Looks like a great London SQL event

Looks like a great day of information, hands on and networking. Just a shame I can’t make it…


At SQL in the City 2014 you can mix and match from three tracks of educational content that cover best practices for database administration, development, and delivery.

Here’s what to expect during the day:

· Watch sessions presented by some of the world’s top SQL Server speakers

· Networking time with fellow professionals

· Q&A time with SQL Server MVPs and experts

· Delicious refreshments throughout the day

· One-to-one demos from Red Gate developers

· Lunchtime sessions

· Drop-in Hands on Labs

· Customer story sessions

· Lightning Talks

· Red Gate books library


Citrix and MS Access

I’ve been working with Microsoft Access for the nearly 20 years now, since Access 2.0.

While I must have come across most bugs or ’features’, last week I came across a new one, this time involving Citrix.

Some users were remotely viewing an Access form where a dLookUp was used to display some information. It was fine in the desktop version but when viewed via Citrix the value didn’t appear in the field until the field had focus.

It was sorted out by altering the query providing the form record source. Something to watch out for in the future.

UK Access User Group – Session 3

This is the third and final post in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

In the afternoon Karl Don…. Gave a very helpful overview of the state of Access development both in the UK and on the continent.

He encouraged us to get involved with his user web site accessdevelopers.org

This contains two helpful documents:-

– Standards for Access development

– An Overview of Software in Enterprises by Luke Chung

In addition he demonstrated a number of tools he uses.

Ribbon Creator

OASIS SVN – source control

AccUnit – code unit testing


vbeTwister – Addin for the code development environment containing over 200 tools!

Overall a very helpful and encouraging day.

UK Access User Group – Session 2

This is the second in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

This session focused on Office 365 and the web apps side.

Kevin Bell (from Microsoft) demonstrated how to build an Access Web app which was contained in Sharepoint.

Then Kevin Nickel (also from Microsoft) demonstrated how to develop “Apps for Office” – pieces of html/javascript which and are embedded in, and can communicate with your Office object.

We saw a “bubble graph” as a Content App in Excel, a “translator” as a Task Pane App in Word and a “create calendar entry” Main App in Outlook.

While it all worked well, it still feels like early days for the technology!

UK Access User Group – Session 1

This is the first in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

Steve Girling from Denton Directories spoke about the tools he uses with his Access Development work.

Text Local – used for sending texts

SMTP2GO – using an external SMPT to send bulk emails

PostcodeAnywhere – postcode and address look ups

Total Visual Agent for database backups

Access Imagine – image control replacement

VBA Smart Indenter

MZ Tools – VBA editor

Everything Access – useful web site

Great Brighton based IT meet up – The £5 app

The £5 app is a meet-up for programmers, web developers and designers to discuss and showcase their “£5 apps” – lightweight software created by one or two people who take a simple idea and run with it.

The discussion will range from technical (what tools/languages were used during development) to business (building communities, spreading the word, costs and rewards).

Details at http://fivepoundapp.com/meetup/24/

Next meeting:-

Meetup: Spring

Wed 20th Apr 2011 at 8 p.m.

The Skiff, 6 Gloucester Street, Brighton

Well it appears we’re moving to a "seasonal" time-scale for the £5app. We’re still a little busy, but are hoping we’ll manage to keep things semi-regular.

So to awaken us fully into spring we’ve got three talks (and possibly more TBC):

• Jayanth on DorkSynth – "an extension to collaborative Performance art using the Kinect. Collaboratively arrange and perform in a Physics based environment to interactively generate music while shakin’ it!"

• Premasagar talking about his latest Javascript project that mashes task tracking and visualisations up.

• Chris on TapToChat – "Tap to experiment: two indie developers attempt to crack the app-store."

• Erik – "Brighton Marathon iPhone app: How we used location and real time results to help people follow the Brighton Marathon."

Brighton iPhone Creators Meeting Update

Good meeting and encouraging to hear that you can still succeed in developing applications if you have the right design for the right market. A few interesting points:-

· The competition was already well established.

· While keeping in mind who your audience is, design should be simple and intuitive, do one thing really well and be different.

· More revenue is coming from the advert supported free version than the paid one.

· Core development was done over a 2 week period.

· Make it easy for people to register that they like your stuff.

With changes planned soon I’m looking forward to their updated talk.

Brighton iPhone Creators Meeting Tuesday 22nd March 2011

This monthly meet up is a great event. Very friendly people and you always learn something new.

This month, there will be a post-mortem from Chris Ross and Nick Kuh, on their recent success with Tap To Chat. A collaboration between 2 Indie iPhone Developers sharing the costs and now rewards of a personal project that has so far generated over 150,000 downloads in 2 months.