Kevin Rich

VS2019 and LibMan for JavaScript

MVC Core, Libman, and Client Libraries


Adding a javascript library to an ASP.NET Core MVC web development project.*


In a recent ASP.NET Core MVC intranet project, I found myself needing a client library for a datetime picker. I don't need package management in my app as most things are handled server-side. I also don't do a lot . . .

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July 27, 2019

Unit Testing: Activate Easy Mode

The Four Horsemen: AutoMock, AutoFixture, Shouldly, and xUnit


Yesterday, after presenting to the Willamette Valley Software Engineering meetup about Dependency Injection, an engineer by the name of Josh and I got to talking. After making an offhand comment about a testing framework combination I'd used, he got really excited. I figured I'd use this as an excuse to do a . . .

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March 08, 2019

booleanComments == true

Making boolean logic easier to read

I was reviewing a pull request today when came across something along some complicated boolean logic and it reminded me of the sections of Robert C Martin's Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. In it, he discusses Bad Comments as well as Using Descriptive Naming.

When looking at boolean logic, I like to . . .

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October 25, 2018

It's not me it's you

How to handle failures


A large part of our codebase revolves around ensuring we are sending around 3 to 10 thousand messages to Popular Online Platform(tm). We've been updating the infrastructure around this process over the last few weeks, attempting to optimize the process as well as introduce new features.

At 8PM on a weekday, . . .

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Posted in: failures

September 02, 2018

Comparing Lists w/LINQ

Intersect and Except

It's easy to forget tools we don't use often. I recently had the opportunity to break out a couple of under-utilized LINQ extensions, Intersect and Except.

Both do exactly what you'd expect, but let's see them in action.

var primaryColors = new []{"red", "yellow", "blue"};
var  . . .

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Posted in: asp.netlinq

February 15, 2018


How to not loose it on stage

I recently spoke to about 120 people at the Salem Tech Lunch about Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. I've come to find I enjoy the challenge of presenting technical topics in a fun and engaging manner and have learned a lot from the great Scott Hanselman (and seriously, if you've never watched him in action, stop reading . . .

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January 18, 2018

AWS HTTPS Redirects

and why understanding the Stack Overflow answers are just as important as knowing they are there

I love Azure. Like a lot. As primarily a .NET guy, Azure makes everything pretty much easy. I think AWS wants to be .NET friendly, but they just don't seem to be there yet.

Recently, I was tasked with forcing HTTPS on a .NET Framework site that lives on AWS in Elastic Beanstalk. After some digging and some false starts, I found . . .

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December 12, 2017


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