Static site deployment options

I know that for a lot of people their blog is something that should just work. So they go for WordPress and focus on writing, especially when a blog happens to be a major source of income. Well, mine has zero commercial value and I also enjoy being a web developer, so I keep using the blog as a guinea pig for new ideas.

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NDC London: talks

Last three days of NDC London presented a constant paradox of choice, since every hour 7-8 speakers would have parallel sessions in different rooms. How the hell am I supposed to pick only one, if all of them are great? How on earth can you choose between Jon Skeet and Mark Seeman? My way of solving this problem was to spend an hour every evening going through the list of the next day’s speakers and googling their talks from the past. Sometimes this helped me to pick a brilliant talk from someone I had not known yet, sometimes this meant I would go to the Bill Wagner’s talk and… well, more on that later.

Being an old-school geek, I still prefer to make notes on paper, so I have pretty good coverage of what I learned during these talks. Hopefully all the recorded sessions will be available on the web soon (that’s the part I really like about NDC), but before this happens, here’s a list of my observations and learnings from the talks I personally attended.

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NDC London: ASP.NET Core workshop

Apparently last year I was a good boy, because Santa has already made several of my dreams come true in 2017. This week I am visiting London and attending NDC London, one of the greatest and most inspiring conferences I am aware of. Until now I only knew it by watching numerous recorded talks from the past and listetning to these top notch developers on .NET Rocks. Well, this morning I was in an elevator with Scott Allen, whose courses on PluralSight were the major part of my learning materials on ASP.NET some years ago. And when I stepped out of this elevator, first thing I heard was “Hi, I’m Richard Campbell” (that’s exactly 50% of .NET Rocks I just met). I know, it sounds silly, but I actually feel like a little boy meeting his all time football idol or somebody like that.

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Coffee and Links #4

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for reading this blog!

I decided to slightly modify the format of this series, so that the posts have only 3-5 links, but carefully selected and more focused ones. Information overload isn’t a joke and trying to learn everything is often counterproductive (ask me how I know it), while picking your battles and practicing deep reading helps internalize things you read.

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C# 7.0 and Visual Studio 2017 RC

A new Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017 has been released recently, featuring faster installation and solution loading, an updated project file format, improved IntelliSense, better navigation, and some new built-in refactoring actions covering a significant part of commonly used ReSharper functionality. In this post we will look briefly into these items and will also do a small coding exercise to demonstrate some cool features of C# 7.0.

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Practice makes perfect

Contrary to what you might believe, merely doing your job every day doesn’t qualify as real practice. Going to meetings isn’t practicing your people skills, and replying to mail isn’t practicing your typing. You have to set aside some time once in a while and do focused practice in order to get better at something.

(Steve Yegge, Practicing Programming)

I couldn’t agree more. More often than not we developers tend to write code only during working hours. It’s about eight hours and (hopefully) most of those are spent actually programming, so that seems quite enough, right?


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Coffee and Links #1

Sometimes I find interesting things on the web, which don’t belong to a single category. Just random articles or news about technology. Since I still want to share these findings and because I normally do this kind of reading at the start of the day, I will be publishing this as a Coffee and links digest.

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