Web Development Educational Resources, Part 1

potential web development educational resources

Web development educational resources You know what I like a lot more than materialistic things? Knowledge!!!! Specifically free web development educational resources. Here is a list I’ve collected and used over the course of the past few years and several of them I continue to use weekly. They help me keep my skills fresh and drive me to […]


Connection Strings for LocalDB

Using SqlLocalDB.exe

Motivation – Why LocalDB While watching a course on Pluralsight and coding along I found myself needing a database that Entity Framework could connect to. My DbContext class had a DropCreateDatabaseIfModelChanges method and some test data to store but since I hadn’t re-installed MS SQL Express since doing some maintenance on my PC I didn’t […]


Toggling a set of services in Windows from the command line

I work on my business’ WordPress site on my home PC which emulates our server environment. The stack I’m currently running is nginx, php and MySQL. These pieces are all registered as services in Windows so that I can turn them off and save resources when I’m not developing. MySQL registers itself as a service but nginx and php […]


Displaying error messages on submission with Angular Formly

I have started testing Angular Formly in an Angular app I am working on as an alternative to creating Angular forms in HTML. I have found the HTML approach leads to validation and control logic for the form being split between both the HTML (with many  ng-if, ng-show, ng-required/ required and ng-change directives sprinkled everywhere) and the javascript controller […]


Using newer version of npm on Windows

Want to be able to use the newest version of npm instead of the version packaged with node.js on Windows? First make sure you have node installed. As of this post v5.1.0 has been released and it comes with npm v3.3.12, but npm is up to v3.4.1 on pre-release. To get the bleeding edge features install […]


How to open Visual Studio Code from git bash in Windows

I wanted to be able to open Visual Studio Code from my current folder while in git bash on Windows. I tried a couple different methods which included calling Update.exe, which is what my VS Code shortcut calls. It looks like this

But I was having issues passing the options I wanted to this […]


Open Visual Studio solution from Git Bash

I’ve been working from the command line a lot more since I started using Git. I have also recently started creating aliases for both Git ( .gitconfig) and Git Bash ( .bashrc). One alias I had been thinking about adding recently was the ability to open a Visual Studio .sln file from the Git BASH. Yes, I […]