What we can all learn from Stack Overflow’s security incident

Stack Overflow had a security breach, and they have generously shared the details of how a hacker worked through multiple layers of security over 11 days. They gained access to source code, security keys, build processes, and some PII. Reading their account (at https://stackoverflow.blog/2021/01/25/a-deeper-dive-into-our-may-2019-security-incident) really brought home an important lesson... small issues in overlapping layers … Continue reading What we can all learn from Stack Overflow’s security incident

I’m a software development and technology manager – so why did I get a PMP certification?

Last week, I earned my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. It wasn't easy. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKĀ® Guide) is about a thousand pages of material, and it is dense. And frankly, it includes some stuff that is not directly relevant to my current position. I am in the software development and technology management … Continue reading I’m a software development and technology manager – so why did I get a PMP certification?

How to Set a Default Value on a Configurable Variable in a SQL Server Stored Procedure Using IsNull()

The Situation You have a SQL Server stored procedure that needs variable for use in a query, but you don't want to pass it into the stored procedure as a parameter, and you don't want to hard-code it. Instead you have the value stored in a table and want to retrieve it from there. There … Continue reading How to Set a Default Value on a Configurable Variable in a SQL Server Stored Procedure Using IsNull()

How To Extend the Timeout Period on an Entity Framework Query

The Situation: You have a long running Entity Framework query that often creates a "System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException" with the message "Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding." A Solution: As near as I can find, the default timeout for EF queries using the SQL Server 2008 … Continue reading How To Extend the Timeout Period on an Entity Framework Query

How To Process a Portion of a Form via Callback and Display a Results Message Using DevExpress Controls

The Situation: You have an ASP.NET page with multiple form sections, and you want to process only one section when an ASPxButton control is clicked. You also want to display a status message after processing. A Solution: This should be basic Ajax-type stuff, but as I am a self-taught programmer, I came to this late. … Continue reading How To Process a Portion of a Form via Callback and Display a Results Message Using DevExpress Controls