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Debug PHP Inside A Container with VSCode
Simon Timms
Sometimes good things happen to bad people and sometimes bad things happen to good people. I'll let you decide which one me developing a PHP application is. Maybe it is a bit of a mixture. This particular PHP app was a bit long in the tooth (what PHP app isn't) and ran on full VMs. My first operation was was to get it running inside a docker container because I couldn't be sure that my Windows development environment would be representative of production, then I wanted to be able to debug it. This is the story of how to do that.
Avoid Death With C# Compiler Directives
Justin Self
Compiler directives in C#: they should be avoided. If they aren't, and you're using them to compile different code based on build modes (like DEBUG or RELEASE), then listen closely and do what I do... it'll change your life.
Using NodaTime with Dapper
Dave Paquette
After my recent misadventures attempting to use Noda Time with Entity Framework Core, I decided to see what it would take to use Dapper in a the same scenario.
Using Noda Time with Entity Framework Core
Dave Paquette
Noda Time is a fantastic date/time library for .NET. I started using it recently and it really simplified the logic around handling dates. Unfortunately, I ran in to some problems with using Noda Time together with Entity Framework Core.
Optimistic Concurrency Tracking with Dapper and SQL Server
Dave Paquette
This is a part of a series of blog posts on data access with Dapper. In today's post, we explore optimistic checks to ensure 2 users can't accidentally overwrite each other's updates to a particular row of data.


JavaScript and NPM
DEC 27 - A discussion on the implications of blindly using NPM

What We've Done
A sample of some of the things we've done.

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