Office Development MVP / Microsoft 365 & Azure Development

Elio Struyf is an independent Engineering Lead working for Struyf Consulting, Blogger, and Speaker on a mission to share his tried-and-true wisdom with as many IT developers as possible.

#DevHack: Using Raycast to speed up my productivity

April 11, 2021

It does not happen often I write an article about a tool, but this time, I felt this tool deserved some extra attention. Raycast is a tool that you can compare to Spotlight from macOS and Alfred, and yes, it is macOS only. Many people use Alfred, and I have been using Alfred since I had my first Macbook.

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Microsoft Graph Essentials extension released for VSCode

March 31, 2021

Recently I started working more and more with the Microsoft Graph again and the related toolkit. While I began to use a couple of the Microsoft Graph Toolkit (MGT) components, I wanted to change the styling a bit and add some custom templates. I noticed that there was not yet a Visual Studio Code extension that helps you with building apps with MGT.

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#DevHack: Caching data for your VSCode extension

March 24, 2021

For my Visual Studio Code extension to autocomplete the Microsoft Graph APIs, I wanted to improve the speed of the suggestions by implementing a cache. That way, you would not have to do the same API calls each time. In-memory cache has its limits Initially, I started with just an in-memory cache.

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VSCode extension for autocompleting your Microsoft Graph API

March 23, 2021

While working on a project which uses Microsoft Graph APIs, I found myself opening the Microsoft Graph Explorer a lot to check which paths/parameters were available. The Microsoft Graph Explorer is a great tool, but I love not to change context too much. As I like to create Visual Studio Code extensions, I did not have to think long to start building a new extension.

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Publishing your VSCode Extensions from GitHub Actions

March 23, 2021

Automation is key! That is how I think anyway. I’m not too fond of repetition, but for some reason, I had not yet automated my Visual Studio Code extension publishing. I always did this manually from my terminal by running vsce publish. With my latest extension, I thought, now is the time to automate this as well.

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#DevHack: Skip GitHub Actions on specific commits messages

March 19, 2021

In the doctor project, I try to do as much as possible in one GitHub Actions workflow. Having all logic in one workflow makes it more convenient but comes with a couple of complexities. Like, do you want to run each action for every type of commit/PR/…? The whole GitHub Actions workflow Why I want to skip actions/jobs in my workflow I host the documentation on Vercel.

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