Is There a Better Way?

Is There a Better Way?

It seems like we all use Git for source control. I know that since around 2012, everyone at Don’t Panic Labs has been using Git, and it has been amazing. Compared to what was there before, the difference Git made was like night and day. With Git, branching and merging...
Adding Angular to Your Electron App

Adding Angular to Your Electron App

In an earlier blog post, I described how we could create an Electron tray application. In that post, we got a simple Electron application running. In this post, we will augment the application with Angular to provide structure and utilities helpful for building an...
SQLite and Full-Text Searches

SQLite and Full-Text Searches

SQLite is an interesting database technology. While not a technology we would often use on the backend, it is great for mobile projects because of its lightweight nature. A feature many people don’t know about is its ability to perform fuzzy text searches (full...
Quick Look – GitHub Copilot

Quick Look – GitHub Copilot

GitHub has released a tool called Copilot. This tool has an on-the-nose name as it is designed to be a co-pilot for developers and help them write code faster. The service doesn’t cost much, only $10 per month for a developer. This isn’t much, especially...
Quick Look – SurveyJS

Quick Look – SurveyJS

The ability to dynamically generate surveys and store the data without writing a lot of code is pretty powerful. There are various tools to help with this, and many products are built around this as a business model. But today, I will look at SurveyJS, a library that...
Data Binding in MAUI

Data Binding in MAUI

WPF data binding was extremely powerful and good to work with. It was robust and felt like you could do whatever you wanted with it. .NET MAUI’s data binding is pretty much the same. What is data binding? Data binding is when we take the value of a property in...
A MAUI Start

A MAUI Start

.NET MAUI is Microsoft’s next version of Xamarin Forms. It has taken Microsoft a few years to get here, but with .NET 7 MAUI is finally in a usable state. Since .NET MAUI is an extension of what was Xamarin Forms, you can write a single piece of C# code that...
Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio may be Microsoft’s best product. I have always been impressed with it, especially compared to other IDEs. I have become a fan of JetBrains Rider in the last few years. It is a pretty impressive editor too. In some ways, it does a better job than...