Monthly Archives: March 2011

Better Know A Framework: Getting the windows proxy settings

It’s a question I have seen a few times on the Microsoft forums: How do you get the default system proxy settings? Well, let me tell you the answer: WebRequest.GetSystemWebProxy will return a proxy object with the default system proxy … Continue reading

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Better Know a Framework: System.Environment.FailFast

Ok, a new method on System.Enviroment in .NET 4.0 is the FailFast method. This a new nuclear option for ending your program should it have gone horribly, horribly wrong. There are 2 overloads, one takes a string, the other takes the string and an exception. When the application exits the string and exception details are written the event log and a dump is created for the application. Continue reading

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Better Know A Framework: System.Enum.HasFlag()

Ok, so first ‘Better Know A Framework’. This one is for the new .NET 4.0 method HasFlag on System.Enum Continue reading

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Better know a framework

Ok, so for those of you that listen to DotNetRocks then you will have heard Carls ‘Better Know a Framework’ bit. Well this is my version, posts in this category will be telling you about a little bit of the … Continue reading

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Managing a Development team

I have been a consultant on a development team for nearly 2 years now and it has undergone a lot of changes in that time and I have witnessed changes in how the team views itself and its direction over that period. I thought I would post up a few posts on what I have learned over that drips. This post is a brief summary of the period and the big leadership mistakes I think happened. Hopefully if people I know read this they won’t be offended I posted it up. Continue reading

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Is rebuilding as simple as it seems?

So in my last post I talked about my time over that year or so on a development team. Our massive project over that time has been to rebuilding a front office pricing platform for a major bank. It was … Continue reading

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