Using Multiple Database Types in an ASP.NET Core App

Sometimes, you might want to use one type of database, like MS SQL Server LocalDB, for development and a different type, like MySQL, on a production server. I’ll walk you through writing the code to use different database providers for Entity Framework (EF) depending on your environment: development or production. (more…)

December 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Hosting Multiple ASP.NET Core Sub-Sites on a Single Site Hosting Account

If you have a Windows Server, shared hosting account that only provides you with one web site, you are not really stuck with just having one site. In most cases, you can add additional sites by putting them in sub-folders (aka sub-directories) of the main site. For example, SmarterASP.NET has a $2.95 a month plan that gives you only one web site. But you aren’t actually limited to having just one web site since you can add any number of additional ASP.NET or ASP.NET Core web applications in sub-folders. (more…)

December 4, 2019 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

Get a Free or Low Cost Domain Name

In my previous post, I showed you how to set up low cost hosting for your ASP.NET Core web site on SmarterASP.NET. Now that your site is up and running, you probably want to get a domain name for your site. You can register one through your hosting service provider, but that will cost you about $12 a year–which isn’t terrible, but you can get one for less, or even for free!

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October 31, 2019 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Publishing an ASP.NET Core Web App to a Low-cost Windows Hosting Service

Introduction

You’re developing an awesome ASP.NET Core app and now you need to give it a home on the internet. If you expect your app to experience light or medium traffic1, you can use an inexpensive shared Windows IIS hosting provider like SmarterASP.NET. Of course, you could publish your site to a low cost Linux VPS, like Linode, but that is going to cost a bit more and configuring the server will be quite a bit more work. (more…)

February 18, 2019 at 5:05 pm 3 comments

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages – Part 1

Introduction to Razor Pages

ASP.NET Core Razor Pages provide web developers with a way to create simple web applications (or web sites) using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C# and the .NET library, but without the added complexity of the more powerful ASP.NET MVC framework. If you’ve used ASP.NET Web Forms, think of Razor Pages as an alternative that lets you just use standard HTML with helper code instead of dragging and dropping controls onto forms. (more…)

September 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Women in Agile: The Changing Face of Agile – Session Notes

In this post, I will share my notes on a presentation about Women in Agile given for the Agile Alliance.

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In this video, Natalie Warnert, the chair of Agile Alliance’s Women in Agile Initiative, explains the background behind the program. Then Cindy Morse, VP of Engineering Operations at Salesforce Marketing Cloud discusses her involvement and experiences in the greater technology community. This workshop is part of the Women in Agile Initiative.
– Description from the Agile Alliance web page.
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October 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Visual Studio Code: Use, Build, Improve

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An Open-Source Project

In a previous post, I mentioned that I plan to participate in an open-source project as part of my sabbatical activities. After looking at quite a few projects, I found one that I believe will give me the experience I want- which is to get firsthand understanding of software development work-flow and practices in an open-source project.

A Cross-Platform Code Editor

The project is Visual Studio Code. VS Code is a lightweight, cross-platform, coding editor that supports plug-ins. It’s not an IDE, although with the right plug-ins it can give you all the power of a modern IDE. It is very similar to Sublime Text or Atom. In fact, it is built on Electron, the same framework used by Atom.  (Electron is a  framework for building desktop apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.) (more…)

October 8, 2016 at 6:01 am Leave a comment

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