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Testing your code

Thinking about it, the team I work in has quite a lot of ‘security checkpoints’ for our code. We try to put as many pieces of code under unit test. However, we are often hindered by an old framework that can be described as a sort of ‘CSLA meets Active Record’. If unittests are impossible, […]

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Technical language in user interfaces

Too often do we developers think as technical users. Take the following example I recently bumped into. Our application, an electronic health record for hospitals, needed a feature to send simple requests. The user would select a patient, select the request (let’s say ‘Request for MRI scan’), and then fill in the details (what to […]

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Running RavenDb embedded

I seem to have some trouble finding how to run RavenDb in embedded mode. This isn’t the same as my post on running RavenDb embedded for .NET 3.5. This time, I’ve already updated to .NET 4, so I should be able to use the RavenDb embedded assemblies. I’m using build 193 by the way. The […]

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Multiline textbox (textarea) and maxLength

In ASP.NET, you can create a textarea by adding a multiline textbox to your markup: <asp:textbox id=”textboxDescription” runat=”server” textmode=”MultiLine” /> Intuitively, we started adding the MaxLength property to this, in order to let the content of the textarea match the length of our database column: <asp:textbox id=”textboxDescription” runat=”server” textmode=”MultiLine” maxlength=”2000″ /> If you’re reading this, […]

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iTunes 10 not playing mp3 files?

I recently upgraded to iTunes 10 because I was dying to try Ping. Let me rephrase that, I upgraded to iTunes 10 because I hate it but have an iPod, and I do love the Store. Anyway after upgrading, I found that some mp3s couldn’t be played anymore. Not in iTunes, nor on my iPod. […]

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Running RavenDb embedded for .NET 3.5

The application I’m developing will be a stand-alone client application. Nothing fancy and business-critical, so RavenDb might be overkill, but I’m attracted to the ease of use. The application will be installed by non-technical users, so I’m not too fond of the idea of running RavenDb as a service. This will require the users to […]

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Starting up RavenDB with .NET 3.5

The application I’m writing isn’t in a very far stadium yet, but I do have some implementation of repositories using NHibernate. Now I want to switch to RavenDB. So I downloaded RavenDB (the latest build at this time – build 81) and unzipped it. I wanted to follow the RavenDB Hello World tutorial, but soon […]

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Data storage for a stand-alone client application

I’m developing a stand-alone client application that will be able to store a fair amount of data. No client-server stuff, just plain old open-the-application-change-the-data-save-close. I need a good way to store the data and, traditionally, developers look at SQL databases for data storage. But I’m thinking this will make it overly complex. A search for […]

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