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28/03/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 12

Running, goal setting & reading.
20/03/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 11

Another week done already! A pretty chilled one for me: family, baking, jigsaws and books.
13/03/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 10

A short diary this week, but I promised myself to document the not so busy weeks aswell as the fun ones!
06/03/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 9

Welcome to Developer Diary, this week was a busy one for both community and day job! Presenting workshops and table talks, training and lots of reading.
27/02/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 8

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊 This week: meetups, learning video recording tools & football.
20/02/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 7

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊
13/02/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 6

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊
06/02/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 5

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊
30/01/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary 2021: week 4

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊
27/01/2021 umbraco cms

Using Umbraco Content Templates

In Umbraco, Content Templates let us set a blueprint for pages using the specified node type.
22/01/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary: 2021 week 3

Welcome to Developer Diary, a weekly chat to share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊 It was my birthday this week so I had a few days off work. Not much to do in lockdown birthdays but walks in the park and watching movies!
15/01/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary: 2021 week 2

First full week back to work routine and I managed to continue on with the blog and also some other positive routines, I will take that as a win!
10/01/2021

.Net 5: WebAPI with OpenAPI docs

When building APIs in .Net apps, I have been using Swagger UI auto generated API docs for a few years now, so I was happy to hear they were now "out of the box" with .Net 5 WebAPI.
08/01/2021 developerDiary

Developer Diary: 2021 week 1

Happy New Year! What a year 2020 was, eh? I found weeks would pass and it was hard to differentiate one from the next. So for 2020, I have decided to keep a diary, to keep track of things I have done and learned week to week. I find it easy, particularly in these "stay at home" times, to feel like I am not achieving much but I thought I'd write down and share what a week as a developer is like, for me at least 😊
23/12/2020 c# dotnet

Init only properties in C# 9

A useful new feature in C# 9, init only setters for properties, allows us to have truly immutable objects or variables.
12/12/2020 c# dotnet

Top Level Programs in C# 9

Top Level Programs are a newly available feature in C#. In this post we will have a look at how it is different in C# 9 and what we can do in top level programs.
16/11/2020 dotnet conference speaking blazor

Developer Diary: DotNetConf 2020

DotNetConf was a 3 day worldwide conference over 3 days (November 10th-12th) where we could learn about all things .Net from the teams at Microsoft and community experts.
16/10/2020

Umbraco on Publish Event Posting to a Webhook

This article will discuss Umbraco publish events and give a look at how to use components and composers. We'll build an on publish event to send a message to a discord server.
27/09/2020 msignite techCommunity

Developer Diary: Microsoft Ignite

It’s been a wee while since I wrote a “Developer Diary” blog post and what better to return with than Microsoft Ignite! This year was fully virtual and I was not just attending but part of the speakers list as a host of a “Table Talk”!
01/09/2020 dotnet blazor c#

Getting Started with Blazor

Blazor is a framework within .Net that lets developers build rich, dynamic applications built in C#, HTML and CSS. Let's have a look at how to get started...
31/10/2019 umbraco meetups

Developer Diary: October 2019

Well, what a busy month October was. The fact I am only just writing up this blog post a week in to November shows how much recovery was needed! Infact, I can't even find many words, so this month will be mostly photos!
30/09/2019

Developer Diary: September 2019

I have often written blogs in a “developer diary” format for conferences or meetups, but I thought I’d try just writing what I have been up to month to month for an accurate description of dev life… it’s not all conference talks & side projects! I love getting recommendations for podcasts, blog posts or books to read. I thought it would be cool to share this stuff & keep a diary.
31/08/2019

Developer Diary: August 2019

I have often written blogs in a “developer diary” format for conferences or meetups, but I thought I’d try just writing what I have been up to month to month for an accurate description of dev life… it’s not all conference talks & side projects! I love getting recommendations for podcasts, blog posts or books to read. I thought it would be cool to share this stuff & keep a diary.
30/06/2019

Developer Diary: June 2019

I have often written blogs in a “developer diary” format for conferences or meetups, but I thought I’d try just writing what I have been up to month to month for an accurate description of dev life… it’s not all conference talks & side projects! Sometimes it's being tired and watching a lot of TV.
25/04/2019 umbraco

Developer Diary: Umbraco Roadshow Barcelona

Just a few days after returning from my trip to UFD19 in Frankfurt, I packed my bags and headed off on another Umbraco adventure. This time, Barcelona. I was joining the Spanish visit by the Umbraco roadshow an awesome new series of meetups organised by Callum Whyte.
11/04/2019

Developer Diary: Umbraco Festival Deutschland 2019

Well, it's been a while since I blogged! What better excuse to start back than a conference trip!
07/01/2019

Umbraco APIs with Swagger

Usually, my Umbraco projects involve extending Umbraco to contain custom APIs. As with any API we write, developers want to document it, for other devs, or maybe just ourselves!
03/11/2018

SWiT Awards 2018

On 24th October this wee developer stepped out of her converse and in to some heels and to attend the Scotland Women in Tech awards. A chance to wear a nice dress and meet other women in tech? I’m in!
20/10/2018 umbraco codecabin

Developer Diary: CodeCabin 2018

3 nights, 23 techies, lots of food and an amazing view... what else could you want from an (un)conference?! In October 2018, I packed my bag and headed over the border to the north of England. I was off to CodeCabin 2018, hosted in Grindleford in the peak district to join a group of fellow Umbraco developers for a weekend of learning and coding.
15/10/2018 umbraco alexa headless

Umbraco Headless Alexa Skill

If we are already friends, you will now I like to make API driven (headless) systems! Particularly connecting different systems, for example CMS content beyond just the website. Therefore when Umbraco announced their Headless service, I was intrigued to what could be done with it.
15/10/2018 podcasts recommendations

Developer Podcasts

A few months ago, I asked for some podcast recommendations. Much to my surprise, I received so many recommendations! I have managed to listen to many of these since then, so thought I would share some of my favourites for developers.