PowerShell Execution Policy Settings

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If you have ever tried to run a PowerShell script on a new system, you probably have encountered the following error: “{File Name} cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details“.

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This post looks at the solution to resolve this issue.

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Fiddle Sites To Test Your Code

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Fiddle sites have expanded lately and there’s a fiddle for most technologies. A fiddle site is a code playground or sandbox where developers can experiment with code without having to create sample projects in an IDE. Typically these websites feature:

  • a code window with syntax highlighting
  • a preview pane to see your results
  • code validation and code clean-up capabilities
  • the ability to save your work to your account or download it your machine
  • the ability to share your code snippets via short URL
  • free access (with some premium services requiring payment)

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Visual Studio 2017 Resources

Visual Studio 2017 was launched March 7, 2017 and this live event was streamed around the world. Excitement for VS 2017 is growing and the number of new changes in the IDE is mind-boggling. To help with these changes, Microsoft has provided a few new resources to help developers.

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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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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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.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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