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Upload data to blob storage with Azure Functions

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Some time ago I used a third party product which accepted data from client applications via a HTTP WCF service and saved this data as files on the local disk. A Windows service would then periodically poll for new files and load the data into a SQL Server database. This worked, as long as both the HTTP server and the loader service were on the same computer/network. As this wasn't suitable for my needs, the software vendor provided me with the source code for the WCF service and I modified this to store the...

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Arranging items radially around a central point using C#

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Recently I was looking for a way of display hierarchical information in a more compact form than the previous horizontal/vertical trees I was using. One of the concepts I looked into during this was the idea of arranging children radially around a central node.

This post discusses the sample project I created to explore the first part of this concept.

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Painting animated images using C#

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While reviewing The C# Top 100 it occurred to me that in my own code base I have many bits of code which may make useful blog posts, and that shouldn't take as long to write as the ones I usually create. Plus, I've a fair amount of source code for extending built in controls in various ways, creating new controls from scratch and other useful library code - I need to explore ways of decoupling some of that and releasing it for anyone to use.

To get started with this idea is a simple article on painting animated images using C#. If you assign an animated GIF file to the Image property of a Control, the .NET Framework will take care of animating the image for you. However, it only provides this automatically for the Image property and not for other properties such as BackgroundImage, or any custom image properties you add to your own components.

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Book Review: The C# Helper Top 100

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Almost 20 years ago after finishing a training scheme I was hired for my first permanent role. After getting paid for the first time I immediately rushed off to the bookshop to buy myself a programming book. The selection of books in my chosen language of the time (Visual Basic (not .NET!)) wasn't large, but in the end I bought Rod Stephens Custom Controls Library, which still graces my technical bookshelves even now. Since then I've bought many computing books, but I couldn't tell you the ...

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Getting a window rectangle without the drop shadow

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In my last article, I describe how to use the Win32 API to capture screenshots of the desktop. There was one frustrating problem with this however - when capturing an image based on the value of the Bounds property of a Form unexpected values were returned for the left position, width and height of the window, causing my screenshots to be too big.

I thought that was odd but as I wanted to be able to capture unmanaged windows in future then using Form.Bounds wasn't going to be possible anyway and I would have to use GetWindowRect. I'm sure that deep down in the Windows Forms code base it uses the same API so I was expecting to get the same "wrong" results, and I wasn't disappointed.

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Capturing screenshots using C# and p/invoke

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I was recently updating some documentation and wanted to programmatically capture some screenshots of the application in different states. This article describes how you can easily capture screenshots in your own applications.

This article makes use of a number of Win32 API methods. Although you may not have much call to use them directly in day to day .NET (not to mention Microsoft wanting everyone to use universal "apps" these days), they are still extraordinarily useful and powerful.

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Writing custom Markdig extensions

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Markdig, according to its description, "is a fast, powerful, CommonMark compliant, extensible Markdown processor for .NET". While most of our older projects use MarkdownDeep (including an increasingly creaky, current projects use Markdig and thus far it has proven to be an excellent library.

One of the many overly complicated aspects of is that in addition to the markdown processing, every single block of content is also ran through a byzantine number of regular expressions for custom transforms. When is updated to use Markdig, I definitely don't want these expressions to hang around. Enter, Markdig extensions.

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Announcing MantisSharp, a .NET client for using the MantisBT REST API

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I've released a new open source project named MantisSharp, a simple .NET client for working with the recently introduced REST API for Mantis Bug Tracker.

The library is just getting started and is missing various functions (hello documentation!) but it seems to be usable - as well as the WinForms sample browser that I was using for development testing, I also tested it in an ASP.NET MVC application, both locally and then remotely using the development version of

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Restoring missing Authorization header when using PHP with Apache

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I was recently looking into using our Mantis Bug Tracker instance to automatically generate product road-maps - now that we are actually starting to properly plan product updates and as keeping them up to date manually isn't really working.

I spent a fair amount of fruitless time sending requests to Mantis via Postman only for every single request to fail with 401 API Token required - despite the fact I'd created a limited access user and generated an API token associated with that.

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Translating text with Azure cognitive services

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Some time ago, I used the Bing Translator API to help create localization for some of our products. As Microsoft recently retired the Data Market used to provide this service it was high time to migrate to the replacement Cognitive Services API hosted on Azure. This article covers using the basics of Azure cognitive services to translate text using simple HTTP requests.

I'm going to assume you've already signed up for the Text Translation Cognitive Services API. If you haven't, you can find a step by step guide on the API documentation site. Just as with the original version, there's a free tier where you can translate 2 million characters per month.

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