Developing an automated Advent calendar static web app

Yes, it’s that time of the year once again! This post accompanies my contribution to the Festive Tech Calendar 2021 which as always is an online community event running throughout the month of December. My thanks to Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper for organising the event. I love taking part in this event and it just keeps getting better every year so please head over and check out the other excellent contributions this month.

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Below you will find my video contribution for this year which shows how me, as someone who does not describe themselves as a developer was able to put together a simple web application.

I will be using an Azure static web app service to host the application which utilises GitHub actions to update the static HTML content every night. The content consists of random blog posts taken from this website which will be held in table storage in an Azure storage account. Each day at midnight, the GitHub action workflow will run a PowerShell script to fetch the next blog post and publish this to the web application by updating the HTML content.

A fairly simple idea that was a lot of fun to put together. I hope you enjoy it and please reach out if you have any questions.

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