Managing Your Mailbox Size In Office365 Exchange Email (using archive)

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Background I’ve been using Microsoft exchange for many many years hosted through different exchange hosted providers.  For the last year or so I’ve been using Microsoft’s Office365 solution.  At this point, I’ve got over 10Gig of email which means that every time I set up outlook on a new computer it’s a long wait until all the email gets downloaded (ost file bloat). The Solution / Enable Archive! Turns out, that built into Office365 (I assume exchange also) there is a simple solution.  You simply log into your office365 admin portal and turn on archiving. In my case, I log in to https://outlook.office365.com/owa/ choose “Exchange” then, on the right sidebar choose enable archiving. This will automatically create a … Continue Reading

In C# Passing Delegate As Parameter, Then Executing on Return

I did not know that it is possible to have a delegate as a call to a method, then have that method actually execute that delegate at it’s convenience.  I’m busy converting a Xamarin conference application for the IPad and am wrangling getting it to show Silicon Valley Code Camp data rather than MWC (Mobile World Conference data). So, here is the method I ran into: var siteParser = new MWC.SAL.MWCSiteParser(); siteParser.GetConference (Constants.ConferenceDataUrl, () => { var c = siteParser.ConferenceData; if (c == null) { … Continue Reading

Gaining Some Control Back From Microsoft’s Entity Framework Code First, Name Your Own Foreign Keys!

Being a relative newbie to Microsoft’s Entity Framework Code First, there are things that I don’t like, things that I don’t understand, and well, just things that really bug me.  The problem is I often find out that the things that I don’t like and bug me are often lack of knowledge and not lack of product (at least not easily discoverable in the product).  One of those things is that Code First makes up names for foreign keys that don’t happen to be the same name as I would use.  Since there are times when you will need to look at these names (and possibly code with them (for another post)), I would like those names to be my names. Let’s say you have a simple relationship between two tables.  Let’s call it User and … Continue Reading

A Quick Tip On How To Ignore Time When Querying From SqlServer

Seems like this comes up a lot so I thought I’d blog about a clean way I found to do this from a StackOverflow article.  Basically, the problem is if you have a bunch of Sql records that have date and times in them (not 00:00:00 for time), using Microsoft’s SqlServer.  You may want to query all records that are on a certain date.  You can certainly for a query that looks like:   SELECT * FROM VolunteerJobs WHERE JobStartTime >='08-01-2008' AND JobStartTime<='08-14-2008 23:59:59.996' However, this feels a little awkward.  A better way that I plan on using is:   SELECT *FROM VolunteerJobWHERE DateAdd (day, datediff(day, 0, JobStartTime), 0) = '2010-10-09' Somehow, it … Continue Reading

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