Host your Hugo site on Azure Storage

deployed with VSTS

I’m a big fan of Static Site Generators (SSGs) for basic websites like this blog. By removing all the moving parts we can host blazing fast sites directly out of Azure Storage at very low cost. In this post I’ll cover how to host a static website created with Hugo under a custom domain using Azure Storage (Static Sites) and Cloudflare which is automatically deployed from GitHub using Azure DevOps. [Read More]

Using Azure Functions to text you when your servers are down

So I’ve just read a great blog post by Nick Malcolm on Using AWS Lambda to call and text you when your servers are down. The thing I like most about it is that it’s serverless so no infrastructure to maintain and worry about. However, not everyone is on AWS. The environment I want to monitor is all hosted in Azure! Turns out Azure also fully supports this serverless set up and it’s just as easy, if not easier, to do the exact same thing using Azure Functions and Alerts. [Read More]
guide  azure 

Update multiple Git repositories on Windows at once using Powershell

If you’ve got a bit of time there’s plenty of guides on how to set up Git and Powershell but to make things simple we’re just going to go ahead and download GitHub Desktop. Phil Haack did a pretty good job at convincing me that even though GitHub Desktop is a GUI app - it’s a great way to get the Git command line set up and kept up to date also. [Read More]

How to import Python extension modules in Azure Functions

An awesome feature of Azure Functions is its ability to run a wide range of languages, C#, F#, Node.js, Python, PHP, batch, bash, Java, or any executable. So when I wanted to do a bit of work with the Google Eddystone beacon format it was a natural fit as I just needed to quickly run a few Python methods - given the example code Google provides is in Python. [Read More]

Running Go on Azure App Services

At first I thought I was going to have to go something tricky - Wade Wegner has a great write up of one method here, but it turns Azure App Services have now added native Go support so we don’t need to set up Go on the server any more. The versions currently supported on the Azure App Service platform are 64bit Go 1.4.2 and Go 1.5.1 and it turns out to be super simple to get going. [Read More]
go  guide  azure 

Getting started with Go on Windows

I’m giving this Go-lang thing a whirl, turns out it’s dead easy to set up on Windows. First download and install Git if you don’t have it already - when using Go you’ll user a lot of open source! Next download and install the latest 64-bit Go MSI distributable from https://golang.org/dl. Run that hit next, next, next and let it set up all the defaults. Once that’s done open up the CMD and type go version if everything is running you should get something like go version go1. [Read More]
go  guide 

GUIDs Part 3: GUID one

The ultimate test to be sure you understand a concept is to try and teach it to someone. The way to understand a concept enough to teach it to someone is to implement it. I didn’t exactly just sit down one afternoon and decide to write a few blog posts about GUIDs because I know everything about them. It actually all started with a few weeks earlier wanting to understand the mechanics behind the identifier. [Read More]
guid  guide 

Sorting IQueryables using strings and reflection

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to specify the property to order on at runtime for a LINQ query? I.e. items = items.OrderBy("SomeProperty"); rather than items = items.OrderBy(s => s.SomeProperty); How to dynamically sort an IQueryable Later on in this post we’ll go into depth on how to implement an extension method from first principles to do just that but if you just want to quickly use a string to sort an IQueryable right away- go ahead and install Dynamic LINQ. [Read More]
linq  guide  csharp 

GUIDs part 2: GUID as gold

How are GUIDs unique with out a central watch dog? They do it through the algorithm that generates them. The specification lists 5 different ways you can end up with a unique identifier, if and only if you follow the instructions. The specification can’t prevent someone from choosing the same GUID as you on purpose (a watchdog might be able to) but it does prevent them accidentally generating the same GUID as you if they’re following it. [Read More]
guid  guide 

Generating an Apple Push Notification Certificate on Windows

Following most instructions on the web make it sound as easy as generating a CSR using IIS. However I ran into a few difficulties - namely Apple seemed to think my brand new CSR was invalid. Probably has something to do with my local setup (IIS 10 on Windows 10) but that shouldn’t be a road block. Why? w-w-w-w-why? Be more constructive with feedback. To be fair most instructions (including Microsoft Azure documentation) only show you how to do it on the Mac. [Read More]
ios  guide