December 13th, speaking at BTUG XL!

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Just a heads up that, on December 13th, I will be speaking at BTUG.be XL for the first time. The session I’m doing is on the 10th release of BizTalk Server, namely BizTalk Server 2016.

The event is hosted by Microsoft, Leonardo Da Vincilaan 3, B-1935 Zaventem

My session:

BizTalk Server 2016: The T-Rex Has New Specs

Find out what’s new in the latest version of BizTalk Server 2016, if you need to upgrade or not and what impact it has on your infrastructure.

BizTalk Server 2016 is the 10th version of the product and comes with several enhancements and new features. From this session you will learn what’s new in BizTalk Server 2016, how it may affect your life as a BizTalk enthusiast and what you need to do in order to get it running AlwaysOn.
This dinosaur has not fossilized yet!

You can subscribe here, entrance is free and pizza will be delicious!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/btugbe-december-13-btug-xl-tickets-29141495999

Looking forward to see you there!

Let Git ignore modifications to a file

Introduction

Lately, at Codit.eu Belgium, we have been working on an internal project after hours and during a hack day. The project and the technology allow some of us, myself included, to get out of our shell and gives us a chance to work with technology we are unfamiliar with.

It is a really interesting work environment and this has sparked my interest in some of the things I haven’t had a chance yet to become familiar with. One of those things was Git. I have experience using TFS (Team Foundation Server) on-premise and VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services), in the cloud.

While setting up VSTS, one is give the option to choose for TFVC (Team Foundation Version Control) or Git. Until now, the safe choice had always been TFVC. This project finally let me work with Git and I must say I learned a lot from this!

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This post is not an overview on what the differences between the two are (you can find that here), but rather a difficulty I had during development.

Don’t check-in credentials in web.config

The setup and baseline of the projects were in .NET and were done by a colleague of mine familiar with it already. One of the things I encountered was the fact that we worked with Azure DocumentDb and we need to store the DocumentDb URI and key in the web.config file. However, we can’t have them in the file itself as this is in no way secure.

However, when committing or pushing changes in my local branch to the remote server, I always needed to restore the web.config in its original state. Afterwards, to test the local version again, I needed to include them again. A real problem, as this is quite cumbersome and easily forgotten.

Let Git ignore any local changes

I searched the web for a solution and after some testing I found the solution to my problem here, on StackOverflow.

git update-index --skip-worktree <file-name>

Enter the command in a git command prompt. To get one, go to Team Explorer, Changes, Actions and click Open Command Prompt.

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The command will update your local git index and mark the file to skip during commits and to assume no changes were made, although you may actually have made them!

Perfect for our web.config which (almost) never changes!
Even more so, since this only marks your local index and the change is never propagated to the remote index! This means that every developer wanting to do so, will have to do it manually his-/herself.
This is not something that a new developer would need to know about immediately, which is a good thing!

However, whenever we need to make an actual change (one that needs to be merged in the master branch), we need to remove the credentials, make our changes and commit and push the changes remotely to create a PR (pull request).

To do so, use this command in another Git command prompt:

git update-index --no-skip-worktree <file>

Hope you enjoyed this, as this made my life a lot easier on this project!