Migrating to .Net7

Nov 17, 2022 EST

On November 8, 2022, Microsoft released .Net 7.  After getting Visual Studio Professional 17.4 installed, updating to .Net 7 was fairly painless.

Changing the obligatory TargetFramework entry in all the projects:


Updating the package references from 6.0.0 to 7.0.0:

<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Hosting" Version="7.0.0" />

Updating the github action yml file to use the new dotnet version:

dotnet-version: '7.0.x'

Azure even had all the website hosting ready so I didn't have to wait for anyone to deploy .Net 7. Microsoft does list some incompatabilities in .Net 7, but it's not a long list. This has probably been the easiest migration since .net46 to .net48.


Building An Azure Dev Test Lab Series

Sep 17, 2022 EST

Microsoft has a very large quantity of documentation on Azure. But most of those articles are focused on new large scale production scenarios, or migrating existing production scenarios to Azure. For a software development firm that is looking only to leverage Azure for software development and testing, and not expose public web services to the internet, where does one start?

The Micorosft documentation that I've read leads one to believe that it's a simple as just creating an Azure VM or an Azure Web service and your done. The reality is there is much more infrastructure required to do that. This series attempts to put together a roadmap or summary of some solutions aimed solely toward software development for Enterprise services and applications. You may find it helpful for preparing your Azure migration or if you have some services in Azure extending it.More...

Migrating To .Net6 and Azure

Sep 02, 2022 EST

In 2022, I decided to make a significant update the the code base and hosting platform used by this site.  I decided to migrate to .Net 6 and host it on Azure.More...


Best Children’s Portrait Photographer

Oct 19, 2009 EST

Andrea Joki is without a doubt the best child portrait photographer I’ve ever seen. She is located in Helsinki Finland, so you may have a way to travel to meet with her.  She does take occasional assignments in the United States and Australia.More...

11 Free Photo Editing Tools

Oct 16, 2009 EST

The Guide To Art Schools has published a list of free photo editing software at The 11 Best Free Photo Editing ProgramsMore...

Nikon Lens Rentals

Mar 03, 2009 EST

Before you spend nearly $2000 for a fantastic lens, you may want to rent it to see if it’s really worth it.  If you rent this for a week, you can rent this Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 for almost $10 / day. If you can’t afford to own all the Best High End Nikon Lenses, you can still borrow them for a few days for those special occasions when you need the perfect lens. More...