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Matthew Jones

I'm a parent, a husband, a geek, a web developer, and a speaker, in roughly that order.

8 Things Every New Programmer Should Know

1. It doesn't get easier; you get smarter. Programming is not a simple endeavor. Requirements change in the middle of projects; technology advances quickly and ruthlessly; customers are quick to judge and slow to explain. Programming does not get easier. Rather, we programmers get smarter. The first time you encounter a particular bug, you're a failure until you stumble upon the solution, at which point you promptly become a god. The trick is this: the next time you find that... Read more >

How to Restore a Lost Source Control Binding with TFS and Visual Studio 2017

I recently had a problem in which I could not add a new project to an existing solution which was bound to TFS source control. The only option I would get when I right-clicked on the new project was Source Control -> Add Solution to Source Control, which looked something like this: I couldn't for the life of me figure out why it wouldn't let me check the project in, as it had before. Until I noticed something: Normally,... Read more >

Opinion Time: Should Razor Pages Be the Default for ASP.NET Core Apps?

A few days ago I published the latest ASP.NET Core Demystified post which was all about Razor Pages and demonstrated how to build an app using them. In the process of writing that post, I realized that I had a deep, pervasive problem with one of Microsoft's decisions regarding Razor Pages, and I need your help to convince me either that I'm right, I'm wrong, or I'm making a mountain out of a molehill (or even all three). Let's... Read more >

ASP.NET Core Demystified - Razor Pages

ASP.NET Core 2.0 was released just a few weeks ago, and included a new feature that may be the biggest single addition to ASP.NET Core since it was announced: Razor Pages! Come along with me as we figure out what Razor Pages are for, how they are used, and why they might be a helpful addition to our development toolbox. What are Razor Pages? Razor Pages are a new feature in ASP.NET Core 2.0, and... Read more >

Everything It Takes to Self-Host a Ghost Blog with DigitalOcean

I use a custom setup to run both of my blogs, Exception Not Found and Read-Aloud Corner. For these sites, I use Ghost as my blogging engine, and it has been a joy to use. But because I self-host both of my blogs, the setup to do so was not simple or intuitive, and I ended up spending a lot of time and effort getting these blogs up and running because there was no single tutorial for my situation. Server... Read more >

Read-Aloud Corner Is Now It's Own Blog!

About a week ago I asked for my readers' opinions on what to do with the Read-Aloud Corner series, and the response was pretty consistent across the board. "I'd suggest separating them, for SEO and reasons as mentioned by others. I think you'll get more eyes on that excellent content that way." -Rhynri "Personally I would prefer if the read aloud series is published elsewhere. I love reading the technical and developer posts, but find myself rather... Read more >