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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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Installing .NET Core 5 Preview 4 and the Latest Visual Studio 2019 Previews

On May 19th, the development division at Microsoft released the latest preview, preview 4, of .NET 5. As with the other previews, you can install the full SDK which is needed to build applications. If you only plan on running a new .NET Core 5 application, you can use the ASP.NET Core runtime, the Desktop runtime (for Windows desktop applications), or the .NET Runtime (for console applications). The installers are available for Linux, macOS, and Windows machines.

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Zeplin Extension for Visual Studio Code

Zeplin is used by many designers to collaborate with developers and deliver content created in Sketch, Figma, and Adobe products in a concise and uniform manner. Zeplin already had integrations with other collaboration applications such as Slack, Trello, and Jira. Development IDEs, such as Visual Studio Code, have been the one area that Zeplin was not integrated with… until now.

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Integrating Azure DevOps with Slack

Several years back, the Slack team built their own app for integrating with Azure DevOps, or then, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). The app provided some basic information about VSTS in Slack channels, but was quite useful. Over the past year, Microsoft had created three different apps that were enhancements over what Slack had built:

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Creating Your First Azure Static Web App

Last week, I blogged about creating an Azure Function from a command line. We didn’t change the function at all as the post was just to show how easy it is to create and serve an Azure function locally. In this article, we’re going to use that basic function, add a static file, and post both to an Azure Static Web App. Once you’ve published your first Azure Static Web App, you can learn how to use a custom domain and enable it with SSL here.

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How to Display Liquid Templates in Code Blocks in Jekyll

Every now and then, I want to post a sample code block for my blog that displays a liquid template. However, if I simply paste in a liquid template, it will be rendered.

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NASA's 2nd Attempt of the SpaceX Launch Today

At 3:22 PM EDT today, NASA will be sending their first crew on a SpaceX flight. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the two American’s for the historic Demo-2 Mission. The launch will take place on Launch Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The initial attempt was this past Wednesday, May 27th. However, that attempt was scrubbed due to weather.

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How Microsoft Shutdown AppGet

There are many package managers for Windows these days. Probably the most popular is Chocolatey. Microsoft has shown examples to get their own stuff installed using Chocolatey in the past. However, there was an interesting package manager that I started using a few months ago called AppGet.

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Creating an Azure Function from the Command Line

There are several ways you can create an Azure Function. You can use Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, or even the Command Line. For purposes of this article, we’re going to use the command line. We’re also going to use C# for this article, though you can follow essentially the same steps for TypeScript or JavaScript. You can also use Java, PowerShell, or Python for your Azure function. The prerequisites, command-line parameters, and code samples will be different for other languages.

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NASA Sending Two Astronauts on SpaceX Mission Today

UPDATE: Due to a lightning storm, the launch is delayed until Saturday, May 30th

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Free Azure SSL Using Let's Encrypt and ACMEv2

I’ve been using the free SSL service with Let’s Encrypt for several years now. It’s nice to be able to offer SSL on sites without the cost. We also use Let’s Encrypt to issue SSL certificates for TechBash.com. In late 2018, I blogged about using Azure functions and add a site extension to your account. Then in February of 2019, I blogged about a new Azure DevOps change that caused a failure. Recently, I have been receiving a notice from Let’s Encrypt that my software client was using ACMEv1:

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