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Go get .NET 5 for Windows, Mac, or Linux, over at https://dotnet.microsoft.com/ Then install Jon Sequeria's "dotnet repl" with this one line global tool install:dotnet tool install --global dotnet-repl Then just type dotnet repl at the command line. Use the Windows Terminal ideally. That will drop ...

There's something happening in the E Ink space, somewhat quietly, but consistently. It's going to be interesting to see if it's a fad or if E Ink tablets are here to stay. I love my Amazon Kindle and I love its E Ink display. I'd say 90% of my reading in the last 5 years has been on a Kindle with E ...

We had a great time at the BUILD 2021 conference this year. My team and I worked really hard to put together a great Application Development Keynote and I think we did it in a way that might surprise you. Check it out! There has never been a time where developers had more access to tools and servic...

How about that insane blog title? You can do lots of cool things with WSLg, which allows you to seamlessly and cleanly run Linux apps on Windows. I've written about this before. Can you really develop with Linux GUI Apps on Windows 10 with WSLg? How about PyCharm? How to run Linux GUI apps on Wind...

Are you trying to learn to code? Or perhaps you're an educator or a student, or you know someone who us? Sometimes it's intimidating when you consider all the things to install and run to get started. Well, we've created a series of all-in-one installers - coding packs - that will set you up in Pyt...

Hey friends! Microsoft BUILD 2021 is upon us. You can register for BUILD 2021 FREE here and join us online! I'm going to be giving the Developer Keynote on Day 2 in this segment (around 9am PST) and I can guarantee you've never seen anything like it. Here's a sneak peak of the FIRST 60 SECONDS of th...

My co-worker Tanha Kabir has a cool Visual Studio Code extension called REST Book. Sure, there's lots of extensions and lots of ways to call REST APIs from Visual Studio Code - not to mention the command line. However, REST Book is a Postman-like notebook that uses the Native Notebooks UI experience...

Last month I learned how to convert a 13 year old .NET app to modern .NET 5 with the "try convert" tool. It was surprisingly easy to bring a "legacy" app well forward to a pretty darn cool self-contained app. That means NO .NET install. Just run an exe and you're set. I found this 5 year old .NET ap...

I blogged about How to run Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 with WSL and WSLg, but how "real" is this? Are these just toy apps? Nope. I wanted to see if I could install the Community Edition of PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04. Even though I can't use "snaps" yet on WSL (because of systemd support in progress) ...

Many folks have installed X servers and X410 on their Windows 10 machines and hacked together very nice X Server set ups with WSL over the years. However, that support is now official and coming to Windows very soon. It's already in Windows 10 Insiders Dev and is in builds 21364 or higher. (Run winv...

At our house, we use home automation for a lot of different things. One of them is the ability to get a quick overview of the state of our appliances such as the washer, dryer and dishwasher. That way we don’t accidentally forget to turn over the laundry or empty the dishwasher. A red tile on our ...

After showing some pictures of our smart home dashboard, questions started coming in about the cables going in behind the books. Where is the modem and what else is going on? Spoiler alert, the books are fake. Here you see a couple of cables going in behind the books on the top shelve. Removing...

I’ve had some questions lately about how we keep track of all the home automation devices spread across the house. So, I thought I’d share how our dashboard is set up. The dashboard is the web-based SharpTools that runs in Fully Kiosk Browser on an Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10 which is magnetically atta...

Hey! It’s been a few years since I last blogged here! Let’s get this blog thing back in action, starting with something non-technical that I’ve had a few requests for – my story of two years of daily exercise. Happy New Year! Today’s a day where half the world contempla...

Motion, contact, and light sensors are the most commonly used sensors for home automations in my house. With these sensors, you can make a wide variety of automations. But there are so many different manufacturers, protocols, and price points that it can be hard to choose which devices to buy and us...

Here are a bunch of home automation ideas for your inspiration. These are examples of automation rules that have worked well for my family. They might work well for yours too. The ideas are technology agnostic and describe the concept rather than the exact implementation. They should work with just...

After having spent a lot of time and effort installing smart devices throughout my entire house and automating them, I’ve learned a lot of do’s and don’ts. It’s been a long process of trial and error to come up with the right automations that work for all scenarios. Along the...

Recently, I’ve updated over 30 of my extensions to support Visual Studio 2019 (16.0). To make sure they work, I got my hands on a very early internal build of VS 2019 to test with (working on the Visual Studio team has its benefits). I’ve learned that the upgrade process is probably the easiest I’v...

I’m often asked how to best learn to build Visual Studio extensions, so here is what I wished someone told me before I got started. Don’t skip the introduction It’s easy to create a new extensibility project in Visual Studio, but unless you understand the basics of how the extensibility system wor...

Having great samples to help you learn about any programming language or paradigm can be very valuable. In my opinion, a good sample can be characterized by: Being easy to replicate Having clear steps that guide the reader to replicating the behavior of the sample into their own code base is param...

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