Optimizing First Load for MVC in Azure Web Roles

Azure DevOps release pipelines are awesome for continuous deployment of code from Git repositories to Azure web roles. However, after that update the first page loadcan be slow. In my case, very slow. The warm-up took on average 90 seconds. Another great feature of cloud is hyper scale and automatic horizontal scaling. But again, I am worried about that initial page load.

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Ensure loading of background images using jQuery

I have a system that uses a set of other integration points, specifically reading images from the other system and requires login. If the cookie expires for the other system then I must reload my page to force a new login. There are no events triggered for background image loading in the DOM so I need to check the loading specifically. To do this, I run the following method when loading new content to the page, in this case with AJAX.

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MVC integration with FreshBooks Cloud Accounting

FreshBooks is my cloud accounting service that handles time tracking, expenses andinvoicing. I was looking for a way to integrate the solution into my standard management app which has an MVC backend. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to do to make this work.

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DevOps Integration: Retrieving work items from multiple projects

As I work in many DevOps projects at the same time, I would like all my assigned work in a unified task list so that I can prioritize my work in the morning. At the moment, I have to log in using separate accounts to three different DevOps organizations. Sure, I could use my Office 365 account in all of these but they are not all hosted by me and the client Azure AD does not accept guest accounts.

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