SQL result-set needs to be returned in some sort of order, it is not unreasonable to expect that the information to ...Read more

So you understand lexical and dynamic scoping in C# do you? Here’s a little quiz for you

So you understand lexical and dynamic scoping in C# do you? I thought I did. I didn't. It took me some trial and ...Read more

Finding Nemo Onetangi

Being a freelance contractor is often stressful - parachuted into a budget constrained project with tight timeframes and where you know next to ...Read more

Shall I write a mock, shim, stub, ….? I will opt for none of them thank you

I have a licensed third party API, it cost my company around 7,200€, and it was provided as part of an integration layer ...Read more

German and .NET System.Globalization.CultureInfo – string sorting, it is obvious, now

Sometimes when programming, you have to check your sanity by writing a small test application to confirm what you think should be expected ...Read more

Database Table Partitioning – Why?

There are not two common reasons why RDBMS DBA's partition database tables, but five. The two rote answer reasons usually cited for implementing ...Read more

MongoDB as a DNA Typing Database (SGMPlus?)

Is MongoDB up to the job of being able to query a database of ca. 10,000,000 SGM Plus DNA profiles and laboratory samples? ...Read more

Pay up or we’ll release a porn video of you. Only US$300

OK, firstly this blog post is a general IT rant, left field of my normal rants, and atypical of my normal technical and business ...Read more

MongoDB – A very humbling first experience

I need a MongoDB database populated with some test data - a handful of small thumbnail images and a few other fields for ...Read more

C# String Interpolation, and Expressions, used in a way I have never encountered before

When reviewing other developers' code, I often see small constructs that I would never write myself, yet pause thinking for a moment, "I must ...Read more