Edit a Connection String from a TFS vNext Build

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In my last post, I talked about how to create an ASP.NET Web Application that’s easy to deploy from your Team Foundation Server vNext Build (TFS Build vNext).  Well, part of the pain of deploying an ASP.NET Web Application (ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET Web Forms) from a build is dealing with database connection strings.  So […]

An ASP.NET MVC Site That’s Easy to Deploy from a TFS Build

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By this point, you’ve probably heard that Team Foundation Server 2015 has a completely new build system.  As part of it, it organizese and compiles the code slightly differently than the old XAML-based TFS Build system.  First off, when you run a vNext build on a build server, you got four folders: a, b, s, and […]

VSLive Austin 2016: ASP.NET MVC / Core Security Slides & Code

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I spoke at VSLive Austin 2016 last week.  As promised, here are the slides & code samples from my ASP.NET MVC / ASP.NET Core Security Authorization 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 for the […]

VSLive Austin 2016: DevOps / Feature Flags Slides & Code

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I spoke at VSLive Austin 2016 last week.  As promised, here are the slides & code samples from my DevOps / Feature Flags talk. Get Good at DevOps: Feature Flag Deployments with ASP.NET, WebAPI, & JavaScript Want to get good at DevOps but deployments are getting you down? Is the code integration process just plain driving […]

Utilities for debugging Bootstrap with and without ASP.NET MVC

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I was running into a problem while trying to get a Bootstrap form to lay out properly.  My problem was that the text of labels was getting rendered under textboxes.  As I was playing with various Bootstrap styles on my DIVs – for example, ‘col-md-5’, ‘col-sm-5’, ‘col-sm-offset-1’, etc – it quickly became clear that I […]

Windows Azure Sample Code – A Real Application

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We here at Benjamin Day Consulting, Inc have been working on creating a training course for Windows Azure.  Rather than just showing the students how to do basic skills and coding with Windows Azure and Azure Storage, I wanted to be able to make some architectural recommendations and be able to describe the best practices […]