A Little FOR XML PATH Nugget

A very small post this one, covering a little nugget that I’d almost forgot until it came up trumps again this week; TSQL FOR XML PATH can be a nice solution for concatenation of strings across rows (in a given column). It’s fairly common to have the need to concatenate column based data, as the […]

Chart-tastic F# Goodness

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the holiday season was full of beer, wine, grub and every other kind of delightful merriment imaginable. The bear is back and absolutely raring to go! So, in an attempt to be a little more diligent and focused, I’ll crack on with the list of goodies I wanted to […]

Christmas Wind-down

Hi everyone, With the holidays almost upon us I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! If possible, I will do my best to crank out a further post between now and the New Year. Here’s a teaser for the first part of the year […]

Implementing reCAPTHCA

I wanted to outline some recent work I’ve done with the reCAPTCHA Google API. Although not too difficult to implement, I did struggle a little to find C# based server side examples on how to ultimately validate a CAPTCHA. To start us off however, what is reCAPTCHA? reCAPTCHA is essentially a mechanism to protect your […]

A Year of Bearandhammer

Rather miraculously, an entire year has rolled around since the inception of bearandhammer! I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone following this blog, and those keeping up on Twitter and Facebook, it means the world to me so a big thumbs up to you all. This blog has brought in over […]

Future Decoded 2015 Play-by-play

Hello beautiful people! It’s a fantastic, gorgeous Saturday morning (it’ll be Monday by the time I hit the publish button, such is the enormity of the post!); the birds are chirping, the sun is shining through the balcony windows (and there is a bloody wasp outside, STILL!!!) and my wife has left me…………to go on […]

Fighting The Python

A random spin-off for today, but thankfully a much, much shorter post for anyone who bled from their eyeballs when reading my last post! The focus for today is Python; what you’ll read about here is my initial insights. Looking at the clock, this equates to about just under an hour of reading and learning; […]

A Few Hours With….F#

What can I learn about F# in the time it takes to drink a coffee, eat some biscuits and listen to a few tracks on Spotify; let’s find out. This post was supposed to be entitled “Thirty Minutes With…F#” but I ended up getting far too engrossed and a couple of hours skipped by (followed […]

Oh Yeah, 25 Posts :o)

It only dawned on me today that, rather sneakily, I’ve hit my official quarter century in the ‘blog post’ count department. Thinking back to my original goals when starting this up it’s nowhere near where I planned to be (getting on for nearly a whole year after starting this little adventure); but I’m happy to […]

Modernizr – Detecting Screen Size Changes

A brief titbit today, but one I felt was worth sharing and has come in handy for work/personal projects recently for me. I’ve had a couple of requirements to gracefully show/hide and adjust web page layouts based on screen sizes (and screen re-sizing). I came across the following solution which works pretty damn well. First […]