Monsters Weekly 216 - Zip Deploy for Azure Web Apps

Azure App Service makes it easy to deploy Web Apps from a Zip file. The Kudu portal provides a simple drag and drop UI for Zip deployments.

Monsters Weekly 215 - How I'm going to replace you with an automation script - Azure Automate

Using Azure Automate you can run scheduled tasks inside of Azure to tune resources, do repetitive tasks or event replace entire people on your team.

Monsters Weekly 214 - Playwright Inspector and page.pause()

In this week’s episode, we discuss the mixed metaphors in Playwright naming. Specifically, we take a look at how pause() and Playwright Inspector can help you to understand what’s happening in your tests and help you to author new tests.

Monsters Weekly 213 - Local Testing with Azure Static Web Apps

Static Web Apps allows easy build+deploy scenarios for static web sites that use an API backend. In this video we’ll explore the basic concepts and look at hooking up the swa CLI to our pre-compiled as well as our externally hosted apps. Bring your own front end framework or API!

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Monsters Weekly 212 - Deploying to Environments with GitHub Actions

GitHub Actions now includes Environments as a first class citizen! You can define environments, including approvals and secrets. See how to easily split your CI/CD workflow into jobs that allow your deployment steps to target a specific environment.

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Monsters Weekly 211 - .NET 5 on Azure Functions

Writing Azure Functions in C# has traditionally been a cool mashup of DLLs, dependencies and magic while Azure orchestrated the calls for you. But in today’s .NET 5 world, we get to take the reigns back with isolated processes.
In this episode we have a look at some of the changes and benefits of running in an isolated process, and consider some of the implications of those changes as we work with input and output bindings, queues and https triggers.

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Monsters Weekly 210 - Sending Email with SMTP4Dev and MailKit

It’s common in our application code to want to send out email notifications to users, but when we are testing locally we don’t necessarily want to actually send out emails to a real server. SMTP4Dev makes it easy to test locally with a fake SMPT server that lets you inspect the email messages that you are sending.

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Monsters Weekly 209 - Taking Better Notes

In a little bit of a departure from talking about the latest technology we explore how to take better notes. Notes that will help you not day ‘Drat, I just did this but I forget’ in future.

Monsters Weekly 208 - Intro to Storybook

When building a large SPA based application, it can be challenging to get your team on the same page regarding the UI components used to build your app. In today’s episode, Simon shows us how Storybook can help to get your team organized so you have a well documented set of components and pages to use in while building your application.

Monsters Weekly 207 - dotnet new gitignore

A .gitnore file allows you to exclude specific files and folders from source control. Use the dotnet new gitignore command to quickly add a .gitignore to your .NET projects. Think of all the time you will save now that you don’t have to Google for a .gitignore template and copy it into your project!!