Edi Wang

.NET and Azure Developer


Setup Hyper-V Server 2019 in My Home PC

I recently bought a HP 800G2 PC for 200 RMB from my company. I decided to use it to host VMs for my tech experiments. Having VMs running in home LAN gives me advantages over remote connection to Azure datacenters, which I would typically use. I ended up installing Hyper-V Server 2019 on the machine and deployed an Ubuntu Server VM and a Windows 10 VM. In this post, I will share the process …
Windows VM Hyper-V

How to Check If .NET Core Program is Running under Remote Desktop

There are a few reasons that we need to know if our program is running under the Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) session. For example, if it is running under RDP, we may disable animation and other fancy graphics effects. But how can we detect if our program is currently under RDP? Let's see. Windows Forms If you are developing Windows Forms Apps using .NET Core 3.x, there's a built-in API that can …
.NET Windows Remote Desktop

Run ASP.NET Core Websites with Windows Server Core on Azure

Microsoft Azure provides App Service that is fully managed to enable you to run websites. However, in some cases, you may still need an IaaS solution like a VM to host your website. This article will show you how to run an ASP.NET Core 2.2 web application on a Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Server Core virtual machine hosted in Azure. About Windows Server Core Windows was designed as an operating …
.NET Windows Azure

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 …
.NET Windows Registry

Automate Windows 10 Developer Machine Setup

One of the things programmers hate most is probably setup a computer. Because the programmer's computer environment configuration is very different from normal people. In general, it takes several hours to manually install a new development machine. Let this process automating, after all, the essence of programming is to let complex things simplify, find a way to be lazy! In fact, automatic …
Windows PowerShell Choco

Install Linux Subsystem on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

In the recent Windows 10 v1709 Fall Creators Update, the Windows subsystem for Linux has been improved a lot. Let's see how easy it is now to install Linux on Windows. 1. Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux Because the classic control panel has been hidden, now the quickest way to access Programs and Features is to run appwiz.cpl And then check "Windows Subsystem for Linux" under "Turn Windows …
Windows Linux

Windows 10 UWP: How to Read and Save Settings Easily

In the UWP Application model, reading and saving settings are very similar to WinRT API. The class we are using is ApplicationData.Current.LocalSettings It is using key-value-pair to store settings. LocalSettings will stay on the user's current computer, and not being synced with thier Microsoft account. The API to save settings is: LocalSettings.Values[key] = value; To read settings:  if ( …
Windows UWP

Windows 10 UWP: Undo / Redo Ink with Surface Dial

The Surface Dial is the first wheel device in a new input device class. I got my hand on one as soon as it came to market in China. I have a UWP App named "Image Portray", as a drawing app that can make use of the Surface Dial. One of it's useful application to undo / redo the ink by turning the Surface Dial. You can download it from Windows Store these days to see the changes. So, let's begin …
Windows Surface UWP

How to Save InkCavas to Image in Windows 10 UWP

The InkCanvas control in Windows 10 UWP is not like WPF where you can save as image file easily. If you want to save user ink to an image file, there's by far only one way to do it: 1. Install Win2D.UWP via NuGet into your project. PM> Install-Package Win2D.UWP 2. Because we need to access user's picture library, so we need to apply the permission in manifest file. Select "Pictures Library" …
Windows UWP