Jason N. Gaylord
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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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Using Liquid Templating Filters in Jekyll

My current site uses Jekyll, as I’ve indicated before. Jekyll uses the Liquid template language which is common within Jekyll, Salesforce desk, Zendesk, and many other platforms. While Jekyll uses Liquid, it does not use the most current version and does not support all of the appropriate templating filters. Therefore, you should check out the Liquid section of the Jekyll site which can be found at jekyllrb.com/docs/liquid/.

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Microsoft REST API Guidelines

Microsoft has released a best practice or design principle to encourage developers to build RESTful APIs. This guide provides a good list of “SHOULDs” to ensure a consistent design of the APIs. Even better, the team is keeping their recommendations updated by using a GitHub repository. You can check out the guidelines by visiting https://github.com/microsoft/api-guidelines/blob/vNext/Guidelines.md.

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Install the Angular Language Service extension for Visual Studio

If you are an Angular developer and you also use Visual Studio, you should be using the Angular Language Service extension for Visual Studio. This extension provides rich editing and Intellisense for both inline and external templates. Last week I posted about this extension being available for VS Code. Previously it was unavailable for Visual Studio. By using this extension in both, you’ll have a consistent experience.

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event August 5, 2020

On August 5, 2020 at 10am EDT (7am PDT), Samsung will be hosting their annual Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. Between now and then, you can save $50 by reserving your next Galaxy device. The rumors are swirling, but what we’d expect to see is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, new Samsung Galaxy Buds, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7.

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Keurig Review: Out with the old, In with the new

After 10 years, my Keurig Elite has finally kicked the bucket. My model looked very similar to the following:

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Microsoft Outlook View in Browser Needs Updating

Since the 2003 version, Microsoft Outlook has contained a “View in Browser” option for HTML emails. This would allow the browser to handle the emails in a more compliant way. However, Microsoft has not improved this option since 2007. As a result, you’ll notice when clicking the “View in Browser” option as depicted in Outlook 2019 for Office 365 below (notice the area inside the red box), the email will open in Internet Explorer as opposed to your default browser.

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Schedule Pull Request Merges in GitHub using a GitHub Action

I’m currently using GitHub Pages and Jekyll to serve up my website. I frequently write blog posts days if not weeks ahead of time. In fact, at the time of this post, if you checked my repository, you’ll probably see several pull requests that will be merged in at some point in the next week. Last weekend, I went camping and had to find an Internet connection every time I wanted to merge a pull request. All that did was keep me from enjoying the lack of connectivity. Finally, I don’t have to pause what I’m doing to merge in each day.

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Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge with Conversations

During Alexa Live 2020, Amazon announced a new Alexa Skills Challenge with conversations. There’s over $101,000 USD in prizes for the competition. The deadline to submit is at 5pm EDT on September 14, 2020 (47 days away). You can submit and find the full details by visiting https://alexaconversations.devpost.com/. Here are some items to get started with. If you miss place this post, this will be sent to you in email after you sign-up for the challenge:

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Microsoft Create Front End Event Takes Place Today; Static Web App Workshop

Microsoft is hosting a half-day event today filled with topics for frontend developers. This virtual event kicks off at 11:30am EDT (8:30am PDT) today, July 29, 2020. You can add this event to your calendar and see the schedule at https://createfrontenddevelopers.splashthat.com/.

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COVID-19 and Work From Home Update

Since mid-March, I’ve been working remote. That’s 136 calendar days and 94 working days. Right after the 4th of July, our place of business opened up for around 5-10% of our workforce. One week later, we pulled them back out to comply with the restrictions from the Pennsylvania governor. Schools have been talking about doing all in-person, all remote learn, and a hybrid solution for the better part of the summer thus far. Just yesterday, two Major League Baseball games were postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. Late summer fairs have been cancelled and Black Friday is changing. Google has asked it’s entire team to work remote until summer 2021. So, I’m curious, what is your place of employment doing to prepare for the rest of 2020? Are you working remote for the rest of the year? Are you already back in the office? How are you leveraging technology as time passes? Leave a comment below.

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