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Silverlight: Managing large applications


Silvelight is no longer new. Even so, example applications are usually small illustrating some specific feature. Many real Silverlight applications can also be small. However some can also be pretty big and this poses some challenges for Silverlight development. Like any .NET development, a Silverlight application can be composed of components and services implemented tightly […]

Free Excel add-in: Workbook Statistics


We’ve recently released a couple of free add-in which should be of use/interest professionals who use Excel. Sometimes it is helpful to be able to report statistics about the set of workbooks contained in folder. This add-in provides such a report and includes: A count of the number, text, logical and error constant (manually entered) […]

Free Excel add-in: Find Combinations


We’ve recently released a couple of free add-ins which should be of use/interest professionals who use Excel. Find Combinations allows you to find the set of cell values in a range you select which sum to a total you also specify. Find Combinations was originally created years ago as part of a utility which reconciled […]

Use Amazon EC2 spot instances


Recently Amazon introduced the ability to buy instance hours on a ‘spot’ market. Rather than try to describe the service myself, here is the description from the spot instances help page: Spot Instances enable you to bid for unused Amazon EC2 capacity. Instances are charged the Spot Price, which fluctuates periodically depending on the supply […]