D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

September 2013 Entries

Thoughts on Dexter Finale – Spoiler Warning In Effect

Tonight, at 11:00 PM central time, I found myself on a table in a kill room; one of the multitude of final victims of Dexter Morgan. Oh, many will bemoan how the series ended. “It didn’t make sense!” “The writing was horrible!” “What a stupid way to go out” We struggle to make sense of it all as we fight against the plastic keeping us attached to Dexter’s table. But what should we have expected? This final season wasn’t about Vogul or her killer son, it wasn’t about Hannah, it wasn’t about Deb…those ......

WCF and Binding Redirects

From MSDN: When you build a .NET Framework application against a strong-named assembly, the application uses that version of the assembly at run time by default, even if a new version is available. However, you can configure the application to run against a newer version of the assembly. Here’s what a sample of this looks like:<configuration> <runtime> <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsof... <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity name="myAssembly" publicKeyToken="32ab4ba45e0... ......

Azure Storage Options Comparison

Azure provides a great hosting platform for content and data due to its scaling/throughput capabilities and its wide geographical coverage. But its still important that you consider *how* you’ll be storing your data in Azure. Here’s a rundown of the different storage options in Azure. Tables From the Windows Azure website, Table Storage is… The Windows Azure Table storage service stores large amounts of structured data. The service is a NoSQL datastore which accepts authenticated calls from inside ......

ASP.NET–Using Cache.Add to Cache a Value

Let’s say you wan to save a value to your web application’s cache. From code, this is very simple. Just call…

Cache.Add(…)

There’s also a Get, GetEnumerator, Insert, and Remove method. You can get more information at…

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/System.Web.Caching.Cache(v=vs.90).aspx

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A Reality Check on Microsoft Certifications

This week Microsoft announced the retirement of the Microsoft Certified Masters program. This was a top-tier certification that included a huge amount of time, money, and effort on the part of participants. Those that passed were viewed as the true elite in their respective space. And Microsoft chose to send an email alerting them that their cert was going to be worthless come October. The fervor around this makes me think its a good time to peer behind the curtain and be blunt and frank about the ......