The Monsters Weekly - Episode 102 - Structured Logging with Application Insights

In this episode, we’ll explore how to hook up Application Insights to your ASP.NET Core application using the really excellent Serilog.

 

Serilog - structured logging for .NET

Seq - structured log searching

Application Insights Serilog sink

Serilog connector for .NET Core Logging

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.