Andrew Hoefling

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When building Xamarin Apps there is no easy out of the box mechanism to control your enviornmental settings such as web service url as your app migrates through the different environments such as Development, Staging and Production. With a little work we can add a configuration file very similar to how you would update a web.config or appsettings.json in an ASP.NET or ASP.NET Core application

Xamarin.Forms 3.2.0 released a new feature that is sure to be a favorite among many developers. The TitleView allows developers to quickly customize the Navigation Bar like they never had to before. You can easily add custom images, controls, content, etc. Before the TitleView it was a very long process of creating a custom renderer and platform specific implementations.

It is a good practice to sign your source control commits especially if you work in Open Source Software. On popular Open Source platforms it is very easy for someone to impersonate you by using your name and email address. Those impersonated commits will then end up linking to your account. The easiest way to prove identity is by signing your commits which will add a nice little verified badge next to each commit.

Deploying a .NET Framework WebJob to Azure is easy enough, but as of writing this blog the tooling is lacking for .NET Core. Many organizations are making it an initiative to migrate their .NET Framework projects to .NET Core which is a good idea. The tooling limitation for .NET Core WebJobs should not be a barrier, following this guide you will be able to deploy your .NET Core WebJobs to Azure

Installing Microsoft SQL Server on Windows Server Core for any of your enviornments should not be a daunting task, even for a developer that doesn't have an IT Team. Let's go through the simple steps you need to follow to get the installer on the server installing it. Once installed we can make sure we have our Azure Firewall configured correctly if it is a development server.

Using Windows Server Core has some big advantages and to our business the advantage is performance since there is no desktop experience. This makes configuring anything you do more complicated if you are not familiar with the equivelent commands in PowerShell. As you would expect there is no way to use the IIS Wizard for completing a Certificate Request and installing the correct certificates needed to server SSL traffic. With a few commands you will have your traffic ready to be served over SSL with Cloudflare.

A how-to guide by a Developer for IIS and ASP.NET Core on Windows Server Core

Increasing performance on your Windows Server may be as easy as getting rid of the desktop enviornment, now your server is focusing more on running your apps instead of the desktop enviornment. 

When I am developing a DNN Module or even a DNN Platform change I typically configure my development enviornment to output the assemblies in the bin directory or I manually copy over the assemblies and the pdb files. This turns into a very tedious process very quickly when I am trying to rapidly develop or debug DNN Code.

Manually handling storage and retrieval of images and video can be time consuming and error prone because of all the image and video formats. Serving this content can be even harder especially with videos and getting the right codecs is enough to make you not want to do it. 

Using 3rd party tools such as Dropbox and Youtube will greatly reduce your time and risk when creating a photo/video solution. This is just what our team here at Hoefling Software did to deliver a Photo Contest Module built specifically for DNN

VSTS and Azure go so well together, any project is just a few key strokes away from deploying source code out to the cloud. Sometimes we don't have the luxury of working in Azure and we need to use VSTS to securely deploy code out to any server. WIth the ease of built in scripts to VSTS and powershell access you can start deploying to IIS just as easy as Azure.