Cloudy days

It’s been cloudy in the city of Austin for a few weeks now, and while this isn’t uncommon for this time of the year, it has been impactful for me as it reminds me of the type of weather we’ll find in Seattle. Why is this impactful to me? Well, my family and I are planning on moving to the Seattle later this year, and I certainly cannot wait for it. Seattle is a city I enjoy visiting, which I have multiple times and during different times of the year. Yes, I am aware that there are many days where…

What can you do with Azure Functions? Here’s one example.

Last week I attended a tech conference where I learned about Azure Functions. This new service from Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, is something that got me interested. Microsoft is promoting this new service as a server-less option for simple APIs, triggers, notifications, and anything that you can think of that can be processed by a function, regardless of the programming language used. It’s worth mentioning that just like with any other cloud service or feature, Azure Functions isn’t the solution for everything. However,  Azure Functions are really helpful in supporting your application without the need to provision a new full-featured API,…

Create and Deploy a React App to Azure using .NET Core and Azure CLI on Mac

Prerequisites Install the .NET Core SDK. The .NET Core SDK includes the latest release of the .NET Core framework and runtime. Install Visual Studio Code for Mac. Install the Azure Command Line Interface (CLI) Getting Started In this tutorial, you’ll set up your Mac to do development using .NET Core and Azure. The tutorial also shows you the new and powerful .NET Core Command Line Interface (CLI) Tools. After you have installed the .NET Core SDK and Visual Studio for Mac, open a terminal window and type the following: $ cd /users/ $ cd users/yourusername/projects $ mkdir samplereactapp $ cd…

Remove Bias Out of Job Interviews

Everyone is naturally biased, but when hiring and promoting people, we want to avoid our bias to eliminate discriminatory actions. In 2016, an article from the Harvard Business Review reported the following: “When sociologist Lauren Rivera interviewed bankers, lawyers, and consultants, they reported that they commonly looked for someone like themselves in interviews. Replicating ourselves in hiring contributes to the prevalent gender segregation of jobs, with, for example, male bankers hiring more male bankers and female teachers hiring more female teachers.” What can we do to make sure we hire a diverse team and avoid being bias during the recruitment and interviewing phase? One…

Traveling instead of vacationing

If you are reading this chances are that you have the ability to travel. Many people out there, entire cultures even, don’t have the ability to travel, at least not outside of their own country. Think about that for a minute. We have this amazing opportunity to go out and discover new places, new cultures, new people, new food, new perspectives. It is all out there, waiting for us to be discovered. Travel, not vacation People who travel beyond popular places like beach resorts and the like are people who understand and appreciate people who are different. It opens up…

Expand your personal network and be part of the solution

Last week I wrote an article where I mentioned we need more color in tech leadership roles. This was the second of a series of articles I am writing on the topic of diversity. I received a lot of praise for the article but also some unexpected reactions to it, like the example below:   The purpose of that article wasn’t to force or pressure anyone into doing anything they don’t want, obviously. Oh and by the way, here is the definition of people of color in case another person out there starts making fun of that term again. Thankfully,…

Creating a new .NET Core application using the dotnet command line

.NET Core is a general purpose development platform maintained by Microsoft and the .NET community on GitHub. It is cross-platform, supporting Windows, macOS, and Linux, and can be used in device, cloud, and embedded/IoT scenarios. This is a simple guide to get you started with .NET Core by creating a simple Web API template using the command prompt. The example below, while simple, it shows how powerful and fluid this platform is. First, let’s find out if you have the .NET Core platform installed, to do this, just open a command prompt and type the following command: c:where dotnet If…