Upcoming blog posts road map

I have been extremely busy recently with, well, pretty much everything, including this week’s marathon training schedule on top of caring for mum and an upcoming visit to the Oxord John Radcliffe hospital with her. So, I have been working on various things code wise and have a few blog posts in either Trello as ideas or as draft posts which I will push out soon. To hold myself accountable I will list a roadmap...

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Deleting nearline storage via gsutil

In order to save some cash after seeing some recurring Google invoices for their nearline storage buckets prompted me to realise that I was paying for storage that was essentially just a test of what I at the time considered to be a match for Amazon’s S3 and Glacier storage. Now they do have a nice console web app and an iOS app to manage these but attempts at deleting my buckets of data did...

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Xamarin Studio and ServiceStack.Text IsMono update

In my last post I tweeted out a link about me using a custom IsRunninOnMono() method and enjoying using the Service Stack library with Xamarin on a Mac to develop on. Well, happily I got a great reply from @demisbellot from Service Stack who pointed out theServiceStack.Text library has an alternative to my my solution baked in. @solrevdev FYI you can also use if (Env.IsMono) {} which already provides this Thanks for the reply @demisbellot!...

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Xamarin Studio and a Platform Helper for Mac and Mono

Since I decided to move away from Microsoft Windows with the purchase of my Macbook Pro around 4 years go I have been a big fan of not having to spin up a virtual machine with Windows on just to run Microsoft Visual Studio. Now I have used Visual Studio all the way back to the VBScript ASP and Visual Basic days and it is without doubt a fantastic IDE. But then MonoDevelop came along...

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ServiceStack OrmLite transaction support

I am a big fan of the ServiceStack OrmLite framework. To quote from them directly : OrmLite’s goal is to provide a convenient, DRY, config-free, RDBMS-agnostic typed wrapper that retains a high affinity with SQL, exposing intuitive APIs that generate predictable SQL and maps cleanly to (DTO-friendly) disconnected POCO’s. This approach makes easier to reason about your data access making it obvious what SQL is getting executed at what time, whilst mitigating unexpected behaviour, implicit...

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