With the release of ASP.NET Core, configuration was given a major upgrade. The new options API provides the ability to add configuration sections to the service provider and then inject them using the options interfaces. Unfortunately, I still see people injecting IConfiguration and then manually grabbing values with strings.Continue reading “Configuration in ASP.NET Core”
The classical approach to unit testing with Entity Framework involves mocking the database context. With Entity Framework Core we no longer need to use a library like moq or even use mocking any longer. Instead, we’re going to use Entity Framework Core’s in memory database.Continue reading “Testing with Entity Framework Core”
Over the past decade, CQRS has become more popular and implementing it with Entity Framework Core makes it easy. We’re going to start off by discussing what CQRS is, different ways to implement it, and why Entity Framework Core is ideally suited to it. We’ll finish with examples of command and query implementations.Continue reading “CQRS with Entity Framework Core”
For those who aren’t familiar, there is a concept in Domain Driven Design that distinguishes between objects with identity (entities) and those without (value objects). When we model the domain we typically think in terms of entities which are then persisted and modified over time. They form the basis for which we describe the business and interact with it, and often times, entities are the only objects developers create when modeling the system. Value objects provide a wealth of benefits though when applied appropriately.
Working with a many to many relationship in Entity Framework Core has always been one of the harder things for developers new to Entity Framework. This is going to be a short post detailing how to create them and configure the relationship. We’ll also discuss common scenarios when working with them.
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In the first five years that I was working as a developer I didn’t once bother to read the .NET framework source code. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the case for most software developers. We work with the .NET framework and associated tools and libraries every day, but we seldom care about how they really work or what’s contained within. Now, don’t get me wrong, the whole point of a framework is to shield you from having to know the underlying implementation details and knowing the entire framework is not necessary. I would argue though that knowing parts of the framework and how they work opens up opportunities and affords certain benefits.
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If you’re using Entity Framework Core and building any non-trivial enterprise application then using data tables with paging is almost a certainty. There are two ways to do this: server side and client side. Which one you choose depends on your design and your needs. There are pros and cons associated with both so you need to choose the correct approach for what you want to accomplish. Continue reading “Paging in Entity Framework Core”
I wanted to write a quick post about using query filters and automatically populating audit columns in Entity Framework Core since I see a lot of people doing this manually still. A common scenario in most applications is to do soft deletes on everything, typically with a column like “IsDeleted”. Another common scenario that is found almost universally in every system are audit columns like “DateCreated” and “DateUpdated”. This is actually very simple to implement, so this is going to be a fairly short post.
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Entity Framework Core query performance is something that comes up often when working on projects that rely on it heavily. I have often heard that Entity Framework is not performant enough which then leads to everything being written as a stored procedure. Usually this happens for two main reasons: developers aren’t familiar with how to write queries in a performant manner and developers that are more comfortable with SQL want to develop everything in their technology of choice. Entity Framework is not a silver bullet for everything. There are times when it simply can’t deliver the performance needed or when it is simply functionally incapable of doing what is necessary due to limitations of the framework. That being said, there is no reason you can’t write the vast majority of your application with it and reap all the benefits it provides.
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