Using Azure DevOps to automagically release .NET Core apps

“Rub a little devops on it” – Donovan Brown

No idea if Donovan coined this phrase, but he says it in a lot of his videos. I also originally misquoted this–apologies! So, Azure DevOps and all its components are pretty badass. From File-new-project to deployed to Azure with continuous integration in minutes. No joke. I started screwing around with it this evening, and it’s probably going to take longer to write this blog post. Continue reading “Using Azure DevOps to automagically release .NET Core apps”

Yet Another Post About Things To Know Before Becoming A Developer

Disclaimer: I ripped this from an old blog post of mine and updated (I hope) the relevant bits.

Yes, another one of these posts. I’ve read several, and each one has its merits. So, I decided to write my own. If you’re interested in software development in some capacity, this is probably worth a read. The story isn’t likely unique, but I doubt it’s conventional. Maybe I got to my 10,000 hours earlier than most because of it—who knows. Honestly, I’ve wanted to write code of some kind since I was 7. I thought it was an appropriate enough anecdote to slap on my LinkedIn profile:

I have been hooked on development since my uncle showed me how to write a batch file using edlin on an IBM PS/2–at age 7.

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Building a 2D Platformer (Harambe-themed!) in Unity

Run Harambe, Run is the second mobile game I plan to release to iOS and Android. At the time I started this article, it’s in a closed alpha release. Leave a comment if you want to get in on the early testing if it hasn’t hit App/Play stores by the time I hit publish.

It’s a 2D platformer. You play the part of Harambe trying to avoid children on his escape from the zoo, the city, and eventually returning to the jungle. Hilarious, right? Not quitting my day job anytime soon.

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Building a mobile app (game) in Unity

So, I finally got off my ass and built something in Unity (and also got off my ass and blogged something new!) This is not a comprehensive tutorial on building a mobile app, but rather a high-level conceptual separation of development lifecycle for my first mobile game.

I knew C#, I knew games, and I wanted to build something to see how difficult (or not) it was to build and ship a mobile game to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store with one codebase! This article is going to highlight a few important phases of development. I’m not going to dive into specifics of every step I took (perhaps yet,) but rather I’ll describe the overall process. Maybe I’ll update this post with new articles if I do a deeper dive into each segment.

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Hello world!

Just wanted to start this out with a simple post to start off my #100DaysOfCode challenge.

What’s a 100-days-of-code challenge, you might ask? I hope you don’t, because it’s obvious. I’ve publicly committed to coding an hour a day (not including my day gig) for 100 days straight. Technically, skipped days are allowed here and there, but my intentions are to do 100 actual days even if I have to add missed days onto the end of the challenge.

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Giving Back to Motivated Sophomores, Career Lunches, (and doing nice things for others)

The opportunity to drop a little knowledge on a handful of high school sophomores presented itself at a career lunch event hosted at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD and sponsored by Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY). As a software developer in today’s age, I jumped at the opportunity to share some of my experience! #hobymd2014

I regrettably wasted a lot of my high school era, so it was a personally rewarding experience to say the least. Thirty-six professionals from all walks of life attended, each given two tables of ~8 sophomores to guide through a two-hour luncheon. Many were local to the area, but they came from a number of professions. HOBY estimated the distribution by gauging BLS for jobs by popularity in 2020, the year 2014-sophomores would likely complete their undergrad work and enter the workforce. Government, education, health, arts and technology professionals were all there, representing their niche in the economy.

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