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Mapping Complex types to/from JSON with JSON.Net

In an earlier post I introduced a strongly typed Identity object I am using in an ASP.Net Core application to make my code and error messages more readable. I didn’t wanted that extra complexity reflected in my database or over the wire with an API. In this post we’ll look at a simple method to […]

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SPA Routing in ASP.Net Core

One of the challenges of SPA applications is making sure a bookmark or hard refresh knows how to load just enough of the content from the server before applying the client-side routing logic to that base page. This is not guaranteed to be the only way to do this, just the one that worked for […]

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Software Development Survey 2017

  So, you’re a developer? or an architect? or maybe even a technical delivery manager? Great 🙂 I need you! I’m currently doing some research for an upcoming book, and for a new software product, and who better to ask than those that are building and delivering software solutions each and every day? So I’d like […]

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Creating a Static-Generated Marketing Site

If you’re working on a free product or startup, you’re probably thinking frequently about how to balance your time across all the things that need doing. One of those millions of things is getting a marketing site up to tell people about your amazing thing, and do so in a way that looks professional, is […]

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Learning Elixir and Phoenix – Getting a handle on the language

Recently I started learning Elixir and the Phoenix framework. I’ve found that mixing hands on programming with reading is the fastest way for me to get up to speed with a new language or framework, so if that’s your style you might find this useful. In this post I started at zero and ended at […]

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Learning Elixir and Phoenix – Environments and Editors

Recently I started down the path to learn Elixir and the Phoenix framework. This is a language and framework I intend to use quite a bit, so my goal is to get from “barely able to read it” to “able to ship readable, idiomatic, testable apps”. Having learned a fairly large number of languages, libraries, […]

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A Custom Jasmine Runner to find my slowest Specs

I’ve been playing around lately with a pure command-line Jasmine runner that doesn’t rely on a SpecRunner file to run tests. I work daily with a largish application that is well over 100K lines of front-end code and greater than 7000 front-end tests. Over time as the codebase and test count has grown, our Continuous […]

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Easier Boundary Testing: Keep Parse/Validation/Format rules out of your HTML View

In a typical single-page application, type and validation logic is entered in the HTML view and we rely on our binding framework or a validation library to layer this behavior onto the form. There are trade-offs to this approach, which are mostly negative as you get into larger, longer-lived applications. When we embed validation rules […]

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Continuous Javascript Test Execution with WallabyJS

After working with NCrunch building and running tests in the background for the last several years, it feels like something is broken when I have to wait for test results or push a button to start running them. JavaScript runners just didn’t feel like they provided the same level of development feedback, whether they were […]

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Stop Manually Updating Your Jasmine SpecRunner

I’ve used a number of test frameworks and runners over the years, but my first club out of the bag is still running a SpecRunner file in the browser, with all of the dev tools and console output I’m used to from normal debugging sessions. The painful bit has always been manually keeping the SpecRunner […]

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