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MineCraft Modding Resources

My 8 year old is an enthusiastic MineCraft player. It’s basically modern day Lego without the expense of buying thousands of dollars worth of plastic blocks. Over the last few months she has built up a fairly impressive town and is now approaching the point where she wants to do more. The various MineCraft video […]

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OmniGraffle: More than Meets the Eye

I first picked up OmniGraffle for the iPad last year, back when I had delusions about using my newly purchased iPad for work and before the device became a dedicated Dora the Explorer video player for my kids. The purchase price was pretty steep (~USD50, which was more like AUD70 at the time), but I […]

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Lip Service

The internet is a fast paced world where the general consensus about what is “cool” can change in instant, and the online software development community is no exception. Recent years have seen movements relating to topics such as craftsmanship, quality, and design spread like wildfire through the tubes, eventually crossing over into the real world […]

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Consulting Contracts for Developers 101

If you’re a developer that works for a consulting firm, chances are you’ve never really thought about the contract that you’re working under. Managers can take care of all that stuff while you look after important things like shipping features to users, right? Well, not exactly. Before we get to that, let’s define exactly who […]

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Perth SharePoint Saturday 2011

So it’s getting near that time of year when SharePoint Saturday pays a trip to sleepy old Perth. Sezai Komur and Brian Farnhill are running the event this year, which will take place on the 9th of April. The first round of speakers has already been announced. If you peruse the list carefully enough you’ll […]

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Perth Alt.Net Talk: Does the world end if you stop using Visual Studio?

After hearing so many developers complain that they wouldn’t be able to code without Visual Studio/Resharper/CodeRush/Intellisense/Source Control IDE Integration/WYSIWYG editors/<Insert Random Tool Here /> , I thought it would be useful to find out how dependent I was on similar tooling. Do I honestly need all the features offered by a “modern” IDE? Are these […]

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Hyper-V Networking Issues

Although I’m by no means a Sysadmin, I know just enough to be useful when a room full of developers has a server/network related issue. For the proof of concept I’m currently working on we have to set up our own infrastructure, and seeing as we don’t have a dedicated infrastructure person on the team […]

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Reporting Services Data Extensions & Access Services in Sharepoint 2010

One of the features of Access Services, SharePoint 2010’s new “host Access databases on the web” service, involves the promotion of Access reports to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports. Essentially the publishing feature of Access Services takes an Access report and generates an RDL file from it, allowing the SSRS Web control to display […]

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Refreshing Reports using URL access in Reporting Services

In the past I’ve been a fairly big advocate of the Microsoft Report Viewer control for accessing SQL Server Reporting Services reports from within a web application, simply because it allows authentication to be proxied through the host application (so you can use a service account to talk to reporting services and control security through […]

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When You Assume..

I, like many others, have never thought of Linux as a “pretty” operating system, instead choosing to think of it as the home of “best effort” programmer-designed GUIs and “command line first” design. This line of thought has set my expectations for my desktop Linux environments at home. When I switched to running Linux as […]

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