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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Amazon Hardware Event Recap and Prime Day

On Thursday, Amazon held their annual hardware event. They announced several new devices such as new Echo, Echo Show, Eero, and Luna. Several of the items can be pre-ordered. There were also several announcements by Ring, a security company owned by Amazon, including a new at-home drone camera and a new car camera that utilizes the Amazon Sidewalk network. Below you’ll find a list of new or updated devices with their release date, if it’s available:

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Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge

During Microsoft Ignite this week, Microsoft released a new skills challenge aimed at improving skills for the cloud. There are six individual challenges within the contest. After you complete your first challenge, you will earn a free Microsoft Certification exam.

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Analyze Pull Request Information using a GitHub Webhook and Azure Logic App

I had a need the other day to trigger an Azure Logic App from a GitHub pull request that was merged and completed. Unfortunately, Logic Apps continue to have only a handful of pre-defined connectors for GitHub:

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Active Design Discussion for Surface Duo and Foldable Hardware

The Surface Duo is now available through various retailers. The device is very interesting and continues to expand the category of foldable hardware such as the Samsung Z Fold 2 and the new Motorola Razr.

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Hack: Add Details to your GitHub Profile

Did you know that you could hack GitHub and add more detail to your GitHub profile page? Well, it’s not that hard especially if you already know how to use GitHub. Simply visit github.com/new and enter a new repository name that matches your username like so:

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Full Stack Developer Openings at biBERK

In addition to the .NET Developer role I mentioned last week, I now have several openings for full stack developers. As a developer on our team, you will create cutting edge functionality and help to enable our team to be cloud-first.

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Ten Design Best Practices for Azure Applications

While the 10 design best practices for Azure applications has been around for a couple of years, it’s always nice to revisit periodically. Included in the list are:

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GitHub CLI is now Available

The GitHub Command Line Interface is now generally available and out of beta. To get started, visit cli.github.com.

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REST API Versioning Using ASP.NET Core

In recent years, the REST architecture style has been used heavily with web services. Providers of REST web services may need to allow for multiple versions as they may have customers who cannot support a new version or may be testing a new feature. There are plenty of folks that feel passionate about whether or not versioning should take place using REST. Since 2016, there have been many enhancements to a GitHub project called aspnet-api-versioning. In this post, I’ll cover some of the latest enhancements and how to use the package for .NET Core.

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Using the IIS Express Extension for Visual Studio Code

Earlier this week, I needed to run a web project that I was modifying in Visual Studio Code. I couldn’t use dotnet run or npm start as it was a classic ASP.NET application. What I really needed was to host it inside of IIS but I didn’t want to open up Visual Studio 2019 and run it there. I had not realized that someone ported IIS Express to Visual Studio Code. After a quick search, I found that someone was Warren Buckley. At over 65,000 installs and over 4.5 rating, it is definitely a beneficial add-on. Check it out in the Visual Studio marketplace by visiting https://jasong.us/35DsCbU

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