Andy Heathershaw

Welcome to the personal website and blog of software developer and aspiring writer – Andy Heathershaw.

I’m a commercial Microsoft .NET developer and open-source PHP developer based in Tamworth, England. I live with my husband, James, and I’m daddy to a one-year-old Labrador called Mickey.

Check out About Andy Heathershaw to read more about me, or browse my blog posts below.

Upload photos to Blue Twilight PHP photo gallery from your new iPhone

Buying the new iPhone that Apple will announce today? Interested in photography? Did you know that you can capture a photo and upload it straight into your Blue Twilight photo gallery directly from your new iPhone or iPad device. First Method – direct upload into an album Login to your Blue Twilight photo gallery and […]

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My journey to parenthood – part 2

My second post in a series of articles about James and my adoption journey is our experience of the first day of “prep group training.” You can read part 1 here. A few days ago we turned up at the Halesowen Barnardo’s office for day 1 of three days of prep group training – a […]

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My journey to parenthood – part 1

This series of posts is an insight into the world of adoption from the viewpoint of a same-sex, male couple. I decided to publish our story for a number of reasons: 1) because I’m a private individual and rather than talk to people, sometimes it’s easier to put it into writing. 2) to help others […]

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I like Fridays, and the promises they bring

After I finish work on a Friday, I like to reflect on the week that’s been. Whether it’s in the car on the way home, or with a glass of wine later in the evening, I think about what we* did well, what we could do better – and what was just a complete disaster. […]

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Posting to social media? Why timing is everything

Earlier this month, myself and James went to see Take That play the opening night of their Wonderland tour in Birmingham, and I learnt an important lesson when posting to social media. It was a a great gig and I took lots of photos for my gallery. Like most people, I used the power of social […]

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“Explosions” at Manchester Arena following Ariana Grande concert

A reported 19 concert-goers attending an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester have been killed following an explosion in a foyer area within the arena. Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as terrorism. Transport links in and out of Manchester are disrupted, with Manchester Victoria station evacuated and trains not arriving or leaving this station. […]

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Take That Wonderland 2017

I was lucky enough to have received tickets for the opening night of Take That’s Wonderland 2017 live tour. The boys played the Genting Arena in Birmingham and were supported by 90s girl group, All Saints. I’ve been a Take That fan since before the breakup. I’ve supported them since the re-formation, the arrival and departure […]

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Simply Remind Me: my first SaaS application

It’s rare for commercial software developers, such as myself, to get to use the software we write. We rely on our users to report problems or suggest new features for the applications we develop. It’s also difficult to try out new technologies or methodologies without having a “real” application to build or experiment on. Just […]

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Delegate invocation can be simplified – C#

When you have worked with the same technology day-in, day-out for almost 15 years, it’s easy to miss some of the “under-the-radar” changes that are made without any fan-fare. This, for me, is one of those in C#. I couldn’t tell you how many times a day I write code similar to the following, which is a staple […]

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Server maintenance – 1st/2nd November

My hosting company, Memset Ltd., have advised me they will be performing important maintenance work on their Miniserver platform. This maintenance is to apply critical security patches to the Linux kernel of the physical servers that host the virtual servers like mine – that power this website. It is taking place between 22:00 GMT on 1st November […]

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