Proof of Concept: Controlling Sonos from Google Home (Assistant)

I love Sonos products.  Though they can be pricey, they offer, IMHO, one of the best wifi-based sound systems around.  Scattering a couple of their speakers around a house can fill the entire place with varying music or the same song so you can wander your home and never lose your tunes.  I love the... Continue Reading →

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VSTS task groups

Most web applications follow the same deployment steps: Download the deployment package (artifact) Unzip it Connect to the Azure resource you're targeting Push deployment content to the server Mine tend to follow this but adds a couple steps: Download the deployment package (artifact) Unzip it Connect to the Azure resource you're targeting Push deployment content... Continue Reading →

Creating custom VSTS build/release tasks

VSTS is great in that not only do they provide a bunch of very useful tasks out of the box, but people can also create their own and contribute them to a marketplace.  However, documentation on creating and developing custom tasks is currently thin and what is there is out of date or doesn't answer some... Continue Reading →

How to track logs and analytics by release

Tracking changes in analytics and logs between versions/releases can be very informative.  Code changes may affect how many people leave a page or form mid-way, or exceptions may suddenly sky rocket.  When you're releasing multiple times a day, figuring out what exceptions or analytics pertain to which release can get a little tricky/time-consuming.  Enter buildinfo.config.... Continue Reading →

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