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NOV
27
Integration Testing with Entity Framework Core and SQL Server
Dave Paquette
Entity Framework Core makes it easy to write tests that execute against an in-memory store but sometimes we want to actually run our tests against a real relational database. In this post, we look at how to create an integration test that runs against a real SQL Server database.
NOV
22
Creating a New View Engine in ASP.NET Core
Dave Paquette
At the ASP.NET Hackathon in Redmond, we replaced the Razor view engine with Pug. It started off as a joke but it kind of worked okay so we rolled with it.
NOV
21
How to Blog with VSTS (Part 4)
David Wesst
I wanted to understand how to use Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for a "real" project. Being a noob, I decided to move my blog to VSTS to understand how _any_ project can benefit from ALM practices using VSTS. In part 4 of 5, we setup a _Build_ script.
NOV
18
What Is DevOps?
Dylan Smith
My personal definition of DevOps, in the context of lean principles.
NOV
14
How to Blog with VSTS (Part 3)
David Wesst
I wanted to understand how to use Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for a "real" project. Being a noob, I decided to move my blog to VSTS to understand how _any_ project can benefit from ALM practices using VSTS. In part 3 of 5, we start to make plans and _Work_ on our blog.

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