Contact

Contact

There are a number of ways that you can contact me; if you feel the need!

Email

You can mail me via [email protected]; I don’t promise to reply to every email (life can be busy) but I will do my best. See the end of this page for a list of things I will and will not reply to.

Twitter

I have been active on twitter using @melodiouscode for a number of years.

Facebook

No, just no.

What I will definatly reply to

Cool things, potential meetups, and comments about articles that just dont fit into the comment section.

What I will definatly not reply to

  • No I don’t want your web design firm to re-design melodiouscode.net.
  • No I won’t just link to your article; if it’s really cool then I might but not just becase you asked.
  • If your email doesn’t really make sense, or doesn’t require a response (ask questions they get answers).

The header image for this post came from Antoine Barrès via unsplash.com.

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Why cookies?

Why cookies?

I challenge you to find a website that doesn’t store some sort of cookie on your machine; even the ones with a cookie banner do after you clock “no cookies for me” (they use a cookie to say that you don’t want cookies!).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small message that a web server passes to your web browser when you visit a website. The browser stores the message in a small file called a ‘cookie’. When you request another page from the same website your browser sends back the cookie along with the request.

This allows the server to know it is you again; one very common use for a cookie is to store a small session key. This key then allows you to access your logged in session again when you click on a link (this is why you don’t have to log in every time you click on an email in your webmail client).

Why is it called a cookie?

To be honest I am not really sure; some people say it is in reference to the ‘magic cookie’ in UNIX systems. I like the story that it refers to Hansel and Grettle leaving their cookie crumbs around the forest to track their path (imagine the cookies being left as you take your path through the internet).

Are cookies dangerous?

The simple answer is no; in and of itself a cookie is no more dangerous than a post-it note. A cookie can’t execute code on your computer; it can’t download anything nasty or steal your bank details. That being said, a cookie can be used to track you as you travel around the internet. Some websites use ad-networks (melodiouscode.net, at the time of writing, does not), when one of those networks places a cookie it can be detected again by the network on another site that uses it. Thus tracking you from website ‘A’ to website ‘B’. This generally occurs without the users explicit permission; this is why we hear about them in the news sometimes.

Should I disable cookies in my browser?

I like my privacy as much as the next person; but I would not recommend disabling cookies. Doing so will break many of the websites you use on a daily basis; and website that you login to will normally use a cookie to provide that login (your emails, bank account, and even government websites).

There are tracking cookies out there; many web browsers have the ability to prevent known agressive tracking cookies from being stored on your website. Equally you could use an ad-blocker; they block many types of cookie that are not required by the website.

What cookies does melodiouscode.net use?

At the time of writing (24th December 2020) the site makes use of the Azure Static Sites hosting engine and Cloudflare; this causes some cookies to be provided with the pages; these cookies are not used to activly track users and are never passed outside of the sides hosting route.

The comments engine uses disqus; this means that a number of their cookies are included on pages that contain the cookie area.

Where possible all privicy settings have been set to the maximum value in Azure, Cloudflare, and Disqus; this helps to ensure that as little data is stored about my sites visitors as possible. I, James, the host of this website will NEVER sell data about my visitors to anyone.

You can check what cookies this site presents without having to download them yourself over at www.cookie-checker.com.

The header image for this post came from Erol Ahmed via unsplash.com.

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Certificates, courses, and conferences

Certificates, courses, and conferences

The following is a list of the Certificates, courses, and conferences that I have obtained or partaken in as part of my continual professional development. Not every course is as good as the next; I have added a brief list of my suggested courses on the Watching and Reading lists.

Conferences

  • Microsoft’s Journey of Agile Transformation – A half day conference on how Microsoft transformed their development, projects, and testing teams into a truly agile workforce.
  • Microsoft’s DevOps Story – A day conference at MS HQ in Reading reviewing how Microsoft do DevOps and how to best use their integration tools.

Certificates

Courses

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December 2017

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November 2017

October 2017

Earlier

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The Author

The Author

My name is James and I am a software developer and systems architect from the UK; I specialise in line of business applications for a range of industries (Valuations, Business Services, Legal, Insurance, Healthcare, etc). My core language is c# as a .NET developer; I also work with a range of web development languages and desktop frameworks (such as WPF, winforms, and silverlight etc). I also have substantial experience in the development and management of SQL Server.

Please check out the site’s about page for additional details; most importantly please be aware that anything written on this site (or linked sites) does not necessarily represent the thoughts/etc of any business I currently or have previously worked for.

Patreon

You can find me on Patreon if you wish to support my work! https://www.patreon.com/melodiouscode

Stackoverflow

Like all good developers you can find me over on StackOverflow (and it’s sister sites, even the Beer one!). profile for melodiouscode on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

Certificates, Courses, and the such

A fill list of the online courses, certifications, and conferences I have taken part in can be found here.

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