The digital home of Richard Garside

This is my digital home, a resting place for my personal and client projects. I'm a web developer based in Leeds. I specialise in .NET MVC and apps for Windows 8 and Mac. You can find out more about me here.

Recent stuff from my blog

  • Don't be affraid of RCSI

    Enabling SQL Server RCSI

    RCSI is not something you get from typing too much, it's a setting in MS SQL Server that is disabled by default. Arguably it shouldn't be. It stands for Read Committed Snapshot Isolation and when enabled means that you can select data from the database with less risk of locks and also know that the data you're getting was accurate when you started the request.

    I enabled it after we we started to see a lot of failed transactions in the logs due to timeouts on requests for locked resources. The thing that confused me was the locks were being taken out for transactions that were only doing … more

  • Fun with glass

    Glass duck made at Zoë's Leeds glass studio

    I went to visit my friend Zoë at her stained glass studio in Leeds. Zoë designs and makes beautiful stained glass windows and has done installations in Leeds and all over Yorkshire.

    She was running a glass fusing workshop teaching you how to design and make a glass placemat. My design is of a duck (I'm a bit obsessed with ducks at the moment, but I'll probably get over it). I spent some time getting my design right on paper first before tracing that onto the glass. There are two laters of glass that get melted together in the kiln. There are lots of options of which layer of glass … more

    Tags: art

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  • My Windows Services Panel

    As a developer I have a lot of different types of Windows Services installed on my computer for the different projects I work on. Services like MS SQL Server Express, MS SQL Server, IIS, MSMQ and MySQl.

    I don't use all of them all of the time, but I would normally leave them running because I couldn't be bothered trawling through all of the services in Services Manager to stop and start them. Having them running all the time made my computer take longer to startup and I felt like it was slowing it down generally and stealing battery power.

    So I created My Windows Services Panel as a way to … more

    Tags: .net

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