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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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Tip: Use FindTime to Schedule Across Companies or with Others

A problem that many businesses have had for years is working with other organizations to find a common time to meet. Microsoft has built a tool called FindTime that requires Microsoft 365 (formerly called Office 365) and makes it easy to find a common time to meet. In fact, I use this outside of my day to day. My personal email account is setup on a $5/mo Microsoft 365 account. I’ve enabled FindTime for my account. So, if I need to find a time to meet, for example scheduling a pizza party for one of my kid’s sports teams, I can simply send out a poll with a list of time slots and let the team vote. At the end of voting, if there is one clear “winning” time slot, the appointment will be auto-scheduled and the other temporary holds on your calendar will disappear. If there are multiple slots there are more options. You can even schedule a Microsoft Teams or Skype meeting this same way.

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Using the Milligram Minimalist CSS Framework

Every now and then a new minimalist CSS framework comes along for those looking to implement a framework for structure without carrying the weight of Bootstrap or Material. Milligram is one of these frameworks. At just 8.8KB for the minified style, Milligram offers a consistent look and feel for:

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Azure Functions Upgrade to v3 by October 31 2020

In order to keep all elements of Azure Functions patched and maintained, Microsoft is rolling out a platform upgrade on October 31, 2020 for all Azure Functions v2 applications. Azure Functions v2 applications currently run on .NET Core 2.2. Microsoft will be upgrading the foundation to support .NET Core 3.1.

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.NET Core, ASP.NET Core, and Entity Framework Core 5 Preview 7 Released

Microsoft announced .NET Core 5 Preview 7, ASP.NET Core 5 Preview 7, and Entity Framework Core 5 Preview 7 in subsequent posts yesterday. Below you’ll find the highlights of each:

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Angular, .NET Developers Wanted!

I’ve added additional positions that I need to fill. I’m looking for passionate developers looking to grow within a stable company called biBERK. biBERK is a commercial insurance company and part of the Berkshire Hathaway family. I’ve listed a few of the highlights for each opening below. Some of the openings have more than one position. Please apply directly using the link within each position.

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Creating an Amazon Alexa Skill using .NET Core and Microsoft Azure

You’ve had an Amazon Echo for years and have become accustomed to saying “Alexa, what’s my daily briefing” or “Alexa, what’s the weather for this weekend.” But, chances are if you are reading this post, you are a developer that would like to do more with Amazon Alexa. Maybe you’re not a Node.js or Python developer but a .NET developer. Maybe you have never used Amazon AWS but rather use Microsoft Azure. Well, this post will walk through creating an Alexa skill to check with GitHub to find out if we have any pending pull requests. Sure, this is a simple ask, but we’ll host this skill in Azure and wire up to the Alexa console.

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Resolving 500.31 ANCM on Azure App Service when Deploying form Visual Studio Code

When a new version of .NET Core is released, Azure may still be behind receiving the framework version. At any point, you can see what is installed within your Azure App Service by entering the Console within the Development Tools menu on the Azure App Service resource and typing dotnet --info:

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Using Octokit.NET to Integrate Your .NET Core Applications with GitHub

Over 170 contributors have assisted GitHub in creating a GitHub API client library for .NET called Octokit.NET. The library targets .NET Framework 4.6+ and .NET Standard 2+ and above and makes it much easier to interact with the GitHub API. It’s quite easy to get started. If using a .NET Core application, from a command line you can use the dotnet installer tool by executing:

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Pre-Order Available

Microsoft will be releasing the brand new Flight Simulator on August 18, 2020 with Xbox Game Pass for PC. You can pre-order it now. It’s available for Windows 10 PCs in 4K ultra HD.

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Adding Newtonsoft JSON back to .NET Core 3.1 and Later

When developing .NET Core 3.1 applications or later, you may notice that Microsoft has changed to use the default dependency to System.Text.Json. The new serializer is very lightweight, but is still maturing. So, you may find that you need to add Newtonsoft JSON back in. To do this, we’ll first need to add a reference to the package by either running:

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