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2 Jan 2013
Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFD) for Trello
Trello provides free online Kanban style boards, which you can use for many varied purposes. Cumulative Flow diagrams allow you to visualize the movement of items throughout a process, aiding in identifying bottlenecks, as can be seen in the example below: (Please visit the site to view this video) The Trello Cumulative Flow site allows you to quickly generate CFDs for your Trello boards, simply log in using your...
31 Dec 2012
IIS8 500.19 Error when accessing site with unknown system.webServer configuration
After installing Windows 8 and trying to set up a site that I'd previously developed on Windows 7, I started receiving 500.19 errors, like the one shown. Running the site using the Visual Studio built in server worked correctly. Trying to access the IIS entry for the site resulted in the following error: After removing various configuration sections it became clear the issue was due to the web.config containing details...
29 Dec 2012
SMTP 550–Invalid HELO name Error
During a recent project certain users reported that they weren't receiving emails sent by the website, although several other users were. The site is using the standard .Net SmtpClient class, with the SMTP server set up on the server (Windows Server 2008) using IIS6 . After checking the bad mail folder (which is 'C:\Inetpub\mailroot\Badmail' by default) bounce back emails could be seen for the user reporting...
11 Nov 2012
System.ServiceModel exception when running WCF services on Windows 8
If you get the following error when trying to run a WCF service (.svc file) on Windows 8: This can be quickly fixed by going to Turn Windows Features on or off in the Control Panel and ensure the appropiate WCF features are installed:
11 Nov 2012
Setting up Mercurial 2.2 on IIS7
I recently posted some instructions on how to setup Mercurial on IIS 7 on the True Clarity Blog . Jeremy Skinner has a good guide to setting up Mercurial 1.4/1.5 on IIS7 , there are a few updates to the process for Mercurial 2.2 which are detailed below. These instructions are based on a Windows 2008 R2 Datacentre install, with IIS7 already installed and setup. The server is 64bit, but Im using the 32 bit versions of...
29 Apr 2012
Using MSBuild with Visual Studio Database Projects
Visual Studio 2010 introduced a new Database Project which brings your SQL into Visual Studio, one of the main benefits this brings is the ability to source control your database, the same way you would with code. (Please visit the site to view this video) This post wont cover creating a Visual Studio Database Project, you can find out more about how to do this on MSDN , or by reading Leonard Woodys Introduction...
11 Mar 2012
Mapping SkyDrive Documents as a Network Drive
UPDATED: 11/3/2012 Bought some of the steps up to do date. To access your Windows Live SkyDrive documents from Windows you can map it as a network drive. Firstly you will need to get your Windows Live key, to do this visit the Windows Live Profile website http://profile.live.com the URL will change to something like https://profile.live.com/cid-ce89c41363a315f91/ Your Windows Live key is the part after cid- , in...
4 Mar 2012
Copy files to Azure Blob Storage using MSBuild
Windows Azure blob storage allows you to store static assets, at a low price and with the ability to serve them via a CDN at the tick of a checkbox. If you are developing and managing these assets using Visual Studio deployment of these files will require manual steps, thats where the (snappily named!) MSBuild Copy to Azure Blob Storage Task comes in! The task takes a folder, and Azure Storage connection details, and...
14 Jul 2011
Telligent Community–Reducing time out’s on Tag Pages
This post relates specifically to Telligent Community 5.6, but could be relevant for other versions. When looking at a Telligent Community site with a large number of posts (in this case more 380,000), viewing a list of posts with popular tags can le...
14 Jul 2011
Telligent Community–Using the File Viewers to display arbitrary media
Telligent Community provides File Viewers to aid rendering media files, such as images, videos, You Tube videos etc. This works well for post attachments, and you can use them to insert media using the WYSIWYG editor by entering: (Please visit the si...