During the learning of F# the inevitable question arises on how to use the language for your day to day tasks. You can create a web site using F# using the Giraffe framework. The framework can be found on github. The most amazing part that I found is their documentation. A lot can be found to get you started. A missing piece in tutorials is how to use an appsettings.json file with the Giraffe framework, and that’s what this post is about.
With the release of the dotnet 2.0 framework things are really getting interesting. So I tried to combine dotnet core, F# and Azure service bus. Seems reasonable at first, but as F# is quite new to me I struggled to find any tutorial. Apparently everyone is assuming that when you work in F# you’ll be able to figure things out from the C# tutorials. With this tutorial that’s about to change.
As a mobile developer 90% of the time I work on a mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an awesome tool to create Xamarin mobile apps. More than not mobile apps are using services. You can use .NET Core to create APIs but deploying them isn’t so easy on a mac. Sure you can use the Azure CLI, but if you are working with mixed teams Powershell seems to be king to deploy towards Azure.
Microsoft is constantly optimising our productivity. Last year they announced mobile center. It is a bundle of services to help mobile developers with CI. Microsoft has been working hard to integrate the functionalities we already used (app distribution, crash reports, analytics,…). Last week I finally switched to the new platform because now you can integrate between visual studio online and mobile center even when using custom builds.