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Azure Continuous Delivery Build Configuration

Setting up an Azure website with continuous git deliveries from Visual Studio Online was straightforward enough but it wasn't entirely clear to me how you specify which Build Configuration to use (e.g. Debug vs Release). It turns out to resolve this:

1. Open your site up in Azure Management Portal

2. Click on the Visual Studio link (bottom right of the above screenshot). Studio should then open up

3. Within Visual Studio's Team Explorer Tab, click on the Builds button

4. Within the Builds tab, you'll see the build definitions. Interestingly, behind the scenes Azure created a "{site}_CD" build definition

5. Right click on the _CD build definition and select "Edit Build Definition..."

6. On the property page that appears, select the "Process" tab

You can then edit the Configurations and select the Build Configuration you want

Amazon S3 Bucket custom DNS name

Amazon's S3 is an incredibly useful service for storing files and blobs of data. The data is stored in Buckets which are accessibly via an Amazon generated url, similar to:

http(s):// or, for example,
The url does end up being a bit unwieldy though. You may also want to cover the potential future scenario of moving away from S3 and not having to deal with urls littered throughout your code bases.
To deal with this, if you already have a DNS name (e.g. you can map it to your bucket. To achieve this:

1. Create a bucket in S3 with the same name as you would like your DNS name to appear. E.g. I wanted to end up with a new "assets" subdomain, e.g.{somefile}, so I made a bucket called "":

2. If you want the bucket contents to be viewable by the public, modify the S3 bucket so that 'Everyone' has &…

HTML5 AppCache with MVC bundles

HTML5 has many handy additions and I recently had the opportunity to use the Appcache Manifest. This feature enables your site to work offline which is particularly useful for mobile orientated sites as users may not always have a reliable 'net connection.

The following guide goes through the approach I took for getting it working via .Net's MVC framework.

Prep the HTML tag On the page you want to have a manifest for, add the following:

<html lang="en" manifest="/AppCache/AppManifest">
This will tell the browser to look for the appcache manifest.

Setup the Model We don't need many properties on our Model for the manifest generation. The following will do
public class AppCacheModel
        public string AssemblyVersion { get; set; }
        public List< string> CacheCollection { get; set; }
    }An assembly version which will help update the manifest file contents after every buildA CacheCollection list of urls to add to the cache Add…

Setting up SourceTree, BitBucket, SSH with a proxy on Windows

When using SourceTree to connect to Bitbucket with an SSH key through a proxy server, there are a number of steps to follow...

SourceTree setup 1. Open SourceTree, goto Tools and select 'Create or Import SSH Keys'

2. A dialog will open up. Click Generate to generate a public private key pair:

Provide a suitable passphrase and save both the public and private keys
3. In your system tray, right click on Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) and select "Add Key"

Select the private key you created in step 2 Proxy Setup with Putty 1. Setup your HTTP Proxy settings in Putty
Click on your Start button and search for PuttyWhen Putty comes up goto the Session Category 'Default Settings' and then LoadGoto the Proxy category and add in the proxy settings, making sure to select the right proxy typeGo back to the Session Category and save the updates to the Default Settings

Bitbucket setup 1. Goto BitBucket, navigate to "Your Account"
2. Under SSH Keys, add the Pu…