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How to fix weird “Production Breakpoints” errors in an Azure App Service?

This article describes a curious fix I found to an issue where Application Insights (seemingly) crashes your Azure App Service, leaving behind interesting, yet non-descriptive errors in the Application Event Logs. The actual symptoms might be your Azure app service just timing out with no errors being surfaced on the front-end. Frustrating. Problem Does your Azure App Service’s event log look like this? Full of “Production Breakpoints” with weird errors about named pipes? In my case, the errors were something like these below: And: Or:…Continue reading How to fix weird “Production Breakpoints” errors in an Azure App Service?

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How to get the EF Core Connection String?

This article describes how to access and extract the connection strings from your Entity Framework (Core) database context objects. This is quite convenient if you need to display or log the connection string used for your current DbContext for some reason – or if you somehow form your DbContext objects dynamically, and need to verify which connection string you’re using. I’m sure there are other use cases, too. You probably have an interesting one, if you landed on this page! Problem A while ago, I…Continue reading How to get the EF Core Connection String?

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Tips on organizing an online conference using Microsoft Teams

Writing this in a country under lockdown, it feels like every single conference in the world has either been cancelled or switched to being online-only. And right now, that’s definitely for the best! But it does pose quite a dilemma for those in charge of these events – how do you organize an event for potentially thousands of attendees, online? How do you foster great interaction between the audience and speakers? How do you encourage your attendees to mingle as well? How do you avoid…Continue reading Tips on organizing an online conference using Microsoft Teams