ASP MVC Bundling w/o Minification

For my project so far, I've been using bundles, which have been a great help. They allow for automatic combination and minification of js/css files, and bundles are automatically versioned, so they can be cached until changes are made. I recently discovered, however, that still having the versioning minus…

Managing front end web libraries using Bower with ASP MVC

My mess of packages Coming from a native app (WPF, WinRT, etc) development background, I've been pretty comfortable with using Nuget for most of my package manager needs in .NET. In developing an ASP MVC website, Nuget is still really useful for backend library management, but there are a few…

Entity Framework & DB Migrations

Lately I've been working a lot with ASP MVC and Entity Framework (you can see a preview here). Performing a lot of the basic database functions is pretty straight forward. However, one of the main stumbling blocks I had getting started, was learning how to use code-first with database migrations…

Maintaining Motivation/Discipline

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. - Jim Rohn It's been about a month since I've started on my sabbatical. In that time, I've started realizing the biggest problems aren't technical or physical ones, but mental. At the…

Working Hours

One of the interesting comparisons about working for yourself is whether you get more/less work done and work more/less hours vs a traditional salaried job. Obviously this varies highly between people and professions, but in my limited experience, I find myself working generally less hours per day, but…

Day 1

I'm going to try to update this more often (how many times have people said that about blogs :p), since I really don't have any excuse this time. Trying to start this sabbatical off on the right foot - currently at one of my favorite coffee shops and will be…

Into the Wild

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Helen Keller When I was in elementary school, my friend Mike and I ran a lemonade stand. First we tried on our cul-de-sac, but our only customers were my mom and a few thirsty neighbors. Then we moved on a busier…