Welcome to an overview of Vagrant and creating of your first Vagrant machine. What is Vagrant? Vagrant allows you to create and manage lightweight reproducible virtual machines. Essentially, all of the configurations to create and configure a virtual machine are kept separate from the virtual machine. This allows you to delete the virtual machine and then re-create it with all of the same configurations at any point. No longer do you have to be afraid to delete a virtual machine for a project that isn’t active.
When I am working on a git repository and using the git command line, one of the things that I often end up checking it which git branch I am on and if there are any pending changes. How awesome would it be if the bash shell prompt, told you the branch name if the directory is part of a git repository and if there are any changes. Well, thankfully someone has done this work already and with a little bit of configuration on your part, you can implement the changes.
When I am provisioning a new development virtual machine with vagrant, I do not need all of the Windows 8 modern applications such as bing maps, finance, skype, etc to be installed onto the virtual machine. These applications are nice on a non-virtualized machine but on a virtual machine it just uses extra resources that aren’t needed. The base install of Windows has all of these programs installed with live tiles turned on that I don’t need.
One of the most annoying features of npm for me is the spinner. Many times it runs long enough that I am wondering if it is still working or hung. Thankfully you can easily change this with the .npmrc file. On Linux/OSx, create the file ~/.npmrc On Windows, create the file %USERPROFILE%/.npmrc Add the 2 lines below to the file spin=false loglevel=http Save the file Close your command prompt/terminal and reopen it.
When you are building nuget packages that are not directly using the AssemblyInfo.cs for the version number, you need to make sure to increment the nuget version number before building the package. Inevitable though you will forget to increment the version number and have to build the package a 2nd time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could automatically increment the version number before calling nuget pack. Well I have written a powershell script to do just this.
If you are planning on going to any professional networking events, user groups, or speaking at events, you should have business cards with you. Many times people think, I only need to have business cards if I am looking for a job. This is far from the truth. You should have business cards so that you can connect with the people that you have met. People tend to meet lots of people at events and without a business card, it is difficult for people to remember who you are.
Welcome the continuing series on using Jekyll. In this tutorial we are going to setup a custom domain for your blog. Overview Part of having a blog is making it your own and giving it personality. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a custom domain name that fits the blog. So far we have been using http://[username].github.io to get to your blog, but now we will go through the process of setting up a custom domain name like http://digitaldrummerj.