Posts Posts by: "Ben Day"

(TL;DR — I’ve created some scripts to make this all easy.  Scroll down to the bottom of the post.) When you install Team Foundation Server 2018 (TFS2018), the installer gives you the option to configure TFS to use HTTPS with a self-signed SSL certificate.  This is a good thing.  When given the choice…(Read More)


I found a nifty little quirk in ASP.NET Core recently where the <select> control (dropdown, combobox, listbox) is empty.  Basically, put a <select> control in your ASP.NET cshtml view, bind that control to a Model class with data, and then what shows up in the browser is an empty…(Read More)


As a Pluralsight author, I spend a lot of time in Camtasia.  For my most recent course, I recorded more than 28 hours of raw video before editing that down to just under 9 hours of produced video.  In order to get a version of the videos that was clean enough to send to my…(Read More)


Well, you may have heard that Team Foundation Server 2018 (TFS2018) was released about two weeks ago. If you’re interested in installing it, here’s my TFS2018 install guide.  It’s ~90 pages of step-by-step instructions with screenshot on how to set up Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2017, Team Foundation Server…(Read More)


I just wrapped up my talk at VSLive Orlando 2017 — “Unit Testing & Test-Driven Development (TDD) for Mere Mortals”.  Thanks to all the attendees for the great questions. As promised, here are my slides and code samples. Unit Testing & Test-Driven Development (TDD) for Mere Mortals Unit Testing and Test-Driven Development (TDD…(Read More)


As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk at VSLive Orlando 2017. Here’s the abstract: The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You’re influential but you probably don’t…(Read More)


As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk at VSLive Anaheim 2017. Here’s the abstract: The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You’re influential but you probably don’t…(Read More)


I spoke at VSLive Anaheim 2017 this week.  As promised, here are my slides and code from the ASP.NET & ASP.NET Core Security talk. Role-Based Security Stinks: How to Implement Better Authorization in ASP.NET & WebAPI In .NET, if your user permissions are simple, you’re in luck.  Access the IPrincipal…(Read More)


My latest Pluralsight course just went live last night.  It’s been a long time coming and a ton of work.  I hope you all like it. DevOps Skills for Developers with Visual Studio & TFS 2017 There’s a huge divide between software that’s developed and software that’s delivered. DevOps helps you…(Read More)


Hey y’all.  I did a talk at Microsoft’s .NET Conf 2017 yesterday.  The video will be up on Channel 9 soon at this link. DevOps with ASP.NET Core, EF Core, & TFS2017 DevOps is all about software delivery. Create an automated, streamlined path from development to testing to deployment – that’s basically…(Read More)