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Coder Dojo in MS Dublin

Last week we finished up for the summer after a pilot run of Coder Dojo sessions which were held at...

Author: DermotB Date: 07/10/2013

Languages I have learned

Ok, that should more accurately read “used” or even “abused" - as most of these...

Author: DermotB Date: 04/17/2013

Exam 70-483: Programming in C# 5.0

I took and passed this exam this morning and am feeling quite happy with myself. It is the first of...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/27/2013

Detecting repeated parameter values across multiple method calls

So this was actually asked of me once in an "interview style" situation and it took me quite a while...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/11/2013

Linked list stuff in a modern environment

So recently somebody asked about this and seemed surprised when I said that owing to the...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/11/2013

Checking for a prime number

Ok, looking back at the original post I'm nearly regretting it as I need to find the time to...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/08/2013

Checking if a string is a palindrome

Back in my original college days (over 20 years ago now) this used to be the subject of a running...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/08/2013

Quicksort

Along with Mergesort, Bubblesort and others, Quicksorting of arrays is a standard on any fully...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/06/2013

Greatest Common Divisor (and Lowest Common Multiple)

It's worth repeating the wikipedia definition for GCD here, as it's explains it well: "The greatest...

Author: DermotB Date: 03/04/2013

Binary Search Tree

This is a simple data structure, but again one with which many of us may have not been familiar with...

Author: DermotB Date: 02/22/2013

Checking a string for a valid ISBN number

Continuing the series of "things you may have done in college" this next one is all about array...

Author: DermotB Date: 02/20/2013

Comparing strings with a '*' wildcard character

This was a nice challenge, and while I have here a version that works, I have certainly not tested...

Author: DermotB Date: 02/18/2013

Technical Interview/screen questions...

This topic has come up in my circles lately. Actually I've found myself more than once in...

Author: DermotB Date: 02/12/2013

MCTS in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization and Configuration (MB2-866)

I passed this exam today, on my second attempt. MS description is here:...

Author: DermotB Date: 01/23/2013

Implementing the share contract in my Windows 8 App

So I've blogged already about my first Windows 8 app and how I got the background task to update my...

Author: DermotB Date: 12/17/2012

Creating a background task for a Windows 8 app

My first Windows 8 app has a "Live Tile". To update this live tile I have a background task. The...

Author: DermotB Date: 12/13/2012

Scraping text from web pages

We've all written some html over the years (ok, in my case not so much), and maybe we all have our...

Author: DermotB Date: 11/02/2012

Removing duplicate screenshot images

Readers of some of my other posts will have gathered by now that my day job involves work on a large...

Author: DermotB Date: 10/22/2012

Building a searchable compiled help file

Working in test automation sometimes involves more than just working towards good infrastructure,...

Author: DermotB Date: 10/21/2012

I'm giving/gave (depending on when you read this) a short talk on building apps (mainly WP7, little...

Author: DermotB Date: 09/21/2012

Managing multiple changelists/check-ins in Source depot with help from Excel

I’ve been working on some changes which involve both the additon of new projects as well as...

Author: DermotB Date: 08/23/2012

Windows Phone 7: Dynamically adding an Rss feed per panorama page

My first WP7 app was a little Rss reader for one of my favourite news sites. It’s quite easy...

Author: DermotB Date: 08/17/2012

The problem: I had an issue with entity updates from a CRM solution. I have a plug-in with a step...

Author: DermotB Date: 08/10/2012

Resolving/deactivating entities in a CRM based job or bug tracking system

I have a prototype job tracking system based on CRM 2011. I’ve used job tracking systems and...

Author: DermotB Date: 07/31/2012

Remote desktop and Windows 8

Today I used remote desktop to connect to a Windows 8 PC for the first time and this posed 2 small...

Author: DermotB Date: 07/11/2012

Dynamics CRM 2011: Rolling up subgrid totals to a form field

MSCRM does require a little bit of coding when we try to add form field values. A common scenario is...

Author: DermotB Date: 07/05/2012