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I got a question from a customer yesterday as part of an upgrade to Azure DevOps 2020. He was telling me that some of the work items that were assigned to him were missing from the “Assigned to me” work item query results. He showed it to me and — sure enough — they were…(Read More)


If you didn’t already know, you can create shortcuts in Git by adding aliases to your .gitconfig file. I’ve created a bunch of them for operations that I either 1) do again and again or 2) can’t seem to remember the commands. Here are my .gitconfig aliases. (TL;DR? Here’s a…(Read More)


Yesterday I wrote a post about an error I was getting in an Azure DevOps YAML Pipeline script. The gist was that I had a long string in the YAML file and I was running into a problem using the YAML string literal pipe ‘|’ syntax. Well, in my effort to understand what the specification…(Read More)


Love it or hate it, you’ve got to admit that YAML build pipeline scripts can be a brittle. One little bit of whitespace out of place and — boom! — you staring at a ton of errors. I ran into two related errors yesterday while I was working on an Azure DevOps pipeline script: “bad…(Read More)


In .NET Core, the ClaimsIdentity class represents a user in your application. It helps describe who they are and helps manage the list of claims which describe what they can do.  But if you use the wrong constructor on ClaimsIdentity or provide the subtly wrong information to that constructor, you might see some strange behavior…(Read More)


Visual Studio has a fantastic feature in it that lets you quickly run the performance profiler against a unit test. Got a test that is running slow and you want to find out why? Go to Test Explorer, right-click that test and choose Profile. That’ll automatically run that test with the profiler attached…(Read More)


I’m a .NET Core developer and I mostly work on a Mac. Before docker and containers, this would have been hard to do. But now there are containers for SQL Server, the Azure Storage emulator, and the CosmosDb emulator. Developing on a Mac is easy now. And developing on a Mac makes it easy…(Read More)


I got a question from a user of my EF Core Migrations deploy utilities last week. He was running into problems where “dotnet ef database update” was picking up the wrong version of his appsettings.json config file. At first, it looked like it was a problem with my utility’s code but after some…(Read More)


WebApplicationFactory<T> is one of those awesome features in ASP.NET Core that practically nobody knows about. WebApplicationFactory<T> lets you quickly and easily run integration tests against your ASP.NET Core MVC or Web API application without having to deploy the app to an actual server like Kestrel or IIS. Instead of…(Read More)


It doesn’t happen a lot but sometimes you’ve got a git commit that you know that there’s no reason to build. For example, you’re committing a change to a Git repo and that change only has some minor documentation change. Basically, it’s something that would never effect a build or…(Read More)