.NET Core


Building a .NET Core URL Forward Service

I recently built a URL forward service named “Link Forwarder” using .NET Core 2.2. It’s open source and currently having a preview version deployed to my subdomain “go.edi.wang”. This article will share how I built it and what I learned. To help you understand the system and walk through the code, please check my GitHub repository for this project: https://github. …


IP Rate Limit for ASP.NET Core

In websites or API applications, we often want to block high-frequency requests in a short period of time for an IP to prevent boring people or malicious attacks. In ASP.NET Core, limiting the request rate of IP is now super easy, let's see. AspNetCoreRateLimit There's already a nice library for limiting request rate, called AspNetCoreRateLimit. GitHub: https://github.com/stefanprodan/ …


Reset Azure Blob Storage Content Type in .NET Core

My blog is using Azure Blob Storage to store images for posts, however, it went wrong these days when I am trying out Azure CDN, the cause is all my images requests are returning incorrect content-type. Let's see how to reset content type for files in Azure Blob Storage via .NET Core. When I uploaded images using the Azure Storage API for .NET, by default, without setting ContentType, which is …


Stop Generating Designer.cs for .resx files in .NET Core

In Visual Studio, if we add a Resource File (.resx) to a .NET Core project, you will find a ".Designer.cs" file is automatically generated and updated whenever the resource content changes. This file basically contains auto-generated code for accessing resource values by key. In my blog system, I use the Resource File to maintain the default configuration data when setting up the blog for the …


How to Pack a .NET Core Class Library and Upload to NuGet

NuGet is the package manager of the. NET world, we can both use official website nuget.org, or build our own corporate and private servers. Now, with . NET Core, it's easier than ever to pack and upload a NuGet package, let's take a look! NuGet Account If you want your package to be used by every .NET developers in the world, then you need to have a nuget.org account to upload your own …


Send Email in .NET Core via MailKit

The ability to send e-mail notifications is common in a variety of systems. My blog can also send emails to administrators when there are new comments, new replies, or when articles are referenced by other sites. So in. NET Core, how can we send an e-mail? My case will use Microsoft Outlook.com's personal account to send e-mail, using the SMTP protocol. But you can also do it with other SMTP- …


Use Environment Specific nlog.config in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core has built-in aspsettings.env.json which can automatically apply to different environments. But how about NLog? In official examples, it only got one nlog.config file which will be used in all environments. Let's see how we can change it to use different config files on different environments. Why do we need this This requirement actually came from this blog system. My blog runs …


Operate Git with .NET Core

Git is the preferred source code version control tool for many programmers, and I've recently switched from TFVC to Git. I am going to show you how to operate Git with .NET Core. Why am I doing this First of all, we do have a lot of good Git clients, such as GitHub for Windows, VS/VS Code, git GUI, and so on, all quite mature, there is no need for us to reinvent this wheel in own. NET/C#. But …


Restart an ASP.NET Core Application Programmatically

We developers won't have access to servers all the time, and without management capabilities, it will be difficut to restart a web application. However, in ASP.NET Core, there is a way for us to programmatically restart our application without requring management capabilities from server admins. IApplicationLifetime There is a IApplicationLifetime interface in ASP.NET Core which can handle …


Read and Write Windows Registry in .NET Core

Yes, you read it right! It's totally possible! Even .NET Core is designed to be cross platform, but it does not mean you can not use platform specific APIs. Take Windows Registry for example, although .NET Standard can not contain Windows API like this. But there's still a way to use Windows Regisitry in .NET Core Applications. But first, you should be absolutely clear, that using platform …


Incremental Build Number for .NET Core via Azure DevOps

People familiar with the. NET framework know that we can let the compiler self-increase the version number by specifying AssemblyVersion as 10.0.*. But. NET core and. NET Standard are not. Even with open source projects like MSBump, there are certain flaws. Typically, such requirement happens on a CI/CD server. Let's take a look at how to easily handle it with Azure DevOps. About Versioning in . …


Fix .NET Core Website Failure After Deployment from Azure DevOps

I met a strange problem recently. After configuring the CI/CD pipeline with Azure DevOps and automatically deploy to Azure App Services, the. NET Core Website failed to start. Let's see how we can solve this problem. Find the issue First of all, fortunately, this is a staging environment. I found that the site unexpectedly did not log anything, even log directory cannot be found, which is …


Detect Text Language using Azure Cognitive Services in .NET Core

There are many ways to identify what is the language of a text, in this era of AI, we can also add AI capabilities to our own application. I will show you to see how to use the AI Cognitive Service provided by Microsoft Azure to detect the language of a text. The prerequisite is that you will need an Azure subscription. Create Azure Cognitive Services Account Click "Create a resource", then …


Recommended Visual Studio Configuration for .NET Core Development

Visual Studio has always been a good friend to .NET developers, although VS Code can do .NET Core development, VS is still having a lot advantages. Let's see how to make Visual Studio more handy for .NET Core development. Basic Configuration First, please be advised, not all versions of Visual Studio supports .NET Core development, even some early version of VS2017. Some people may mistake …


ASP.NET Core Dependency Injection in ActionFilterAttribute

In ASP.NET Core, we can easily use constructor injection to make Dependent Injections on components such as Controller and ViewComponent. But how to do it with ActionFilterAttribute? The Problem My blog system has an ActionFilter for deleting subscription files, and I want to log errors when an exception happens. I use NLog as the logging component, so I need to use LogManager. …


Caveats in ASP.NET Core Data Protection

ASP.NET Core provides a built-in Data Protection mechanism to let us encrypt or decrypt sensitive data. There are some limitations that can cause problems while bringing convenience. I met some problems these days. My Scenario My blog system has a feature to send email notifications, so you need to configure an email account to let the program use that account to send mail to an administrator …


Auto Refresh Settings Changes in ASP.NET Core Runtime

In ASP.NET Core, if you modify the settings in appsettings.json, you will have to restart the site to take effect. Is there a way to refresh and apply it automatically after you modify the settings? Background Let's take a look at a website created by ASP.NET Core default templates. It includes two settings files: appsettings.json appsettings.Development.json The former one is used in …


Dependency Injection with Multiple Implementations in ASP.NET Core

The built-in Dependency Injection (DI) in ASP.NET Core is very useful, but how do you deal with an interface has multiple implementations? Can the runtime choose one of these implementations based on configuration? Is there a way to get rid of reflection? Let me show you how to dynamically select a specific implementation of an interface at run time according to the configuration file without …


Path Caveat with ASP.NET Core 2.2 IIS Hosting

ASP.NET Core 2.2 has been in place for some time, with a new feature that can use the new AspNetCoreModuleV2 and deploy with InProcess mode on IIS to dramatically improve performance. These days Azure App Service finally completed the deployment of this new version of the module, I configured my blog to the new module, and it exploded in production. Let's see why and how to solve it. If you don' …


Build .NET Core 2.2 Projects on Azure DevOps

.NET Core 2.2 has been release for couple of weeks. However, the build pipeline is still failing these days. Microsoft has not installed .NET Core 2.2 SDK to the hosted VS2017 agents yet. Let's see how to work around this issue and have a success build for our .NET Core 2.2 apps. 1. Add Task Edit your build definition, and click the "+" button to add a new task. 2. Add .NET Core SDK …


.NET Core WebUtility.UrlEncode or HttpUtility.UrlEncode

When we are dealing with URL encode in .NET Core 2.1, there are two APIs: System.Net.WebUtility.UrlEncode and System.Web.HttpUtility.UrlEncode. What's the difference between them? And which one should we prefer to use? I have done some research today, here's my findings. 1. Test Results First, let's see some tests. I've tested 2 couples of the same method between WebUtility class and …


Migrating Old ASP.NET Applications to .NET Core

More and more people are talking about .NET Core these days. It is true that .NET Core is the future, and .NET Framework will still be maintained because very large number of applications can’t be migrated in a short time. .NET Core and .NET Framework are just like electric cars and gasoline powered cars. Gasoline cars is mature, and you can drive it without any problem, but electric cars …


Generate Captcha Code in ASP.NET Core

If you want to use captcha code to protect your website from spam messages, there are a few options such as Google ReCaptcha and captcha.com. Both of them can be integrated into ASP.NET Core applications. However, you may still want to generate the captcha code yourself for some reason, such as your website may be used in mainland China... This post will show you how to generate and use …


Add Watermark to Uploaded Image in ASP.NET Core

Adding watermark to an image is very widely used in websites in order to protect the content owner's copyright, such as a blog system like this website. In traditional ASP.NET (.NET Framework), we could use System.Web.Helpers.WebImage to add text watermark like this: var image = new WebImage(imageBytes); image.AddTextWatermark( Settings.Instance.WatermarkText, "White", Settings.Instance. …


Get App Version in .NET Core

We can define versions on our .NET Core applications, but how to get the version at runtime? There are several ways to do it. First, let's see a typical .NET Core project file with versioning. We can define the version numbers for AssemblyVersion, FileVersion and Version in the project file (.csproj). The AssemblyVersion and FileVersion attributes must be in format of " …


Send AntiForgeryToken via jQuery Ajax in ASP.NET Core

In ASP.NET Core, if we use jQuery Ajax to post data to the server, and we want the ValidateAntiForgeryToken attribute to work. We have to do some tricks. The official document didn't document how to do it via jQuery. Let me show you how to do it. Please do read the official document first: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/aspnet/core/security/anti-request-forgery?view=aspnetcore-2. …


Prevent Image Hotlinking in ASP.NET/Core Applications

Introduction As a website developer, we sometimes don't want the images on our own website to be directly referenced and showed on other's website. It can cause a lot network bandwidth for our datacenters in some cases, which means costing money for us to pay for the one who use our images. For example, your website is A.com, you have an image on http://a.com/facepalm.jpg and B.com used your …


Use ICMP Ping in .NET Core 2.0

In classic .NET Framework applications, we have used System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping class to Ping a host address. This API is not included by default in .NET Core, even in version 2.0. Here is how to do it in a .NET Core way. First, we need to reference a package System.Net.Ping Install-Package System.Net.Ping This will give us the same API set as .NET Framework. Then, in your .NET …


Use NLog in ASP.NET Core 2.0

There's official update for NLog targeting ASP.NET Core 2.x, for the latest methods please refer to https://github.com/NLog/NLog.Web/wiki/Getting-started-with-ASP.NET-Core-2 Recently I am porting a classic ASP.NET MVC 5 project to .NET Core 2.0, in order to run it on Linux. One of the parts that has differences between .NET Fx and .NET Core is logging. I choose NLog as my logging providor, …


Get Client IP Address in ASP.NET Core 2.x

In classic ASP.NET we used to get client IP Address by Request.UserHostAddress. But this does not apply to ASP.NET Core 2.0. We need a different way to retrieve HTTP Request information. 1. Define a variable in your MVC controller private IHttpContextAccessor _accessor; 2.  DI into the controller's constructor public SomeController(IHttpContextAccessor accessor) { _accessor = …


Configure Continuous Delivery for ASP.NET Core Website on Azure

Today I am trying new DevOps tools in VS2017 and Azure, my goal is to automate the process from development to production for an exsiting ASP.NET Core project. I have encountered some issues, and with the help of Microsoft Support, I was able to solve them and share with you guys. First, there are two ways to configure CD for Azure Web Apps. I prefer create a website first, then configure it …


Read AppSettings in ASP.NET Core 2.x

Today, I was rewriting an old ASP.NET MVC5 Demo project to ASP.NET Core, and found that the way we used to read Web.config by ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[] is no longer working. .NET Core has many new ways to achieve this. I picked one that suitable for my project. Here is how I do it. The Classic ASP.NET Code web.config ... <appSettings> ... <add key=" …