Visual Studio Marketplace replaces Visual Studio Gallery

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The destination for Visual Studio extensions (an installable unit that brings additional features to Visual Studio) has been the Visual Studio Gallery for a very long time. However, over the past few months, this has changed as the Visual Studio Marketplace has become the new home of every extension for the entire Visual Studio Product Family.

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Upcoming talks at two Canadian conferences

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I learned this week I am speaking at two Canadian conferences during spring/summer 2017. My abstracts were accepted at both Prairie Dev Con in Winnipeg, MB and DevTeach in Montreal, QC.

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Running Jekyll on Windows & Azure

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In my previous article, I outlined all the steps needed to install Jekyll (the open-source static site generator) on a Windows 10 environment. In this article, we will build our first Jekyll site and serve it up via localhost. Then we will push the site to Azure Web Apps and host it via Azure App Service.

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Installing Jekyll on Windows

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I have wanted to experiment with Jekyll for some time but I was hampered because Jekyll is a Ruby Gem. Granted, I could have created an Azure VM with a Linux distro but I wanted something native on my machine. So, I was excited to see in the official Jekyll installation docs that a workaround for running Jekyll on Windows 10 exists.

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Tech Conference CFPs: Where To Find Them

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As a Microsoft MVP, my job is to help people with their technical problems. I also advise people who are looking to get started on the road to being an MVP. For some it could be by blogging or by answering forum questions, for others it could be by speaking at technical events.

Background

I have been asked a few times in the last while about how to get started speaking. Being a technical speaker is a great way to share your knowledge, build a name for yourself, travel, and attend conferences for free. You also meet many people who can help you as you move through your career.

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.NET Core SDK Upgrade

I have been experimenting with .NET Core for a while now and I have also been trying to keep my .NET Core SDK versions up to date. I noticed though there is not much direction from Microsoft about how to upgrade the SDK version. I could not see any information about whether one should uninstall the previous version or overwrite the existing with the new SDK. So I am posting my findings around updating the .NET Core SDK.

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Microsoft Technical Guru – December 2016

The TechNet Guru December 2016 Winners have been announced.

This time I won a Bronze medal in the Microsoft Azure category for my article Understanding the Azure App Service Editor.

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