Programming & Development Archives

  1. Back to the Future: The ‘Bot’ Revolution

    For those who remember dialing in to the internet @ 56k with a PSTN modem will also recall that in the late 90’s and early 2000’s one of the popular social uses for the internet for many people were chat rooms. Many will remember the breath of chat room service providers; everything ranging from MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AOL and IRC (still…

  2. A Skeleton Key of Unknown Strength

    Very detailed article from Dan Kaminsky who is a well-known security researcher, black hat speaker and has special interests in DNS security. This article discusses the recent glibc vulnerability (CVE-2015-7547) and some of the possible attack vectors including mitigation strategies. I particularly share the view in the last couple of paragraphs where Dan talks about the importance on how we as…

  3. Understanding the importance of Containerisation and Docker

    For those who have worked with open-source technologies for some time would know that containerisation of apps and services is not a new concept. I was first introduced to the concept of virtual containers when Parallels formally known as ‘SWsoft’ and now called ‘Odin’ first released a product called Virtuozzo which provided a virtualisation technology that enabled operating system virtualisation. This was a platform…

  4. Microsoft launches Visual Studio Team Foundation Service into production

    I was a bit slow on the pick up of this news, but today learnt that Microsoft have finally launched the Visual Studio Team Foundation Service into production for the general public to subscribe! What’s better and you may not know this, they are also offering up to 5 users for free, and for a limited time…

  5. Business Connectivity Services (BCS): Understanding Authentication from the Browser

    For those who are struggling with the BCS framework read and write to SQL Server or LOB data source concept using tools such as SharePoint Designer 2010. This video I found is really helpful in providing a comprehensive understanding of the different ways in which SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS) authenticates a users identity and explains the “double-hop” scenario and ways to…

  6. Unauthorized 401.1 Exception when calling Web Services in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    This post is a small reminder to myself for the next time I may run into this problem when working with WSS 3.0 Web Services interface. Hopefully it might also save someone else a huge amount of time if they have a similar problem (A lot of time was wasted for me until I finally…

  7. jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX Postbacks or Partial Page Rendering with UpdatePanel’s

    Recently I was working on a web application that made use of the new jQuery library for client-side UI enhancements. While being fairly new at working with ASP.NET’s AJAX I felt pretty confident that I would be able to make it all work to my advantage considering I have a good understanding/experience level with ASP.NET…

  8. Configuring IIS 7.0 or IIS 6.0 for Silverlight Applications

    If your having a lot of difficulty getting a Silverlight application to work on your web server and can’t work out what the problem might be even after the Silverlight assemblies are registered on server and .NET framework is up-to-date then this might be what your missing. IIS7 for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server…

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