An Interview with Crossroads PR

I was recently interviewed by Jennifer Gardner from Crossroads PR for a series of Author Q&A/Profiles commissioned by Syncfusion for their authors in the succinctly range.

Unfortunately my responses where too long for the post to go on the Syncfusion Blog, so they had to be shortened.

Beacuse of that, I’m reproducing the full unedited version here for those who’d like to read it

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Resharper Succinctly Released

My 5th E-book in the Succinctly series of free E-book by .NET tools vendor Syncfusion was released yesterday.

The subject of this book is the Visual Studio developer add-on “Resharper” written by Jet-Brains.

If your curious as to what it does and how it can help you become a better developer, you can download the book for free here:

Happy reading


DDD North 2012 – Post event

In my last post I mentioned that DDD North 2 was fast approaching.

Well as predicted it did not disappoint.  This year I was presenting on the subject of Spatial SQL, which almost had to be cancelled due to a failed Microsoft Security update to my Laptop just before I was due to go on.

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Dang is it 2012 already?

So here I am again, starting off yet another post, with the phrase “Yes I am still Here” 🙂 which seems to be the norm these days.

As some of you have noticed, I didn’t even get round to doing my year end wrap up this year, but there was a good reason for that. This year for the first time in ages I actually got a full 3 weeks or so to myself, and boy did I need to de-compress.

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RIP PCW (One of the greats has died)

What can I say… Something very sad has happened today, Personal Computer World, is no more.

Yet another victim of the continuing Economic Crisis.

A lot of people outside the UK may not know the magazine, but to those of us who do, esp those of us who grew up with the magazine through the late 70’s and into the 80’s and beyond it’s a sad day for the I.T press here in good old blighty.

The demise of PCW, now leaves only PC-PRO and PC-Plus as the mainstream I.T publications, I hope they manage to continue online (I’ve looked and the website seems to be a picture of health), but I for one like many will miss the bizzare mix of technical expertise and whitty banter that used to be publised each month.

Ex editor Gordon Laing sums everything up in his Obituary Article available at :

An alternitive rock band to get excited about.

Yes… you see it right… for once a non computer related post 🙂

and yes I am feeling ok….

If you like classic rock songs, and like me get bored with the so called modern "New Rock" bands, then check out the Leftovas.  These guys are headed by the brother of a good friend of mine, prepared to travel, prepared to do almost any gig, and play some belting tunes….

You can visit the Leftovas web site here :