Publishing a Visual Studio extension via command line

Microsoft not so recently added support for publishing Visual Studio extensions to the marketplace via a command line interface called vsixpublisher

It’s no coincidence they tweeted me upon releasing the feature, as I’d been pestering them for a very long time to make it happen.

The walk-through I linked to will get you going, but might not get you all the way there. If you run into trouble trying to get it to work, here’s a reference implementation that might help:

I have an appveyor build that runs automatically, anytime someone pushes code to the master branch. Here’s how I configured the build to version, package, and publish the vsix to the marketplace. 

Last, but not least, the end result:

I hope that helps someone who wants to get started using vsixpublisher. let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll try to help. 

What is ASP.NET Core 2.1 API “Problem Details” (RFC 7807)

When ASP.NET Core 2.1 came out, there’s was a relatively brief announcement about new support for “Problem Details” (RFC 7807)

In this release we added support for RFC 7808 – Problem Details for HTTP APIs as a standardized format for returning machine readable error responses from HTTP APIs.

If you just want a better explanation of problem details, fear not. I read the documentation for you.   …Continue reading “What is ASP.NET Core 2.1 API “Problem Details” (RFC 7807)” [What is ASP.NET Core 2.1 API “Problem Details” (RFC 7807)]

Thoughts: The Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey Results

I found it useful this year to take some notes as I skimmed through the always interesting Stack Overflow developer survey results. Here’s what I came out with this year:  …Continue reading “Thoughts: The Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey Results” [Thoughts: The Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey Results]

Toastmasters for the software developer

In this video, I, or rather, RealCoder79, give a short speech at Greenville’s Metro Toastmasters about how Toastmasters can benefit software developers.  

Toastmasters, if you didn’t know, provides “a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.”

Being that I killed recently, I thought it’d be a good idea to give some of that old content a new home. 


A Review of Devart’s Code Compare Diff Tool for Windows

Hi, my name is Alex, and I’m a power hungry software developer.  Devart’s Code Compare diff tool for Windows is power. By our powers combined, I am a powerful software developer. 

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