Shawn Wildermuth


My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...

Using Services in ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

I feel like the job of software developer in the last 20 years has been to decouple. Whether it's dependency injection or building modular systems, or even the new trend of micro-services; coupling has been the killer of everything good in software development (maybe).

In many small ways, I find that trying to fit in small disconnected sets of functionality into the ASP.NET MVC Controller to View mechanism can be overwhelming. In some cases I'll need something that is completely separate from the logic of the controller. Luckily ASP.NET Core comes to the rescue.

New Day for Wilder Minds Training

As many of you know, I've been making courses for Pluralsight for a long time now. I think my first course was released in 2011.

I made a decision early on to only make Pluralsight video courses so that I didn't have to worry about exclusivity of topics. They've made me very happy over the years. But I think it's time to stretch a little.

New ASP.NET Core 2 Workshop in Atlanta

I'm getting back into face-to-face training. And I'm starting with a new workshop on ASP.NET Core 2 and Angular 5. If you're in Atlanta or can get here, I'll be doing a three-day workshop from May 16-18th this year.

Here's a little bit about the workshop:

Re-thinking Running Migrations and Seeding in ASP.NET Core 2.0

SeedBack in ASP.NET 4, I really liked the way that it supported running migrations and seeding of the database for you. But in ASP.NET Core and EF Core, that hasn't come to the table yet.

I doubt it actually needs to happen because since ASP.NET Core gives you much more control over the life cycle of the web project. In Entity Framework Core, I've been using an approach to run migrations and seed the database that I kind of crufted together in the Betas. I don't think it's working.

New Year, New Skills: ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Angular Course

Nothing starts a new year like a new skill or two. A couple of months ago I released a new Pluralsight course on building a website using ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Angular.

If you're looking to prepare for the future of web development, I think my course does a good job of teaching the technologies involved. This is a great time of year to start looking at the new stack.

End of the Year Review

In the FjordsWith the New Year coming, I thought I'd look back at the last year in my life. Warning this is going to be technical and personal, that way I can turn 50% of the people off with every sentence...just a different set of people with every paragraph ; )

I've had a tough few years, but overall this has been a good year in the Wildermuth house (removing entirely our Political climate which I won't talk about here). It's not been easy, but it's been good. That's the way it usually is for me.

Reverse Engineering Existing Databases in Entity Framework Core 2

ScaffoldingIn my ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pluralsight course, I specifically teach how to build DbContext classes and the POCO classes that go with them. But I've been getting many questions about how to work with existing databases, so I thought I'd explain it in a blog post.

I purposely teach the DbContext and POCO classes first because I want the students to understand what is happening. The process of using it with an existing database generates sometimes a large amount of code.

Ending the Kickstarter

Commodore 64I want to start by thanking everyone who contributed to the Hello World Film Kickstarter. It's been a humbling exercise. I've learned a lot along the way too.

The film is still happening, but the Kickstarter is being canceled today. No one's pledges will be processed. Let me tell you a little about why and how you can continue to help if you're still excited about the project.

Two Weeks Left in My Kickstarter!

It's been a crazy month for me. I've been spending a lot of time annoying my Twitter followers with announcements about the Kickstarter.

If you're interested in what I'm trying to do, you're running out of time to back my project. It's only two weeks left before the Kickstarter ends.

ASP.NET Core 2.0 and the End of Bower

Bower is still being maintained, but they're recommending that people move their projects to Yarn and Webpack. As you may not know, I'm on a sort of campaign to avoid the complexity of something like Webpack until you really need it.

In addition, some libraries aren't supported by Bower (e.g. Angular 2-5) so I wanted to finally end my use of two package managers when I needed Angular. My decision has been to use NPM instead of Bower since that's where Angular lives at and is a huge ecosystem thanks to node.

Shawn
Shawn Wildermuth
Author, Teacher, and Coach




My Courses

Wilder Minds Training
Vue.js by Example (Now Available)
Bootstrap 4 by Example
Intro to Font Awesome 5 (Free Course)
Building a Web App with ASP.NET Core, MVC6, EF Core, Bootstrap and Angular (updated for 2.1)
Using Visual Studio Code for ASP.NET Core Projects
Implementing ASP.NET Web API
Web API Design
JavaScript for C# Developers

My Appearances

Developer Days - Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland - Sep 17-19, 2018

Techorama - NL
Ede, NL - Oct 1-3, 2018


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