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A debug TRACE with a filter

There are a number of options for diagnostic tracing in .net. Today I really wanted to trace a very specific set of API calls that sent and received JSON. I just wanted the batches of JSON, not other ‘noise’. I … Continue reading

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Deconstructing my issue with Fluent Design

Almost always when I see some form of promotion of Fluent Design I see demonstrations of Acrylic & Reveal and that’s it. The whole of Fluent Design distilled into cloned examples of two controls. This is my attempt to understand … Continue reading

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MS Bot framework / LUIS gotcha

I’ve been training the LUIS service for use with the Microsoft Bot Framework and I did the cardinal sin of changing two things in my code; add some ‘clever’ OO stuff and add a new set of LUIS Intents. When … Continue reading

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Hive Offline again?

One of the joys of the British Gas Hive system is the scheduling of heating & water. However, it me install has a particular tendency to just stop working. This is a problem because you don’t get any real warning … Continue reading

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MS Load Test – System.IO.IOException Unable to read data from the transport connection: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

Today I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out why my Web Performance Tests were not playing back correctly. Each run stubbornly displayed, ‘System.IO.IOException Unable to read data from the transport connection: An existing connection was forcibly closed … Continue reading

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Forcing Specflow to generate files using a specific version

I recently ran into annoying problem with the lovely Specflow. The latest Visual Studio Extension for Specflow was version 1.x. That shouldn’t be very important as each individual project installs all the juicy code via Nuget packages, in my example … Continue reading

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Using SQL Server OpenJson with Code First Entity Framework

SQL Server’s OpenJson function is a really nice way to expose data hidden in a SQL column as JSON. Without going into the ethical arguments I have found it very useful. Today I was faced with combining it with Entity … Continue reading

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