2019 The Road Ahead


Happy New Year!

2019 The year ahead

With 2019 just days away, a lot of people use this time to reflect on the year that was, and the year that is being ushered in.

What should we look forward to next year? From a technology perspective things keep moving at a rapid pace. It seems no sooner have we started to embrace a new framework  something else is being touted as the new thing. What mobile framework is the best to focus on?  Should we be looking at Docker? What about .NET Core?

Personally, I think it’s wise to at least stay informed on what’s happening. Reality for most developers; it’s difficult to look at implementing new things into legacy projects, it’s time consuming and somewhat daunting to try and keep up to date. I’d be keen to hear how you stay on top of the shifting sands.

What about tools? Did you add anything new to the toolbox? are you leaving any particular tool or service behind? For me the following are definitely coming through to next year:

There are some other everyday tools that will stay around, but that list contains some of the coolest applications I use on a day to day basis.

Interestingly, I’m leaving behind

  • Trello
  • Jira
  • Confluence

One thing I’ve noticed as the year progressed, I am spending more and more time inside Visual Studio Code, and less in Xcode and Visual Studio. Which I think shows how much closer the technologies are becoming. I no longer have to switch to my Windows VM to spin up an Azure Web Service or edit a .NET application.

By far my favourite tooling for 2019 has been the Ionic Framework, coupled with the DevExtreme components has made building multi platform mobile applications a cinch.

Closing out 2018, I conquered a number of personal goals, including my first MMA Cage Fight. A big shout out to Jason @ Gamebred Academy for hosting Brisbane’s Series 3 – Wimp 2 Warrior challenge, thank you to Richie Cranny for making it all possible. It was an amazing experience.



2019…

Instead of setting ‘resolutions’ for 2019, I prefer to set some written goals. Moving into January I have committed to writing more blogs and producing more video content. Mainly just sharing the highs and lows of technology and tools that I use each day, some of the quirks I uncover, as well as cool uses of the DevExpress components. If I can save someone hours of scouring StackOverflow or auto generated documentation then it will be a good year.

Wishing you all a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

a MUST for ASP.NET Devs…


JavaScriptIf there is one thing I have learnt in the last month, its how little I really understood about the use of JavaScript inside ASP.NET applications. Sure I could mash a <script> tag together and get something happening on the browser, but as far as best practices, lexical closures, correct use of the global stack, well, it left a lot to be desired. Thankfully I get to work with someone whom I think is a JS Guru… Mr Julian M Bucknall, esteemed CTO of DevExpress.

Next week, Julian will be presenting a short but thorough overview on what you should and should not be doing as an ASP.NET developer when it comes to JavaScript.  I would highly recommend anyone in this space to register and watch.

Julian’s blogs are available here and here.

Register / info here.

Building dxHotels from the ground up


webinar

Following a recent webinar on what went into the building of DXHotels a lot of people got in touch and asked if I could show how to actually *build* it. That sounded like a great idea since it is a good example of a real world scenario website and the hurdles faced would provide beneficial discussion points. The challenge of course is condensing weeks of work and demonstrating the core elements in only a couple of hours. Lets face it, no one really wants to see me typing code do they!?

During 2 x 1 hour live sessions I will be taking you through creating the DX Hotels WebForms application from scratch… you will see how;

– To create a new ASP.NET WebForms application with the DevExpress Wizard.
– Easy it is to build stunning looking pages with very little code behind.
– To embed the powerful DevExpress ASP.NET controls to save time and provide amazing results.
– Use CSS to extend the look, feel and functionality even further.

It’s going to be a fairly fast paced, technical presentation but as always recordings will be made available via YouTube on the DevExpress channel.

dxHotels

You can follow along even if you are not a DevExpress customer by downloading a FREE trial copy of the components here.

To register for the webinar click here.

If there are topics or technologies you would like to see me present on, please feel free to leave a comment below, email me or send a tweet.

What’s involved in setting up ASP.NET security?


ImageWhat’s involved in setting up ASP.NET security? well it depends who you ask and what you want to do.  It is interesting to see that something so important causes many developers to stumble.  How do you set up a basic registration page? how do you maintain what roles or memberships a person has? how do you set a page to be secure?  Well, join me February 11 (EST) [which again means 4am for the Aussies, 7am for the Kiwi’s, 6pm for the Brits] for a fast paced, hard hitting webinar that takes you through some of the basic implementations of securing your ASP.NET website. Full details available here. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, the session will be recorded an put on the DevExpress Youtube channel as well.