Deploy Docker images pushed to AWS Elastic Container Registry

Using containers in AWS is very easy using ECS. When EKS arrives, there will be even more options for you to choose from. You create a cluster, task definitions and services and ECS figures our where to run your container on a EC2 instance. I even takes care of the Application Load Balancer. However, for deployment the options are quite limited. Of course you can control everything with CloudFormation or Terraform, but how does the automation work in practice? Code Pipeline supports the whole from Code to Deployment flow, but how do you deploy a new container when you get the image pushed to the AWS Elastic Container Registry and the source and creation of the image takes place somewhere else.

Infrastructure as Code at Exact

Recently at Exact we have done a project to proof wether Exact Online is able to run on a public cloud environment (Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS). With this project we have set the principal to automate everything. Doing this ten years ago it looked hard to do maybe even impossible. Meanwhile the world has change and everything has an API. Now is the time do bring the practices from software development into the world of infrastructure and operations.

Easy publishing to Docker with the .NET CLI

From day one when Microsoft announced ASP.NET Core (at that time ASP.NET 5 or vNext) I was excited running my application cross platform. Especially with the power of containerized applications provided by Docker, this will be a game changer. With the RTM release around corner I thought of creating a .NET CLI tool which allows you to publish your application easily to a Docker container. Not that it is difficult to do without tooling, but to make it as easy as possible for developers to publish their .NET Core applications to Docker.

Running ASP.NET 5 on Kestrel with Service Fabric

By default the ASP.NET 5 project template, which ships with the Service Fabric SDK, configures your ASP.NET 5 application to run with Web Listener. The ASP.NET team changed the hosting model and dropped Helios in IIS. Instead they are forwarding the traffic using a HttpPlatformHandler towards Kestrel. Because I’m developing my application mostly on my Mac, using Visual Studio Code, I don’t see a reason why I would like to support two hosting models (Kestrel and Web Listener) with my application. I also want to profit from the performance improvements Kestrel offers in production. In this post I will show you how to change the project to use Kestrel instead of Web Listener.

Cache busting using ASP.NET Core

You are building this awesome new feature in your application’s javascript code and designed a kick-ass responsive UI by using media queries in your css. The marketing team has create a cool banner on the front page announcing this new feature. You’ve create automated tests and everything and happily you push your changes to production. Suddenly you get calls from people asking what has happened to this new feature and why the application misbehaves. You’re trying to figure out the problem but it works on your machine?! On you colleague’s computer you see the problem. The old javascript and css files are still used and you have to tell him to clear his browser cache. How are you going to tell this to all your customers?