C# Advent 2020 - ASP.NET Core API Endpoints

Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 by Barret CS, CS Advent, ASP.NET Core, API, Ardalis

MVC is a mess. Controllers in one folder, views in another, services in another, models and viewmodels in yet other folders. Related files are all over the place. Trying to piece together these related pieces can be a real pain. Steve “ardalis” Smith has come up with another way: ASP.NET Core API Endpoints. The concept is a simple one. Everything that’s related can easily be put in one folder, maybe even in one file.

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Gulp Build Not Working In Visual Studio But Works On Command Line

Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 by Barret Visual Studio, gulp, Task Runner Explorer, NodeJS, sass

I’ve been working quite a bit with a project recently that uses gulp to build the CSS and JavaScript files in Visual Studio from the Task Runner Explorer. Recently, this build suddenly stopped working and I couldn’t figure out why. It ran just fine from the command prompt, but in Task Runner Explorer, it threw all kinds of errors. This is an older project and requires an older version of NodeJs and gulp to be installed.

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Azure Hybrid Connections To Local IIS Server Not Connecting

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 by Barret Azure, Azure Hybrid Connector, IIS

I found myself needing to create an Azure Hybrid connection from a web application hosted on Azure to a WebAPI application hosting on a server inside a company network. I kept running into one issue that was preventing me from successfully creating my connection. If you find, like me, that no matter what you try, your Hybrid connection just keeps telling you “Not Connected”, there’s one thing you should check in your installed Windows Features list.

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The Nightmare Before Blazor

Friday, Dec 13, 2019 by Barret Blazor, web assembly, Razor, class libraries, CS Advent, CS

Boys and girls of every age Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with me and you will see This, C# in WebAssembly This is Blazor, this is Blazor C# in my browser, what a sight This is Blazor, C# devs in WebAssembly C# in my browser, what a sight This post is part of the 2019 C# Advent. Check out all the amazing posts here. What better way to celebrate this C# Advent on a Friday, the 13th, than to talk about the nightmare that is web development.

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Join me at the AXUG UserGroupSummit

Friday, Sep 6, 2019 by Barret AXUG, Summit NA, conferences

If you work with Microsoft Dynamics, then User Group Summit North America in October is the one conference that you really need to attend. And this year’s conference will be something extra special. Why? Because I’ll be speaking! Come and see my co-worker Pi-Jou Lin and I during the eXtreme365 portion of the event as we share some fantastic ways to utilize the power of Flow to make your Dynamics 365 lives better.

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Tagging Images with Flow and Azure Vision API - Part I

Monday, Aug 5, 2019 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Azure, Vision API

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash This time, in our continuing adventures with Microsoft Flow and the Azure Cognitive Services Computer Vision API, we’re using the Vision API to tag image files. The flow will pass the Vision API image files from OneDrive and update the image files with the list of auto-generated meta tags the service returns to us. Part I will walk through the creation of the flow, getting the tags and adding them to the file.

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Flow and Azure Cognitive Services Vision Service-OCR

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Azure, vision service, OCR

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels Last time we looked at generating thumbnail images via the Vision Service. This time we’re going to look at using the service to get text out of a photograph of a document utilizing the the Vision Service’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process. Button, Button We’re going to use a Flow button trigger from the Flow phone app to start this flow. In Microsoft Flow, select New -> Instant - From blank.

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Flow and Azure Cognitive Services Vision Service-Thumbnails

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Azure, Cognitive Services, vision service, image thumbnails

In the past, I’ve played around with some pieces of Azure Cognitive Services surrounding text recognition. Over the next couple of posts, I’m going to take a look at some things you can do with the Vision Service and ways we can integrate that with Flow. For this first post, we’re going to use the Vision service to create a thumbnail of our image. There are any number of reasons that you might want to generate thumbnail images for a file.

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Microsoft Flow: Converting Feed Categories to Hashtags

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 by Barret Power Automate, RSS feed, hashtags, blogging, LinkedIn

In a number of previous posts starting with this one, I’ve covered ways to use Microsoft Flow to post to to your Twitter and LinkedIn feeds when you publish a blog post. One thing I haven’t covered in those posts is doing something with your categories. This time, we’ll walk through adding steps to our flow to convert the categories from our blog post into hashtags for our Twitter and LinkedIn posts.

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Remember to initialize your Dynamics 365 Retail RCSU

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 by Barret Dynamics, retail, point of sale, POS

I was running into an issue setting up a Dynamics 365 F&O Retail Point of Sale in a UAT environment for a client and was running into all sorts of weird problems and errors. Things would work sometimes, but more often would just fail for what seemed like nonsensical reasons. Digging into each error seemed to lead me in circles. Having taken over this deployment from another developer I made the (faulty) assumption about some of the initial setup that had taken place.

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