Building ASP.NET Core applications on Visual Studio Codespaces and Visual Studio Code

On the search for running development environments on cloud I stumbled upon service calles Visual Studio Codespaces. It’s nice service that moves development and debugging workloads to cloud and it makes it possible to use lightweight machines like tablets and hybrids for development. Here’s my overview of how to build ASP.NET Core web applications on codespaces and Visual Studio Code.

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Using Dapper in ASP.NET Core applications

Times ago I blogged about micro ORM-s. I have been busy through all Covid-19 times learning technical side of DDD and during that I met again my old friend Dapper. There are applications where Dapper is used to query read-only data without overhead coming with ORM-s. Also there are simple applications where for one or another reason developers decided to keep as close to raw SQL as possible. This blog post is brief introduction to Dapper anbd how to use it in ASP.NET Core applications.

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Creating subdomains to Azure DNS from ASP.NET Core

Multitenant wep applications detect current tenant usually by URL checking name of first level folder or subdomain. Usually tenants are defined by subdomain as it is easier to distribute them over data center, cloud services or hosting accounts. This blog post demonstrates how to build Azure DNS service client to create DNS records for multitenant application subdomains.

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Inject users and roles dynamically to ASP.NET Core integration tests

After getting fake authenticated user to ASP.NET Core integration tests I made step further and introduced the way to use different user accounts. Using multiple users and roles instead of one test users is very common scenario in web applications. During my carreer I have seen only few business applications that doesn’t use different roles. This blog post demonstrates how to inject users dynamically to ASP.NET Core integration tests.

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Create fake user for ASP.NET Core integration tests

After getting done with fake users for ASP.NET Core controller unit tests I wanted to make fake users available also in integration tests. It took some inventing and hacking but I made it work. This blog post shows you how to create fake users for ASP.NET Core integration tests and write effective extension methods to keep integration tests shorter.

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Embedded Power BI reports with ASP.NET Core

Last year I had some projects where I had to embed Power BI reports to ASP.NET Core applications. There were easy cases that solved practically with copy-paste but I also had more complex situation where server-side code was needed because application uses custom authentication instead of Azure AD. This blog post covers both scenarios for embedding Power BI reportis to ASP.NET Core applications.

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DataSet and DataTable based ad-hoc reporting with ASP.NET Core

In one of my projects I have some ASP.NET Core views that display multiple tables with reporting data. Data comes from SQL Server views and stored procedures and these can be modified in database without deploying application to server again. I came out with very common solution in ASP.NET Core to solve this problem using raw SQL commands and shared views for DataTable and DataSet. Here’s what I did.

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Using configurable composite command in multi-tenant ASP.NET Core application

My previous posts about tenant-based dependency injection and using composite command in ASP.NET Core culminated with idea to use configurable composite commands in multi-tenant ASP.NET Core applications. Configurable composite commands make it easy to tweak save and update processes that contain multiple steps of what some can be custom and their activation is based on tenant configuration. Here’s how to build thost composite commands.

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How to make ASP.NET Core compile modified views

ASP.NET Core 3.0 applications doesn’t build views automatically by default when changes are made. Views are built when application compiles and this is expected final state for views. It’s still possible to make ASP.NET Core application build views when changes are made. Most popular case is when application is running on Visual Studio and we are working on cosmetics of view.

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Generalize file access for ASP.NET Core applications using IFileClient implementations

Once upon a time I worked out simple file client generalization so my applications can keep files on local machine or somewhere on the cloud without changes in application code. This blog post shows how to generalize file access in web applications and provides implementations for local and cloud file clients.

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