ASP.NET

Running PHP applications on .NET Core

Ever wondered about mixing up simplicity and flexibility of PHP with power and performance of .NET Core? The solution is coming and it is called Peachpie, the successor of Phalanger. This blog posts introduces Peachpie – the tool to compile PHP code to .NET Core – and helps to get started with it.

Faking Azure ID identity in ASP.NET Core unit tests

When testing ASP.NET Core controllers in application that uses Azure AD we need usually current user at least for some tests. As there is no authenticated user when unit testing, we need to create one by our own. This blog post shows how to create claims identity for ASP.NET Core unit tests.

ASP.NET Core 2: New single page application templates

With ASP.NET Core 2.0 Preview 2 there are new web application templates available for Single Page Applications (SPA). Currently Angular, React.js and React.js + Redux are supported. This blog post gives short overview of new templates and related sample application.

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.

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.

Detecting faces on photos using Microsoft Cognitive Services

I started playing with Microsoft Cognitive Services and discovered that it makes many otherwise complex tasks very easy. This blog post shows how to build web application that detects faces on uploaded photo.

Using Entity Framework Core in-memory database for unit testing

ASP.NET Core applications can be tested with different testing frameworks and Entity Framework Core makes testing specially easy by removing different technical problems from our way by using in-memory data provider. This blog posts shows how to unit test controllers that use data from Entity Framework Core.

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.

ASP.NET Core: SQL Server based distributed cache

ASP.NET Core supports also distributed cache solutions. Out-of-box there is support for SQL Server and Redis based distributed caches. This blog post focuses to SQL Server based cache we can use when there are really no better options.

Solving bower and bundling errors in imported ASP.NET Core projects

For some ASP.NET Core projects errors related to bower and bundling may appear after project is moved to csproj file from previous project.json format. This blog post introduces how I got these errors solved for imported project.

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.

Real-time chart using ASP.NET Core and WebSocket

Using WebSocket support in ASP.NET Core we can easily write real-time data visualization solutions. What if we mix together ASP.NET Core, WebSocket, Knockout and 3D charts? The answer is – nice real-time chart that visualizes sensor readings. This blog post introduces simple real-time chart and IoT device simulator that help to get started with real-time data visualization.

ASP.NET Core: Building chat room using WebSocket

WebSocket is real-time communication protocol we can use to make UI in browser to send and receive messages from server over real-time communication channel. WebSocket is also supported by ASP.NET Core. This blog post demonstrates how to build simple browser based chat room on ASP.NET Core and WebSocket.

ASP.NET Core: Implementing Syslog logger

My previous blog post Windows IoT Core: Logging to Syslog server introduced how to communicate with Syslog server from Windows 10 IoT Core applications. This blog post shows how to log messages to Syslog server from ASP.NET Core applications.

ASP.NET Core: Environment based start-up classes

My previous blog post ASP.NET Core: Environment based configuring methods introduced how to use environment based configuring methods of application start-up class. This blog post goes further and introduces environment based start-up classes that can be used by applications that have more complex needs on configuration based on environment.

ASP.NET Core: Environment based configuring methods

Fancy thing that ASP.NET Core supports is environment based application configuring on code level. We can write special methods to application start-up class and use default ones as fallbacks. This blog post shows how to write environment based configuring methods on ASP.NET Core.

ASP.NET Core: Simple localization and language based URL-s

ASP.NET Core comes with new support for localization and globalization. I had to work with one specific prototyping scenario at work and as I was able to solve some problems that also other people may face I decided to share my knowledge and experience with my readers. This blog post is short overview of simple localization that uses some interesting tweaks and framework level dependency injection.

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