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Back to Basics: Take a Nibble or a Byte?

A back to basics article on the binary data types and ways to represent them.


Published: 01 January 2021
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Software Engineering
Tags: Coding Basics,Hexadecimal,Bits,Nibbles,Bytes

MonoRepo vs Multiple Repo with some Microsoft .NET specifics

An overview of the arguments for and against a MonoRepo vs Multiple Repo's. Specifically related to my experience of the Microsoft .NET world and recent innovations with the tooling. There is also a bonus section on merging multiple repositories into a MonoRepo whilst retaining git history for the files.


Published: 17 August 2018
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Software Engineering
Tags: MonoRepo,Process,Git,.NET

Deploying ASP.NET Core 2.0 Apps to IIS with On Premise TFS 2018 Update 1 Release Management

This article gives a real world example of deploying a .NET Core App to a VM running IIS using TFS 2018 Update 1 Release Management.


Published: 04 April 2018
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Continuous Delivery
Tags: TFS Release Management,ASP.NET Core 2.0,Deployments

Masked Data vs Generated Test Data

What are the pros and cons of using Masked Production Data vs Generated Test Data. This article goes into a bit of detail on both.


Published: 27 November 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Engineering
Tags: DevOps,Testing,Data

How to use Dropbox to add attachments and embed images in your own website

If like me you haven't got round to setting up your own blob storage for your website and you want a quick and easy way to embed images in your markdown or html, then here's how to do it with DropBox...


Published: 16 October 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Engineering
Tags: DropBox,Images,WebSite,Embedding

How to Create Files and Folders Starting with Dot and no file extension in Windows Explorer

Have you ever needed to create a .npmrc file or another file or folder that starts with a dot and has not file extension, you've probably hit an issue when you tried it in Windows Explorer? Well here's how you do it...


Published: 16 September 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Tips
Tags: Windows Explorer,NPM,npmrc

Enable bundling and minification in Visual Studio 2017 for ASP.NET Core 2

Out of the box bundling and minification is not enabled. Here is how to enable it...


Published: 11 September 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Engineering
Tags: ASP.NET Core 2,Bundling,Minification,Visual Studio 2017,CSS,JavaScript

Blog Technology Stack

This article follows on from the first article in my blog and details a bit more about the technology stack underpinning this blog.

As you can probably tell, front end development is not my strong point!...


Published: 11 September 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Blog
Tags: Blog,Technology Stack,CosmosDB,ASP.NET Core,C#,Bootstrap,Markdown,Azure App Service

My first blog post

Why did I create this blog and start writing articles? There are a few reasons;

To keep up with the latest technology stack and tooling. Working behind a corporate proxy with sensitive data limits my day to day ability to do this. I'll go into more details on the technology behind this blog.

To give me somewhere to save all those tips, tricks, work around, but fixes and the sort that I have amassed and sometimes need to refer back to years later, having no idea what it was or where I found it.

To hopefully give something back to other developers like me who seem to end up trawling this internet for many hours trying to find a solution to a problem...


Published: 10 September 2017
Author: Jared Holgate
Category: Blog
Tags: Blog,First,Technology Stack