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Software Solutions Demystified: Buy or Build with Confidence

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to make the important ‘buy or build’ decision many times. In retrospect, some commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products have worked out wonderfully. Others have been less than stellar. I use the following matrix to help make my decision. Here are some key points to consider for your decision. 1 – Make sure you understand…

Securing Web APIs in .NET Core 2.2

Microsoft will simplify Web API authentication in a soon-to-be-released update! This week’s release of ASP.NET 2.2 gave us some performance enhancements, ability to do health checks on the application and code analyzers to help you improve your web API discoverability. Expect an out of band release that creates a dependency on IdentityServer in the near future. Microsoft will be simplifying…

Video: Is Xamarin Forms the Right Choice for Your Next App?

Using Xamarin Forms is a quick win according to Kevin Bost, Xamarin certified senior developer at IntelliTect and C# instructor at Eastern Washington University. Xamarin is Microsoft’s platform for building mobile applications. Using a shared C# codebase, developers can build android and IOS apps at the same time using the Xamarin.Forms library. It isn’t a common UI; it’s shared code.…

Potential New Features of C# 8.0 Exposed

Can’t satisfy your thirst for C# knowledge? Hang around Mark Michaelis long enough and you’ll get up to speed in no time! Mark has been traveling within the US, and as far as Scandinavia, spreading the C# love. You might have seen him at Visual Studio LIVE! events in Chicago or San Diego or at .Net User Group meetups in…

Azure DevOps Community Launch Event at IntelliTect

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is now Azure DevOps! Azure DevOps is a set of separate but integrated hosted services for work planning, source control, build and release, testing, and artifact management that meets you wherever you do your development as well as wherever you deploy. Azure DevOps continues to be available on-premise as Team Foundation Server (TFS) and will…