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Upgrading PHP on Azure WordPress

By Scott Johnston – 7/8/2020 While our ChronoBeans.com site is ASP.Net MVC, I installed a WordPress site in a subdirectory to hold all the help information. This makes it easier for the team to update help as they don’t need to re-publish the main site. I think WordPress works great for this purpose as a content management system. The Problem – Old Version of PHP ChronoBeans has been around for several years now, and one of the team was updating some plug-in’s…

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Data storage for Windows desktop apps

By Scott Johnston – 9/4/2019 Where to store Data for a Windows Application? When considering application design we often have two distinct aspects to the application data involved. Firstly, there are data related to application control and back end storage, i.e. configuration settings and data. Secondly, are data outputs intended for consumption by the user, i.e. reports, etc. Windows has a variety of system special folders to support application needs. In .Net, the paths to these folders are available via…

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Replacing IT/IS Leadership

By Scott Johnston (2019) When a company loses a management resource from its IT/IS organization the best solution may be to fill the role temporarily with an experienced consultant rather than rush the process. When a key leader in a C, VP or Management role decides to leave, the organization must quickly recruit, or promote the right replacement. If succession plans are in place for key positions then immediate promotion into that role may be the best solution. The difficulty arises when…

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New Ideas – Letting Go

By Scott Johnston – (2019) As a business consultant and software developer I have lots of new ideas for tools, apps, and websites, etc. It’s just part of how my mind works in always looking for solutions – sometimes to problems that are yet to exist! Many of these potential business opportunities die a natural death during research and design. But others have real potential. This is a story of one such idea, and why ultimately, I chose not to…

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Computing platform evolution – The Cloud

By Scott Johnston – (2017) As a culture, we are entering an era where our core business processes will not only be executed in the cloud, but be exposed to enable seamless integration with our business partners and marketplaces. This transition may be difficult at first to conceive, and not without challenge to engineer and migrate, yet to grow competitively and maintain strategic advantage it should be part of any future business plans. Engaging our customers in new ways will…

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VB.Net File Copy Function

By Scott Johnston – (2017) Just a quick post for anyone looking for a simple function to copy files from one directory to another. Simply call the function passing the from and to directories, and true/false to overwrite file if exists. Don’t forget to check for the existence of the directories before calling this function. As coded the function returns a simple true/false if successful but could be modified to return the full exception data. Here’s the code: Private Function…

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The value of time

By Scott Johnston – 2/13/2017 I believe we all need help recognizing the value of our own time. Sometimes these reminders can be in the form of the tools we use (ChronoBeans), and at other times it’s those we keep close that help us recognize that value. I was again reminded of this recently when working on a frustrating e-mail issue. I recently undertook a slew of technology changes, from updating my aging laptop, to switching personal e-mail web hosting…

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