Matthew Cox

Most recent blogs by Matthew Cox

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The return of Pex

Effortless unit testing with Smart Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2015 Ultimate

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Getting started with Microsoft Fakes

When inheriting a legacy project, if it’s well-structured it’s fairly simple to isolate and test the components and begin working, but what do you do when that’s not the case?

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Async controller actions in Umbraco Part 2

In my previous blog I explained how to get the httpContext to survive an asynchronous callback by using the aspnet:UseTaskFriendlySynchronizationContext application setting and I questioned why this wasn’t set by default. Well I’ve since discovered why that’s the case and it has some pretty significant consequences for Umbraco’s backend CMS.

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CourtesyFlush for web optimisation

At Wiliam we love web performance almost as much as we love a somewhat lowbrow double entendre, which is why we love CourtesyFlush.

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Google is killing captcha and it’s about bloody time

Captcha was always a good idea on paper, but in practice it means annoying legitimate users.

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Async controller actions in Umbraco

Following on from my previous blog about thread exhaustion, I recently had to deal with a site experiencing thread exhaustion that happened to be an Umbraco site. This issue was nothing to do with Umbraco itself, it was synchronously calling a fairly slow webservice that was responsible. My solution? Async controllers

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Thread exhaustion

One of the biggest headaches for any web developer is the 503 – “server too busy” error message from IIS.

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Writing code is easy, reading code is hard

Don't just copy paste from Stack Overflow, try reading the source code

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Application logging

All applications require logging to some degree, whether that is simply logging to the standard output stream or asynchronously logging a fixed size rolling log file to disk using enterprise logging tools.

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When to use a tuple

Spoiler: NEVER

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Fun with Expression Trees

Fun with Expression Trees

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Take an existing product and put a clock in it

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson “People are afraid of new things. You should have taken an existing product and put a clock in it or something.” So this is my new blog post, with a clock in it.

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The CMS is not the be-all, end-all

You can't build a website without a CMS right? Wrong. And your website might be all the better for it.

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Adaptive/responsive technical and SEO considerations

Adaptive and responsive design have emerged from the desire to serve all the content of a single site from a single domain.

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Overriding MVC unobtrusive client validation error placement

The problem I encountered recently was that I had a field wrapped in 15 pieces of design flare and really needed to add the error class to an element several levels up the DOM hierarchy.

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.net Rounding

I know Math.Round() has an overload that accepts and enum that specifies which type of rounding to use and I always assumed the default would be ‘symmetric arithmetic rounding’.

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Using Umbraco in a load balanced environment

Building seriously robust websites in Umbraco – via load balancing – is more glamorous than you might think.

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Using the .Any() linq extension

Using the .Count() linq extension can be really bad practice.

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Visual Studio Intellisense for jQuery

Intellisense for javascript was one of the best new features to come with Visual Studio 2008, and now intellisense has come to jQuery.

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IIS7

When I am developing web sites, I like my development environment to match, as closely as possible, the actual live environment on the server that will host the finished site. For this reason I prefer to use IIS for development and testing, over the inbuilt development server included with Visual Studio.


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