Including front-end libraries in ASP.NET Core projects

I have been recently working on an internal project which allows people to authenticate into a Wi-Fi with Azure AD and other various methods through a captive portal. While trying to maintain a strict policy on what hostnames can be accessed (basically just allowing Azure AD endpoint’s and the application server) I noticed that the default ASP.NET Core project setup seems to set a bad example in handling JavaScript libraries in your project.

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Using ADAL for Node.js with Passport.js

I haven’t touch Node.js much lately, however, back while I have been working with it, I was always curious, how to leverage both Passport.js with Azure AD and using ADAL for Node.js together in order to have ADAL handle the tokens, refreshes, cache etc. In the end, I have come up with a solution which I am going to share below.

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Speed up your application in Azure App Service

There are many different articles on the internet about how to make an application faster when hosting it on Azure. This has been a real pain point with big PHP applications or applications which involve a lot if IO operations – like loading modules with Node.js. Recently, I was working with one startup and they approached me with a very interesting issue: Their Node.js application was running about 35x faster on Heroku than on Azure App Service and that is what actually made me to write this article.

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Creating a build agent and definition for PHP in VSTS

When speaking of modern development nowadays, we can hear words like DevOps and as part of that, Continuous Integration (if you never heard about it, you can read more about it here). Anyways, today I am going to show you how to set up a build definition for a PHP project stored in Visual Studio Team Services and then the publication to an Azure Web App or a physical server.

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MVA: Mastering Node.js series

Recently, I discovered a series of 7 episodes about getting started with Node.js on Microsoft Virtual Academy! It goes through the basics and moves you deeper into the specific topic. I especially like the fact, that they also focus on building applications with Electron shell which has been getting more popular over the past year or so. Another great thing is that all of the examples are leveraging ES2015 enhancements and features.

Additionally, I also found a course named Game-Changing Features in ES2015 which introduces all the awesomeness coming with ES2015.