Exploring the JSON Configuration Files in ASP.NET Core 1.0

As I have mentioned before, my team and I are working on getting up and running with a new ASP.NET Core 1.0 application. I've spent some time with them going over the new JSON-based configuration files like project.json, global.json, and appsettings.json, and now I'm finally at a point where I can write this post. Let's take a look at the three default JSON configuration files in a new ASP.NET Core application, and see what... Read more >

Using Gulp.js and the Task Runner Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

We're setting up a new ASP.NET 5 ASP.NET Core 1.0 project in Visual Studio 2015, and my team is trying to get used to the idea of "Task Runners" such as Grunt.js or Gulp.js. We're brand new to this idea, and my personal philosophy is What I don't understand, I cannot change, so obviously I need to understand these pieces of tech before I can hope to use them properly. Let's see if... Read more >

Debugger Windows in Visual Studio 2015 Quick Guide

Debugging is a critical skill that every programmer needs to become better at their jobs. Visual Studio provides several windows that help make debugging easier, but until now I hadn't really used them all that often. Well, in the spirit of not caring that I suck as long as I'm learning, I did a little research into the debugger windows that I'd never truly used before, and compiled a list of the most useful debugger windows in Visual Studio 2015.... Read more >

Using 64-bit IIS Express in Visual Studio

Our organization, like many other medium-to-large companies, uses a central ORACLE database for most of our company-specific data. By itself this is not an issue (according to management), but problems arise from two things: We are almost exclusively a Microsoft shop. The version of ORACLE we are using is very old (8+ years). Our need to interface with ORACLE is what drove me and my team to develop a mapping system that allowed us to map ASP.NET DataTables to... Read more >