A little design update for my blog

You may notice it, this blog has got a small design update.

The old theme was fine, but it was very… white with just a little bit of black. I decided to look out for another theme that adds a little bit of color, but still focuses on readability and cleanness.

After checking out a lot of themes, testing them and navigating around to get a gasp of the overall look & feel of different themes, I found one that pleases me and hopefully you, too: I decided to go with the official WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme and just give the color scheme a little personal touch.

If you are in the mood, please leave some feedback on how you like my new design. 😉

My developers toolbelt 2016

I cought a tweet a few days ago asking for your developers toolbelt, specifically on windows. And I gave a very short answer and mentioned I would blog about this:

So, this is a more elaborate answer to the developers toolbelt question. My default windows developer installation contains the following:

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Running Windows 10 Ubuntu Bash in Cmder

“Can you run Bash in Cmder?” – In the comments of my last post (install and run (Oh-my-) zsh on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows), I was asked whether it would be possible to run the Bash (or Zsh) also in Cmder. First I thought it was not possible, but then I got curious. After digging in a bit more it turned out that it IS, in fact, possible. And it’s not difficult too.

So, since I figured out how it works, I also want to show you how you can run the Windows 10 Ubuntu Bash (and/or Zsh) in Cmder.
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How to install and run (Oh-My-) zsh on Windows

I run zsh on Windows. But why? Some time ago, when I was still using a Mac, one of my colleagues suggested to use zsh instead of bash.

Since then I switched to a Surface Book which I happily preferred over OS X mac OS and mainly use cmdr as my shell. Now the Windows 10 Anniversary update is out, and it comes with “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows“.

Now, while having bash on my fingertips again, my colleagues’ suggestion came back to my mind, and I tried to use zsh again.
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I just released my first open source library

That may sound strange, but I’m indeed a little bit proud that yesterday evening I released my very first open source library: the SmartDev.ConfigurationMapper.

This is a small helper library designed to be used with ASP.NET 5 (currently still known as vNext). You pass in an instance of the new Microsoft.Framework.ConfigurationModel.IConfiguration type, and you can map the config keys to properties of your custom classes, to have strongly typed configuration types in your application.

It works both on Asp.Net50 as well as Asp.NetCore5.0 (new CoreCLR), and is one building block of a side project I started recently, because I struggled with the configuration system a bit.

Grab it on NuGet: http://www.nuget.org/packages/SmartDev.ConfigurationMapper, or get involved on GitHub: https://github.com/gingters/SmartDev.ConfigurationMapper!

Static site gens the 2nd: Hexo and Sandra.Snow

In my recent blog post I wrote about my experiences so far with static site gens in general. I said I was looking into Hexo before I go on with my plan B and this is what I did.

Hexo is very capable. If you really just want to a blog, then this is the way to go (imho). The main problem with Hexo is that it is a one-man-show from China and that this guy is currently in the middle of the process to release Hexo 3.0. Which is not a bad thing, but for one several plugins have not yet been updated, which makes it very hard to get things running. Then again, some plugins like the sitemap plugin that should generate a sitemap.xml do not have access to all entries for the tags and the categories. That said, I could probably write my own, but while the API is documented somehow I don’t got around configuring my WebStorm IDE correctly so that it indeed provides me with code completion on the Hexo API, which makes everything very tedious.
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