Monsters Weekly 197 - Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2019

In this episode we’re going to have another look at code snippets, but this time in Visual Studio 2019.

Snippets are a great way to tackle repetitive coding tasks, and you can use them creatively to implement large blocks of code quickly, removing friction from the process of building out features.

You can visit the Microsoft Docs site to navigate some of the template functions and the schema reference here: https://docs.microsoft.com/visualstudio/ide/walkthrough-creating-a-code-snippet?view=vs-2019

Monsters Weekly 196 - Visual Studio Code Snippets

Snippets let you build out small, expressive, macros to rapidly add content to your files in Visual Studio Code. In this video we’ll cover how to add your own snippets for your project.

Monsters Weekly 200e - Conversations with Scott Hunter

Over the last decade as Monsters we’ve been so fortunate to connect with so many great people in the industry. In this 5 part series leading up to episode 200 we reconnect with some of the visionaries, teachers, mentors and community members who have inspired us along the way.

Join us as we talk to Scott and talk about his time so far at Microsoft, including his journey through the early days on bringing .NET Core to fruition. Did you know it was a four year trek away from the history of the .NET Framework and into open source? Today Microsoft is one of the largest open source contributors on the planet.

As a Director at Microsoft, Scott oversees a team of more than 60 people which ultimately work on products you know - .NET and Java - and that serve over 5 million customers directly.

And for those who ever feel discouraged when they hear ‘no’, just remember that Scott was not successful in his first job application at Microsoft but today gets to play an incredible part in a dynamic and journeyed story.

Follow Scott on the Twitters: @coolcsh

Monsters Weekly 200d - Conversations with Nik Molar

Over the last decade as Monsters we’ve been so fortunate to connect with so many great people in the industry. In this 5 part series leading up to episode 200 we reconnect with some of the visionaries, teachers, mentors and community members who have inspired us along the way.

This was a great conversation where we travelled from pressing issues such as the origin of peanuts in chocolate bars, to ‘meat space’, to the humbling experience of being a project manager and the amazing evolution of product development based on a deep and sincere conversation with end users.

Nik first crossed our paths working on a tool called Glimpse about a decade ago. Glimpse helped MVC developers understand better what was going on server-side in their applications, the ‘F12 Developer Tools’ of the server, so to speak. That began a wild ride from Glimpse, to RedGate, to Application Insights, to working with the WC3, working alongside others in the early days of Open Analytics to his current role at Microsoft.

Working on CodeSpaces now for about the last two years, Nik brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a track record of impressive contributions to the open source community and in helping other developers.

Monsters Weekly 200c - Conversations with Andrew Stanton-Nurse

Over the last decade as Monsters we’ve been so fortunate to connect with so many great people in the industry. In this 5 part series leading up to episode 200 we reconnect with some of the visionaries, teachers, mentors and community members who have inspired us along the way.

In episode ‘200c’ we get Andrew Stanton-Nurse on the line to talk about internships, the early days of Nuget and the MVC Framework as well as .NET Core. Once all long-out projects, Andrew had a front row seat on the teams that made those products real.

Today, Andrew is at GitHub, rewiring the innards to be more modular, experimenting behind the scenes and working to improve the code that serves and backs over 100 million projects worldwide.

Monsters Weekly 195 - Playwright with Arjun Attam

Arjun Attam, Program Manager on the Playwright team, talks about the motivation behind Playwright. We hear from the source about the role of browser automation in today’s web app development ecosystem and hear some helpful tips on how to be successful with Playwright.

Arjun: https://twitter.com/arjunattam
Playwright: https://playwright.dev/

Monsters Weekly 200b - Conversations with Julie Lerman

Over the last decade as Monsters we’ve been so fortunate to connect with so many great people in the industry. In this 5 part series leading up to episode 200 we reconnect with some of the visionaries, teachers, mentors and community members who have inspired us along the way.

In part 2 we catch up with Entity Framework advocate and specialist Julie Lerman. Julie’s been on the front lines seeing all the updates, staying connected to the EF team and presenting live (when legal!). Long time author, mentor and trainer, Julie’s known for jumping in and helping teams discover approaches to solving data problems.

In this episode we talk through the state of EF, upgrading from version to version, Cosmos DB, domain driven design, snow and kidnapping. Unfortunately, we were not able to settle who has the best maple syrup.

Settle in, have a coffee for Julie and sit back while we chew on all things EF Core (and more!).

Referenced in the show:

Vladik Khononov https://twitter.com/vladikk?lang=en
EF Core https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/ef/core/
On Github: https://github.com/dotnet/efcore
Julie’s Pluralsight Courses: https://www.pluralsight.com/authors/julie-lerman

Monsters Weekly 200a - Conversations with Jon Galloway

Over the last decade as Monsters we’ve been so fortunate to connect with so many great people in the industry. In this 5 part series leading up to episode 200 we reconnect with some of the visionaries, teachers, mentors and community members who have inspired us along the way.

In part 1, we visit with Jon Galloway, currently working on the team that is making the experience of development AWESOME for those who work on Mac.

We chat about the turns and hills that shaped his journey, the excitement and challenge of being someone who builds community, and what’s ahead in the years to come.

Monsters Weekly 194 - Single File Applications in .NET 5

In today’s episode, we take a look at publishing self-contained single file executables in .NET 5. Publishing applications in this way allows us to easily deploy our .NET 5 applications to devices that don’t have the .NET runtime installed. We can even build executables for Linux from our Windows development machine.

Links:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/deploying/single-file
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/rid-catalog

Monsters Weekly 193 - Background Tasks Hangfire 101

Break your work down into smaller pieces that can be completed in the background, even if your user walks away from the page. In this episode we’re giving an into to Hangfire, a mature open source library that allows you to process background tasks in a fire-and-forget manner in any environment, local, server or cloud.

Project: https://www.hangfire.io/
Install: https://www.nuget.org/packages/Hangfire/
Repo: https://github.com/HangfireIO