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Richard Mitchell

Want to get your name in a free Azure tips eBook?

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As I’ve been working with Windows Azure for a few years now there’s a few things I wish I knew when I started out. If you’ve got similar tips that you’d like to share we’re putting together a free eBook of 50 tips for Azure Storage and we want your tips. If you submit a […]

17 April 2013 8:54 am by
Richard Mitchell

3 tips for SQL Azure connection perfection

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One of my main annoyances when dealing with SQL Azure is of course the occasional connection problems that communicating to a cloud database entails. If you’re used to programming against a locally hosted SQL Server box this can be quite a change and annoying like you wouldn’t believe. So after hitting the problem again in […]

31 May 2012 1:40 am by
Richard Mitchell

DIVs of equal height

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It’s the same old old problem you want to make a set of columns the same height but life it too short for the CSS only version. It’s technically possible to do but nowadays you can’t run the web without having javascript turned on. There must be an easier way. After a short amount of […]

29 April 2012 9:35 am by
Richard Mitchell

Red Gate Cloud Services – something new

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For the past several months I’ve been working on something new. This is a hosted service for maintaining cloud applications cunningly named Red Gate Cloud Services. It’s been live since the beginning of the year and it’s free to try it out too. Schedule SQL Azure Backups Simply put you can schedule backups of your […]

19 April 2012 1:27 am by
Richard Mitchell

5 reasons why I almost loved WPF

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Before you read this you should probably read my original post 5 Reasons why I hate WPF. Also “Qwertie” wrote a nice article detail about his overview of why WPF sucks. 1 – Binding There is something so nice about setting a button to be enabled or not enabled based on a property in the […]

13 January 2012 1:14 am by
Richard Mitchell

How "not" to update SQL Azure – continued

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So a month ago now I wrote a blog post in a state of fury at Microsoft for updating SQL Azure without a proper announcement, it’s time for an update. After the blog post I was e-mailed by somebody in Microsoft to talk through my issues with the way that the SQL Azure update was […]

9 September 2011 12:01 am by
Richard Mitchell

Save hours-get a command prompt

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Recently somebody showed me a little trick to get a command prompt in any directory. Simply hold down SHIFT whilst pressing right-click on the folder and the menu option containing “Open command window here” appears as if by magic. I know this is simple but it’s not something I knew about, or had forgotten about. […]

15 August 2011 12:01 am by
Richard Mitchell

How "not" to update SQL Azure – updated

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For an update to this article please read my new blog post. How “not” to update SQL Azure – continued Well what an eventful day in “The Cloud” yesterday was, and I don’t reckon today is going to be much better. On Friday 5th August we received an error about SQL Azure Backup from a […]

8 August 2011 9:54 pm by
Richard Mitchell

Windows 8 inspired website

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Download the zip here Working in New Biz As I work in Red Gate’s new business division much of what we do isn’t very visible. So along with Marine Barbaroux I decided to try to create an engaging website to capture what we’re doing in an easy to digest way. The idea is to create […]

5 July 2011 1:42 am by
Richard Mitchell

SQL Azure Down – how I got labs.red-gate.com back up

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11:06am – Currently SQL Azure in western europe is down How do I know this? Well on labs.red-gate.com (my Azure website) I have elmah installed which started sending me e-mails about connection failures from 10:40am when trying to get the dynamic content from the database (I was too busy playing with my new Eee Pad […]

23 June 2011 1:26 am by
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