Recognizing printed text on images using Azure Computer Vision API

Microsoft Cognitive Services offers us computer vision services to describe images and to detect printed or handwritten text. Text recognition provides interesting scenarios like cloud based OCR or providing automated translations for texts on images. This blog post focuses on recognizing printed text using Azure Computer Vision API.

Running ASP.NET Core applications on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows 10 has something called Windows Subsystem for Linux and this something enables us to run Linux applications on Windows 10 using Linux without need for Hyper-V or other virtual machines. When building multi-platform applications like my open-source TemperatureStation solution then having Linux right there for testing comes very handy. This blog post shows how to get Linux running on Windows, how to install .NET Core and how to run web applications on Linux.

NotSupportedException: No data is available for encoding 1252

Another day, another surprise on .NET Core. Tried to load a file with Windows-1252 encoding and got the following exception: NotSupportedException: No data is available for encoding 1252. For information on defining a custom encoding, see the documentation for the Encoding.RegisterProvider method. Here’s how to solve the problem.

Defensive database context for multi-tenant ASP.NET Core applications

In multi-tenant applications where tenants share same data store cross-tenant operations must be avoided. There are many ways how bugs like this can happen. Be it hard to debug threading issue or some other complex situation, it is better when application components are ready for this kind of situations and better fail instead of going to glory end with illegal operations. This blog post introduces defensive database context that throws exception when data from other tenants is about to be updated.

Unit testing multi-tenant database provider

My saga on supporting multiple tenants in ASP.NET Core web applications has come to point where tenants can use separate databases. It’s time now to write some tests for data context to make sure it behaves correct in unexpected situations. This post covers unit tests for data context and multi-tenancy.

Handling missing tenants in ASP.NET Core

My last post about multi-tenants applications with ASP.NET Core Implementing database per tenant strategy on ASP.NET Core I proposed some ideas about tenant providers but I didn’t focused on issues related to missing tenants. This post proposes missing tenant middleware that redirects faulty requests to some public page of company web site.

Implementing database per tenant strategy on ASP.NET Core

Let’s continue with multi-tenancy in ASP.NET Core web applications and focus on solutions where every tenant has its own database. It’s not only about database – there can be more services where every tenant has its own instance. It makes solution provided here easily extendable to also other services besides SQL Server or any other relational database.

Implementing tenant providers on ASP.NET Core

In my previous post about global query filters in Entity Framework 2.0 I proposed an idea how to automatically apply filters to all entities so they are always coming from same tenant. This post digs deeper to possible solutions for detecting current tenant in ASP.NET Core we applications.

Using bearer tokens in ASP.NET Core

There are not much examples available about ASP.NET Core and acquiring access token. I found good and pretty big sample by Microsoft Patterns & Practices called multitenant-saas-guidance, Based on this I wrote my simple “boiler plate” ASP.NET Core solution that authenticates against Azure Active Directory and asks current user data using Microsoft Graph.

Hiding search suggestion in Search Results Web Part

I have page in SharePoint where users can search for specific type of items and see different results in Search Results Web Parts. The page I have has eight results web parts and when nothing is found I want to keep results web parts laconic and minimal so they don’t waste space on screen.

ASP.NET Core: Building enum provider to convert C# enums to JavaScript

My previous post about ASP.NET Core and getting C# enums to JavaScript was primitive and used simple attribute on enums to detect ones we need in JavaScript. This blog post extends the idea and makes some generalizations to support also those enums that are located in the libraries we don’t control or on what we don’t want to apply attribute.

Global query filters in Entity Framework Core 2.0

Entity Framework Core 2.0 introduces global query filters that can be applied to entities when model is created. It makes it easier to build multi-tenant applications and support soft deleting of entities. This blog post gives deeper overview about how to use global query filters in real-life applications and how to apply global query filters […]

Converting System.Drawing.Color to hex

One quick code note to make during building my Azure Cognitive Services demo application. I needed a way how to convert colors of System.Drawing to hex strings that I can use in views. Here is my simple and elegant solution.

Controlling LifeCam Cinema on Raspberry Pi

After some Windows 10 IoT Core updates I discovered that it detected LifeCam Cinema camera connected to it. I tried it also few months ago but then Windows 10 IoT Core was not able to detect it. To find out if and how it works I wrote a primitive UWP application that shows picture from camera and saves photos made using webcam.

Converting multiple C# enums to JavaScript

My last solution to turn C# enums to JavaScript was simple but needed some additional work to support multiple enums better. After some playing with different approaches I found simple one that works okay for me. This blog post describes my simple solution that turns multiple C# enums to JavaScript with one shot.

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