Coding

How to create dynamic environment sequencing columns in .Net Core EF migrations with PostgreSQL / Npgsql

Recently I’ve been building out a .Net Core WebAPI microservice that talks to a PostgreSQL database. We’re diving into the world of HATEOS so we want to have a Url parameter that correlates to the Id of the record once it is created. Additionally, we’re using Docker to better manage our deployments, so we want to be able to have this URL change when building the database in each environment as part of our Entity Framework migrations process.

It’s a bit tricky, but doable. Here’s how you get your “ducks in a row” in order to make this happen.

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Life

Leadership: Finding Somebody New

Finding somebody new can be a really tricky process. Recently I’ve been through a wave of interviews with various candidate, and I have a renewed respect for recruiters and HR personnel that handle this process on a day to day basis. How can you evaluate skill, character, fit, and so much more in such a short time span? Here is what I’ve started applying to my own evaluations.

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Coding, Geekery

Bootstrap Your App for Free Part 3: Security and Naming

In my last few entries, I have outlined how I was able to build my Bookmarkinator app for free thanks to a variety of tools and platforms out there (no credit card or limited time demo software either!). I followed it up with some resources that you could host your app for free as well (no credit card either!). That takes us to the final step which helps polish our app and make it look bonafide: security and domain names.

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Coding, Geekery

Bootstrap Your App for Free Part 2: Hosting

In my last entry, I outlined how I was able to build my Bookmarkinator app for free thanks to a variety of tools and platforms out there (no credit card or limited time demo software either!). Now that you’ve built your app, then next step is to get it hosted out in the wild. Here are some of my “go to” places that are free for the life of the project (or until a service changes).

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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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