Getting Started with Azure Media Services

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Azure Media Services is a solid group of technologies you can use to host video as part of your web application. There are a lot of other solutions out there that provide similar services, but Azure’s solution may, in many cases, be a cheaper hosting option. For example, hosting 1000 videos on Vimeo will require…

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Is There A Better Way?

Is There a Better Way?

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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 are pleasant and super easy….

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Adding Angular to Your Electron App

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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 application. This should be very straightforward, but if you try to…

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SQLite and Full Text Searches

SQLite and Full-Text Searches

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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 text). This ability is pretty much baked into SQLite; it only…

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Quick Look – GitHub Copilot

Quick Look – GitHub Copilot

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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 if it makes you more productive. To test it out,…

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Quick Look – SurveyJS

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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 gives us some of these dynamic abilities…

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Data Binding in MAUI

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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 our C# class and make…

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A MAUI Start

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.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 will run on Windows,…

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Visual Studio for Mac

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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 Visual Studio, but I believe Visual Studio…

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.NET 7 Has Arrived

.NET 7 Has Arrived

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.NET 7 is out, and it is a pretty significant upgrade. Performance, ASP.NET, MAUI, and C# 11 are some of the new features. Microsoft continues to improve the performance improvements of .NET. As I have discussed in a previous blog post, Microsoft has needed to improve the cold start performance of .NET for a while….

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