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This is my technical blog which features articles about software design, tips, patterns, etc.

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Blog Posts

.NET Core Worker Services: Background Job Scheduler With Coravel

The .NET Core CLI comes with tons of pre-built project templates! One of the new templates that will be included with .NET Core 3 will be for building worker services.

Combining .NET Core worker services with Coravel can help you build lightweight background job scheduling applications very quickly. Let’s take a look at how you can do this in just a few minutes!

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Introducing Gate Classes

Have you ever heard of guard clauses? Steve Smith discusses them in one of his Weekly Dev Tips here.

Today I want to show you a technique that I’ve been using which is similar to the guard clause pattern but is used in more advanced scenarios. These scenarios include when you have problems due to external dependencies or complex logic that is required in your guard clauses.

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How To Stand-Out Among Your Peers As A Software Developer

I started my career working for an organization that was building a platform for vehicle manufacturers to consolidate and run analytics on their sales.

I started off having to use technologies and frameworks I had no experience with yet (ASP.NET, T-SQL, etc.)

For the first few months, I felt overwhelmed.

I took forever to do simple things like adding a checkbox to a web page that would get stored in the database!

Maybe you’ve been there too!

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The Importance Of Solving Real-World Problems

Being a software developer is much more than simply knowing everything about mastering programming languages.

You need to know how to deal with people, understand how software is best built from a high-level, best practices and trade-offs between them, etc.

We’ll look at a question I received from someone who is struggling with the fact that he just graduated from university - but has no idea how to apply everything he’s learned to solve real-world problems.

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James Hickey's 2018 In Review And Beyond

Taking note of your past year’s achievements is very helpful in motivating yourself and also having a clearer picture of whether certain activities you did or tried actually had the outcome you hoped for. For example:

  • Did the SEO tactics you made to your blog increase your blog’s traffic?
  • Did your resume overhaul cause any improvements to how often you get asked to interview?

Stuff like that.

I want to go over some of this past year and let you know what changes I made that really helped me out personally and professionally.

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What Is .NET Core? (What Makes It So Special?)

With all the buzz around .NET Core I figured that I should tackle some of the fundamental issues that make .NET Core a gamechanger.

.NET Core really is the next generation of .NET development and I believe that it’s time for .NET developers everywhere to migrate!

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