An introduction to U-SQL – SQL and C# combined!

I just returned from SQLBits 2016 and had a fantastic time. They really put on a great conference, with brilliant speakers on a variety of SQL topics (and increasingly NoSQL/Big Data). Throw in good catering and an amazing , all for a very reasonable price and you have a conference I really can't recommend enough! The talk that excited me most this year was...

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Modern Logging with SeriLog and Seq – part 2. Entry Point Logging

Entry Point Logging allows you to track all your API calls and the calls they make from a single place In the first part of this series I gave a brief overview of Serilog and Seq and what differentiates them from logging you may have done in the past.  One of the most useful aspects of structured logging is the...

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Modern Logging with SeriLog and Seq

Add structure to your log entries and bring your logs up to date It used to be that logging was a bit of an after thought where a few statements such as 'Connecting to the database' or 'Invalid user login' were written to a text file that was rarely looked at.  Well things have moved on a fair bit since then. Part 1...

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Enhancing Claims with Owin Middleware & Claims Transformation

Standardise your basic user data and add it to your ClaimsPrincipal for easy access! Recently I was working on a web api 2.0 project that used a bearer token for authentication and passed a UserId in the claims for the generated ClaimsPrincipal. Each controller in the project was accessing the User property from the ApiController base class to get the UserId...

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Going Further with Fluent Builders in your Tests – C#

Fluent Builders are extremely useful. Once you start using them there is no going back! In my first article I outlined fluent builders - what they look like and how to put them together. This time I will go a little deeper to show you just how versatile they can be. Method Naming You can be as flexible as you like in...

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Use Fluent Builders In Your Tests – C#

When creating tests (for TDD or BDD), use fluent builders No, I don't mean the kind that come around and drink all your coffee / tea. When you are testing your code you often have to initialise various classes beforehand. There are several ways to do this. Consider this simple api that takes in a 'Booking' object and returns the...

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More concise, more readable. C# 6.0 real world gains

With Visual Studio 2015 comes C# 6.0. The team at Microsoft put a whole lot of effort into the Roslyn compiler this time around and the language features are primarily syntactic sugar, but they are still extremely welcome. The Null-Conditional Operator Here is a small piece of code that I inherited recently.  It has a very simple task, get the client's...

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