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extend visual studio with simple scripts

There’s this neat feature in Visual Studio called External Tools that’s underrated. What it does is allow you to run any external tool and pass in stuff from Visual Studio and do something cool with that. For example the current file in your editor, or the currently selected text. This means that you can write […]

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publish a static website to Azure using GitHub actions

Last post I talked about setting up a serverless website on Azure using BLOB storage. What I didn’t go into is how to publish files to that site automatically. Yes, you can use the BLOB explorer to manually upload your files but seriously, who wants to do that kind of boring task if you can […]

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how to host a serverless static website on azure

For my little gfpg project I wanted to put a simple static website online without having to set up and maintain a web server. I read about going serverless with a static site using S3 on AWS, but I wanted to try that on Azure instead. BLOB storage seemed the obvious alternative to S3, but […]

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.NET Core 3.x Docker app hangs on opening a SQL server database connection

This is searchable on the internet, but a little write-up might be useful if you are running into the same problem. Recently we upgraded some .NET Core applications running in a Docker container to .NET Core 3.1. A funny thing happened when we tested those apps, which is they simply stopped working and didn’t throw […]

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windows 10 upgrade on a dell xps 17 / L702x

I clean installed Windows 10 on my Dell XPS 17 L702x a while ago already and this post is merely here to indicate: yes, it works and it’s not even a big deal. This also got rid of Dell software junk preinstalled on my machine which is awesome. Dell doesn’t support the Windows 10 upgrade […]