Automated date based versioning for ASP.NET Core assemblies using Azure DevOps

I needed automatic version numbering based on current date when web application is built. It was wish by some customers and in their projects it’s okay with it. As their code is covered with automated tests and other diagnostics I’m using Azure DevOps as build server and this is where I made automated date based versioning work.

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Azure AD authentication in Blazor using ADAL.js

Although Blazor is in early stages of development it is already good enough to try out and play with it. As a logical continuation to my previous experiment where I made Blazor application use Azure Functions based back-end. I made it also support Azure AD authentication on web application and back-end level. This blog post introduces my work on Blazor and Azure AD.

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Automatically describing and tagging pictures on SharePoint using Azure Cognitive Services

Azure Cognitive Services has wider audience than cool young guys developing very cool mobile apps. These services can be used in very different use cases. This blog post shows how to use Azure Cognitive Services to automatically describe and tag photos added to Office 365 SharePoint picture library.

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Identifying people on photos using Azure Cognitive Services

My previous post about Azure Cognitive Services described how to detect faces on photos. In this post I will focus on identifying people on photos. This post is based on my Azure Cognitive Services sample application that has most of Face API support implemented and the goal is to describe identifying process in brief and also show some code I have written.

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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.

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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.

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Getting started with Azure Functions

Azure Functions is serverless computing offer by Microsoft. Functions by Microsoft implementation are scripts that can be written in JavaScript, C#, F#, Python, PHP, Bash, Batch or PowerShell. Functions can be developed on Visual Studio using preview level tools or directly through browser in Azure portal. This blog post introduces Azure Functions and shows how to build your first function.

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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.

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Azure Search Suggesters: Helping users to find search keywords

Search is important feature of many apps and web sites because it is the main way for users to find quickly the information they are looking for. Typing search keywords to search box is not the end point of search we can provide to users. Sites that have huge amount of data can also help users to find out what keywords to use. In this post I will show how to use Azure Search suggesters to help users to find out these keywords.

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Writing simple REST-client for Azure Search

In my last blog post about REST-clients Why Azure REST API-s and how to prepare for using them? I introduced how to write simple base class for Azure REST API-s. In this post we will implement simple REST-client for Azure Search. This is the same code that I’m using in my beer store sample application. I also make some notes about how to use search clients in domain models.

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Why Azure REST API-s and how to prepare for using them?

When new Microsoft Azure services come they usually have REST API-s available. Of course, there are usually client libraries available too as NuGet packages but usually not for every .NET flavour. Although Microsoft has plans to publish libraries for CoreCLR too it doesn’t happen always fast. Let’s see how REST API-s work and how to prepare for using them.

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