Extensible Code

Visual Studio Code has extensions! The bells ring, the confetti flies, the fans go wild! The two things we all wanted from Code was… to see it go open source to get extensions. If you were following the user voice page for Code like I was, you'd have seen way more votes for extensions than for…


VS Code Goes Open

Me: What do you think of Visual Studio Code? Some Dude: It's awesome. I just wish it were open source. Me: You need to fork it? Tweak it? Some Dude: No. Me: Okay.   I get it. I like open source stuff too. Realistically, there are few products I have time to fork and fewer…


Moving Desktop and Downloads to OneDrive

The fierce competition between online storage providers has led to where we are today. Today a consumer can store their entire life in the cloud. Okay, "their entire life" might be an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. Do you have multiple terabytes of family photos, videos, and email archives? Yeah, me too. How…


Seattle Code Camp – It’s a Doozy!

Here it comes again. Seattle Code Camp happens every year and it's one of those events where you don't even think about whether or not to attend – you just attend. This year it's September 12, 2015 at Seattle University in the Capitol Hill area. As always, it's free. As always, there's food. And as…


Configuring a Custom Domain Using Namecheap and Azure Web Apps

Namecheap.com is a domain registrar that treats me very well. Domain registration and DNS records is a strange world that I don't understand very deeply, so I appreciate a registrar that makes things clear and keeps it fairly simple. If you've created a website in Azure and you're not opting to use Azure's recently announced…


The Simplest Node Website

I'll start with the code… require('express')().get('/',function(req,res){     res.send('hello world'); }).listen(3000); There it is. The simplest Node.js webserver/website. Three lines of code. I know I've got it a bit mungled together. I'm not recommending this code. Just having fun. Notice that I'm hanging a () directly off of the require('express'). The require statement returns a function….


Hail Bridge Mode

My wife and I have acquired a coach RV, parked it on our property, remodeled the interior, and done most of the work of listing it on Airbnb. I was looking to allow guests that stay in the space to use wireless internet for free, but I am not interested in giving them credentials to…


Help Me Design a Candy Dispenser

I'm going to keep much of my latest project under wraps for now, but I need your help designing one piece of it. I'm looking to create a device that is small and light and will dispense one piece of candy at a time programmatically. Here are the requirements… Light – no more than 1oz…


What’s New in Azure

Sometimes it's the most obvious things that are the easiest for me to miss. I can see being in a usability study with the folks that designed the new Azure portal and giving feedback like, "you know, this is great and all, but it would be really nice to get some visibility into what sort…


Visual Studio Code

If you haven't watched the first day's keynote from Microsoft's Build 2015 conference, go do that now. It has a few wow moments such as Android and iOS code for building Windows 10 apps, elastic pools for Azure SQL databases, and the amazing HoloLens robot that was a hologram and a real robot in one…