[Dev Cloud Essentials] Create affordable brand monitoring process in minutes

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Dev Cloud Essentials
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What is brand monitoring?

Let’s say you have just opened an online store. As every business owner you care about opinion that people have about your store. Anytime someone has a question, doubt, complain and expresses it on your facebook fanpage or directly on your website – you politely answer. You simply care, because you want your customers to be satisfied.

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What if some of the questions, doubts or complains are expressed in other parts of the internet, without appropriate tags? If you’d know about it, you’d still do the same – politely answer. But you are not aware. You’re busy with your online store – why would you spend a whole day in the internets looking for bad opinions?

Brand monitoring is basically that – it looks for so called “mentions” and notify you. You save time on looking by yourself and expand your territory to other areas of the internet than your website. It helps to adapt to the real live feedback and in the end deliver better value to receivers.

Do you wonder why the hell am I telling you this?

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Multiple authentication services using IdentityServer4 with .NET Core 2.0

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Implementing authentication server using IdentityServer4 is pretty straightforward even if you have never done it. No big deal, install the required packages, copy-paste-change some code from the docs and you’re done. What if I want it to work in a less standard way? By less standard I mean providing scalable OAuth authentication service in microservice architecture without the use of ANY (conventional) database. Easy? Let’s have a look!

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Interactive drag and drop panel in WPF

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One of my countless projects I do is a WPF application. Nothing really fancy, just a plain form based app. Doing some business logic, mostly acting as a simple front-end.

I still have not fully eradicated the famous engineer pride. So I often try to do things right. Like they supposed to be done.

I don’t always succeed, one sometimes has to be a pragmatic and choose business increment over the rules of art.

But this time I mostly succeeded. I managed to solve a technical problem of keeping MVVM approach in the really unpleasant case, so I thought I will tell you how I did it. Maybe some of you will benefit from it some day.

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Whipping potatoes with AK-47 sucks

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I mentioned before that I’m working on my company project: rewriting a big’n’old popular internet portal. I probably didn’t mention that for the front-end I went with as big stack of technologies I’ve been never working with as possible.

As always, I’m trying to gain in a many ways with a single decision – along with a rewriting of my favorite product, I hope to learn about a bunch of new stuff.

I decided that during with my learning I will post some of the “Ah, I see now!” moments with other people. Although, it’s always hard to pick some stuff that seems like something potentially interesting/useful to other people. Just in case I fail, I will try to make this more interesting with my ignorant opinions.

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What is wrong with the world?

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Would you agree with a statement that something is pretty weird in our IT world lately?

HRs tell me that my job will be all about fun and self-development, my project manager tells me my job is to write code and my client wants me to fix the styles in the corporate newsletter.

Even if those contradictory expectations are clearly stated to me and I do everything in my power to fulfill them, probably nobody see or appreciate it.


Because the real expectations are hidden between words and gestures. So, what our job actually is about?

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