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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.

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.

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.

ASP.NET MVC: Precompiling views

This blog post is about how to really precompile ASP.NET MVC views. It destroys the myth about MvcBuildViews as precompilation tool and shows you how to configure precompiling. It also stops on some internals of precompiling and explains what are the options and limitations with it. There is also real-life example for Azure where precompiling of views may avoid some serious headaches that one may face otherwise.

Speaking at TechDays 2016 NL!

This year again I have honour to speak at TechDays 2016 Netherlands. It is well organized event with very good and interesting content. I was speaking there year ago and I had only good experiences with this event. This year it is held in RAI Center at Amsterdam in the beginning of October – 04-05.10.2016. This blog post tells why it is important to visit this event and why it is important to come to my Azure deep-dive session.

ASP.NET 5 and CSS bundling: Fixing image paths

With ASP.NET 5 we don’t have current bundling and minification system available. It’s replaced by new one that is based on Gulp. Default web application shows how to minify simple and safe files. But if you have some more complex design with CSS files referring to images then you are on your own. This post shows you how to solve a problem.

Speaking at SDC 2014

Next week I have honor to speak at Software Development Conference 2014. It is held on 01-02.12 at Arnhem, Netherlands. I have sessions on both days – in total four sessions – and here is the short overview of these. It’s all mostly about ASP.NET, ASP.NET vNext, and cloud but there’s also something about legacy code. I hope you will join me!

Speaking at Code Camp 2014, Macedonia

This year I have honor to be a speaker at Code Camp 2014, Macedonia. It’s one of the biggest developers event in Macedonia. I have been in Macedonia as a speaker once before but it was community evening and not a big conference. This time I come to Skopje with new ASP.NET vNext. In this post I will give short overview about digital hell I prepared for Macedonian techies.

ASP.NET 5: How to debug with ASP.NET source?

Although ASP.NET MVC is well tested framework and probably you don’t find any major bugs in public releases you may still sometimes need to debug your application with ASP.NET MVC sources. In this posting I will show you how debugging with sources works in ASP.NET vNext.

ASP.NET 5 on Azure Websites

Something cool to try out – you can run your ASP.NET vNext applications on Windows Azure Websites already today. Yes, you can take Visual Studio 14 CTP, create ASP.NET vNext application and deploy it to cloud. In this posting we will sniff around in Azure Websites to see how ASP.NET vNext applications run there.

ASP.NET 5: Running tests on K and Visual Studio

Using new ASP.NET tooling it is also very easy to run tests on command line. We don’t need Visual Studio to be installed on machine where we want to run tests and we can use this fancy K-stuff to make tests run. This post will show you how to write and run tests using new Visual Studio and K.

ASP.NET 5: New structure of solutions and projects

ASP.NET MVC 6 solutions have a little bit different solution and project structure. Changes are needed because of new minimalistic tooling and cross-platform requirements. This posting gives you overview of new solution structure and explains how solutions will be organized in future.

Using web.config transforms with App.config files

In one of my projects I needed configuration transforms similar to web applications. But I needed transforms for command line and Windows service applications to make sure that with release builds some settings are different (by example, web service URL-s and some other settings). I found some materials from web and got everything work well. Here is how to enable web.config transforms for App.config files too.

First look at Visual Studio Online “Monaco”

With Visual Studio 2013 Microsoft also announced online version of Visual Studio for Windows Azure Web Sites. When I first saw SharePoint Napa tools and “powered by Vsiual Studio” slogan then I knew that soon Visual Studio is on cloud. Now Microsoft made their next step. Let’s see what Visual Studio Online with codename “Monaco” is and what you can do with it.

Using web.config transforms with NLog configuration

I’m building a web based hybrid system that can run on-premises and on cloud. On development machine I want NLog to write logs on disk. When system is deployed to cloud I want NLog to write logs to Windows Azure Table storage. In this posting I will show you how to use web.config transforms with NLog configuration.

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