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Simple script for building and publishing .NET Core application to Docker

Build and publish .NET Core application to Docker container or Kubernetes
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Recently I wanted to try to spin up a simple .NET Core application on my local cluster which I built in my previous article Manual setup of Kubernetes cluster on a Virtual Machine with kubeadm. The problem I had is that I needed to test applications in this cluster and deploy them as service in order to monitor potential issues behavior. As deployment of Kubernetes service needs an image to pull from, I decided to use dockerhub to push my test images, but they first needed to be created. ...read more

Get most visited pages of your website from Google Analytics using C#

List most visited website pages from Google analytics in your .NET application code
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If you have a website like this one with articles and you would like to suggest most visited articles to your visitors, there are few ways to do this. One of them is definitely a custom solution that can track and store count of every visit per page you have, or without any re-inventing of wheel you can just hook to Google Analytics API to pull the data...read more

Creating Windows service and Linux daemon with the same code base in .NET

Cross-platform service with C# and .NET Framework
 
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Few months back I wrote an article on how to create Linux daemon in .NET Core using generic host class introduced in 2.1 version of .NET Core. This code works just great on Linux OS when configured as a daemon in systemd and provides more less same concept you would have with Windows Service written in .NET Framework 4.x. The code works just fine on both Windows and Linux hosts, but because it is compiled as a Console Application, you do not really get to run it on your Windows machine as a Service...read more

Minify ASP.NET MVC Core response using custom middleware and pipeline

Html response content minification on the fly in ASP.NET Core
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For my website, since it runs on Umbraco 6 and it is basically ASP.NET MVC application. To reduce load time and increase website performances I decided to alternate the response of the application and minify it using simple regular expression. Initially I was trying to do this with YUI Compressor library which has .NET port as NuGet YUICompressor.NET which works fine in most of the cases, but in my case does not skip PRE tags which I use for code snippets on the website...read more

Background working scheduled task in ASP.NET Core MVC application

Using Quartz for scheduling background tasks in .NET Core MVC applications
 
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Caching common data like lookups for example in memory of your app can increase significantly your MVC web application performances and response time. Of course this data has to be periodically refreshed. You can use various approaches to refresh data including expiry, but this can create potential bottle necks in your application since once data expires, you will use request thread to pull the data, cache and serve the request response back...read more

Simple pixel conversion tracking implementation in ASP.NET Core WebApi

Conversion tracking implementation using pixel method in ASP.NET Core
 
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Pixel tracking, although it is the oldest method for tracking conversions in marketing, it is still used widely and some big companies like Facebook are still overing it as one of the methods for tracking the conversions of on your web pages. Tracking conversion via pixel method is still widely used because of it's simplicity. It does not require any complex client side implementation ant thee fore it ensures that it will execute on pretty much all the browsers that can load images...read more

Limit number of tasks running at the same time in .NET

How to throttle number of running tasks to a specific number in C#
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Limiting the number concurrently running Tasks is not that often requirement in a code, but eventually you'll find yourself in the situation that for the most likely performance issues you'll have to limit number of concurrently running Tasks. One of these situations is when you have long running operations in the Task. If you spin up to many Tasks you will seriously degrade your application performance...read more

Differences in Time Zone Formats in .NET Core on Windows and Linux host

Overcoming TimeZoneInfo load problem on different operating systems in .NET Core
 
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Recently I was working on converting DateTime value to a different time zone because the servers are running in a different time zone than the database where data is stored. Storing DateTime values in UTC time zone is the best practice, so simple DateTime.ToUniversalTime method call solves the problem. But what in case you need to save in the specific timezone and your different server where you application is running on...read more

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