The Monsters Weekly - Episode 100 - Checking in NuGet Packages

Should we be checking in NuGet packages? Do we want to ensure that we can reliably recreate builds at a later date or do package managers handle all of that for use? In this episode, we try and get to the bottom of this quandary. 

Paket package manager: https://fsprojects.github.io/Paket/

Yarn packages manager: https://yarnpkg.com/en/

NPM5: http://blog.npmjs.org/post/161081169345/v500

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 101 - Deploying a package Nuget with AppVeyor

Manually deploying NuGet packages to nuget.org can be a bit of a painful process. Fortunately, many build systems provide the ability to automate NuGet package deployment . In today’s episode, Monster Dave explores deploying NuGet package using AppVeyor

Previous Episodes:
Hosted ASP.NET Core Builds with AppVeyor
Continuous Deployment with AppVeyor

https://www.appveyor.com/

The Monsters Weekly - Episode ASP.NET Monsters Ep 99 - Front End Tools with David Wesst

There are countless front-end workflows. In what we’re hoping will be the first of a series of episodes on workflows we talk with noted front-end guru and JavaScript master David Wesst (https://blog.davidwesst.com/). JavaScript or TypeScript? Gulp or Grunt? Hear what one expert thinks is the best combination. 

JSON.net not just for serialization

If you happen to head over to https://www.nuget.org/packages and look at which package has been downloaded the most there is a clear winner: JSON.net. It is in everything, every where. JSON is so wildly ubiquitous that I play a little game with myself when I start a new project: how long can I go before I need to serialize or deserialize JSON and need to pull in JSON.net. I rarely last more than a couple of hours.

But it turns out that there is a lot more that JSON.net can do.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 98 - Continious Deployment with AppVeyor

Adding deployment steps to your build pipeline is a lot easier than it used to be. In today’s episode, Monster Dave explores deployments and environment management using the AppVeyor hosted build service.

Previous Episode: Hosted ASP.NET Core Builds with AppVeyor

https://www.appveyor.com/

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 97 - Hosted ASP.NET Core builds with AppVeyor

A continuous integration (CI) build is a helpful tool for any software project. In today’s episode, Monster Dave explores the AppVeyor hosted build service and shows just how easy it is to setup a CI build for your ASP.NET Core project.

https://www.appveyor.com/

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 96 - ASP.NET and RabbitMQ

In our last episode we set up a Docker container using Windows Containers, in this episode we’ll talk a bit about messaging and then send a message using RabbitMQ. 

References:

ASP.NET Monsters blog on RabbitMQ

MSDN on different message types

RabbitMQ Docs

Cleaning up MassTransit Registration

This blog is part of a series exploring RabbitMQ and MassTransit. Previous episodes are available at

In the last episode I did a lot of handwaving over the mess I made of configuration. There were hard coded values all over the place. In this article we’ll clear up some of the mess we made.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode ASP.NET Monsters Episode 95 - Creating a RabbitMQ Windows Container

Docker is now fully sported on Windows 10. In this episode we’ll see what it takes to avoid installing RabbitMQ locally and, instead, use a Windows container. Keeping RabbitMQ in a container allows standing up a cluster on one physical machine, greater ability to experiment and a high degree of isolation. In the future we expect that a great deal of local development will leverage containers. 

MassTransit on RabbitMQ in ASP.NET Core

In the last post, we created an application which can send tasks to a background processor. We did it directly with RabbitMQ which was a bit of a pain. We had to do our own wiring and even our own serialization. Nobody wants to do that for any sort of sizable application. Wiring would be very painful on a large scale.

There are a couple of good options in the .NET space which can be layered on top of raw queues. NServiceBus is perhaps the most well know option. There is, of course, a cost to running NServiceBus as it is a commercial product. In my mind the cost of NServiceBus is well worth it for small and medium installations. For large installations I’d recommend building more tightly on top of cloud based transports, but that’s a topic for another blog post.