The personal blog of Dave Glick

Hi! By day, I'm a .NET and open source enthusiast and a Microsoft Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP. By night, I'm a husband and father. Somewhere in between the two I write stuff here.

What Makes A Static Site?

Exploring the differences between static and dynamic web sites.

Last night The Practical Dev had their periodic #DevDiscuss Twitter chat and the topic was web performance. I brought up static sites as something to consider and then got into a discussion of the benefits and limitations of static site generators. The entire thread was interesting but seemed to hinge partly on one important question: what makes a static site…static? More to the point, what generally accepted criteria can we use to classify a web site as "static" as opposed to "dynamic"? This question got me thinking and I realized that the issue is a little more complicated than it might seem, especially for modern static site generation.

Publishing To Azure Using Cake And Web Deploy

Scripted deployment synchronization for static sites

As you may know, I am a big fan of static sites and am always interested in new ways to manage and deploy them. I previously blogged about using FTP to synchronize files with Azure and this post explores an alternate way to do something similar using Web Deploy.

Development On The Go

The iOS tools I use to make the most of every minute of downtime.

Fitting your open source side hustle into a busy schedule can be really hard. It seems like every time you get started on a new feature, doing issue triage, writing documentation, or any of the other multitude of activities that keep an OSS project healthy you're pulled away by family, work, or other personal obligations. I've always had a family-first mentality, so for me creating a healthy balance means making the most of every minute. More often than not, that means doing whatever work I can wherever I happen to get a free moment to do it. Not everything requires Visual Studio and a compiler. Creating documentation, responding to issues, reviewing pull requests, and writing blog posts can all be performed from your phone. In fact, I'm writing this blog post from my phone right now. Here's the tools I use to enable this kind of mobile open source workflow. Before I begin though, it's worth noting that both my phone and tablet are iOS so that's what I'm going to be writing about. There are probably very good counterparts on Android and Windows Phone, I'm just not aware of them.