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Bundling with the RequireJS Optimizer

Original post blogged on Thu, Feb 19 2015 at LessThanDot.com

When we build sites using an AMD library like RequireJS, we will have a long list of files that need to be downloaded when someone uses the site. More files means more trips to the server and more download time. Minifying files and using gzip can speed up the download times, but neither affects the Round Trip Time (RTT) that even a cache validation incurs, clogging up a request pipeline just to ask the server if an ETag or last modified date is still valid.

So let’s see one way we can improve things, with small (14 requests) and larger (194 r...

Access Git Commits during a TeamCity Build using Powershell

Original post blogged on Wed, Oct 29 2014 at LessThanDot.com

Recently I needed access to the list of commits that were included with each of my TeamCity builds. TeamCity provides a pretty big list of Predefined Build Parameters, but it doesn’t provide access to details of the commits it is currently building. Having Powershell and Git on my server, though, I can write some scripts to extract not just information about the latest commit, but about any series of commits that have occurred.

Extracting U...

Automated Database Deployments – Presentation Demos

Original post blogged on Sun, Sep 07 2014 at LessThanDot.com

This is an outline of the tools and scripts I used while demonstrating conversion of a sample “we make all our changes in production” database into a basic pipeline to verify and deploy changes automatically, as well as verify restores on a nightly basis.

This post contains all of the steps, software, and scripts that I used during the “Automated Deployments” talk at SQL Saturday 320.

There aren’t any pictures, if I did that than what would be the point of presenting it?

Client-side vs Server-side Validation in Web Applications

Original post blogged on Fri, Aug 01 2014 at LessThanDot.com

Validation exists to “ensure that the application is robust against all forms of input data” (owasp.org). Invalid data can cause unexpected execution errors, break assumptions elsewhere in your application, introduce errors into reporting, and even let someone hijack your service to attack others (script injection, sending spam, etc).

When we’re talking about web form submission, the majority...