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Matthew Jones

I'm a parent, a husband, a geek, a web developer, and a speaker, in roughly that order.

ASP.NET Core Demystified - Action Results

Next up in our ASP.NET Core Demystified series, we will discuss and demo a whole bunch of classes which implement the IActionResult interface and inherit from the corresponding ActionResult class. These classes are used as responses from controller actions, and include redirecting to another site, redirecting to a different controller action, returning a JSON object, and returning a file to the browser. In this post, we will first discuss the IActionResult interface and what it needs, and then we... Read more >

Introducing the Read-Aloud Corner

I'm a huge fan of reading aloud to your kids. Every night for the past year, me and my three children have read a chapter of book aloud, right before going to bed. I can honestly say it's been one of the best things I've ever done both with, and for, my kids. Reading aloud provides all sorts of benefits to your children. It teaches them to understand how stories work; to ask questions about words and expand their vocabulary;... Read more >

Yep, We Should (Almost) Always Build An API

Last week I published a post entitled Opinion Time: Should Developers ALWAYS Build an API?. I got quite a bit of useful feedback on that post, and so I decided that I needed to publish a followup post so that I could parse and interpret all the different opinions you lovely readers gave. I was expected something of a heated fight, or at least a good match, but it turned out to be a slaughter. One side clearly and convincingly... Read more >

Opinion Time: Should Developers ALWAYS Build an API?

There's been some talk in my office lately about the practicality of always building API (Application Programming Interfaces) backends for our apps. Some of my teammates argue that it ensures portability, that we can move to newer technologies more readily. Others agree, but say the primary reason is to provide a layer of abstraction between the code and the data (since enough abstractions can solve many problems). I personally have a much more basic problem. I'm at a crossroads, and... Read more >