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Basic Filtering in the Bot

After being busy with a lot of other side work, and the whole craziness going on with the current pandemic, I have finally gotten some time to work on my Discord Bot. The whole point of this bot is to use an Event based architecture to build out a workable, usable bot. And if I can sneak a bit of machine learning, cloud monitoring, ARM templates, session management and any other interesting thing I can justify playing with :-).

Benefits of Technical Writing

From time to time I occasionally write technical articles on a variety of subjects. Most of my full-time work is modeling, designing and documenting solutions which involves a lot of workshops and a lot of writing. It would seem strange that I would want to go home and write some more, especially considering that for the last few weeks I have had a number of ghost-writing jobs where my name is not even attached to the piece.

Azure Functions Event Based Architecture

As I mentioned in my previous post on Azure Function basics, Functions are self contained code that are initiated with a trigger. This makes Functions extremely useful when working with Event driven architectures where your application is responding to discrete events. This week I spent a bit of time away from playing with the technology I’m using to build a Discord Bot and really started to plan out how to build the features.

How to Log and Analyze Azure Functions

When you create an Azure Function in Visual Studio you will have a ILogger injected into your method that provides logging services for you. When you run your Azure Functions locally this logger will display messages in the console, but for deployments you can connect Azure Application Insights to your Function to capture these logs, as well as provide a heap of monitoring information. Let’s check out how this works and what you can do with it.

Local Development of Azure Functions

One of the first things you want to do when you start out developing an Azure Function is to run it and potentially debug issues. You want to see what is going on with your Function before deployment to make sure it is working as intended. Let’s take a look at how to set up Visual Studio (2019 Community Edition) to run Functions locally, see what is going on and debug them.

Azure Function Basics

The Basics of Azure Functions I started getting back into writing a Discord Bot using a Micro-services architecture. I’m using Azure Functions to do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to writing my bot and I thought it might be useful to do a deep dive into why I chose them. In this post I’m going to go through what Azure Functions are, when to use them and some application structures that best leverage this technology.

It's Alive! Go live with the new site design

Well, I’ve finally finished the site update, and just in time as well as I have another article to write before the end of the year. Let’s take a look at the final site updates and see the result. List Pages While there was not much left to do, there are two content specific page types that I needed to make up to finish off the site. The first was the list pages for the blog and the articles.

Pure CSS Style and Some Tricks

I wanted to give my site a bit more of a personal feel to it with the redesign. I am also trying to stick to my thoughts around using only HTML and CSS. To serve both of these needs I have created my site as more of a desk top / drawing pad style feel. Front Page I spent a bit of time browsing Code Pen and CSS Tricks to implement the following front page.

Pure CSS Navbar, Flex and Grids

This week I started on the cleaning up of my site. One of the main reasons I am doing this, apart from refreshing the site a bit, is to learn and optimize the HTML and CSS. My current site uses Bootstrap under the covers, which has been fine and will probably be fine if I wanted continue down this path. However I like the idea of crafting something just for my needs and learning new things.

Organising Content in Hugo

It’s been a fairly long time since I have played around with Hugo, mainly because it just works and I don’t generally need to touch it. And, with the way static site generators work, I have no real need to update it unless I want to leverage new functionality. This site used to run on version 0.27 and Hugo is now up to 0.59, quite a big jump. There is a raft of functionality that has been added so I might as well take advantage of it.

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