My Next Online Presentation - Serverless with Webtask

My Next Online Presentation - Serverless with Webtask

Just a quick note to let folks know that I’ll be doing another online presentation next month (and in November as well) covering how to get into serverless using Webtask. While Webtask is used for the platform, it’s more meant to be a general introduction to serverless and I think you’ll be able to take what you learn here and apply it to other platforms as well.

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My First Azure Function App - Twitter Image Displayer

My First Azure Function App - Twitter Image Displayer

So it’s only taken me two months or so but I’ve finally built a real(ish) application using Azure Functions as a back end. I did warn it was going to take a little while and well - yeah - I was right. I’ve played around a bit more with things and I finally got to the point where I felt like I could build something. Before I could build my application, there were a few more things I had to figure out.

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An Update

A few months ago I posted about the loss of my wife. I thought I’d give folks an update and share some good news.

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HTTP Stuff with Azure Functions (and more)

HTTP Stuff with Azure Functions (and more)

It’s been a few days since I wrote up some more about Azure Functions. My time to play with it has been somewhat limited with the kids starting school and me wanting nothing to do with my laptop at night - but despite that I’ve done some more digging and found some more cool stuff. As I stated last month, it was a rough start, but now that things are clicking I’m finding more and more coolness with the platform that I think is worth mentioning. As always, my goal here isn’t to replicate the docs, but just point out what I think is neat!

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Node.js for the Non-Node.js Developer

Node.js for the Non-Node.js Developer

Quick note: When I first wrote this article, it was entirely meant for ColdFusion developers who were interested in learning Node. After talking to my buddy Brian Rinaldi, he felt it would be useful for folks interested in learning Node in general. So I changed the title and URL, but kept the rest of the text as is. I think he is right and if you’re doing web dev in any server-side language, I think this might be very useful helping you grok some of the peculiarities in how Node works!

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Adding Your YouTube Videos to Your Static Site on Netlify

Adding Your YouTube Videos to Your Static Site on Netlify

Earlier this month I wrote up a blog post demonstrating how to use client-side JavaScript to render a list of your YouTube videos on your site (“Adding Your YouTube Videos to Your Static Site with Vue.js”). This works well and didn’t use any “fancy” JavaScript that would be problematic for older browser (ok technically fetch is a bit modern but you could have replaced that with any other HTTP call) but I was curious to see if there was a way to do within my static site built with Jekyll.

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Testing Local Development with Azure Functions

Testing Local Development with Azure Functions

Hey folks! So obviously I’m taking this Azure Functions thing a bit slowly. Not that folks care (probably ;) but I’m 10 days away from having my older kids in school and my youngest in day care which means 9 glorious hours of quiet time in my home office to really churn stuff out. In this post, I want to talk about how you can write Azure Function code locally and deploy to Azure for testing.

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Adding Your YouTube Videos to Your Static Site with Vue.js

Adding Your YouTube Videos to Your Static Site with Vue.js

Credit for this post goes to a discussion my buddy Todd Sharp and I were having. He’s adding his YouTube videos to his site via server side code, and I thought it would be interesting to write up a quick JavaScript-only version of the code as well. While there are probably a bazallion libraries out there for this, I wanted to quickly mock up the idea with Vue.js for my own benefit. Also - while the JavaScript is pretty trivial, I’ve got a great follow-up to this post coming later in the week that shows a completely static (kinda!) way of doing this.

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Building a Stats Page for Jekyll Blogs

Building a Stats Page for Jekyll Blogs

Back when I ran this blog on Hugo, I built my own little stats script (A Simple Stats Script Hugo) to help me look at my blog at a high level. I converted to Jekyll a few months ago and recently I started work on rebuilding that support back into my site. What follows is my own little stab at creating a script to report on Jekyll-based blog content. All of the code I’ll show below is up on my GitHub repo for this site and I’ll share specific links at the end. This is just the beginning and I have some ideas for more stats I’d like to add, but I’d love to hear what you think so drop me a line below.

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Quick Note on Azure Functions Returns and Results

Quick Note on Azure Functions Returns and Results

So technically I’m not really back at work. Last week I took the kids on a short vacation to Arkansas and this week (well early this week), my eldest is at orientation at the University of Alabama. His brother is doing a “sibling program” and the two year old and I are sitting in a hotel room slowly going stir crazy. Well he is. In my last post I had talked about the initial sign up experience with Azure Functions and creating my first serverless function with it via their tutorial. My plan was to continue along the tutorial which switches to the CLI but I found some interesting tidbits I thought I’d share.

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