Kicking off the Release Pipeline When you configure a release pipeline (which we discuss in Part 4), we need to have a "trigger" which lets us know when we actually want to start the release pipeline. There are many ways to handle this. In my particular scenario we are going to use the #PUBLISH tag … Continue reading Azure DevOps CI/CD for Windows Desktop Apps – Part 3
Controlling the Build Pipeline As stated in the "My Goal" section of my previous post, I want to start a build only when a commit message has some predefined tag or identifier. This is useful if you want to make sure that only the solution/projects you are interested in are built in a larger "mono-repo". … Continue reading Azure DevOps CI/CD for Windows Desktop Apps – Part 2
The most important thing for any app is a consistent build/deployment process. I've been doing DevOps and CI/CD for many years now and having manual build/release steps is a huge source for errors and issues. Every single time I kick off a build and release, I'm happy and smiling because everything is running smooth and you don't have to worry about messing things up. But getting their is a real challenge!
Every year or two, I find myself re-evaluating virtualization options for macOS. For the past two years or so, I was using Parallels and as a developer who is mostly using Visual Studio, it worked quite well. To clarify, I use my VMs almost exclusively for software development. All the other tasks, like emails, browsing … Continue reading VMware Fusion vs Parallels
Yesterday I had an interesting task. I needed to parse a collection of XML files in C# and wondered if there's an easy way to just access the data without all the XPath/XML fuzz. After some research I found a couple of approaches and I mixed and matched them to a pretty simple one using … Continue reading Quickly parsing XML in C#