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March 17, 2020

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On being stuck in a foreign country during a pandemic

On being stuck in a foreign country during a pandemic

Happy edit! I managed to make it home thanks to the helpful people at the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico, the Germans and Qatar Airlines. It was a German repatriation flight that saved the day, and in the end I was only stranded for about 3-4 weeks longer than I intended. Very thankful to be…

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March 5, 2020

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What is money for?

What is money for?

This article is my first guest post and it comes from Nina Segares and it’s a discussion about what we really are trying to get out of our professional lives. I whole-heartedly agree with the message and thought it would be great to share with my readers as well as a little footnote at the…

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February 19, 2020

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Why I don’t like to accuse people of lying

Why I don’t like to accuse people of lying

Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between telling a lie and being mistaken. In the past I’ve accused people of lying, or even being a liar. I try to avoid doing this now even if only in my thoughts. In most cases it’s pretty hard to be sure that someone is lying and to make this claim accurately,it would…

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February 4, 2020

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Don’t crush the lolly

Don’t crush the lolly

I used to crush my lollies. It was like I thought if I finished them faster it would be better. I even used to think that this was just the way I was. I was this way when I was a child after all. But now I savour my lollies. I roll them around on…

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January 21, 2020

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A better way to use social media

A better way to use social media

Recently I have been slowly moving away from social media in favor of reading the personal blogs of those I admire. Initially this began as an exercise in distancing myself from social media, like many so often publicly proclaim… on social media. I’m not going to do that here because while I don’t use Facebook…

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June 2, 2019

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Creating a new React and .NET Core project

Creating a new React and .NET Core project

The .NET Core CLI makes it really easy to create a new projects with .NET Core. By running dotnet new react you get a basic .NET Core MVC app setup to serve and build a React app using Create React App. This is great, and I believe is the best way to create a new…

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January 20, 2019

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Building Create React App with Azure Devops YAML

Building Create React App with Azure Devops YAML

In 2018 Microsoft re-launched VSTS as Azure Devops with a new UI and a bunch of new features. The best new feature in my opinion is that you can create your build configurations in code using YAML. Visual editors can be great but I prefer to put my build definition directly in my repo and…

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January 12, 2019

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Using multiple YAML build definitions in Azure Devops

Using multiple YAML build definitions in Azure Devops

Azure Devops is the new and improved version of VSTS which now allows you to define your buils with configuration-as-code using YAML instead of the visual editor to create your build pipelines. In fact it is now the default experience and when you create a new Build Pipeline it will create a new PR to…

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March 3, 2018

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React Crypto Stock Compare – Pt. 6: Creating Pages with React Router

React Crypto Stock Compare – Pt. 6: Creating Pages with React Router

This is to part 6 of a multi-part React tutorial that will teach you the basics of React while building a simple app to compare crypto-currency prices to stock prices. You can find the code to work along here and the starting point for this step can be found in the branch using-state-for-api-requests by running…

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