Justin James


Web Developer, Tester, and Professional Speaker

Angular - Running SSL Locally

These days all of our websites are running using https and we should be doing our local development work also using SSL. When you create your Angular project, it uses http by default but has the ability to easily run uder SSL as long as your have a certificate for Angular to use.

Luckily, it is really really easy to generate our own self-signed certificate to use for local development. A self-signed certificate just means that you personally signed the certificate to say it is valid and not one of the trusted authorities on the Internet which is why self-signed certificates only work for your local development.

In this article we will create your own self-signed certificate, tell Windows to trust our certificate and tell Angular to use our certificate for our local development work.

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Git - Remove Local Branches That Are Merged or No Longer Exist

After a while your list of local git branches can get a bit out of control especially if you doing all of your development on a branch, creating a pull request, merging it to main and then deleting the remote git branch when it is merged into main. Once the branch is deleted on the remote repository there is no need to keep it locally anymore.

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VSCode: Bracket Pair Colorization Now Native

One of the extensions for VSCode that I have used for the past couple of years is Bracket Pair Colorizer 2 to color each of the bracket pairs a different color so that you can visually see the start/end bracket.

With the VSCode August 2021 (ver 1.60.0) update, this feature is now built into VSCode. You just need to turn it on.

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Solved: Windows 10 Errors When Trying to Watch Video with HEVC Extension Not Found

WTF! Why Can’t I Play My Video So you tried to watch an mp4 video in Windows 10 and it threw an error at you that “To play this video, you need a new codec, HEVC Video Extensions and they want you to pay $0.99 for it. If you are like me, you are wondering what the heck is the HEVC Video Extensions and why all of a sudden do I need it to watch an mp4.

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You Need Code Coverage

Welcome to the start of my series on code coverage. In this article we are going to talk about why you need code coverage reports and then in future articles implement the reports in our Angular based UI and ASP.NET Core based API. For years, I pushed back against implementing code coverage on my projects and I am here to say that I was wrong. In the past everytime someone tried to implement code coverage on my projects or suggested it, all they cared about was the percent of code coverage.

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