Practical .NET


Managing Production and Development Settings in ASP.NET Core

The reality is that you will need to have, at least, two different configurations: one for production and one for development. Here's how to automate those conversions.

Extending Razor Pages

If you move beyond the basics of working with Razor Pages, there are at least two things you should know to support creating Pages that do more than one thing and integrate with existing code.

Navigating in Blazor

If you're moving your application's client-side code to Blazor, then you'll want Blazor to manage navigating between pages, too.

Dealing with Databases (and Data) in Docker

There are lots of ways to handle databases in a containerized environment like Docker. Here's how to create SQL Server in a container, how to load it with the data you want and how to integrate that container into whatever project needs it. Be warned: Some PowerShell is used.

Docker with Real Applications

Here's how to run a "real-world" application (consisting of an MVC application and a Web Service) in a networked set of Docker containers. And it's just a couple of mouse clicks in Visual Studio to implement it.

Building Razor Pages

If you want to handle the most common pattern in ASP.NET Controllers (displaying a page and then accepting data entered into it), you can do it with Razor Pages. You'll just need less code than if you used a Controller, a View and a model object.

Getting Started with Razor Pages: A Better Model for Web Development?

As fond as he is of using Controllers and Views, Peter isn't sure that Razor Pages aren't a better model for Web development. But the first step, adding Razor Pages to your project, isn't as easy as it should be. And, after that, you'll want to integrate them with your existing MVC application.

Accessing Configuration Settings in ASP.NET Core

In ASP.NET Core, your web.config file with its <appsettings> section is gone. The replacement is a more extensive and configurable system that you can leverage to simplify configuring your objects.

Configuring Your Application-Wide Objects in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core's support for sharing objects defined at startup is great ... but what if you need to set options on those objects? Here's a case study that starts off great and then descends into over-engineered madness (but only if you want to go that far).

Creating the Right Database Initializer for Entity Framework

If you want to treat your database design as an "implementation detail" that just falls out of getting your object model right, then Entity Framework gives you four choices. Picking the right one, however, may mean creating your own.

Working with Session in ASP.NET MVC Core (or: Why You Can't Migrate)

Here's everything you need to write code for the Session object in ASP.NET Core -- including why you can't expect to migrate your existing ASP.NET MVC application to ASP.NET MVC Core (though Peter has some suggestions on easing that pain).

Creating Web Pages with Blazor: The Basics

If you know how to create an ASP.NET MVC View, you know a great deal about how to create pages in Blazor. But, by packaging up pages as Blazor Components, you can use (and re-use) those pages more like objects.

Finding Your Objects in ASP.NET Core

Central to ASP.NET Core is the collection of objects that give you access to ASP.NET Core functionality. Here's how to access it, how to add to it and an example of how to use this technology with the "difficult" cases.

Programming Will Always Be Hard

If you're a programmer then you know that you frequently get things wrong. Sometimes you find those bugs before your application gets to production ... and sometimes you don't. Bad news: Nothing is going to help and it's not going to get any better.

Providing Constant Context for .NET Core Tests

By default, tests in the new .NET Core testing framework (xUnit) are isolated. This is a good thing ... except when you need to create a single test environment that is used by multiple tests. Here's all the ways you can provide a single environment for a set of tests in xUnit.

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