Transactions with MSMQ and Azure Service Bus

If you read my previous post, A Tale of Two Queues you’ll remember that we’re implementing a system to de-queue messages from an on-premise MSMQ and route these in to a Windows Azure service Bus. We need to make sure that the interface between the MSMQ and the Service bus has transactional integrity – i.e. that ...

A Tale of Two Queues 1

I’m currently architecting a solution for a client that needs to process several hundred thousand notifications over a two-hour period being sent from an internal system to a Windows Azure application. The Azure application is then responsible for notifying users through an appropriate mechanism. With the initial development, this is through push notifications to mobile ...

Storing Media files in document libraries – 304 issues

I was today attempting to serve a SWF file out of a document library ​which was enabled for anonymous acces, but unfortunately, the document never seemed to get served. After some investigation with Fiddler I found that Sharepoint was serving an HTTP status of 304 (Not Modified) rather than sending the document. Sharepoint’s Blob caching ...

Not seeing the Developer Dashboard?

We recently needed to enable the Developer Dashboard on a client site in order to debug an issue with one of their webparts. The client turned the ‘OnDemand’ method of displaying the Dashboard on with stsadm: stsadm –o setproperty –pn developer-dashboard –pv ondemand ​ However the toggle icon never appeared in the page. Examining the ...

Photographing The Stars 1

Last night I went out on to the Denbigh Moors in an attempt to get away from the light pollution and have a try at some Astrophotography. I know the area a little, as it’s where I played a little when I had a 4×4 car, and the place I always head for if I’m ...

Day Trippin’ – A trip to Anglesey

I spent today photographing on Anglesey, and in Caernarfon. It was quite a hazy day, but I managed to grab a few shots which I was happy with. I’m especially pleased with the shots I managed to take of Caernarfon Castle at dusk. The reflections of the castle in the river were superb, and I ...

Sunrise over Thurstaston 1

I was awake very early this morning, and realised I’d not taken a sunrise photograph in ages. Rather than fight the duvet some more I decided to be proactive and actually get out in time for sunrise. Thurstaston Hill is one of my favourite sunrise locations, its 360 degree visibility means that there’s always something ...

Design and build quality

I’ve recently had leave to open up computer equipment from three well known manufacturers, HP, Dell and Apple. All three pieces of equipment differed vastly in their design philosophy. The Dell, a machine built primarily for use in a corporate environment was the easiest to open. A simple slide latch on the top and the ...

Win a Framed Print! 1

In connection with Enigma Gallery One in Bebington, we’re offering a framed print of River Dee at Caldy in a free to enter draw. Visit Enigma Gallery one in Bebington between now and Christmas and fill in a form and you will be entered in the draw to be held on Saturday 20th December – ...

Image of the week

I didn’t post an ‘image of the week’ last week, but I hope you’ll like this week’s one. This was taken at the Wilson Trophy sailing event held on West Kirby marine lake.