development
Azure Q/A with Elkhan Yusubov
· ☕ 9 min read
There is plenty of information about Azure on the internet. However, a lot of it is written as marketing material or simply outdated. When it comes to real tasks, it turns out that much of those scripts and tutorials no longer work. This Q/A session with Elkhan Yusubov is covering key terms behind Azure, to set a good start for learning on your own.

React vs Blazor for Web Developers
· ☕ 1 min read
An interesting article comparing simple common tasks done with React and then Blazor. With code samples. From Telerik blog, but good stuff, not written as ad.

Blazor Style Encapsulation
· ☕ 3 min read
To explain what style encapsulation means, we will look at how Angular does it. On this screenshot an h1 style is converted to _ngcontent-lvy-c0 class during compilation, and so it does not leak out styles to other components and the app. You can declare another h1 style in another component and that will not have any effect on this component, guaranteed by Angular. Or its children, which might be even more important (so it's more than just nesting css in an HTML selector tree).

Blazor Q/A with Tim Corey
· ☕ 8 min read
There is very little information about Blazor on the internet. Even less as far as enterprise / professional Blazor development is concerned. Blazor is not exactly new, but still, it feels more as an undercover platform, even today in May of 2020. This Q/A session with Tim Corey is meant to fill the gap. Tim is a software developer, consultant, trainer, and Microsoft MVP. He runs a YouTube channel dedicated to making the process of learning software development easier.

A Typical Freelancer's Work Day
· ☕ 6 min read
First and foremost, this is not an article to brag about how cool it is to be a freelancer. This is just the cold truth about the issues no-one is talking about. What it can be like, what you need to prepare for, if you consider becoming one. The views expressed here are exactly my own, you are free to disagree and post your ideas in your own blog or another public resource. The goal is to help other developers who are struggling in their career. Help them understand they are not alone with those problems. So let us get started, shall we?

Angular - Senior developer interview questions
· ☕ 5 min read
How do you recognize a good developer at interview stage? Are they excited by learning new things or are they tired from it? Do they wake up and realize they still have not yet learnt everything they could? Or do they always know enough to just get by? When technology becomes obsolete every 2 years, 20 years of experience helps little. You are great at writing loops? Sorry folks, now we do functional programming.

Definition of Maintainable Code
· ☕ 5 min read
There are several stages of maintainable code, each suitable for a particular situation. Let us call each stage a maintainability level. The higher the level, the more maintainable code is, and the more time it takes to write in this way. Do you always need the best possible maintainability?

Enterprise Software Development Priorities
· ☕ 4 min read
I have 11 years of software development experience, and last 4 years working for enterprise clients. My largest project was more than 1 million lines of code, actively worked on by a team of 15 developers (close to 200 projects in a solution). It was a mix of web and windows (.NET, C++) and a database (MS SQL). Needless to say, at that time I was working on a high quality codebase in a very efficient team.

Lock File Tool - Test Exception Handling
· ☕ 1 min read
File Locker did not work for me (access denied), but Windows UI tool worked perfectly. It has less options, but it does a read lock, which is what I was looking for.

Visual Studio 2013 Static Activation Key option
· ☕ 1 min read
I have read people’s complaints about the need to sign in to Visual Studio 2013 for it to run, without a possibility of running a disconnected/offline setup. Introducing a static activation key licensing option (which I just discovered) - you can obtain it from your MSDN subscription page. Just browse to where you would normally download the ISO, and then click on “Product Keys”. You will see a popup similar to the following: