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A faster, better sql server and sql azure log appender for log4net

After much effort, trying to get the default DatabaseAppender working in log4net I decided to write my own, so with the help of one of my alpha geeks (Tnx Chinsu) we created this awesome (its awesome because it uses batch inserts and actually works on Azure) database appender for Log4Net. https://gist.github.com/965366 Use at your own […] Read more

May, 11, 2011

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Understanding Nancy – Sinatra for .Net

For a project we are currently working on here at PicNet we decided to forgo the bloat of ASP.Net and Mvc and go for a super light weight web platform. We tried Kayak but this was a little too ‘bare’ so we then shifted our attention to Nancy which is a Sinatra clone (well, “inspired” […] Read more

Mar, 22, 2011

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PicNet’s Closure Library Controls Now Public!!!

It gives me great pleasure to anounce that PicNet’s closure control library is now public.  We have started with only 2 of our controls but over the next few weeks we will port all of our control code to this project. For a demo just visit http://picnet.github.com/picnet_closure_repo/demos/. The google closure library is a project that I […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2011

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Google Closure Template Project – Getting Started Quickly with Google Closure Tools

One of the hardest things about getting started properly with Google Closure Tools is that it has a huge amount of framework boilerplate that needs to be organised in order to write your first line of code. I have found that the effort is definately worthwhile but the process can definatelly be simplified.  These views are shared by […] Read more

Oct, 15, 2010

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IndexedDB Google Closure extern file

I’ve been doing some work with IndexedDB (on Mouse Eye Tracking) recently and created a closure extern file (download) to help with the process. Hope this helps someone :) Please let me know if someone would like me to create an open source project somewhere to continue improving this. Note: The specs and FF implementation appear to […] Read more

Aug, 29, 2010

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Annotated, Google Closure Javascript Compiler – Visual Studio Snippets

I have spoken in the past about my great respect for the closure project.  This project brings some semblance of order to the chaotic and dangerous world of large application javascript development.  However it also has some problems, the biggest of this being the fact that it is very verbose.  This small set of Visual […] Read more

Jun, 03, 2010

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Split Testing (A/B Testing) in ASP.Net Mvc

Working on our website heat maps product, Mouse Eye Tracking, has allowed us to really get into some of the more lean and super agile approaches to developing software.  Something that we have loved doing recently is Split Testing (or A/B Testing). Its really amazing how much time you can save when using techniques like […] Read more

May, 11, 2010

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Visitor Heat Maps in WordPress – New Plugin

Hi All, I’m pleased to announce that we have just released a new WordPress plugin that will allow you to effortlessly add the PicNet Mouse Eye Tracking service to your WordPress website / blog. Now you can see exactly what your visitors are doing on your web site and not need to change a single html […] Read more

May, 04, 2010

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Lean css in javascript

This weekend I was looking at the lesscss.org project and found it very interesting.  There is also a .net implementation.  The basic features of these projects is to make css less verbose, they do this by offering features like mixins, variables and nested rules.  Now all of this is very straight forward lexical analysis to […] Read more

Apr, 19, 2010

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Javascript Tips, Tricks and Hacks

JavaScript is by far the most expressive language I use today, that expresiveness is a result of the amount of flexibility that the language gives the developer.  This is also the same reason why it is so hard to develop in JS, however I will not be focusing on that here.  This article is solely […] Read more

Apr, 14, 2010

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