26 Jan 2018

.NET Oxford Meetup X: Deep Diving into Razor and Async

Last week, was our first .NET Oxford of 2018, which now marks our second year! Our first one being January last year, meaning that we've now had over a full year of .NET goodness!

Meetups, dotnetoxford, .NET
28 Dec 2017

My Developer Productivity Talk at .NET Oxford

UPDATE: Since doing this lightning talk, I have also done an extended hour-long version at a couple of the DDD conferences. The full blog post about the hour-long version of the talk can be found here. That includes everything that is in this post, plus a lot more. So probably worth reading that one instead of this!

PublicSpeaking, Resharper, LINQPad, CLI, Workflowy, dotnetoxford, Productivity
22 Dec 2017

Year in Review: 2017

It's close to the end of another year already! And whilst in some ways, it feels like it has flown by - in other ways, an awful lot has happened! The main thing this year has definitely been .NET Oxford. Our first meetup was only in January, which is a very short amount of time really. It feels like it's been around for much longer!

Career
14 Dec 2017

Fira Code: My New Favorite Programming Font

Every so often I get the urge to find a new programming font. The pattern tends to be... I look for a bit, can't find anything I really like, then go back to the stock Consolas. About a year later, the same thing happens again. Then back to Consolas. And so on.

Fonts
10 Dec 2017

Todo lists: The right way

To-do lists are something I use very heavily. Without them, I wouldn't be able to do a fraction of what I currently manage to get done.

Productivity
08 Dec 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup IX: ELK, Docker, and Kubernetes

On Tuesday, it was our last .NET Oxford of the year! And given that our first ever meetup was in January, this now marks our first whole year!

Kubernetes, dotnetoxford, .NET, Meetups, PublicSpeaking, Docker, Serilog
24 Nov 2017

Getting more from the Windows Command Line

One of my recent blog posts - "Git GUIs versus the CLI", discussed why I think that a GUI is far better suited for source control than the CLI. However ... being a big command line fan (albeit, perhaps not always for source control!), the last thing I wanted was to come across as anti-CLI! Far from it! So I thought a post about the CLI, together with a few tips to help you get the most out of it was in order!

CLI, Productivity, Powershell
20 Nov 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup VIII: Lightning Does Strike Twice!

After the success of our last lightning talk event in July - we decided that it was about time for another one - proving that lightning most certainly does strike twice! And like the last one, it was fantastic seeing the variation and community-feel that the lightning talk format brings.

PublicSpeaking, dotnetoxford, .NET, Meetups
28 Oct 2017

.NET Oxford Meetup VII: Serverless in Azure

It feels like lately you can't turn around without hearing the term 'serverless'. It seems to have become the latest architectural buzzword. So we were very pleased to have Christos Matskas from Microsoft speaking at .NET Oxford about what this term actually means, and also about the awesome Serverless choices we have in Microsoft's cloud platform - Azure!

dotnetoxford, .NET, Meetups
08 Oct 2017

Git - GUI vs CLI - The Devil's Advocate

I quite often hear experienced Git users say that you should always use the command line for Git, and you should try to avoid using Git GUIs. Whilst I understand the reasons given, I also think it's a huge generalization that unfairly sees Git GUI users as unlikely to really understand Git properly. I certainly know Git very well, and honestly think I'm far faster and more efficient in a Git GUI than I could possibly be on the command line - and I'm certainly not slow in the CLI.

CLI, Git