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Extending the Command Timeout in Entity Framework Core Migrations

calendar_today 26 March 2018 08:50

Entity Framework ASP.NET Core

Most migrations that you execute when working with Entity Framework Core are likely to be straightforward - resulting in nothing more than an adjustment to the database schema. Sometimes, however, you might also want to include a task that requires longer than the default command timeout value (30 seconds in SQL Server) such as importing a lot of data.

Publishing Razor Pages Applications - Gotchas

calendar_today 22 March 2018 08:15

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

I have just completed an article covering publishing a Razor Pages application to IIS on my Razor Pages dedicated site: While writing it (and publishing revised versions of the site) I uncovered a few stumbling blocks that might catch others out. So I thought they were worth highlighting here in their own post.

ViewModels and AutoMapper in Razor Pages

calendar_today 14 February 2018 08:13

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

The Razor Pages PageModel class is part controller, part ViewModel. In this article, I take a look at the ViewModel part of the role that the PageModel plays, and how tools like AutoMapper can be used to reduce the amount of code you need to write when assigning values between your entity model and your ViewModel.

I'm Not Writing A Book On Razor Pages

calendar_today 19 January 2018 08:47

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

That's right - despite a number of questions, I am not writing a book on Razor Pages, the new page-based web development framework released as part of ASP.NET Core 2.0. But I have launched a web site for people who want to learn how to use ASP.NET Core Razor Pages.

Customising Identity in Razor Pages

calendar_today 22 September 2017 14:16

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages ASP.NET Identity

The code for managing authentication in a Razor Pages application that is provided by the standard project template is a good starting point. However, chances are that you want to customise it to fit your own application needs. This article looks at the most common customisation requirements.

Introduction to Identity in Razor Pages

calendar_today 08 September 2017 08:09

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages ASP.NET Identity

Razor Pages uses ASP.NET Identity as its default membership and authentication system. This article is the first in a series that explores the various parts of ASP.NET Identity as it relates to Razor Pages, and starts with an overview of the files generated as part of the project templates.

Sending Email in Razor Pages

calendar_today 20 July 2017 07:24

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

The Razor Pages framework is not the only thing to be introduced as part of .NET Core 2.0. A lot more of the existing full framework class libraries are also being ported across to .NET Core including System.Net.Mail. That means there is no longer any need to rely on third party libraries or services for email functionality in your .NET Core applications. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to illustrate sending email in a Razor Pages application.

Routing in Razor Pages

calendar_today 11 July 2017 13:28

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

One of the top level design considerations for the developers of a server-side web application framework is how to match URLs to resources on the server so that the correct one processes the request. The most straightforward approach is to map URLs to physical files on disk, and this is the approach that has been implemented by the ASP.NET team for the Razor Pages framework.

Razor Pages - The Elevator Pitch

calendar_today 25 May 2017 08:29

ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

In the last ASP.NET Community Standup, Jon Galloway gave my introductory Razor Pages article a shout out (thank you, Jon). During the discussion that ensued, Scott Hanselman asked for the "elevator pitch" for Razor Pages. Well, here's mine.

Razor Pages - Understanding Handler Methods

calendar_today 22 May 2017 20:16

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

Handler methods is a particularly nice feature introduced with the new ASP.NET Razor Pages framework . This feature enables you to determine what the user was doing when they requested the page, and to execute logic accordingly without having to resort to a bunch of conditional code.

Razor Pages - Getting Started With The Preview

calendar_today 15 May 2017 20:52

Razor ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

Current users of ASP.NET Web Pages have been eagerly awaiting news on what ASP.NET Core holds for them (if my inbox is anything to go by). The roadmap suggested that a new version of Web Pages would be forthcoming after the initial release of .NET Core, but that item was subsequently removed. Instead, a new cross platform page-centric web development model called Razor Pages has been made available in preview form. Here, I show you how to get started with it and explore its similarities with Web Pages. In future articles, I will take a closer look at the wide range of differences.

Working With Zip Files In ASP.NET MVC

calendar_today 10 February 2017 07:41


Since ASP.NET 4.5, zipping and unzipping files can be done with classes from within the .NET framework. Despite that, nearly all examples that illustrate working with zip files in ASP.NET applications feature third party open source compression libraries. This short article attempts to correct that by demonstrating the use of the System.IO.Compression classes to unpack an uploaded zip file, and to create one for download in an ASP.NET MVC application.

Free SSL Certificates On IIS With LetsEncrypt

calendar_today 02 February 2017 07:44


If you have forms on your site that take a user's personal details, you should protect the page by running it under HTTPS. That way, any data that's posted from the form (email address, credit card number etc) is encrypted and hidden from prying eyes. It's not just e-commerce sites that should be protected. Intranets and other line of business apps that require authentication, blogs with comment forms that ask for email addresses and so on. The main barrier to this in the past has been the cost of the digital certificate (SSL Certificate) that asserts that you are who you say you are. LetsEncrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority that removes this barrier.

Entity Framework Core DbContext Updated

calendar_today 28 October 2016 08:50

Entity Framework ASP.NET Core

Redesigning a framework from the ground up provides an opportunity to implement an improved API. The team working on Entity Framework Core have certainly grabbed that opportunity in respect of the DbContext class, which sees a bunch of new data manipulation methods not available in Entity Framework 6 or earlier.

Entity Framework Core TrackGraph For Disconnected Data

calendar_today 11 October 2016 21:40

Entity Framework ASP.NET Core

Entity Framework Core is the new lightweight version of Entity Framework designed to work with .NET Core applications. Just like ASP.NET Core, it has been rewritten from the ground up, and includes some new ways of doing things. One of those is the introduction of the TrackGraph method for handling complex data in disconnected scenarios such as MVC or Web API applications.

Server.MapPath Equivalent in ASP.NET Core

calendar_today 02 September 2016 14:55


Web Developers who use Microsoft technologies have always relied on the Server.MapPath method to resolve file paths in classic ASP and ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC versions up to and including 5. This method has not been included in ASP.NET Core, so what do you use instead?

Loading ASP.NET Core MVC Views From A Database Or Other Location

calendar_today 21 July 2016 08:56


For the vast majority of ASP.NET Core MVC applications, the conventional method of locating and loading views from the file system does the job nicely. But you can also load views from other sources including a database. This is useful in scenarios where you want to give users the option to craft or modify Razor files but don't want to give them access to the file system. This article looks at the work required to create a component to obtain views from other sources, using the database as a working example.

ASP.NET Web Pages vNext or Razor Pages

calendar_today 15 July 2016 14:09

ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Web Pages ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

Now that the RTM of ASP.NET Core has shipped, the ASP.NET team are looking at the features that were left behind including SignalR and Web Pages. The ASP.NET Core road map always had those items scheduled for inclusion in the first major release after RTM, which will be ASP.NET Core 1.1. Recently, the ASP.NET Team provided an update on GitHub on the goals driving the next version of Web Pages which provides an interesting insight into the potential features of the framework.

Entity Framework Code First and Stored Procedures

calendar_today 16 June 2016 07:38

Entity Framework

A key reason behind the decision to use an ORM such as Entity Framework for your data access is to reduce or eliminate the need to write SQL as part of the development process. Nevertheless, there are times when you might need to make use of database stored procedures, and Entity Framework 6 Code First provides support for using existing stored procedures as well as generating new ones.

Implementing SQL Server Full-Text Search In An ASP.NET MVC Web Application With Entity Framework

calendar_today 13 May 2016 08:13

SQL ADO.NET ASP.NET MVC Entity Framework

The search facility on this site has been rudimentary at best. I have recently upgraded it to take advantage of the Full-Text Search feature in SQL Server. Although it is still a basic implementation, it is a vast improvement on the search system that existed before, which was based on Entity Framework dynamically generating SQL LIKE clauses. This article describes how I got SQL Server Full-Text Search up and running.