No Hassle “Good Enough” Bread

I love the idea of having freshly made bread but hate making it. It is so messy and it sticks to your fingers and the kitchen cupboards etc etc. Here is a recipe for an easy bread dough that isn't perfect by any means but is very little hassle and makes nice tasting bread. The secret really is to reduce the water. I know that the stickier the dough the better the bread is but sticky dough is massive pain to work with unless you shove it in a mixer. I am ignoring bread machines as that is ...
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Xmas Leftover Tart

In the cupboard after Christmas we had: Half a Jar of MincemeatHalf a bar of dark chocolateHalf a bar of milk chocolateHalf a pack of marzipanhalf a pack of royal icing So I decided to make it into a tart. First buy a tart case or a pack of shortcrust pastry and line a flan tin. Blind bake it for 10 minutes then spread with the mincemeat. put in chucks of chocolate and a few chunks of the marzipan then shove in the oven at 180C for about 25 minutes until the pastry looks cooked. Lea...
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A Simple Logger for .net Core

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I recently started looking at writing new development in .net Core 2.2 instead of my standard MVC5. This meant rewriting my class libraries as they are not compatible without adding in a dependency on the .net Framework. .net Core provides a logging framework out of the box and its very snazzy but all I want from a logger is for it to log the error and the location to a text file. This isn't even supported in the default ILogger implementations in .net Core. I am a great believer in logging ...
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Deploying a .net Core website to IIS

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.Net Core applications do not run in the same way as a standard framework one. They run inside their own web browser (Kestrel) and IIS is used as a front-end to provide security i.e. Windows Authentication, and to allow port mapping. Each .net core application runs on it’s own port and without IIS the url would need to include this port e.g. https://bensawesomewebsite.greedycoder.co.uk:45456677/website This is unpleasant and will not get you many visitors. Install .net Core Runtime ...
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SSRS and Google Chrome

SSRS 2012R2 and below do not display correctly in Google Chrome. The fix for this is to edit some of the files on the server as described in this StackOverflow question. What if, like me, you don't have access to the server and your DBA team refuse to apply the fix because "Users only use Internet Explorer in this organisation"? Fix it client-side instead using a Chrome Add-in. There are various addins available to change the stylesheet of a website but I used Stylish. (more…)
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Consuming the Northgate AIS API in Visual Studio

In Local Government we use a product called AIS which is for managing Adult Social Care cases. It is owned by Northgate and is used by councils throughout Britain. AIS provides a web service interface that allows access to nearly all its functionality. Part of my job is to use this web service to integrate with our other systems so client details can be displayed to other relevant departments and so we can automatically create various assessments and review documents. (more…)
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