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Paul D'Ambra
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Setting up an MVC3 website using built-in membership provider

Oh wait… this is awful. AWRUCHKA. Right dry heaving done with.

It's a good job so few websites want to authenticate users and collect data on them otherwise we'd constantly have to write the same code ove… what's that? Oh my! Everyone is going through this.

Blackberry Desktop Software = Design Abortion

blackberry screenshot

OK, so maybe the title is an overstatement but here's the steps to reach that mindset.

An unusbscribey follow up

So recently I blogged a bloggy thing here about unsubscribe links.

I know a lot of people are of the opinion that an unsubscribe link should just unsubscribe you and require no further action and that the whole idempotency thing is software design flim-flam and I was tempted to agree until I was introduced to the concept of pre-fetching…

How to design an unsubscribe link?!?

We send out mail to 70,000+ members of our organisation. In theory they know they're getting it cos they're advised when they join the organisation that we'll send the email… yes, I know that implicit opt-ins aren't best practice… I want to polish up our email unsubscribe flow since the amount of mail we send out is steadily climbing as we move from paper to email for more things.

Get with the program(ming)!

Twice recently I've hit the same problem with two different mobile phone vendor's websites. Vodafone (displayed here) and 3. When I type a phone number I split it into three sections using white space. "nnnn nnn nnnn" that's how I remember numbers. That's not uncommon I don't think…

SSH without password

I've resolved to learn more about linux and have been slowly boggling at how easy some tasks are in comparison to the MS world…

Recently I've been working on what was intended to be a small and straight-forward website that has rapidly grown to be a large behemoth that will take credit card payments.

Refactor ==fun

I've been using JetBrains Resharper for a while after a recommendation along the lines of "I can't stand to write code without it now" and…

I can't stand to write code without it now!

Odd, odd, odd login behaviour

I've got a mini 5101. A little HP netbook that I lurve. It runs Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 with aplomb.

There's more in them thar hills...

…than just the Factory pattern.

So anyway I learn about design patterns and begin to use the factory pattern. And much like many other people I settle into a world where there are no other patterns. All is comfortable and fluffy and instantiated simply from calling code much as it was in days gone by.

Quack Quack Says The Duck now with added threading

In a previous post I advertised an application I'd made for WinMo to entertain my toddler.

Having watched her play with it and having been reminded to K.I.S.S. I've fixed a bug that highlighted the difference in expectations between myself and a toddler.