Mark Coleman

Octopack with Cassette

Getting your bundles packaged via Octopack

Recently at work we started doing some research on Octopus Deploy to automate our deployment procedures so the process is defined and easily repeatable. One of our applications required a bit of a tweak since we utilize the asset bundling library Cassette and the msbuild target.

Sample application

To get started I . . .

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May 13, 2014

AngularJs with no local js

Using the built in directives to build a simple contact form app.

The Idea

A few weeks ago I was pondering what kind of an app you could build with AngularJs without actually writing any JavaScript. I have been toying with this idea off and on since then and have something that is functional, meets my expectations, and I didn't write any JavaScript.

What To Build

Given my . . .

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May 04, 2014

Isolate NCrunch Unit Tests

Bang my head against the keyboard

Today has been a bang my head on the keyboard type of morning. This morning I set out to write tests to make sure the actions inside of our project are audited correctly by sending messages to a message queue. Now as a good developer we don't want to test the action of sending to the message queue but just that the message was sent to the . . .

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March 28, 2014

How To: Unshelve To A Different Branch in TFS

to the command line!

In the past week we were working out of a shelveset inside of TFS and soon realized we needed a branch as working out of the shelveset was not going to work any longer.

I created the new branch, pulled it down, and unshelved the changes while in the new branch. When this action completed I looked around and wondered what happened to . . .

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March 19, 2014

SXSW'14 Day 4

Workshop, Keynote, and a quick session

Day 4 for me consisted of a workshop, watching a keynote in the afternoon and watching a quick 15 minute talk from Scott Hanselman.

Data to Go: Mobile API Design

Three principles for mobile api design

  • Reduce round trips to the server
  • Control verbosity
  • Restrict access

Learned something new, . . .

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March 10, 2014

SXSW'14 Day 3

Today was sort of slow for me since things started later at 11am (because of the time change).

randome notes from the day

Building next generation User Experiences at NASA

The Moon
Software that helps scientists plan out experiments for the orbiter, users where actually the software in a different way to find . . .

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March 10, 2014

SXSW'14 Day 2


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Since I had a late night last night breakfast was in the form of a free Monster drink obtained from the registers lounge.


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Back again to the SXXPress pass line on level 4, going up the escalator you can see the number of people milling around on the floor. Getting up to the fourth floor . . .

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March 09, 2014