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Adding User-Managed API Keys to ASP.Net Core 2 w/ Cosmos DB

I’m building the foundation for an ASP.Net Core 2 site with Cosmos DB as the back-end store and want to build in the idea of user-manageable API keys. In the past two posts, I’ve added interactive registration and login to the application using built-in Cookie and Twitter middleware on top of custom authorization logic and […]

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LaunchReady: Don’t Get Distracted, Getting Stuff Done

I built LaunchReady in my spare time, continuing to work fulltime during the day, spend time with the family in the evening, and jump online or hit the trails occasionally with friends. I also had a bunch of ideas, which served as interesting distractions from making it actually work. In this post I’ll share a […]

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“North to Alaska”

I’m excited and privileged to announce that I’ll be a Technical Lead on Tech Outbound Alaska this August! Tim and Amy Ford have been putting together high-quality SQL Cruise events since 2010. I’ve attended three, and each one has been better than the last. (Make sure to read about my experiences on SQL Cruise Caribbean 2015 […]

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LaunchReady: Focus on the Customer

When I started LaunchReady, it didn’t even have a name. I had a general idea of what I wanted a system to do, but didn’t have a good handle on the target audience and what they would want. I had some general ideas on how to build the software affordably, but nothing with a total […]

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Meet LaunchReady: A SaaS Product That Almost Was

Once upon a time, there was a growing organization that had the usual challenges as new folks came on board and started trying to learn a complex domain. At the time, I imagined a product that combined UI Automation and a focus on fast feedback to serve as a safety net for these folks, but […]

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The State of Software Engineering Report 2017

“It’s not just about software — the Enterprise is the System” The “Mastering Digital: Software Engineering Report” (2017) provides analysis of detailed feedback from Architects and Engineers about their work on software projects for organisations of all types and sizes. The report looks at the following: Demographics of the respondents (Company Types, Team Size, Project Spend, Role Types, etc) Performance of current […]

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Testing your resx files to see if all languages have the same items.

It’s one of those things you need to when writing multilingual applications. Create resource file (resx) for each language you want to support. And then you add an item and forget to add it to one of language files and then, oops empty label. We don’t want that. And we write tests, so why not […]

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Elasticsearch and my setup. Part 1: the why and the how.

Introduction Over the past few years I used elasticsearch, one bit for using as a fulltextsearch engine and one bit as using to store logdata. Somehow I ended up with 2 seperate elasticsearch server, each forming their own cluster. The cluster was in a yellow state most of the time if not red the ther […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 5 – Testing

This is part 5 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Time to […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 4 – The Subscriber

This is part 4 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Setting up […]

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