Rory Primrose

Learn from my mistakes, you don't have time to make them yourself

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Filter environment by version in Release Management

I’ve been using VSTS Release Management more and more recently. One of the issues I had (which took me far too long to solve) is how to restrict the automated trigger of a release into a Production environment based on the version (build quality). This actually turned out to be trivial to implement.

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Configuration Autofac Module

I’m quite a fan of the JSON configuration support that is available in ASP.Net core. Even better is that using it is not restricted to just ASP.Net and I use it on all my projects. One of the big benefits of this new configuration system is being able to represent configuration as a hierarchy of information rather than a flat list of key value pairs.

I use a lot of dependency injection and it is very common that components in a system require some kind of configuration. My preference is to define an interface for that configuration and then represent that configuration in a JSON settings file.

This post looks at a little Autofac module that can help with loading configuration data into a set of classes and register each of them in an Autofac container.

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ILogger for Sentry.io

Exception reporting and alerting has always been important for software delivery. I’ve seen companies use many solutions for this over the years, from using email as an error logging system (that story does not end well….twice) to the Windows Event Log that people usually do not monitor. On the other end of the spectrum are more mature systems like Raygun.com and Sentry.io.

Aligning with the idea of “don’t build something that someone else can do better and cheaper”, I’ve been using Raygun and Sentry for years. Over this time I’ve been looking at easier ways of integrating with these systems while also reducing coupling in the application code. This post looks at how to integrate with Sentry via ILogger.

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ILogger for xUnit

It is very common to have logging in your code. Unfortunately there is not a great way for asynchronous test frameworks to capture that output when running unit tests. The xUnit test package is my favourite test framework and I would like to see the logging from my classes being tested ending up in the xUnit test results.

I have published the Divergic.Logging.Xunit package on NuGet to support this. The package returns an ILogger or ILogger<T> that wraps around the ITestOutputHelper supplied by xUnit. xUnit uses this helper to write log messages to the test output of each test execution. This means that any log messages from classes being tested will end up in the xUnit test result output.

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Creating Sentry releases from VSTS Release Management

Sentry.io is a wonderful platform for capturing, alerting and reporting on application exceptions. One of its features is to track releases of your software. This is handy so that you can not only associate an application exception with the version of the software it occurred in, but you can also indicate which version of the software fixes the issue. This post demonstrates how to create a Sentry release when using VSTS Release Management (or Builds).

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Dependency Injection and ILogger in Azure Functions

Azure Functions is a great platform for running small quick workloads. I have been migrating some code over to Azure Functions where the code was written with dependency injection and usages of ILogger<T> in the lower level dependencies. This post will go through how to support these two requirements in Azure Functions.

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TFVC Build Versioning

These days I’m typically using Git for source control. Some of my consulting engagements take me back into the world of Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC). I have used several techniques over the years for getting build versioning working in an automated build against TFVC. These days the easiest solution is a little powershell.

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Octopus Deploy Build Agent Permissions

I’ve been using Octopus Deploy for many years across many companies and projects. I am either connecting to it from a build agent via VSTS or on-premise TFS. From a security point of view we want to have the VSTS/TFS build agent having the least permissions required for it to work with Octopus Deploy. This post lists the permissions required to make this work.

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Let's Encrypt with Octopus Deploy

I posted a couple of months ago about some ideas I had for integrating Let’s Encrypt certificates with the hosting of Octopus Deploy. The idea was to use many PowerShell scripts with a scheduled release to request a new certificate and install it against the Octopus Server.

I never got to complete this and have since come up with a much easier solution, the reverse proxy. The way a reverse proxy works is by exposing one website as a wrapper around another (internal) website. This is a feature that IIS supports and works well with Octopus Deploy.

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