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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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Alexa Live 2020 Coming July 22nd

One week from today, join Amazon and Alexa team leaders as they share the latest news about Alexa development. This half day free virtual event will kick off at 9am PDT/noon EDT with a keynote by VP of Alexa Devices & Developers, Nedim Fresko. There will be three main tracks: Skill Development, Device Development, and Development Services.

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Improve Google Lighthouse Score by Setting Efficient Cache Policy in Azure CDN

Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a Microsoft Azure solution to provide a content delivery network that can be distributed across various Azure regions. Microsoft also offers both the Akamai and Verizon CDN services through the Azure marketplace. For purposes of this post, we’ll focus on Microsoft’s own Azure CDN. This post will assume that you are familiar with Google Lighthouse and Azure CDN. If you are unfamiliar with Azure CDN, read my earlier post titled Setting up a CDN using Azure Storage.

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Microsoft Xbox Series X Game Event is July 23rd

In just 10 days, Microsoft will be holding it’s Xbox Series X Games event. The event will be streamed live on xbox.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

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Final Day of Judging for the WebAwards 2020

For the past 17 years, I’ve been a judge for the Web Marketing Association’s Web Awards. Each year, I notice small, incremental trends in the way companies approach design.

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Announcing SpaacedOut Gem Jekyll Theme v1.1.1

Back in May, I had announced a new Jekyll theme called SpaacedOut. I’ve been making small, incremental changes on the theme since that time. This update is no different. The changes I made in this update are:

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Cross-Origin Destinations are Unsafe

Did you know that when you link to another page on your site and open that other page using target="_blank" that you can cause performance and security issues? Most folks are unaware. It’s best practice to modify your links to add either rel="noopener" or rel="noreferrer" to these links to avoid these issues.

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Adding Azure Feature Flags to Client Side Applications like Angular

Previously, I posted about adding Azure App Configuration and Feature Flags using Azure to an ASP.NET Core MVC application. In this post, we’ll follow the same basic process, but we’ll setup our Angular application to support the Azure Feature Flags. At this point, I’m assuming that you are familiar with the following items:

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How to Create and Delete Branches in Visual Studio Code

When checking in code into source control, especially in a continuous integration and deployment process, it’s best to use pull requests. Using pull requests allows others, including virtual bots, to review your code and to ensure there are no build issues. I use this process frequently within GitHub when building my personal website.

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Azure App Configuration Library 1.1.0 Officially Released

The Azure App Configuration library version 1.0.1 caused client side connection issues. I shared the message in my original post back on 6/23. On 6/29, I posted about a temporary work around to this problem. I was notified late yesterday that version 1.1.0 of the Azure App Configuration library has been officially released. You can grab the latest version by either visiting the official @azure/app-configuration NPM page or by running npm i @azure/app-configuration from a command line within your project.

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Creating and Merging Pull Requests in GitHub

GitHub has been spending a lot of time over the past few years improving their features above and beyond source control. One of the areas they have invested in is Pull Requests. I’ll start by assuming that you have a branch in GitHub and changes have been pushed to that branch.

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