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2021

Notion API code blocks

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The official Notion API finally supports code blocks with a recent update. I’ve updated NotionToJekyll to add this functionality. This post is just a test to...

iPhone 13 Pro

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FaceID is amazingly good, particularly considering I was such a lover of TouchID on the iPhone 6S and really did not like the idea of FaceID when it first ca...

I’ve pre-ordered an iPhone 13 Pro

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I hate iOS. And I also hate Android. For years I developed apps for both platforms (and Windows desktop too) and for this reason I’m an anti-fanboy. I’m all ...

Not-so-smarthome

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Having recently moved house, we’ve come to the conclusion that we don’t need and won’t be reinstalling our smart lightbulbs and Amazon Echos, or any other sm...

Are C# GUIDs v4 UUIDs?

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No. No they’re not. There’s too much misinformation floating around about this issue and it’s easy to prove they’re not. Although when using Guid.NewGuid() y...

Added categories and tags to NotionToJekyll

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I’ve just added post category and tag support to NotionToJekyll using two multi-select columns. This input type is perfect for these fields as they’re just s...

Publishing blog posts from Notion to Jekyll

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I use Notion as my personal knowledgebase and normally write blog posts in temporary pages and then manually publish them to my Jekyll site using SiteLeaf. W...

Input select multiple in Blazor

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There’s no built-in multiple select in Blazor but it’s pretty easy to get one working without any libraries.

Waiting for the official Notion API

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Spring 2021 is still outlined as the release timeframe for the Notion API and I can’t wait. I’ve been using Notion since becoming a Lead Developer to try and...

HTMX & Razor

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I’d just started drafting a post about combining HTMX with Razor pages to produce dynamic web applications and thought I’d better quickly check the internets...

UK train dataset

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I’ve published a dataset on GitHub that comprises of a single CSV file containing every locomotive in the UK. This includes historic and private locomotives,...

No more .Net Standard 🎉

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Whilst reading about the plan for Entity Framework Core 6.0 I noticed a remark about .Net Standard that I’d not clocked last year.

Easiest way to remove Windows 10 bullshit

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I like Windows 10. As a developer using .Net and Azure I use Windows all the time and generally think it’s pretty great. However out of the box it does conta...

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2020

How does Amazon DynamoDB work?

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I’ve recently been looking into how exactly nosql document databases work. Not just existing solution APIs like Amazon DynamoDB and Azure CosmosDB, I mean ho...

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2019

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2018

Winning Experian’s Hack24 2018 challenge

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For the third year in a row I attended Tech Nottingham’s Hack24; a 24 hour hackathon hosted in the heart of Nottingham and sponsored by some of the most prom...

C# nested property accessor

1 minute read

I recently had the need to access a property in another property in C#. Accessing a property value is trivial using PropertyInfo but it’s only capable of acc...

No JavaScript here

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Earlier today I turned Cloudflare’s automatic email obfuscation off on this site. Why you might ask? Well because it was the only JavaScript on this site and...

Marvin Visions

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Jekyll makes it trivial to edit a site’s look and feel, just modify your sass files and push to Github. I keep playing around with colours, paddings and font...

Ubuntu on Windows

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At home I use two computers: a 13 inch MacBook Pro for less intensive tasks and a Dell Precision T1700 with a 4K monitor when I want to stretch the software ...

Migrating to Jekyll

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Having spent a lot of time recently (even more than normal) working with Git I decided to once again migrate my site to another content management system. I ...

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2016

Teaching at University

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Whilst studying for my integrated master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, I’m also demonstrating on a number of modules to enhance ...

Android (and some not Android) device metrics

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Google seems to be in the habit of making helpful little websites packed with info for developers. An apparently new addition to their line-up is the Device ...

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2015

Moving to a Mac

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First of all, I feel it’s important to make clear that I’m typically a ‘Windows person’, that is to say, I’ve always used Windows as my primary OS. Of course...

100 Days of Fonts

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I thoroughly enjoy looking at implementations of font combinations; the use of space, colour and content are all interesting considerations when choosing whi...

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2014

Creating a Koken photography site

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I never need much of an excuse to try a new CMS, subsequently I’ve created a new website for myself to showcase my photographic efforts using Koken. Recently...

Joining Ello

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Ello.co is a new social network that’s caused a bit of a stir online due to its anti-Facebook attitude, the manifesto makes this fact pretty clear…

Beautifully visualised algorithms

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Have a look at these delightfully colourful representations of a few common data structures and algorithms. Sometimes grasping fundamental concepts can be ac...

Minimal form interface

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How can web forms be reformed into a 21st century tool for data input? Codrops have published an interesting take on the traditional form that improves usabi...

An eloquent explanation of Heartbleed

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The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protect...

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2013

A place to be inspired: Awwwards

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Finding a source of inspiration for a new project can be tough, I think so at least. So when I stumbled upon Awwwards my mind was blown. This site hands out ...

Using Tor for web development

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Project Tor enables anyone to browse the internet anonymously as if from another side of the planet. This is useful to those wanting to engage in shady activ...

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