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Deploying your app with Squirrel

Kevin
July 18, 2017 / No Comment

Application deployment made easy
 
Many .NET developers are familiar with ClickOnce, Microsoft’s simple deployment solution for quickly packaging and deploying software that is easy for end-users to install. However, these conveniences come with limitations.

There are only a couple automatic update situations. To show custom UI when an update is available, requires disabling the automatic updates and […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: .Net, Blog, C#, DevOps, NuGet, Windows

Updating Sql Database to use Temporal Tables with Entity Framework Migration

Jason Peterson
July 6, 2017 / No Comment

In a couple of recent applications that IntelliTect developed for clients, we decided to use SQL Server Temporal Tables in order to track changes in the database over time. The apps we were working on were ASP.NET Core web applications, using Entity Framework Core (EF).  While we could have simply modified the databases using queries against the database server directly, […]
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Exception Handling With Tasks.WhenAll()

Jason Peterson
May 30, 2017 / 2 Comments

In a recent project IntelliTect developed for a client, we were working with an architecture that involved a client application communicating with an Azure app service, which communicated with a private on-premise web API service.  When attempting to transfer a very large file via a HttpResponse, we were hitting a failure that prevented the file from being downloaded.  Even though […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: C#

Unit Testing with Xamarin Forms

Jason Peterson
May 30, 2017 / 2 Comments

In a recent application that Intellitect developed for a client, we were tasked with building a Xamarin forms application that supported Windows, Android, and iOS.  Due to the cross-platform support inherent with using Xamarin, a large majority of our code was common amongst all three implementations.  As with most cross-platform projects, however, a small amount of code needed to be […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: C#, Test, Xamarin

The Feasibility of Test Automation

Mike Curn
May 26, 2017 / No Comment

With proper tools, technical approaches, and processes, automated testing improves software quality, time to market, and reduces overall costs. Starting early in the development process and maintaining a pragmatic approach will maximize chances of success. However, there is no “one size fits all” approach; proper approaches vary based on team resources and project needs. The correct approach will result in […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: DevOps, Test

How I Installed Software on a Server using PowerShell

May 1, 2017 / No Comment

I was tasked with installing custom and generic software on a dozen new servers. As an SDET, I have never done this type of task before, so I googled some methods for automating this process since manually installing each server was time-consuming. PowerShell seemed to be the logical tool for running through my list of tasks. I was able to install all the necessary […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: About, Blog, DevOps, PowerShell, SQL, Test

Publishing a NuGet

Kevin
February 23, 2017 / 1 Comment

Sharing your code as a NuGet is one of the best ways to ensure it gets used. Creating a NuGet package is quick and easy.
 
To start, we first need need a library to publish. I have already created My Awesome Library (MAL).

 
The first thing we need to do is download the latest NuGet CLI […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: Blog

Moving Quickly Among Branches With PowerShell Dynamic Parameters

Kelly
February 7, 2017 / No Comment

I am currently working on a large integration project that uses a PowerShell script within each sub-module to manage building, deploying and even launching Visual Studio. Due to a reliance on code namespaces matching with folder structures, these PowerShell scripts are sprinkled all over a large directory structure. Fortunately, they are well-named and exist in a predictable sub folder. Working […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: Blog, PowerShell

Staying Logged in across Azure App Service Swap

Grant Erickson
January 14, 2017 / No Comment

I love being able to deploy to slots with Azure Standard and above App Services. These allow me a main production site, a slot for testing which has a separate database, and staging slot that shares a database with production.
The Problem
Whenever I swap the production and stage sites, all the users of the production site get logged out. […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: .Net, .NET Core, Azure, Blog, C#

Upgrading SQL Server LocalDb

Grant Erickson
January 14, 2017 / 3 Comments

The Problem
The Microsoft SQL Server LocalDb has become a staple tool for our development teams. A number of years ago they removed the version number from the connection string, which was a great move.
I recently needed to upgrade to 2016 in order to import a .bacpac file from an Azure database. So I installed SQL Server Express 2016 […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: Blog, SQL
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