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 and I’m daddy to a three-year-old Labrador called Mickey.
Check out About Andy Heathershaw to read more about me, or browse my blog posts below.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Walt Disney World resort announced on Twitter earlier today that it will be closing all theme parks, water parks, golf courses, Disney Springs and the ESPN sports complex for hurricane Matthew’s arrival. The closure comes as President Obama declared a state of emergency in 28 Florida counties. Local Governments ordered coastal counties to evacuate, and advised residents in […]
Sky – who provide broadband and digital TV services to UK residents and businesses – have recently enabled IPv6 to their consumer broadband customers. I believe they are the first UK ISP to do so, and I hope others follow very soon. IPv6 is a replacement addressing scheme for all computers connected to the Internet. […]
… after some people upload too much. “Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.” Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management. 27th October, 2014 Fast forward to November 2015 and storage limits have just become present again. A little over a year after Microsoft announced that […]
The open-source database fork of MySQL, started by MySQL’s original developer – MariaDB – have certified their latest release of the 10.1 series (10.1.8) as Generally Available – i.e. suitable for production use. MariaDB 10.1 is a drop-in, binary replacement for MySQL for those that want a quicker development cycle and don’t want to have their hands […]
It’s getting cold outside, the trees and foliage are turning a different shade of brown or yellow with each passing day and the dark nights are drawing in – Autumn is most definitely here. What better way to spend a chilly weekend afternoon than exploring the local area with my four-legged buddy, followed by an evening in […]
Microsoft Learning today announced a new Windows 10 developer qualification aimed at software developers who want to target the recently-released Windows 10 universal platform. The qualification is an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) entitled “MCSD: Universal Windows Platform” and is earned by passing 3 exams. These exams are: 70-483: Programming in C# 70-354: Universal […]