Just sometimes, my wife needs some IT help. The latest occurrence is when she had scanned a number of documents to a TIFF file but really needed every page to be a single PDF file. We're talking a few dozen files with a few hundred pages each - a manual approach was not going to … Continue reading Using ImageMagick to simultaneously split and convert a TIFF into multiple PDFs
How do you deal with errors opening a SQL Server table in Datasheet view in an Access Data Project when you have bad Extended Properties values?
When connecting to an Azure SQL DB endpoint (somename.database.windows.net), your IP must be listed in that endpoint's (server's) firewall: If you're connecting to your Azure SQL DB from SQL Server Management Studio 2016 and your IP address is not in the list, SSMS will offer to add it: You'll need to sign in with a … Continue reading Creating an Azure SQL DB Firewall Rule from SSMS 2016 and Error 401
With the release of SQL Server 2016, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is now a stand-alone tool. It requires no licensing and can be downloaded without as much as registering. Because it is a separate download, it requires a separate installation. The computer labs I manage have SQL Server installed, including Management Studio. Prior to … Continue reading Performing a Silent Install of SQL Server Management Studio (2016)
Since I've been developing software again, I've had to sharpen my skills on the latest enterprise architecture patterns and how they are used in .NET. The Repository and UnitOfWork patterns aren't new, but implementing them correctly to achieve the most benefit without going overboard is nevertheless a learning curve. I found a presentation posted on … Continue reading My first NuGet package: Repository and UnitOfWork patterns for EF 6.1.3
A group in Office 365 (link to a Sway) is a very useful concept: it allows any user to quickly create a shared mailbox, document repository, OneNote notebook and shared Calendar. Compared to a Team Site, it's quick to set up and requires no special privileges. (That does create some potential governance issues, but I … Continue reading Why I wish Microsoft would unify Office 365 groups and Team Sites
I've recently started using Visual Studio 2015 quite extensively for a development project. Overall, my impression of the latest release is favorable. It feels snappier than older versions and the touch of color that's been brought back compared to 2012 is most welcome. However, I have run into an issue I believe is new to … Continue reading Visual Studio 2015: New file marked as “checked in” instead of pending add in TFS.