Simon Taylor - .Net developer, Gloucestershire & West Midlands

My record of coding problems solved and new things discovered

Dear Diary...

clock February 26, 2012 23:07 by author Simon

It has been quite a while since my last diary entry and my blog posts have been fairly sparse of late generally. I'm going to try to get back to one a week again moving forward, I've got quite a back log of blog posts built up that I want to get through.More...



NHibernate.Caches.AppFabric - Documentation

clock January 11, 2012 13:27 by author Simon

NHibernate.Caches.AppFabric is a Windows Server AppFabric second level cache provider for NHibernate. NHibernate.Caches.AppFabric is based on NHibernate.Caches.Velocity which as you can see from my StackOverflow question is not being actively maintained. I have created a new project rather than editing/updating the existing project firstly because my requests to join the NHibernate project unfortunately weren't answered and also, because of the additional features I have added, it seemed to me like this should be a new project. More...



NHibernate.Caches.AppFabric

clock January 4, 2012 17:52 by author Simon

I have created an NHibernate second-level cache provider for AppFabric. For more information on why I have created this project please take a look at the Stack Overflow question I posted some 18 months ago. You can find all of the code on GitHub and in the coming days I am planning on creating a NuGet package for this project and fully documenting all the features either here or on GitHub, and detailing some of the features I plan to add in the future as well as adding some (more) tests. More...



Effective mentoring

clock December 8, 2011 13:14 by author Simon

I have had various team lead and senior developer positions that have involved mentoring other developers. I think the most difficult part of mentoring is when a new developer joins an existing project. More...



Reading from the database with NHibernate

clock November 30, 2011 13:31 by author Simon

When reading data from the database with NHibernate, there are now more options than ever. It is my opinion that some of these options are better than others and that they should be used in the following order of preference. More...



Dear Diary...

clock November 23, 2011 13:06 by author Simon

It has been about a month since my first "diary" entry about starting my own business, so this seemed like a good time to write my second. More...



The Non-Generic Generic Pattern

clock November 16, 2011 13:52 by author Simon

From time to time I've needed to use generic classes but haven't known what the generic arguments are until runtime - for example because I'm iterating over classes I've found through reflection or I've read from a database. Hopefully, the contrived example below will explain what I mean. More...



Random Useful SQL Queries

clock November 9, 2011 13:40 by author Simon

What follows are a number of useful SQL queries I have needed and am bound to forget if I don't make a note of them. I'll aim to add to this list as and when I come up against other non-trivial queries I'm bound to forget. More...



Get-CacheHost

clock November 2, 2011 12:58 by author Simon

When dealing with AppFabric, I regularly want to check the status of the nodes in my AppFabric cluster. Generally all I want is the results presented after a (Re-)Start of the cache cluster. More...



Starting blogging and your own business

clock October 21, 2011 13:28 by author Simon

This blog has never really been updated as often as I would have liked it to have been. I am determined to put that right going forward! After talking about it for years I have finally left the safety of full-time employment and have set up my own business: SPT Development Ltd. This is part of the reason why I am more determined than ever to start blogging more regularly. From the limited amount of blogging I have done up untill now I have already discovered that it is a fantastic way of marketing yourself.More...



About the author

Simon is based in Pershore, Worcestershire, UK conveniently located between Gloucestershire and the West Midlands where he is providing technical architecture, software consultancy and development services through his company SPT Development Ltd. Simon's main technical focus is with .Net but can also offer expertise with Java, Flex and iOS development. Simon is also creator of the successful iFleet Mobile iOS application. Contact me.

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