Online tools and resources

by dotnetnerd 9. October 2019 08:25

Every once in a while you run into a great online tool or resource, and makes life as a developer easier. Moving between companies as I do, I often see that people are using services that provide lots of value, but are not necessarily well known by most. So in this post I will start by sharing a few of the services that I have come accross lately.More...

Azure AD B2C easy auth across frontend and backend

by DotNetNerd 2. April 2019 17:02

Recently I had the need to setup easy auth using Azure B2C to authenticate users across a frontend Azure Web App and an Azure Functions backend. Allthough it sounds like a regular scenario, the documentation I found could have been better. I don’t have the time to write the complete docs, but this blogpost will outline the steps, so I can remember it for next time, and hopefully to enable you to do the same kind of setup. Let’s get cracking. More...

Why cloud native is a gamechanger

by dotnetnerd 9. November 2018 11:25

Cloud native is one of those words that make some people shake their heads and call BS. In some contexts I am one of those people. It does however also have its place, because building solutions that are cloud centric does come with a number of benefits and enables solutions that were very hardif not impossible pre-cloud.

Sure, you can script the setup of a server from scratch, but it requires quite a bit of work, it takes time to execute and you still end up with an environment that requires updates and patching as soon as the script is a week old. In a cloud setup good practices, in the form of DevOps mainly using the CLI makes this very obtainable. Actually the current environment I am working with combines an ARM template and a few lines of script so we can spin up an entire environment in about 15 minutes. The only manual step is setting up the domain and SSL cert, but even that could be scripted if I wanted to.

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UI testing done right with Cypress.IO

by dotnetnerd 11. October 2018 12:07

Finally, someone has written a UI testing tool for the web and done it right! For at least 5 years I have been envious of the UI testing tools that were written for native application development. I have tried various tools for UI testing websites, but they all relied on selenium, which sucks harder than my vacuum cleaner. No matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it is still a pig, so the brittle nature of selenium would bleed through, and require you to do updates to drivers as well as handle very low level things like timing between a click and the actual page being re-rendered. So working with those tools has been slow and painful.

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Build: Building Progressive Web Apps for Windows

by DotNetNerd 22. May 2018 16:14

As my last video recommendation from Build this time around I will recommend taking a look at Jeff Burtoft talking about PWA’s on Windows. To me it is one of those topics where I mostly end up picking parts that are suited for what I am building, without going into everything under the umbrella. In that way, this talk suits me very well, because Jeff dives into the fairly few essentials they believe are required for a web app to be considered progressive.

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Build: .NET overview & roadmap

by DotNetNerd 15. May 2018 16:48

aspnetcore-logo-591x360Continuing through the most important talks at Build I have come to the .NET overview and roadmap talk with the two Scotts, Hanselman and Hunter. They had a good combination of things I heard was coming, but also completely new stuff. It was well known that they are working on SignalR for .NET core, and one of the first demoes was running a SignalR app via Azure, which was really cool, and makes using and scaling SignalR a lot easier.

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Build: The future of C#

by DotNetNerd 14. May 2018 17:02

Along the same line as the TypeScript talk, Mads Thorgersen and Dustin Campbell did a great talk about the future of C#, opening with some statistics that show how loved and widely used the language really is. Even though I am very much in love with F#, I am also quite happy doing my work in C#, as I have been for 14 years, so it is nice to see innovation in the language continue, and especially that they keep on drawing inspiration from F#.

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Build: What’s new in TypeScript

by DotNetNerd 9. May 2018 19:41

So Build is well underway, and I finally got around to diving into some of the talks that are online. One of my early favorites is Anders Hejlsbergs talk on news in TypeScript.  Anders gives a good run through of the TypeScript typesystem, starting with the basics and covering why it is so different from other type systems, and in many ways ground breaking work even for a language designer like him. More...

2017 review

by DotNetNerd 20. December 2017 10:30

Another year has flown by, and it has been quite a change of pace for me. With my daughter being born last year, I have had to prioritise more than ever. Not really a surprise, but when you are going into it you don’t really know what will be possible. Looking back it has definitely changed my every day life for the better, although I have had to cut down on some spare time activities.

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Template for TypeScript, Handlebars and Webpack architecture

by dotnetnerd 5. October 2017 12:05

I recently started a new project, based on my own medicine of not using a framework, but building a simple architecture, that can grow and change freely based on needs as they arise. It is coming along very nicely, and has allowed us to have a pretty clean architecture.

For this project we chose to base the solution on TypeScript, and use handlebars for views along with a few other small libraries. As a clientside build tool we wanted to use webpack, because it is fast, has a lot of plugins that we can use, and is well suited for working with css modules. More...

Who am I?

My name is Christian Holm Diget, and I work as an independent consultant, in Denmark, where I write code, give advice on architecture and help with training. On the side I get to do a bit of speaking and help with miscellaneous community events.

Some of my primary focus areas are code quality, programming languages and using new technologies to provide value.

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