I mostly blog about solutions I’ve made for problems I’ve encountered during my workday. The stack we use at Wehkamp is huge, so there’s always an interesting topic to blog about and many programming challenges to deal with. My main specialty is backend (.NET Core / ASP.NET / C#), but I do my fair share of Node.js and Python.`
Building a high performing last viewed list using Redis
We live in a day and age in which we can choose a data-store that matches the characteristics of our apps and (micro) services. Lately we’ve been looking into Redis as a high performing store for last viewed items. In this blog I’ll look show how to create a POC with the redis-cli and then implement it using .NET Core. We’ll be using the sorted set structure.
Fizz? Buzz? FizzBuzz? Let’s discuss.
What’s the buzz all about? Well, originally it started out as a small children’s game, but now and again I see it being used to detect weak developers in job interviews (I think there are better ways to do this). The assignment has a view nice properties. In this blog I would like to look at some implementations and discuss the pro’s and con’s of each implementation.
Dictionary-style settings as IOptions
I love how we can use appsettings.json files to configure applications in the .NET Core platform. The JSON-format feels a lot less bloated than the old XML appSettings config I used to work with. In this blog I’ll explore how to load a dictionary-style settings class as an IOption. This can be very useful when working with dependency injection.
Setup multiple appsetting-files with a .NET Console Application
In ASP.NET Core we are used to have multiple appsettings.json files with settings that differ per environment. I want to do the same in a Console Application. This makes debugging the application easier.
Sorting a Dictionary on a List of Keys
I can almost hear you thinking: “What super-weird problem are you trying to solve!?” Well… it is kind of an abstract one! Imagine you have a dictionary of objects and a separate list of keys in a certain order. Now suppose you want an ordered dictionary based on the list of keys.
Building an updatable Slack message
Slack is fully awesome. At Wehkamp we use it for our internal communication and as a tool for our DevOps. The Slack API allows us to build even more advanced integrations. In this blog I’ll explore how to use the API to create powerful progress indicators by updating a Slack message.
Jump-starting Slack bot projects: bot-zero
To give teams a jump start we’ve created the bot-zero open source project. It solves some setup and development problems. In this blog I’ll show how to get up and running in minutes and I’ll explain some of the choices we’ve made.
Dependency injection (with IOptions) in Console Apps in .NET Core
When you are used to building web applications, you kind of get hooked to the ease of Dependency Injection (DI) and the way settings can be specified in a JSON file and accessed through DI (IOptions
.NET Core MVC: regex routing with named groups
One of the big advantages of the .Net regular expression implementation is named groups. Today I want to show how to leverage named regular expression groups to build a routing constraint that will map each group value to a named route value.
Hubot + ES6 + Promises
Lately we’ve been playing around with ChatOps at Wehkamp. We added a Hubot to our Slack channels to automate some operational jobs. It makes work more fun and way easier. As it is hosted in our own infrastructure, it can interact with our micro-services. In this article I explore how to use ES6 and a Promise to implement a call to a simple web-service.