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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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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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Samsung Unpacked Event for S20 Fan Edition

In one week, Samsung will be unleashing their latest Samsung Galaxy, the S20 Fan Edition. This 5G phone is targeting a lower price point than previous devices. Several news outlets have reported seeing glimpses of the device appear on the Verizon Wireless website. The device is supposed to include many of the S20 specs that you’re familiar with, such as the Snapdragon 865 processor, but downgrade the camera and resolution. This event also comes at a time where Apple has chosen to delay their iPhone 12 device for a bit longer.

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PlayStation 5 Showcase Tomorrow

On the heals of Microsoft’s Xbox pricing and release date announcement, Sony is holding a special 40-minute digital showcase for PlayStation 5 which will likely include updates from Sony game studios and third-party partners. Expect pricing and a release date from the event, which kicks off at 4pm EDT, 1pm PDT. There’s been lots of discussion on social media that the PS5 will cost more than the Xbox. Hopefully we find out more details tomorrow.

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Review Project Bicep, an Azure ARM DSL

While not quite ready for production use, Project Bicep is an interesting take on replacing standard ARM templates. Bicep boasts a simpler syntax, better copy/past experience, and automatic dependency management. Check out a great getting started article by Chris Pietschmann at Build5Nines.

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Apple Event Tomorrow

With the headline “Time Flies” expect the next Apple Watch from the Apple event that takes place tomorrow. However, don’t expect the iPhone 12 as that has been rumored to be delayed several weeks if not a month or two. We can speculate, but be sure to watch the event tomorrow for full details:

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GitHub Now Integrates With Microsoft Teams

Announced last Thursday, GitHub now integrates with Microsoft Teams (currently in public beta). You can install directly by clicking here. This integration is long overdue as GitHub has had Slack integration for several years. Much like the Slack integration, you can subscribe to activity using a command such as @github subscribe [organization]/[repository]. This will allow you to subscribe to issues, pulls, commits, and comments. You can also turn any conversation into a new issue or reopen existing issues. I’m interested in seeing what additional work they do on the integration as time passes.

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XBox Series X|S Pricing, Pre-Order Announced

On November 10th, Microsoft is releasing their latest Xbox gaming consoles. Both devices feature Xbox Velocity Architecture, Smart Delivery game delivery capabilities, and backward compatibility from the previous four generations of Xbox.

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Use GitHub Codespaces Not Visual Studio Codespaces

Back in November 2019, Microsoft announced Visual Studio Online. In May, this was renamed to Visual Studio Codespaces. Visual Studio Codespaces allows fully-managed on-demand development environments in Azure. They are still available and other than a blog post last Friday, you may not be aware they are going away. The current offering will be officially retired in February 2021. What its being replaced with is GitHub Codespaces.

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Remembering 9/11 19 Years Later

It’s not the first time I’ve reflected back to 9/11/01. Usually I’m posting messages on Social Media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Given everything going on in the world and the US this year, I felt that it was time to blog about it again.

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