[ code snippet ] JsonPropertyConverter.cs

JsonConverter that works with System.Text.Json allows having a string property that will just store the json element string instead of trying to parse the properties into a complex object

2020 Journey to 120

This post is just to kick off and mention that I will be doing a series of videos out on YouTube about my 2020 Journey to 120.

How to lower the real cost of a SQL Server Virtual Machine in Azure

Whenever you take out an Azure VM you generally get a single disk which is not that big, when you select a SQL Server based VM (even web edition) you automatically get a 1TB disk, if you are using managed disks you pay for that whole TB even if you are only using 1GB of it. This post will show you how you can lower the price of that virtual machine if you are in this situation

Raising awareness and reliable information sources for #COVID19 by adding a banner to your websites

Recently talking to people it's obvious that a lot of people are either not following what is going on globally and in lots of cases have information that seems to have been obtained from unreliable sources

MyBroadband released a post titled "New rules for all co.za websites and ISPs during coronavirus outbreak" which mentioned that ISPs needed a visible link to one of the South African information sites for corona virus so thought it would be a useful thing for more people to add banners in general to their sites linking to a trusted source for corona virus information

Create pfx certificate file for Azure Web Apps from Cloudflare origin cert using openssl

Every time I create a new project using Azure Web Apps or even IIS and I need to add a pfx file for end to end https, Cloudflare gives you a private key and certificate but you can't use those directly with Azure Web Apps and I keep forgetting how to do this exactly so as I do sometimes I'm going to post the steps so that it's helpful to others as well as future me.

Publish aspnet core sites to Azure easily using GitHub actions

Have a site sitting in GitHub that you currently maybe manually deploy to Azure or use some other tool? Why not use GitHub Actions to quickly and easily publish to Azure. I was pushing a small site (Guid.Empty) to Azure through GitHub and decided to document the couple steps for future me 😋... oh and for you of course 😅

The importance of regression testing and real world security consequences

Organizations often put a lot of effort around testing their products, they'll put tons of effort in unit testing, integration testing across their UI and API layers but sometimes have a strategy of covering everything. This doesn't always add value to their pipelines because the metric that is being chased is not value which agreeably is a hard thing to measure but rather it's a coverage metric.

To start with I don't know if testing strategy is what was happening for TicTocTrack but is something that is definitely highlighted as something that would have been valuable for them. A security vulnerability discovered around a year ago from a fellow MVP and security expert Troy Hunt was patched and then earlier this year I re-discovered it

Find organizations linked to your AAD tenant in Azure DevOps

Did you know that you can get a list of all organizations linked to your Azure Active Directory tenant? Since august this has been possible 😁