Eric Williams

What, that tech still works?

jQuery and string concatenation

There are times when you just need to add something to the DOM. Sometimes you just need to make a quick call to an HTTP endpoint and get some data to display. There are also times when you don't want to spin up a 42 step frontend build pipeline just to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.
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I was looking at a way . . .

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December 02, 2016


An Implementation

Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining—Theodore Roosevelt

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It's a highly paraphrased quote but Teddy is one of my favorite presidents so we'll just pretend he said that during an expedition and move on. His mustache game was second to none.

New projects, how do . . .

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Posted in: powershellpsake

November 29, 2016

Powershell Networking Utilities

Your ping, tracert, nslookup, ipconfig et al ...

Feeling the effects of Stockholm Syndrome while being captured by powershell I've been trying to search out the native powershell way of doing things before I throw my hands up and 'do it the old' way. I've been working more and more Azure lately and that typically means moving websites and applications from on-premise to the . . .

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November 19, 2016

TeamCity Messages with Psake

Without Psake Contrib

Controlling the Wall of Text

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Depending on what you have in your tasks as far as verboseness or even how many tasks your given build may have it is nice to have some structure to the build output so that the next person can retain some sanity when looking at the build logs. It will put the logs for each task into a . . .

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October 26, 2016

Saving Azure Credentials

When using Powershell

Rinse / Repeat

sb_floatWhen working with Azure Powershell you have to authenticate your cmdlet calls in order to actually get any work done.

This is pretty simple with Add-AzureRmAccount but having to do that for every script run gets tiresome fairly quick. To solve that you can save your credentials to a json file for a period of . . .

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Posted in: azurepowershell

October 13, 2016

Psake Zero

Interation / Sprint Zero

The Zero

Most projects start with a fresh directory on someone's machine at some undisclosed location. Then what? Basically this is the last point where there seems to be any agreement but I've been using basically the same setup for many projects. I've had these starter concepts spawn other projects from other developers . . .

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June 13, 2016

On Life Work Balance - Life

Another aspect of this balancing act is your life. This is what you are about. What makes you tick? Keeping this portion of your balance in check, I feel, is closely related to the health angle we talked about. I think that there is a trap that especially software developers can fall into where their hobby is also software development.
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May 23, 2016