Coding, Geekery

Bootstrap Your App for Free Part 1: Tools and Resources

Last year, as a means of doing a deeper dive into .Net Core and to fill a personal need, I built the Bookmarkinator. Simple, fun, and super helpful (at least for me). One of the requirements for this was that I could build a full-fledged app available to the public that cost me nothing (minus some elbow grease). It was a success, and I want to share the tools and resources that I used so that you can bootstrap your own app for free as well.

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Life

Leadership: Thoughts and a Tip

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking now specifically asking myself, “What does leadership look like? What does it mean to be a leader? I still don’t have a ton of answers, but I have a few thoughts and something I’m doing more consistently now.

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Life

If I was stuck on a deserted island, the 5 books I would want with me are…

In an effort to mix things up a bit, I’m taking my “Freeform Friday” down a slightly different road and will answer random questions I find out there. For starters, if I was stuck on a deserted island, the 5 books that I would want with me are…

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Coding

Fixed: Building Android 23 Apps with Gradle in Jenkins Pipeline

I’m working with a team who is building a mobile app using React Native. Everything builds nicely in our local environments (both Mac and PC) and now we’ve been working on setting up our Jenkins pipeline to create a fresh build with each merge request, and publish that out to a location that allows our dev teams to install at anytime. Everything was working great for this… until it wasn’t Continue reading “Fixed: Building Android 23 Apps with Gradle in Jenkins Pipeline”

Life

Don’t Forget to Smile

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I’ve already outlined earlier how last year was a really hard year for me and my family. However, Google Photos reminded me the other day that 2017 was also a year of smiles, partially due to some wonderful friends we had and some much needed breaks along the way.

As 2018 gets into full gear now, don’t forget to smile. You might be surprised at how a small thing can make a big difference.