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Posted: 20 Apr 2014   Updated: 9 Jun 2014   Views: 137,184   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 29   Popularity: 7.18
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With the release of the Identity 2.0 framework in March of 2014, the Identity team has added a significant set of new features to the previously simple, but somewhat minimal ASP.NET Identity system. Some of the most visible, and in-demand features introduced with the new release are account validati
Posted: 9 Jul 2014   Updated: 10 Jul 2014   Views: 51,935   Rating: 4.50/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.35
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The basics of compiling C code and using Makefiles
Programming Languages
C#
Posted: 24 Jan 2015   Updated: 26 Jan 2015   Views: 137,767   Rating: 4.99/5    Votes: 33   Popularity: 7.57
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Building up a lean, minimal Web Api application from scratch is a terrific way to become more familiar with how things work under the hood in a Web Api (or any other ASP.NET) project.
Posted: 11 Mar 2014   Updated: 11 Mar 2014   Views: 143,398   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 16   Popularity: 5.82
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I have a general distaste for decorating my code with Attributes and Annotations. Most of the time, I can't help but feel like there must be a better way to accomplish what I am trying to do, and/or that I have somewhere sprung a leak in what should be a helpful abstraction. Other times, though, c
Posted: 3 Dec 2013   Updated: 12 Dec 2013   Views: 91,591   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 13   Popularity: 5.40
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In this article, we will examine the specifics of this "Just-In-Time" PDF generation.
SQL
Posted: 16 Dec 2014   Updated: 17 Dec 2014   Views: 71,199   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 4.73
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If you are new to SQLite, you may well run across one of the most confounding of its implementation details the moment you attempt to do some sort of bulk or batch processing of inserts or updates. What you will discover is that unless properly implemented, inserting or updating multiple records
Security
Identity
Posted: 18 Aug 2014   Updated: 16 Sep 2014   Views: 63,756   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 18   Popularity: 6.21
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Earlier this year we looked at Implementing Group-Based Permissions Management using the ASP.NET Identity 1.0 framework. The objective of that project was to gain a little more granular control of application authorization, by treating the now-familiar Identity Role as more of a "permission" which c
Posted: 25 Sep 2014   Updated: 6 Nov 2014   Views: 113,657   Rating: 4.84/5    Votes: 21   Popularity: 6.39
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In recent posts, I've covered a lot of ground using ASP.NET Identity 2.0 in the context of an MVC application. Since it's RTM in March of this year, Identity 2.0 has offered a substantial expansion of the Authentication/Authorization . toolset available to MVC applications. Similarly, Identity 2.0
Web Development
ASP.NET
Posted: 13 Nov 2013   Updated: 24 Jun 2014   Views: 392,354   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 81   Popularity: 9.40
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Implementing simple role-based identity management and working with identity accounts in ASP.NET MVC 5.
Posted: 14 Feb 2014   Updated: 14 Jul 2014   Views: 309,628   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 45   Popularity: 8.14
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In a recent article I took a rather long look at extending the ASP.NET 5 Identity model, adding some custom properties to the basic IdentityUser class, and also some basic role-based identity management. We did not discuss modifying, extending, or working directly with Roles, beyond seeding the d
Posted: 17 Jul 2014   Updated: 6 Aug 2014   Views: 95,025   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 20   Popularity: 6.47
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A deeper look at extending the core set of models afforded by the Identity 2.0 framework, and re-implementing the basic Identity Samples project using integer keys for all of our models, instead of the default string keys which are the default.
Posted: 20 Feb 2014   Updated: 11 Aug 2014   Views: 247,779   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 25   Popularity: 6.99
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Add Basic Group-Based permissions management to your ASP.NET MVC application. For applications of moderate complexity, which require a little more granularity in authorization permissions, but which may not warrant moving to a heavy-weight solutions such as Active Directory.
Posted: 20 Feb 2014   Updated: 11 Aug 2014   Views: 44,593   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 3.89
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This is the second part of a two-part series in which we figure out how to implement a basic Group-based permissions management system using the ASP.NET MVC 5 Identity system. In this series, we are building upon previous concepts we used in extending the IdentityUser class and implementing Role-Bas
Posted: 2 Oct 2014   Updated: 3 Oct 2014   Views: 94,374   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 17   Popularity: 6.15
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When working with ASP.NET Web Api from a .NET client, one of the more confounding things can be handling the case where errors are returned from the Api. Specifically, unwrapping the various types of errors which may be returned from a specific API action method, and translating the error content in
Posted: 27 Jun 2014   Updated: 6 Nov 2014   Views: 231,304   Rating: 4.98/5    Votes: 44   Popularity: 8.14
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The ASP.NET Identity team released the Identity 2.0 framework RTM back in march. The new release contained significant additions to the functionality found in the original 1.0 release, and introduced some breaking changes as well. In a previous post, we took a high-level look at how Identity 2.0 w
Posted: 20 Apr 2014   Updated: 8 Jan 2015   Views: 588,847   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 70   Popularity: 9.11
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On March 20, 2014, the ASP.NET team released the RTM version 2.0 of the new Identity framework. The new release brings with it some long-awaited new features, and marks a substantial expansion of the security and authorization capabilities available to ASP.NET applications of all types. The ASP.NE
Posted: 4 Jul 2013   Updated: 13 Nov 2013   Views: 143,033   Rating: 4.70/5    Votes: 23   Popularity: 6.40
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Creating a clean, minimal-footprint ASP.NET WebAPI project with VS 2012 and ASP.NET MVC 4.
Posted: 22 Aug 2013   Updated: 26 Nov 2013   Views: 420,186   Rating: 4.90/5    Votes: 59   Popularity: 8.68
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How to customize routes in ASP.NET MVC.
HTML
Posted: 6 Jan 2014   Updated: 6 Jan 2014   Views: 54,886   Rating: 4.80/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.89
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ASP.NET MVC: Add a Select All Checkbox to a Checklist Table Using JQuery

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Cloud
Posted: 25 May 2013   Updated: 25 May 2013   Views: 46,180   Rating: 3.67/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 1.75
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A quick overview of Windows Azure Blob Storage
Database Development
Posted: 6 Apr 2015   Updated: 6 Apr 2015   Views: 8,280   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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A More Useful Port of the Chinook Database to Postgresql
PostgreSQL
Posted: 19 Apr 2015   Updated: 22 Apr 2015   Views: 124,352   Rating: 4.77/5    Votes: 7   Popularity: 4.03
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Installing and configuring PostgreSQL on a Linux box is either simple, because you are a Linux and/or Postgres expert, or not so simple, because you are new(er) to Linux, Postgres, or both. Over the past year, I have resided firmly in the latter camp.
Posted: 29 Jun 2015   Updated: 29 Jun 2015   Views: 14,512   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to use JSON type and aggregate functions to map relational data to JSON
DevOps
Git
Posted: 11 Sep 2012   Updated: 18 Sep 2012   Views: 428,149   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 21   Popularity: 6.35
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CodeProjectWhile there are GUI interfaces available for GIT (some good, some bad), familiarity with at least the basics of git’s command line interface can only enhance your ability to use the tool to maximum effectiveness.
Posted: 19 Sep 2012   Updated: 20 Sep 2012   Views: 10,350   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Third part in a series focused on getting familiar with Git for Windows developers
Posted: 16 Mar 2013   Updated: 16 Mar 2013   Views: 43,004   Rating: 4.50/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.35
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Here is the quick version of Git Subtree Merge
Posted: 16 Mar 2013   Updated: 16 Mar 2013   Views: 44,164   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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Managing nested libraries using the GIT subtree merge workflow
Posted: 8 Sep 2013   Updated: 11 Sep 2013   Views: 10,401   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Interactively stage portions of a single changed file for Commit using git add -p.
Posted: 8 Sep 2013   Updated: 20 Sep 2013   Views: 23,161   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Interactive patch staging with Git add -p.
Testing
Posted: 8 Sep 2014   Updated: 18 Sep 2014   Views: 99,177   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 27   Popularity: 7.08
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How often do you find yourself tossing together a console application for the purpose of trying out code, "testing" in the sense of seeing what works best, or, possibly, as a means to demo some library of function? I do, a lot.
DNVM
Posted: 29 Jun 2015   Updated: 1 Jul 2015   Views: 126,057   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 30   Popularity: 7.12
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Understanding the relationship between the .NET Version Manager (DNVM), the .NET Execution Environment (DNX) and .NET Development Utilities (DNU) is fundamental to developing with ASP.NET 5.
Editing
Posted: 25 Aug 2013   Updated: 28 Jan 2015   Views: 78,963   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Install Sublime Text 3 (beta) on Linux Mint or Ubuntu.
General Programming
Exceptions
Posted: 6 Nov 2012   Updated: 6 Nov 2012   Views: 11,010   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Checked exceptions in Java.
Posted: 6 Nov 2012   Updated: 6 Sep 2013   Views: 19,280   Rating: 4.90/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.34
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This post is a re-examination of some topics I discuss in an older post.
Hosted Services
Azure
Posted: 15 Apr 2013   Updated: 25 Oct 2013   Views: 14,400   Rating: 4.80/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.44
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Deploying an Azure website from source control.
Serverless
Posted: 7 Dec 2014   Updated: 9 Dec 2014   Views: 111,581   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 24   Popularity: 6.77
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How to install and use SQLite on Windows
MVC
Posted: 6 Jan 2014   Updated: 6 Jan 2014   Views: 142,422   Rating: 4.38/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 3.95
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Often we need to create a table for our ASP.NET MVC web application with a checkbox next to each row, in order to allow the user to select one or more items from our list for additional processing. While the concept is not terribly challenging, it is not intuitive or obvious if you are newer to MVC.
Operating Systems
Linux
Posted: 24 Apr 2013   Updated: 11 Sep 2013   Views: 126,792   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.49
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Installing Sublime Text 2 on Linux.
Posted: 11 Sep 2013   Updated: 12 Sep 2013   Views: 21,771   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Setting Sublime Text as the default editor for Git (Linux Mint/Ubuntu).
Windows
Posted: 3 Apr 2013   Updated: 18 Sep 2013   Views: 23,710   Rating: 4.33/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.07
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This post describes a rather specific use of Git’s rebase command.
Posted: 10 Nov 2013   Updated: 21 Nov 2013   Views: 46,463   Rating: 4.84/5    Votes: 14   Popularity: 5.55
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Keep Nuget packages out of source control with Nuget Package Manager Restore.
Posted: 3 Sep 2012   Updated: 3 Sep 2012   Views: 19,721   Rating: 4.50/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.35
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Introductory examination of Git in a Windows Environment for those who are just getting started
Posted: 11 Sep 2012   Updated: 11 Sep 2012   Views: 11,311   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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This is the second installment of a multi-part series about getting your feet wet with Git for Windows developers.
Programming Languages
C#
Posted: 9 Mar 2013   Updated: 10 Dec 2013   Views: 200,550   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.73
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Splitting and merging PDF files in C# using the iTextSharp library.
Posted: 2 Feb 2013   Updated: 3 Feb 2013   Views: 72,773   Rating: 4.33/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.30
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Working with PDF files in C# using PdfBox and IKVM.
Posted: 12 Oct 2012   Updated: 12 Oct 2012   Views: 12,752   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to change the formatting of the Active Column Header to track user location.
Posted: 3 Sep 2012   Updated: 3 Sep 2012   Views: 57,655   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 3.89
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Examination of a quick way to create more useful expandable groups in the .NET ListView control.
Posted: 3 Sep 2012   Updated: 3 Sep 2012   Views: 14,330   Rating: 4.75/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.86
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Continued examination of C# ListView subclass with collapsible groups.
Posted: 19 Jan 2014   Updated: 19 Jan 2014   Views: 33,570   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.20
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This is the second part of an article demonstrating how to build out an application for sending personalized email to recipients selected from a list. In the first part, we put together the basic structure of our ASP.NET MVC application, according to a simple list of requirements.
Posted: 25 May 2013   Updated: 25 May 2013   Views: 38,225   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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This post discusses modeling a directory structure on Azure Blob Storage.
Posted: 21 Dec 2013   Updated: 27 Dec 2013   Views: 111,798   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 11   Popularity: 5.15
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C# SMTP configuration for Outlook.com SMTP host
Posted: 18 Oct 2013   Updated: 18 Oct 2013   Views: 38,476   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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Use cross-platform/OSS ExcelDataReader to read Excel files with no dependencies on Office or ACE.
Posted: 29 Sep 2013   Updated: 14 Nov 2013   Views: 530,566   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 38   Popularity: 7.77
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Create and manipulate Word documents programmatically using DocX.
Posted: 8 Aug 2013   Updated: 10 Aug 2013   Views: 52,801   Rating: 4.56/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.74
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Wildcard search using LINQ
Posted: 26 Sep 2013   Updated: 14 Nov 2013   Views: 192,608   Rating: 4.98/5    Votes: 31   Popularity: 7.36
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C#: Query Excel and .CSV files using LinqToExcel.
Javascript
Posted: 5 Jan 2014   Updated: 6 Jan 2014   Views: 15,721   Rating: 4.83/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.31
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Ok, so there is what might be my first-ever "link bait" title. Especially dangerous because I am about to jump into a discussion propagated by some well-known, highly-respected developers against whom my own self-taught, inexperienced knowledge pales.
Visual Basic
Posted: 3 Sep 2012   Updated: 20 Sep 2013   Views: 83,313   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 17   Popularity: 6.08
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Use conditional compilation to control runtime settings for different deployment scenarios.
XML
Posted: 29 Sep 2012   Updated: 29 Sep 2012   Views: 80,460   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 7   Popularity: 4.23
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John on Google CodeProjectLet’s face it. Managing date information within the .net framework (or any framework, really . . . Java is not much better) is a pain the the ass. Really. What makes it even worse is managing user data entry of date information.
Security
Posted: 19 Jan 2014   Updated: 19 Jan 2014   Views: 23,981   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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I recently had to throw together an application for work allow users to send email to recipients selected from a list.
Identity
Posted: 17 Nov 2014   Updated: 19 Nov 2014   Views: 78,373   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 13   Popularity: 5.54
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In a previous post, we took a high-level look at using Identity 2.0 in the context of a Web Api application. We essentially poked and prodded the default Visual Studio Web Api project template, learned where things live, and got a basic sense for how it all is supposed to work.
Posted: 22 Mar 2015   Updated: 23 Mar 2015   Views: 21,180   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.81
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This is the third post in a series in which we have built up a minimal, self-hosted, OWIN-based Web Api application essentially from scratch. In this post we'll pull in a minimal ASP.NET Identity implementation.
SSH
Posted: 23 Nov 2012   Updated: 28 May 2013   Views: 360,071   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 14   Popularity: 5.73
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How to use SSH to access a Linux machine from Windows
Visual Studio
Posted: 15 Dec 2013   Updated: 2 Jan 2014   Views: 213,537   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 27   Popularity: 7.10
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Renaming your project and solution directories.
Web Development
ASP.NET
Posted: 22 Jul 2013   Updated: 22 Aug 2013   Views: 203,691   Rating: 4.86/5    Votes: 20   Popularity: 6.10
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This post covers the most basic and fundamental concepts of routing as applied to the ASP.NET Web API framework.
Posted: 21 Oct 2013   Updated: 22 Oct 2013   Views: 46,941   Rating: 4.58/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.14
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In this post we will take a quick look at how to reverse engineer an existing database to create your conceptual data model.
Posted: 21 Oct 2013   Updated: 23 Oct 2013   Views: 17,421   Rating: 4.80/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.44
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In this post, we are going to look specifically at the vexing situation I ran into deploying from source control with an application using Entity Framework's "Model-First" strategy.
Posted: 6 Oct 2013   Updated: 2 Dec 2013   Views: 47,080   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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Configuring ASP.NET MVC 4 membership with a SQL CE database.
Posted: 22 Jul 2013   Updated: 10 Dec 2013   Views: 212,060   Rating: 4.93/5    Votes: 32   Popularity: 7.21
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This post covers the most basic and fundamental concepts of routing as applied to the ASP.NET MVC framework.
Posted: 27 Oct 2013   Updated: 18 Dec 2013   Views: 378,927   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 40   Popularity: 7.89
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In this post we will review setting up the basic Identity accounts, pointing them at an external SQL Server (or whatever other database you choose) instance instead of the default (local) SQL Server CE in App_Data, and configuring Entity Framework Migrations so seed the database with initial data.
Posted: 23 Dec 2013   Updated: 2 Jan 2014   Views: 117,802   Rating: 4.86/5    Votes: 12   Popularity: 5.24
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As we all know, users are impatient. We also know that if we don't tell them our application is "doing something" they tend to do silly things like click the mouse repeatedly, seeking some sign that the requested action is indeed being performed.
Posted: 16 Feb 2015   Updated: 16 Feb 2015   Views: 71,372   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 13   Popularity: 5.53
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Identity is fully compatible with the OWIN Authorization model, and when used in this manner, represents a very useful, ready-to go concrete implementation.
Posted: 4 Jul 2013   Updated: 22 Oct 2013   Views: 102,573   Rating: 4.98/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.85
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Build out a clean, minimal-footprint REST-ful API.
Posted: 6 Apr 2014   Updated: 7 Apr 2014   Views: 17,240   Rating: 4.25/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.03
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ASP.NET MVC: How to keep private settings out of source control
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My name is John Atten, and my username on many of my online accounts is xivSolutions. I am Fascinated by all things technology and software development. I work mostly with C#, Javascript/Node.js, Various flavors of databases, and anything else I find interesting. I am always looking for new information, and value your feedback (especially where I got something wrong!)