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Chester Devs Presentation and source code – ‘Event Store - an introduction to a DSD for event sourcing and notifications’
Thank you everyone at Chester Devs Thanks to Fran Hoey and all the people from Chester Devs. It was a hard drive up and back but the enthusiasm of the audience, with some great questions does make it worthwhile. Presentation and source code My presentation, source code, Event Store runners and text files containing the various command line parameters used for curl is now available on GitHub; Don’t worry if you don’t have a GitHub account, you don’t ......

Posted On Monday, November 11, 2013 10:15 AM

Upgrading Windows 8 boot to VHD to Windows 8.1–Step by step guide
UPDATE : I believe (I have not tested this scenario yet) you can use your existing Windows 8 partition to create a recovery USB drive that can be used to do the repair without the ISO, see and here is how to mount that USB as a drive for Hyper-V to see, Boot to VHD – dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 became easy When Windows 8 arrived, ......

Posted On Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:56 AM

DDD North 3 Presentation and source code – ‘Event Store - an introduction to a DSD for event sourcing and notifications’
Thank you everyone at DDD North Thanks to all the people who helped organise the cracking conference that is DDD North 3, returning to Sunderland, and the great facilities at the University of Sunderland, and the fine drinks reception at Sunderland Software City. The whole event wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors who ensured over 400 people were kept fed and watered so they could enjoy the impressive range of sessions. And lastly, a thank you to all those delegates who gave up their free time ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:04 PM

DDD East Anglia Cambridge, 29th June 2013 – a review
Cambridge This one day conference was held on Saturday, 29th June, in The Hauser Forum on the Cambridge Science Park, to the west of the city. It was a fantastic venue, with three seminar rooms, a spacious atrium for enjoying lunch and coffee breaks, and a balcony in the sunshine overlooking some ponds and farmer's fields. Cambridge was very easy for me to get to from London, and is a rather attractive city, with the only downside being the clash with graduation weekend which meant the hotel rooms ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 6:36 PM

DDDNorth2 Bradford, 13th October 2012 - Async Patterns presentation and source code
Many thanks to Andy Westgarth and his team for organising a fantastic conference at the rather elegant Bradford University School of Management. Also, a big congratulations to all the delegates who gave up there free time to come and hear us speak and who were, in general, enthusiastic and asked some cracking questions to keep us speakers on our toes. For those who attended my Async my source code and presentation are now available on GitHub, If ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 4:35 AM

DDDSouthWest 4.0 26th May 2012 - Async 20/20 presentation
As I wasn’t voted in with my nominated sessions I presented a 20/20 talk on the new async functionality coming with the .Net Framework. This was based on the PechaKucha presentation format, where you have only 20 slides with only 20 seconds per slide, and it progresses automatically. It was the first I’d attempted, so thanks to the organisers for allowing me to have a go. Although creating the slide deck was definitely easier than a one hour presentation, it was much more stressful giving the talk ......

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:27 PM

MSDN Magazine on your Kindle
Here in the UK we recently had a long weekend due to a public holiday. So what better time to sit back in a comfy chair with the laptop and read the latest MSDN Magazine online? Unless you have children, of course, keeping them trapped in the house for three whole days would be a nightmare. So that means heading out and about on buses, trains and heading off to the Isleworth Spring Fayre. Now you can read the MSDN Magazine web site on a smartphone but on a 9cm screen it’s not ideal, and I don’t really ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:54 PM

Why I cancelled my Spotify Premium subscription - the tale of an atypical music consumer
Disclaimer Firstly, I must come clean, I work for a digital music company which is involved in digital music streaming and downloads. In no way are the views expressed are the views of the company for which I work. They are merely the subjective views of an atypical music consumer. I say atypical because despite being over 40, I seek out new bands on the radio, using listen again on 6Music and BBC Introducing programmes, such as Christian Carlisle’s excellent BBC Sheffield programme. I make an effort ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:21 PM

DDD North, Sunderland - Commercial Software Development slides and link to video
Many thanks to the audience in Sunderland for the great reaction to my talk on Commercial Software Development and getting into the spirit of the presentation. It was great to ask an audience if they'd been to meetings in the past week, then ask them to put their hands down if those meetings had agendas, and still see most of the hands stay up. Clearly we all still have work to do on eliminating such an atrocious waste of developer resource. I've uploaded the Powerpoint as a PDF with speaker notes ......

Posted On Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:38 AM

Go Asynchronous with C# 5 - presentation, source code and links from NxtGenUG Birmingham - 13th September 2011
A big thanks to my lively audience at the NxtGenUG Birmingham group tonight who provided excellent feedback. I enjoyed the live coding to try to explore the limits of the framework, even though it was interrupted by my PC turning itself off and leading me to thinking I'd trashed my SSD drive. You can find my presentation online at over here, and the source code for the demos is available here. During the presentation I mentioned there were some additional blogs and articles that are well ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:22 AM

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