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Using Xamarin to develop mobile phone apps in Visual Studio

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 July 2016

With Visual Studio 2015 you can now develop for a wide range of mobile platforms, including IoS (Apple), Android and even the Apple Watch.

How to install Visual Studio 2015 Community and SQL Server 2016 Developer

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 July 2016

This short blog summarises how to get legitimate free copies of Visual Studio 2015 and SQL Server 2016 Developer installed on your laptop or computer.

A strange error when using Web Extensions to auto-compile SASS

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 May 2016

A short blog explaining a compile error I got using Web Extensions - here's hoping it saves someone else some time!

What's new in Microsoft Office 2016 (including Excel 2016 changes)

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 September 2015

The latest incarnation of Microsoft Office (2016) should be released on 22nd September 2015 (Microsoft are always a bit ahead of themselves with versions). This blog gives a detailed guide to what's new, the biggest changes being in Excel and Outlook.

Tags:   Outlook | General topics    |    Excel | General    |    Musings | Microsoft Office

Using DAX Studio to edit calculated fields or measures in Excel

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 February 2015

The editor for calculated fields in Excel (aka measures) isn't the greatest; this blog shows you how to install and use DAX Studio as a substitute editor.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | DAX

An under-the-hood look at how the new Wise Owl website works

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014

This blog summarises the technology used to make this website appear on your screen, including ASP.NET MVC, SCSS, responsive website design and entity data models.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    ASP.NET MVC | General

How to create a simple website in ASP.NET MVC

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 June 2014

This blog explains the steps you'll need to follow to create a simple one page website in ASP.NET MVC. The aim of the blog is not to act as a tutorial, but to help people choose between ASP.NET MVC and classic ASP.NET.

Tags:   ASP.NET webforms | General    |    ASP.NET MVC | General

Access 2013 - an overview of the new web app feature

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014

Access 2013 will still look familiar to existing Access users, but it now includes the facility to develop and publish web applications. This blog explains the thinking behind Microsoft's radical move.

A review of Power View, including examples of use

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014

Power View is an Excel or SharePoint add-in which allows you to create quick and interactive dashboard reports, with built-in drill-down. This blog considers whether you're missing a trick if you don't know how to use Power View.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | General

Using the RANKX function in PowerPivot DAX measures

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 November 2013

The RANKX function works out where a measure lies in order for any dimension, but it has a couple of gotchas to watch out for, as this blog explains.

Tags:   PowerPivot 2010 | DAX

How to use the RANKX function in PowerPivot

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 March 2013

This blog shows how to use each of the 5 arguments of the RANKX function to rank rows in PowerPivot.

Tags:   PowerPivot 2010 | DAX

An overview of PowerPivot for Excel 2010

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 January 2013

PowerPivot is a superb addition to Excel: it allows you to create pivot tables based on multiple tables taken from a variety of data sources, and its DAX language lets you report any statistic you want. This overview summarises how to get started with PowerPivot, and what it does.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | General

Creating a PowerPivot calendar in Access or Excel

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2013

This blog shows you how to create a calendar of dates for use in PowerPivot. Instructions are included for Excel and Access.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | Calendar

A keyboard short-cut for Word previous position

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2013

A short blog explaining how to use the keyboard to cycle through previous cursor positions.

Tags:   Word | General

Create a calendar table for PowerPivot or Analysis Services in SQL Server

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2013

This blog includes the SQL script to generate a table of calendar dates for linking to from within PowerPivot or an Analysis Services tabular model.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | Calendar    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSAS 2012

Online training on user controls in ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 October 2012

User controls are the key to using ASP.NET effectively - this blog explains how and why to create and use user controls, with code examples for VB and C#.

Generate the database used by the ASP.NET training blog

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 October 2012

This mini-blog provides a means to generate the database used by our online ASP.NET tutorial.

Tags:   ASP.NET webforms | General    |    SQL | General    |    T-SQL | Other

ASP.NET session variables, cookies, query string parameters, etc.

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 October 2012

There is a range of techniques for remembering information in ASP.NET across pages and even sessions, including session variables, cookies, query string parameters and crosspage postback. This blog explains how to use each of these techniques, together with the pros and cons of each.

Using ViewState to remember form values in ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 October 2012

When you submit an ASP.NET form, how can you remember what was on it? Answer: using the ViewState bag.

Why you should develop systems in WPF, not WinForms

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 September 2012

We think - cautiously - that WPF is a better platform for client tool development than Windows Forms. This blog gives 10 reasons why.

Tags:   WPF | General    |    WinForms | General
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