October 2015 Entries

SQL Server: Failover or Restart Results in Reseed of Identity

Just putting this out there, because even though there are workarounds (trace flag 272!) this behaviour feels broken to me:  Failover or Restart Results in Reseed of Identity Aka “Why the fuck are my identity columns jumping by 1000 all the time in SQL Server”. It feels even more broken if the gap in time between your server upgrade and the first time you notice this issue happens to be a few months apart, and isn’t consistent across all applications, which ends up making it harder to determine whether this is a problem in code or a “functioning as designed”...

A selection of useful SublimeText plugins for frontend developers

I’m always keeping an eye out for interesting SublimeText addons, of which there’s a *lot* to go through. The lists below are all things which aren’t too useful to me personally (as I usually do this sort of work using Visual Studio), however there’s some handy looking stuff in there for anyone using SublimeText for front end development, so they’re worth posting. How to Add Sass Support in Sublime Text – also contains a rather handy tip: You can avoid this by installing the SublimeOnSaveBuild plugin, which will automatically execute the default build action whenever you save changes...

HTTPS in all the places!

From the green padlock news desk: Twitter is Moving t.co to HTTPS only for new links – t.co in general is a really bad idea, that breaks the usability of the web. However, if you’re going to break the web like that then I guess it’s better to break it securely. This one will be of note to anyone who relies on Analytics tracking and receives a large number of inbound traffic from Twitter. If that’s you, and your site isn’t running over SSL, then you’re going to lose your referral info: Non-HTTPS sites may notice what appear to...

iOS9 giveth and it taketh away

This iOS9 Safari media query bug sounds like it’s really annoying a lot of people. If you work on sites with a large iOS user population then it’s probably worth being aware of it before you run into it. On the flipside, it looks like they fixed this really annoying iOS 8.x photo upload issue. Tags: iOS, Apple

Programmers: Learn how to Write

Yes – this x 1000: An Ex-Microsoft Engineer's Advice to Programmers: Learn How to Write. It’s a constant surprise to me how many smart programmers can’t write an email, blog post, or document to save their lives.  What’s even more surprising is how many of those people brush it off as a skill that they don’t and/or won’t ever need in their lives. I would advise folks in software to do one thing, and that’s write. Learn how to write ... It’s actually useful. You need to know how to express yourself. And it’s really tough for a lot...