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Toolkit Upgrade

Like most developers, you’re refining your core toolkit based on new tools you find and ones that lose their effectiveness. I’ve updated my developer toolkit page reflecting that, plus adding some new tools (for APIs and Passwords). Give it a peek if you’re interested:

https://dillieodigital.wordpress.com/developers-toolkit/

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Five Tips for Remote Developers

When I first shifted my career to one as a remote developer, it was admittedly a bit daunting. I was transitioning from a slower paced government position to a fast paced consulting firm. I was jumping heavy into PHP (alongside my .Net work) which I wasn’t fully versed with yet, and I even switched from PC to Mac to be on the same page with the development setup at the main office. Five and a half years later I’m still running strong and have a pretty good take on how to make it work. While my remote developer status will be coming to an end soon, here are the five key things that have helped me be successful. Continue reading “Five Tips for Remote Developers”

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Soup to Nuts: Access VMWare Fusion .Net Apps from Your Mac

I typically spend at least half of my day developing .Net apps from within Visual Studio on a Mac. I do this thanks to the power of VMWare Fusion. Most of the time I run my tests in Blisk or Edge, but there are times where I need to verify functionality in Safari without pushing my code up to a test server. While access isn’t immediately available, here are the steps you need to make it happen. Continue reading “Soup to Nuts: Access VMWare Fusion .Net Apps from Your Mac”

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Soup to Nuts: Custom Domains and SSL in IIS Express

Nowadays, nearly every site out there is using SSL, and for good reason. Security is on the rise and adding a little bit of protection to your site traffic is a good thing. Additionally, having a nice consistency in URL naming between your dev/staging/production environment is very handy. Here’s how you can set this up in Visual Studio and IIS Express. Continue reading “Soup to Nuts: Custom Domains and SSL in IIS Express”

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Rebuilding Your Dev Environment Quick and Easy on OSX with KitchenPlan

Note: Have a PC? You can do the same thing with BoxStarter

This weekend I had one of those dreaded “rebuild your machine” weekends. It was my kids’ birthday too! While I like the “fresh smell” of a new machine, free of clutter and running fast, the time it takes to get everything in place makes it a little tedious. However, all of that changed when I stumbled upon a great little tool from an old bookmarked post called KitchenPlan.
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