Category Archives: Intermediate

Recommended tutorials for intermediate developers

ASP.Net Core 2.2 runtime events

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ASP.Net Core 2.2 was recently released and announce at the Microsoft Connect() conference in Las Vegas. Sure, there was a lot of hype on the .Net Core 3.0 announcement but ASP.Net Core 2.2 is now GA, while .Net Core 3.0 is only in preview. And since ASP.Net Core 2.2 is now globally available it also brings some new features that can be used in production. In this article I want to briefly describe one feature that in my opinion is the most useful one: runtime events.

It is often desirable to monitor runtime services such as the GC, JIT, and ThreadPool of the current process to understand how these services are behaving while running your application. On Windows systems, this is commonly done using ETW and monitoring the ETW events of the current process. While this continues to work well, it is not always easy or possible to use ETW. Whether you’re running in a low-privilege environment or running on Linux or macOS, it may not be possible to use ETW. Continue reading

Reference types and value types in .NET

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In .NET (and therefore C#) there are two main sorts of type: reference types and value types! Understanding these sorts of type is crucial in the .Net ecosystem and, more generally, in object oriented programming. There are some clear definitions of these concepts that anybody could learn fairly easy, but really understanding how reference types and value types work is sometimes a little bit harder. And I must confess that it took me some time to achieve a certain level of familiarity. Furthermore, if you really want to understand how reference types and value types work, you need to get your hands dirty an play around with them. In this article I will try to explain reference types and value types as good as I can, starting from some dry (but important) definitions that I will try to make more vivid using code samples.

Note: I also made a YouTube video on this topic with some more graphical representations of these concepts. You might want to check it out:

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Middleware in ASP.Net Core – part II

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Few days ago I wrote a short tutorial about middleware in ASP.Net Core and I promised to continue the topic, since there are some concepts that I didn’t cover. In the mentioned first tutorial I tried to describe what a middleware pipeline is, why middleware order is important and the importance of the next() delegate. In the second part I will focus more on the Use()Run() and Map() methods that we can use when setting up the middleware pipeline of an ASP.Net Core application.

Technically speaking Use()Run() and Map() are extension methods on Microsoft.AspNetCore.Builder.IApplicationBuilder instances. If you look them up, you’ll see something like this: Continue reading

Deploy ASP.Net Core back end with Angular front end

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Single page applications (SPA) have become a standard in the web development world by now, reshaping the way web applications are designed. Traditionally a web browser (client) would send out a GET request to a server and the server would return an HTML page. Nowadays we have SPAs that rely on web APIs for data retrieval and that run like real applications in a browser. That’s why in the .Net ecosystem having  .Net Core web APIs with Angular 2+ front end is a common scenario and it might be useful to look into different basic deployment strategies. Before I go any further, I want to point out that this article is aimed for junior developers, developers that are new to the .Net ecosystem or for all those that are on their way to become software developers. Continue reading