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Self-Hosted Web – Updating assets without restarting the debugger

When you work with an ASP.Net project through Visual Studio, you can edit static files like CSS and JS files and see them immediately in your browser. Switch to a console application and self-hosted option, such as a self-hosted WebAPI or NancyFX site, and you’ll find that editing Content files will require restarting the debugger […]

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ASP.Net – Single-sign on against Office365 with OAuth2

Recently I was experimenting with Office 365 as a single-sign on source for an existing ASP.Net application. Unfortunately, most of the documentation I found focused on the use cases of having Visual Studio automatically add it as part of a new project, multiple versions of a very similar looking OWIN sample using built-in (black box) […]

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Help, my company won’t pay for training!

Tim Mitchell (b | t) asked me an interesting question: “What should you do if your employer won’t support your career development?” It’s a question I had to answer early in my career, and I am going to share my challenges and solutions. My first IT jobs were help desk. After taking classes at FVTC, […]

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Testing SQL Server with an Application

I’ve been blogging about SQL Server for years. Most of these blogs are designed for the database administrator or developer, and thus use SQL Server Management Studio exclusively. (Back in the day, I’d show SSRS a lot, too.) But one of the questions that’s always been at the back of my mind is, “What does […]

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Time to pack your tent for That Conference 2016!

Every summer, Wisconsin is full of campers. (I’m one of them! My favorite places to camp are Copper Falls State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park, and Hartman Creek State Park.) In August, there’s even a summer camp for geeks – That Conference! What conference? That Conference! This year, come camping with us August 8-10. You’ll […]

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Improved TeamCity .Net Build Warnings

A few years back, I posted “Displaying .Net Build Warnings in TeamCity“. Many folks found it useful (and it served as a good reference the last time I needed to re-setup warnings). Recently, Mitch Terlisner reached out to me with a much improved version to share with folks that includes better build status output, an […]

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ASP.Net – Ensure your Actions aren’t missing Authorization with Unit Tests

Have you ever found yourself working on an ASP.net Action and noticed there isn’t a single Authorization attribute in sight? Or gone to edit an endpoint in WebAPI, only to realize you took a coffee break at exactly the wrong time and forgot to come back and add the authorization attribute…a month ago? Or the […]

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MVVM – The User as an Asynchronous API (w/ Knockout)

Early into development of a fairly large modular SPA, we found ourselves needing to ask the user a series of complex questions during a complex chain of business logic. We built a quick little ViewModel and template to display to the user, added some assignable callbacks that it would generate buttons for, and called it […]

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MVVM Validation with KnockoutJS – Don’t put it in the View/HTML

When it comes to input validation for rich websites and Single Page Applications, a lot of the patterns out there rely on markup in the HTML/View. This works OK for smaller applications, but is terrible for larger applications that expect to be maintained and extended over time. In the past couple years I have used […]

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Never drag and drop files between servers again!

IT professionals (and amateurs), it’s time we had a chat. It’s time to stop dragging and dropping (or copying and pasting) files between servers and/or workstations. It’s clumsy. It’s childish. It uses memory on the server. Oh, and there’s a really easy tool to copy files built into Windows – Robocopy. Here’s the basic premise: you […]

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