The New Shiny: Is Visual Studio Code for You?

A day doesn’t go by lately without some new shiny toy being released for software developers to play with. A big challenge is deciding whether the new hotness is something you need to invest time in learning and using, or if it’s OK to let this particular popularity train pass you by. The recent release … Continue reading The New Shiny: Is Visual Studio Code for You?

Migrating from Orchard CMS to WordPress using Windows Live Writer

For the last 4 years or so, I’ve been hosting my blog/site using Orchard CMS. Orchard has been a pretty good platform. It offers a great deal of customization and extensibility points, and for .NET developers it can be a nice place to start for building an application. Unfortunately, whether because of my own customizations … Continue reading Migrating from Orchard CMS to WordPress using Windows Live Writer

Sometimes it’s the Simple Things

Hi, my name is Andrew, and I have a problem. I sometimes overthink things…just a bit. If you share that tendency you may, like me, instinctively greet any issue you run into as an opportunity for deep analysis and troubleshooting, which may not always be the place to start. Overthinking in Action A case in … Continue reading Sometimes it’s the Simple Things

The End of An Era – INETA Shutting Down

[Update – I will likely continue to update this post periodically to include names and facts that I, in my imperfect memory, did not originally include, as they are brought to my attention or I find them through other posts. Please drop me a note if you know someone who deserves credit here that I … Continue reading The End of An Era – INETA Shutting Down

Slides and Code for NoVA Code Camp – Building Services with Web API

My thanks to everyone who attended my session at NoVA Code Camp 2015, “Building Services with ASP.NET Web API”. Below you’ll find my slides, as well as a link to the Github repository containing my demo code. Please note that the demo code contains many non-standard naming practices, so I would advise against using it … Continue reading Slides and Code for NoVA Code Camp – Building Services with Web API

Slides From NoVA Mini Maker Faire – Meet Gadgeteer

http://1drv.ms/1xrVEjE This weekend, I had the privilege of participating in my very first maker faire, the NoVA Mini Maker Faire, which was held in Reston, VA. I signed up for a booth which I called “Meet Gadgeteer: Reusable Modular Electronics” which was intended to highlight the advantages of the .NET Micro Framework and .NET Gadgeteer … Continue reading Slides From NoVA Mini Maker Faire – Meet Gadgeteer

Security for IoT Can’t Be an Afterthought

Earlier this week, in my presentation at CapArea.net on “Communicating with the Internet of Things” one of the points I emphasized repeatedly is the necessity to think about security early and often. Any time you are responsible for creating a device that can communicate with the internet, whether that be a home automation gateway, Wi-Fi-controlled … Continue reading Security for IoT Can’t Be an Afterthought