Building web API apps on ASP.NET Core 2 and VB.NET

ASP.NET Core 2 will come with full support for VB.NET. In current preview we can use VB.NET to build .NET Core applications. I was still successful on mixing up C# and VB.NET project files and port C# code over to VB.NET and build proof-of-concept level web API applicaton that returns fake data about current weather in different cities.

Simple .NET Core application using VB.NET

.NET Core 2 Preview 1 bits bring us support for VB.NET on .NET Core. Although tooling for web applications is not ready yet we can start with console applications and also some web applications like I will show in some of my later posts. Visual Studio 2017 Preview 2 is needed to try VB.NET out on .NET Core. This blog post is short demo about how to build simple utility application on .NET Core 2 Preview 1 using VB.NET.

MSSQL: Finding weekend days in month

One of my applications displays tables with some calculations about users working time. This is for corporate reporting. For this table I needed a way to find how many weekends days are in given month. As most of calculation work is done in SQL Server stored procedure I decided to keep stuff there and found a way how to get weekend days with common table expression.

Creating simple shoutbox using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

ASP.NET Core 2 comes with Razor Pages that allow developers to build simple web applications with less overhead compared to MVC. The emphazise is on the word “simple” as Razor Pages doesn’t come with patterns suitable for bigger and more complex applications. For this we have MVC that is flexible enough to build applications that will grow over years. This blog post uses simple shoutbox application to illustrate how to build applications using Razor Pages.

Razor Pages with ASP.NET Core 2

With ASP.NET Core 2 we get another way of building web applications. It’s one of those new things that is actually forgotten old thing and it is called Razor Pages. Are we going back to WebMatrix days? This blog post is short introduction to Razor Pages in ASP.NET Core 2.

What is Micro ORM?

Micro ORM-s are useful small ORM-s that are lightweight and map between objects and database queries. This blog post discusses when to use Micro ORM-s and provides example code where Micro ORM called Dapper is used.

General CSS path transform for ASP.NET bundling

In couple of ASP.NET projects I have had a CSS path transform problems with bundling and minification. CSS-files are coming in from external agencies and from different open-source projects and the number of files is so big that it is problematic to go through all of these after updates. I found solution path transform solution that works for me in most cases and it is described here.

Taking meeting notes with Lumia 950

In the beginning of year I bought Lumia 950 and got Continuum with it for free. Lumia 950 is excellent phone and I started experimenting with it. One of my first experiments was to make it companion device for meetings so I don’t have to drag my work laptop with me. Developers usually work on powerful laptops and often these machines are annoying to carry around.

Introduction to Microsoft To-Do

Microsoft launched yesterday a new cloud service called Microsoft To-Do. The aim of new service is to provide users with simple and familiar looking tool to plan a day. The new service comes with nice looking web interface and there are also apps available for most popular platforms, including Windows and Windows Phone.

Using memory cache in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core has memory based caching similar to what we had in previous ASP.NET versions. This blog post shows how to use memory cache alone and with support for distributed cache in ASP.NET Core web applications.

Triggering Azure Functions from Office 365 SharePoint using Microsoft Flow

We cannot use classic SharePoint workflows on Office 365 but using Microsoft Flow we can create new era flow applications that are triggered by events that happen in different sources. This blog post shows how to use Microsoft Flow and Azure Functions to send out e-mail when new meeting is added to SharePoint list. The idea of this blog post is to illustrate how to create the flow where custom code takes over in some point.

C# 7.0: Throw expressions

C# 7.0 introduces throw expressions. We can add exception throwing to expression-bodied members, null-coalescing expressions and conditional expressions. This blog post introduces throw expressions, demonstrates how to use them and also provides a peek behind a compiled throw expressions.

C# 7.0: Tuple literals

C# 7.0 brings some new features to tuples and with code editors that support these new features we can use tuples with named members instead of names like Item1…ItemN. This blog post goes through practical example that demonstrates how to move on classic method that returns multiple values to new tuples.

HTTP-triggered Azure Functions

Azure Functions supports functions that are invoked by HTTP request. It makes it easy to have some scripted functionalities on cloud that we can invoke by simple HTTP request. This blog post shows how to build and run HTTP-triggered Azure Functions using Visual Studio.

Using Azure AD with ASP.NET Core

Azure Active Directory is cloud-based directory service that allows users to use their personal or corporate accounts to log-in to different applications. Local Active Directory can sync data to its cloud counterpart. Also external users are supported. This blog post shows how to make ASP.NET Core application use Azure AD and how to read data that Azure AD provides about user account.

C# 7.0: Out variables

C# 7.0 brings some features to out variables. These new features help us write cleaner code and handle out variables better. This blog post provides samples of these new features in C# 7.0 and as a surprise it also demonstrates what compiler is doing with these new features.

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