Ubuntu: deploy .NET Core app


Today, I want to walk-through the steps I used to deploy ASP.NET Core website application to Ubuntu Server. ASP.NET Core supports several Linux distributions, I am using Ubuntu Server.

From a quick internet search I found 3 decent blog posts:

  1. decatechlabs.com article
  2. garywoodfine.com article
  3. blog.bobbyallen.me post

There already are many articles which talk about how to set up your development environment for .NET Core but this post starts, where they end. It’s about getting production ready.

These are to-the-point & well written. But, either these posts are more than a year old, or they are for setting up your development environment, not for production deployment. You need to install .NET Core run-time, not the .NET Core SDK (which also includes run-time). You can download it from:  Continue reading “Ubuntu: deploy .NET Core app”

Parsing XML with special characters


Transcript Generator


Today, I want to share a utility program I built. This little program, takes subtitle files, and spits out a nice crisp paragraph. I tested this program with a directory containing subtitles of 2 movies, and on the 8th second, I was looking at their transcripts. To test the file I/O operation, I took transcripts for a graduate level computer science course. It was organized in sections and sub-topics, totaling about 200 small clips. Within 3 seconds, I had my class notes, which I could use to share with a class, highlight important things being said in the lectures without typing a word!

One more thing, it is free and open-source, you can literally clone it and start using it right away.

Visit: https://subtitlestotranscript.wordpress.com, for for examples, documentation and GitHub repo.

C# String Extension & Helper Methods


I enjoyed spending some time after creating some very useful (at least to me 😛 ) C# helper functions for string operation. So here is the gist of it Continue reading “C# String Extension & Helper Methods”

LINQ to XML and XPath


An XML needs to be parsed – I was told the other day. My first questions from experience, how big the XML is going to be? Do we know the schema? The answer : It’s never going to be bigger than few lines, as we use it to store our application’s menu – which may or may not have child(ren). And yes we know the XML schema. Enough said. Continue reading “LINQ to XML and XPath”

kendo ui (core)


Recently, I came to know that the free and open-source distribution of Kendo UI news also ships AngularJS with it.

FYI : Kendo UI core now ships with Apache 2 license and not GPL.

We all know that Kendo UI is a full front-end framework. That means that it has all of the UI widgets. And I had been using Kendo with MVC in the past. The trend has been changed a bit fellas ! Since few months, I had been working on Web API, MVC, bootstrap and AngularJS — pretty popular stack now a days. Anywhere you need a page, use a MVC controller and views, whereas for CRUD operations basically one may use Web API controllers ( async calls ) with HTTP verbs.

Now, Continue reading “kendo ui (core)”

Extension Methods & Interfaces


Interfaces are used to logically encapsulate definitions for a group of related functionalities, contains only the signatures of methods, properties, events or indexers. On the flip side — “extension methods enable you to ‘add’ methods to existing types without creating a new derived type, recompiling, or otherwise modifying the original type.” I suppose you already know it. Now the question arises, even if this was somehow ‘technically possible’ … why do you need it ?

A famous man once said “with great power comes great responsibilities” – who said that what is that even mean, don’t matter. I said that because he said it. So now he was famous and getting said by two well known guys. urgh … let’s track this from the beginning…

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Team Foundation Dev Tools


Few days back I started working on a utility project called Team Foundation Dev Tools ( http://ablaze8.github.io/TeamFoundationDevTools/ ). The goal is to extend the TFS api and serve some unmatched features like searching entire TFS server for some file and/or file path ( wild card and exact search ), commits by a specific user to any and/or project among all projects of a TFS server and such.

I’m not planning anything serious with it, just trying to build something I always wanted to see in an ideal TFS tool.

This is an open source tool and also supports .NET 3.5 & 4.5.2 so it’s compatible all the way back to Visual Studio 2008 running on Windows XP … up until latest and greatest !