Converting a Controller Method in MVC5 to async

I’m currently working on a Pluralsight course on ASP.NET and I have to admit I’m slow to adopt async methods in my code because it feels a little complex when non-async code is what I’m use to.  I’m feeling like since I’m doing this Pluralsight course I should really show best practices and clearly async controller methods is no doubt a best practice. I’m surprised it was actually so easy.  First, let me show you the code that I had written that is not async that I’m sure you are all familiar with. [crayon-56b699ca124bd290971441/] All I had to change (besides adding the async name space for Task) was to have speakers return a task with the ToListAsync method and change the signature of the method to return a task. Here is the updated … Continue Reading

LINQ Support in Visual Studio 2015 Debugger Awesome


I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time.  I’m in the debugger of Visual Studio 2015 and I have some data structure that is a collection of objects.  To find what I want, I’ve had to either write ugly conditional debugging statements or put in some temporary c# if statements to stop on what I wanted and examine it. Now, I can just write the LINQ code in the watch window of Visual Studio and see exactly what I want.  Check out the screen shot below and notice that I just typed in: meetupResults.results.Select(a=>a.urlname).ToList() and I got exactly what I wanted. Very nice! … Continue Reading

Name Collisions with Asp.Net Webapi and How to Avoid

I love the simplicity of using ASP.NET WebAPI for building simple web rest services.  No special calls to create JSON, simple REST conventions implemented with the methods GET,POST,PUT and DELETE and very straight forward interfaces. The thing that annoys me is the naming convention.  In my case, I’ve create a folder /rest on my web server and I put all my WebAPI controllers there.  An example of a controller looks as follows: [crayon-56b699ca14ac4488260666/]   The problems comes up when you decide you want to have a different FAQ controller for different parts of the web site.  The obvious solution is to drop the REST services into sub directories.  Unfortunately, since the class name above does not … Continue Reading

WebAPI REST Routing For AngularJS and ExtJS

As most of my readers know, I’ve done a lot of work with the JavaScript libraries made by Sencha (ExtJS and SenchaTouch).  The typical JSON sent down to the requesting web application looks like the following with both Sencha products. { "data": [ { "shirtSize": "Mens-4XL", "id": 30 }, { "shirtSize": "Mens-5XL", "id": 31 }, { "shirtSize": "Mens-6XL", "id": 32 } ], "total": 34, "success": true } Notice that it is a single JavaScript object that has a property named data which is the array we are interested in. AngularJS’s Resource api expects just the data array by default without the nice wrapping with total and status.  That is, Angular just … Continue Reading


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