Pluralsight Notes – Docker Images and Containers for ASP.NET Core

Docker Images and Containers for ASP.NET Core by Wes Higbee, is a great introductory course on everything you need to know to get your .net core application running in a container.  By the end of this course you will be able to build and run your application inside docker, as well as provide an optimized image for deployment.  All of this is done through the command line and the use of dockerfiles, with a final section on Visual Studio’s built-in docker support.  Learning all of the commands necessary to build and run an application in a container, gives you a better appreciation for what the built-in support is doing and how to troubleshoot and future problems.
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Workaround – Google Sign-In without Google+ API with MVC .NET and Owin

A few years back I created a small custom application for a client that utilized their Google logins for authentication.  The web application was written with ASP.NET MVC and utilized Katana/Owin pipeline.  The common practice to setup that application with Google sign in was to also enable the Google+ API.  If you have done this then like me you have received an email recently that explains, as of March 2019 the Google+ API’s will be shut down.  I have spent the last few days trying to read through the documentation to understand what needs to be done to fix this, without completely switching up the current login flow, however they don’t seem to make this transition easy for .NET applications.  Thankfully I finally found the answer I was looking for, a workaround posted in GitHub comments, to address this exact issue.  For those of you who are in the same boat as me have a look at this comment .  I have made the changes recommended here and I can verify that my Google Sign-In is now working again without the Google+ API enabled.

Advent of Code 2018 – Day 1

In an effort to learn python I am working my way through the Advent of Code challenges.  Advent of Code is a coding challenge done during the holiday season every year, its a fun way to keep your skills sharp.  It is also a great way to try and learn a new language because it gives you some focused challenges to figure out how the new language works to solve the problem. Check it out here

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Pluralsight Notes – Getting Started with Kubernetes

Getting Started with Kubernetes by Nigel Poulton, begins your journey into understanding Kubernetes and how it has become a crucial platform for container management. The major cloud service providers have jumped on the Kubernetes bandwagon and have their own K8 service offerings, to make your container management even easier. However, I would still recommend getting a base understanding of how it all works before diving into a specific cloud providers implementation. This course will teach you the fundamentals of the Kubernetes architecture and how the platform comes together to make container management a breeze. Once you get through the theoretical, the rest of the course is dedicated to hands on experience. By the end of the course you will have installed and deployed a Kubernetes cluster along with a simple application.

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How to Save Money on MakerGeeks 3D Geek Box Subscription

If you are currently a Geek Box subscriber or looking to subscribe, the best thing you can do is pay attention to the coupon codes and promotions MakerGeeks emails out.  Currently they are running a 30% off coupon MASS30, what might not be common knowledge is that these coupons can usually be applied to your monthly Geek Box subscription cost.  If you go to your subscription management page, it will show you the most current renewal date.  Underneath that box there will be an option to Apply a discount code, enter in MASS30 and it will take $8.98 off of your next Geek Box renewal.

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Eventstore – Extra Statistics Option on Persistent Subscription – Where is it?

When creating a new persistent subscription in EventStore, there are many options to configure. The extra statistics option was a peculiar one, once enabled there is no indication on what it is doing and where you can see the extra statistics. My previous post about viewing more detailed information on an EventStore persistent subscription likely gave away the answer, the json result of the info link for the persistent subscription has a connections collection. With extra statistics enabled you will see statistics gathered for each connection. Continue reading “Eventstore – Extra Statistics Option on Persistent Subscription – Where is it?”

MakerGeeks 3D Geek Box Review – September 2018

For most of the month of September the continual hype of this month’s geek box continued to roll into my inbox. This months geek box was in celebration of MakerGeeks 2 years of geek boxes. September was the first month of the geek box subscription roll out. The hype was for a geek box this month worth $100. Well that’s exactly what everyone got, a $100 gift card to use at Maker Geeks. To get my gift card I had to purchase it using a coupon code MakerGeeks provided to me in an email. I have already redeemed my gift card and used a portion of it. All in all pretty successful geek box this month, good work MakerGeeks.

MakerGeeks 3D Geek Box Review – June/July 2018

Since I received both my June 2018 and July 2018 MakerGeeks Geek Boxes back to back, I decided to just combine the content reviews. At this point I am fully caught up with my GeekBox subscriptions however it has been a long time coming. There has been a lot of chatter about MakerGeeks and their shady business practices, along with some pretty bad ratings by the BBB. While I have never had any issues with their filament, I will certainly say the support and service has been hit and miss. If you purchase from them or sign up for the monthly GeekBox you are doing so at your own risk. I am hoping that the customer service and issues with supply, shipping logistics are apart of company growing pains, that they can work through. At this point I am taking my subscription month by month, if there is another long delay like I had with my June geek box, I will most likely be stopping my subscription.

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