BLOB Containers Part 4

My last few posts have been about BLOBs. I’ve written about ways to abstract the management of the bits in database and on disks. These days, the technology everyone is bonkers over has to be Cloud based storage, so, how about we look at a quick method for storing our BLOBs in the Cloud …

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BLOB Containers Part 3

In the last post I presented a file based BLOB container capable of storing a large number of files quickly and efficiently. Before that I posted about the overall concept of BLOB containers, and I touched on the fact that some people prefer to store BLOB data in files, while other people prefer to use

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BLOB Containers Part 2

Last time I talked about BLOB containers and touched on the fact that there are two schools of thought when it comes to actually storing the bits for BLOBs: those who prefer to keep everything in a DBMS, and those who prefer to store their data in files. Personally, I’ve used both strategies at various

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BLOB Containers Part 1

Introduction There are a few problems in software development that are universal enough that they tend to pop up again and again. One of those problems is the storage, retrieval, and management of BLOB data. (For those who don’t know the acronym, ‘BLOB’ stands for Binary Large Object.) BLOB storage is interesting because it strays

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Replace tokens in .NET configuration elements.

Introduction A few weeks ago, someone asked me about a .NET configuration snippet that looked something like this:

They were a bit confused about the ‘|DataDirectory|’ part of the connection string. I explained that the odd looking value was a place-holder, a token that the .NET framework would turn into a complete path at

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