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To cause Azure to keep sending emails repeatedly for your Heath Check alerts, you need to uncheck the checkbox that says “Automatically Resolve Alerts”.

If you want to see what kind of error Axios throws, it is better to use console.log(error.toJSON()) than console.log(error). That's because the former option will list out all the properties from the error variable, while the latter option will only list out the error message itself.

Instead of adding todo comments, track it as a task so it doesn't get lost.

Source: TODO: Post an Article

Looking for a new way to do end-to-end testing on modern web apps? Check out Playwright. The tests are pretty easy to follow because it's basically a set of instructions written in code. So as you might have guessed, it's catered more to developers than non-technical folks.

I am going through the Pro ASP.NET Core 6 book. After trying to run the command libman install bootstrap@5.1.3 -d wwwroot/lib/bootstrap from page 72 (Chapter 4) of the book, I started getting the error listed below:

[LIB002]: The "bootstrap@5.1.3" library could not be resolved by the "cdnjs" provider

Turns out it was an issue with the library manager package that was installed. The fix is to install a newer one. More info can be found here:

Was looking for a way to add a list of objects to the appsettings.json file, then retrieve that list and turn them into something I can check against in a controller class. This answer works wonderfully.

React Hook Form — seems like a cool alternative form handler for React.

SQL to MongoDB Mapping Chart — good reference on how to write MongoDB queries based on expected SQL Server queries.

Reasons to blog if you're a software developer:

  • It helps you write better emails at work.
  • It helps you write better user stories and acceptance criteria.
  • It helps you communicate your ideas better.

If you're noticing a pattern there, it's all about being a better communicator. And you would want that, because that also helps you advance in your career.

Series: #DevNotes Tags: #Axios #ASPNetCore #Azure #Blogging #JavaScript #MongoDB #Playwright #React #SqlServer #Tests

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My Archive Page Generator is back up and running. I've already updated the Archive pages for my other blogs. It seems to be working fine. Please give it a try and let me know if you run into any issues with it.

I did notice, during my testing, that it can fail on blogs with a huge number of posts. That's mainly because the API call times out at like the 1.7 minute mark. I'll see if I can fix that in the future. But for now, just getting the archive page generator working is a win. So I'll call it a day.

Tags: #Blazor #WriteAs

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Version 1.2.1 of WriteAs.Net has been released.

This very minor update adds an interface for the WriteAsClient class, which opens it up for use with dependency injection in ASP.NET Core. This allows you to create a single WriteAsClient instance and re-use it when needed, making the caching additions from Version 1.2.0 much more useful.

This also frees me up to make better use of it in the API I'm working on.

You can install it via nuget: Install-Package WriteAs.NET -Version 1.2.1

Or via the .NET Core command line interface: dotnet add package WriteAs.NET --version 1.2.1

If you find any bugs or issues with it, please let me know. Thanks and y'all have a good night.

Tags: #DotNet #WriteAs #WriteAsNet

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A number of people have been asking me about why the WriteAs Archive Page generators I made no longer work. They no longer work because of CORS restrictions on the API server. I'm trying to see if I can work around the restrictions on my Blazor WASM apps by going the Web API route.

Started working on an API for my websites

Tags: #DevLog#ASPNETCore #WebAPI #WriteAs

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I seem to have a need for this every 6 months or so. So I'm putting it up on this site to make it easier for me to lookup.

This SQL Server query allows you to search for specific text inside all stored procedures on a database. The query will return the name of the stored procedure.

SELECT name 
FROM   sys.procedures 
WHERE  Object_definition(object_id) LIKE '%Search-Text%' 

Source: Search text in stored procedure in SQL Server

Tags: #SqlServer #Scripts

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Cache Implementations in C# .NET — good blog post on implementing caching with .NET.

You're using HttpClient wrong and it is destabilizing your software — great blog post that told me that we should avoid the use of the “using statement” when working with an HttpClient instance. And that's because disposing it after say a one time use, like doing one API call and then immediately disposing, will leave open/pending socket connections. Do this often enough and you'll accumulate a number of those open/pending socket connections and that will slow down your app. The better approach is to use a single static HttpClient instance in your app.

The always-recent guide to creating a development environment for Node and React (with Babel and Webpack) — good guide to setting up a full-stack JavaScript development environment on your local, with an eye toward ReactJS.


Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in Git. This post is me trying to understand how it works, by trying to explain it to someone else. If I've said something wrong in this post, please don't hesitate to correct me by leaving a comment below or getting in touch with me.

So, in the past, I got confused by how a git revert command affected the merges. Part of it is due to my TFS background. But anyway, as it turns out, it works exactly how it is supposed to work, once you have a better understanding of how Git works.

A git revert rolls back a specific commit made in the repo. In addition to that, it adds a new commit to indicate that the previous commit was rolled back.

To better explain how this affects merges, I'll try to go over a scenario where I merge branches, then revert a commit in one branch, then try to merge the branches again. So here goes.

Imagine that I have two branches, develop and master. The develop branch was created based off the master branch, so they should have the same code in them.


What is a react helmet?

  • React helmet is a helper component that allows you to add data to the <head> section of a document or HTML page. It basically allows you to add <link> tags, <scripts> and other tags that goes into the <head> section of an HTML page.

Source: What is react helmet?

So react-helmet library didn't work for me, but this one did.

The equivalent of the npm install command in yarn is yarn without any parameters.

Was trying to help out someone on get a logo to show up beside their blog title. I learned that you can actually set the size of the background image using something like background-size: 150px;. Cool stuff.

Reference: Resizing background images with background-size

So last time I decided to just not show a header image for my Now Listening to... website on mobile screens. It was because I didn't know how to handle it. Well my easy solution turned out to be getting a smaller sized image to use as a header image. Then I was able to just add a css media screen entry that uses the smaller sized image.

Co-worker was running into Gatsby/Kentico/Grahpql errors with one of our projects. We pretty much had the same .env file and code base. Deleting the folder and downloading again didn't fix it. What worked for him was running the command npm cache clean --force.

Note: This is probably a dangerous command to run. Please research what it does before you try it out. I'm only sharing what worked for me and my team. But this was a last resort type of attempt to fix our errors.

To create a repository from an existing folder or files using Github Desktop, first you have to create the repository on the app itself. This is so that the app can create and initialize the folder on your drive. Then you can copy over the files into the folder that the app created. And then you're set.

To copy the _redirects file (or any other file for that matter) to the Output folder in Wyam, you can use the pipeline code below:

    // Copy redirect file to the output folder

Tags: #DevNotes #CSS #Gatsby #Github #NodeJS #ReactJS #Wyam #Yarn

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For awhile now, I was wondering if it was possible to use Markdown, to make an image clickable. By that I mean, display an image in a blog post, and allow the reader to click that image to view the image in a tab. You can see an example at the end of this post.

So anyway, I know what the Markdown syntax is for a link and for an image, but I've never been able to put the two together until today.

Thanks to this post for the idea on how to do it. This saved me from having to write JavaScript that would find all the images in a blog post, then wrap them in an <a></a> tag just to make the images clickable and open in a browser tab.

So just to recap, the Markdown syntax for a link is this: [Link text](Link URL)

And the Markdown syntax for an image is this: ![Alt Text for image](Image URL)

So, given the Markdown listed below for an image, how do you display the image and make it clickable at the same time? ![Mazda FC RX-7 - A little drifting action](


It's been awhile since I updated the contents of the Archive page on my journal. I stopped updating when my Blazor apps stopped working. Archive Page - Dino's Journal - 20220625

I remember working on some update to my Blazor apps, but the limitation of Blazor WASM as a client-side application, plus the CORS restrictions I kept running into, made it a headache and so I stopped. I eventually created a WPF app just for my own use.

WriteFreely Archive Page Generator written in C# and WPF

This is what I used today to generate the contents for my archive page. Yes I know it is ugly. But I just need it to work, I don't need it to look pretty. And well, it does the job just fine, so I'm happy with it.

Since it is a WPF app, it will only run in Windows. So sorry folks, it's not something that everyone else can easily use. But if there's enough interest on it, I can share the source code in a public repo. Let me know in or in the comments below.

Tags: #WriteAs #WPF

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