I really enjoy the Play by Play series on Pluralsight. Each Play by Play shows industry professionals actually solving problems and creating solutions in real time. It’s always interesting to see how other professionals work. This week I watched the new Play by Play, Packaging and Deploying a Real World ASP.NET Core App] featuring Scott Allen and Lars Klint. In a couple of hours, Allen shows how to set up a robust continuous integration system on Azure via Visual Studio Team Services. Scott’s advice to skip the Azure Web Portal and utilize scripts, that can be stored in version control, for site deployment alone made the course worth viewing. By having everything scripted, builds and deployment configurations can be shared and edited without worry.

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Perennial Seller is a book about creating things that last. Making things that withstand the test of time requires an incredible amount of effort. Not only do you have to put in the time and effort to do the work, you have to come up with the original idea, iterate on it to make it better, and devise a marketing scheme that makes people want it. I finished Perennial Seller this week. It’s worth reading for anyone interested in creating something notable. The book doesn’t cover a whole lot of new ground, The War of Art is a similar title that I liked more, but the content is organized well and has a realist’s approach.


Pluralsight Course(s): Play by Play: Packaging and Deploying a Real World ASP.NET Core App

Book(s): Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts


Pluralsight Course(s): Securing ASP.NET Core with OAuth2 and OpenID Connect, Clean Architecture: Patterns, Practices, and Principles

Book(s): C# 7.0 in a Nutshell, Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman

On the Next…

I’ve been plugging away creating an IdeaListz application I’ve been talking about for almost a year now. I’m taking the really long approach on it. Reading Perennial Seller is pushing me even further in that direction. The system may never take off, but I want to make it as good as I can. Creating an MVP would probably be worthwhile though. So I’d like to strike a balance between creating something amazing and delivering something in the near future. I’m making it as a SPA with React and a web API built with ASP.NET Core.