Author Archives: Colin Blakey

About Colin Blakey

Way to many years (25+) working in the Financial software world.

Using SQL Identity Insert with Entity Framework 6 – Making it work

When you have a primary key field (say ID) with IDENTITY switched on it works beautifully with EF when doing inserts, etc. Everything you would expect it to, except when you need to turn off IDENTITY insert temporarily for, say … Continue reading

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Entity Framework – Auditing Changes

It’s taken a while to put together this post but a couple of years back I was looking for a way to audit changes to the SQL database made when using Entity Framework. After a little searching I found this … Continue reading

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Entity Framework – Discarding changes

While this may seem old to some, it’s going to be new to others I hope. I’m in the midst of writing an internal application in WPF using Entity Framework (Code First) for the data both of which are reasonably … Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Andrea

I have to consider myself lucky. I work for a company (Vertex Inc) that allows local staff to work from home up to 3 days a week. This was one of my days to work from home and with a … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2013

So while it is great that Microsoft is releasing a new version of Visual Studio 2013 so quickly, it looks like we will be exposed to more bloatware. A small hint MS, corporations tend not to want all their IP … Continue reading

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First two Code Camps of the Year

I have to say that the first two code camps of the year that I have attended (South Florida and Orlando) where great. Lots of interesting talks, good people to talk to and network with. A big thanks from me … Continue reading

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A Big Apology to Code Camp Attendees

S a while back I thought I’d been hacked and decided as a matter of course to get rid of all my accounts that I had recently accessed and replace them with new accounts. I thought I had sorted out … Continue reading

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Developing for Windows 8 RT devices

Quick rant on this. Why on earth do I have to be using a dev machine with Win 8 to actually develop for a Win 8 RT device. Visual Studio 2012 has a simulator, so I don’t have to run … Continue reading

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Living with a Windows Surface tablet

Attending Build 2012 was an experience not to be forgotten. I, like probably all other attendees was wondering what surprise MS would bring out during the keynote. To our surprise there was no new surprises just a reinforcing of already … Continue reading

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South Florida/Orlando Code Camps

Yet again I haven’t posted for a while and after both South Florida and Orlando Code camps, both excellent events, well setup and run by their respective volunteer groups, I need to post my talks. So for those of you … Continue reading

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