Engineering Practices

The Problem If you use Git (and GitFlow) with Visual Studio (which seems like it is going to become a much more popular combination), I’m sure you are well aware of the pain that is the “merge conflict” you often encounter when trying to merge (or rebase) a branch. There are three file types that […]


SpecFlow Extensions for Azure Storage Emulator

by Howard van Rooijen

In most cases, when writing an integration specifications against Azure Storage, you want to use the real thing rather than the Storage Emulator as the performance profile and behaviours are noticeably different. One exception is if you’ve hosted your code in a public repo; in this case you really don’t want to commit your real […]


Hiring developers is hard. Really hard. I mean, you might think it’s hard trying to hire, say, a commis chef for a restaurant… Actually, that’s much harder. For a start, the working environment is unappealing. It is hot, physically stressful and actively dangerous. The commis is probably about 17 years old, and has to do […]


When faced with the huge number of technologies and services that are now shipping under the Azure banner, it can be pretty daunting. How do you identify the choices that will be right for your solution? And are you making the right price/performance trade-offs? And what is the difference between a web role and a […]


This blog explains how you can use the Git client SmartGit to follow the GitFlow model, which Howard described in his series a step by Step Guide to using GitFlow with TeamCity. GitFlow GitFlow specifies a standard branch structure and workflow for moving changes between branches, which standardise the way a team uses Git, and […]


Elasticsearch gotchas and tips – part 2

by Richard Kerslake

It has been some time since my last post giving tips on the hardware and software requirements for installing and running Elasticsearch on Azure. This post is a further series of gotchas and tips that I’ve picked up on during my journey using Elasticsearch. It is split into 3 broad categories covering various configuration items, […]


There’s a lot of documentation available around NuGet and how to create/publish packages, etc. But when I looked for a simple step-by-step guide on how to test a package locally, I couldn’t find any […]


Getting started with semantic logging

by Richard Kerslake

Semantic Logging A more traditional style of logging is to write a line of text for any significant event deemed worthy of recording. If there is an issue with the application which requires analysis of the logs, it largely requires someone to scan through the log files (of which there could be many) line by […]


If you’ve been using TeamCity for a number of years, there will come a time where the server it’s running on will reach its end of life and your TeamCity instance will need to be moved to a fresh server. As part of this migration process, you may decide to change OS from Linux to […]


We’ve just pushed out version 2.0 of our open-source, component composition framework. This is the framework we use internally day-in, day-out for our dependency injection. The previous version had a dependency on Castle Windsor, but in this new version we have implemented our own container. There are a few reasons we decided to take this […]


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