Quick Tips

Quick Tip: How to Create an Email Template in Airmail

Ever since Outlook started giving me grief, I’ve become a big fan of Airmail. It has a really simple and polished interface, can easily handle multiple accounts, and works really well. The one thing that is missing from Airmail though is the ability create mail templates / stationary. Since I send out “daily virtual standup” e-mails, I want a quick and easy way to get this done. Here’s a little “hack” I’ve come up with in order to have a template at my fingertips.

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Quick Tip: Validation “Lights” Using Zurb Foundation and AngularJS

The more I play with Zurb Foundation and AngularJS, the more I love it. As a middle tier / backend developer, having these tools at my disposal gives me a nice looking app with powerful client side data binding / object manipulation with little work.

Here’s a little trick I came up with this weekend while working on a pet project to do form validation without taking up much space on the screen.

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How to Run Multiple Projects in a Single Azure Site

This is probably a fringe case, but here’s the scenario. I have a site for a client that is actually broken down into several projects, but not in a single solution. The layout looks something like this:

  • Root Folder
      • index.html (basic home page with links to project roots)
      • ProjectA
          • Default.aspx
          • Details.aspx
          • etc…
      • ProjectB
          • Default.aspx
          • Features.aspx
          • etc…
      • ProjectC
          • Default.aspx
          • Contact.aspx
          • etc…
        • By default, if you were to have your root folder checked into source control, and had Azure deploy from the root folder, you’d either have only Project A deployed on the site, or most likely, the deployment would fail with a message that it doesn’t know what project to deploy.

          There was nothing I could do to get around this situation, but I did come up with a way to make it work.

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          The Magic of the Years and Ears

          About this time, a good 17 years ago now, I started my college year in a similar fashion. I met up with with a bunch of friends at Disnelyand for some fun in the magic kingdom before the intense studies began. At the carousel located just behind the iconic castle, friends old and new congregated. One of those new friends and I would soon start an adventure still going on today…

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          Code Analysis: The Hot Sauce Test

          Oftentimes I am called into a project that is adding new features to an existing application. While a lot of updates seem easy on the surface (I’m just adding a basic page that saves the user’s e-mail address), the underlying architecture of the system can make this rather complex. The shocking thing is that a lot of times the complexity isn’t immediatley discoverable. To help identify and estimate the work needed for a new feature, I’ve devised what I like to call “the hot sauce test.”

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          How to Add a Windows Phone 8 Live Tile Using AngularJS

          Lately I’ve started up yet another pet project and wanted to start working with AngularJS. So far things have been great (another blog post to follow). One thing I like to do with my “web based apps” is use a well known trick for creating a windows phone live tile so I can pin them to my home screen.

          Doing this same thing using AngularJS is amazingly simple and needs only a slight modification. Here’s how you do it.

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