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Elton Stoneman (@EltonStoneman) IT Consultant, integration specialist, @Microsoft MVP and @Pluralsight author.
My latest Pluralsight course came out last month, and I’ve been so busy with the next one I haven’t blogged about it yet… It’s all about Executable Specifications – defining requirements for software in a way that is testable, and testing the software meets the requirements using SpecFlow: Executable Specifications: End-to-End Acceptance Testing With ......

Who’s bad? The original release of badapi.net was a bit limited – you could get whatever error response you needed, but only if you changed your client to point to the badapi.net URLs – so if you want to test that your client behaves differently when it gets a 500 from the server, you had to change the code to point to http://badapi.net/internals... ......

I've had a need in a few projects for a REST API that doesn't behave well - takes a long time to respond, or never responds, returns unexpected status codes etc.That can be very useful for testing that clients cope gracefully with unexpected responses.Till now I've always coded a stub API in the project and run it locally, but I've put a few 'misbehaved' ......

If you want to do some long-running tests that you can control remotely, a simple Web API controller fits very nicely. We're currently evaluating an analytics platform using Kafka for messaging. Kafka is an Apache project, very fast and scalable and the preferred choice for many big data people. Kafka has many supported clients, but it's from the Java ......

My latest Pluralsight course has been released! It’s called: IDisposable Best Practices for C# Developers It covers what you need to know about IDisposable, and why you need to know about it. IDisposable is a simple interface and it’s simple to use. But if you read about IDisposable, most sources describe it in the context of unmanaged resources, so ......

After Part 1 and Part 2, we now have an app config server with a nice UI and a publishing workflow for changes. In our app, we can get the current config settings with an HTTP client reading from the URL for the config document: http://config.mydomain.com/... And we’ll get a response like this: { "connectionStrings": { "redis": "connection;string;goes;her... ......

Following on from Part 1 – Deploying Umbraco, we have a nice new installation of Umbraco, hosted in an Azure Website and using SQL Azure for storage. In this post, we’re going to define some configuration settings for an application, capture the settings for one environment, and publish them as JSON – all without leaving Umbraco. Define the Document ......

Since my last post on using CMS for semi-static API content, How about a new platform for your next API… a CMS?, I’ve been using the idea for centralized app configuration, and this post is the first in a series that will walk through how to do that, step-by-step. The approach gives you a platform-independent, easily configurable way to specify your ......

Say what? I’m seeing a type of API emerge which serves static or long-lived resources, which are mostly read-only and have a controlled process to update the data that gets served. Think of something like an app configuration API, where you want a central location for changeable settings. You could use this server side to store database connection strings ......

My latest Pluralsight course has just been released! It's called: Message Queue Fundamentals in .NET and it's a comprehensive look at messaging patterns and message queue technologies you can use in .NET: MSMQ, ZeroMQ, Microsoft Azure Service Bus, AWS Simple Queue Service and Simple Notification Service, and IBM WebSphere MQ. Message queues are nowhere ......

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