BLAZOR: Building client side web apps in C#.NET

There is a good news for all C# developers which love to develop web applications but don’t like JavaScript. Microsoft has come up with new client side development framework which enables us to write C# code on client side instead of JavaScript.

Reusable web UI component can also be created using C#, HTML and CSS. This mean client and server both are written in C# which can share libraries and code. This makes code size small and easy to maintain. Keep on reading

AutoMapper ignore attributes from mapping

This is an informative post because I was not able to find this information with above title and most of the time we try to search with this title phrase only.

When you are using AutoMapper and want to ignore some fields from the mapping then there is a simple solution provide from Automapper version 5.0 and later. Keep on reading

Disable automatic table creation in Entity Framework

Usually I prefer code first approach which in turn leads to create or update database based on the any change that I do in my entity model classes. This is very straight forward.

But in one of my recent project for and enterprise client they asked not to do any change in database from code as database should be maintained by the DBA team only so I have to disable database creation and upgrade from my code. To do that I simply have to update one line in my code that is Database.SetInitializer. Keep on reading

Password hash using PBKDF2 with HMAC SHA256/ SHA512 in .NET Framework 4.7.2 and .NET Core 2.0

Here I am back with more updates on PBKDF2 with HMAC but this time I am talking about SHA-2 family of hashes which includes SHA-256 and SHA-512, both that to in standard .NET framework.

I have posted another article for implementing PBKDF2 with SHA-2 family for password hashing which has custom implementation of PBKDF2 as at that time this option was not available in standard .NET framework. Keep on reading

AutoMapper configuration in older and newer versions

Recently when I was looking for various architecture approached and tools sets, I saw this post which is very useful. But while I was going through the post I was getting error while implementing AutoMapper. I started getting below errors when I tried to configure AutoMapper as given on the link.

  • The type or namespace name ‘Profile’ could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)
  • ‘ViewModelToDomainMappingProfile.ProfileName’: no suitable method found to override
  • ‘ViewModelToDomainMappingProfile.Configure()’: no suitable method found to override
  • ‘DomainToViewModelMappingProfile.Configure()’: no suitable method found to override
  • ‘Mapper’ does not contain a definition for ‘CreateMap’
  • ‘Mapper’ does not contain a definition for ‘CreateMap’

After some time I figured out the problem. Actually while following the tutorials I installed latest version (7.0.1 at that time) of AutoMapper from nuget while this tutorial was using 3.3.1 (that article was written sometime in 2015). Keep on reading

Password hash using PBKDF2 with HMAC SHA256/ SHA512 in .NET Framework 4.7 and before

Recently I got an requirement from one of my client to generate salted password hash using PBKDF2 and SHA-2 algorithms. But as everyone knows we only have SHA-1 available in .NET framework till now.

Because this was an client requirement so I have to accommodate in my project scope and to do this I got help from a nice guy who made this easy for me. While doing search on google I found this article from that guy. Keep on reading

Browser back button triggers previous post action in .NET webform application – solved

Recently while working on one of my .NET application I was stuck in a strange problem. I created a button and its click event to insert some entry in database and at the end of this action I used below statement to redirect the page for next step.

Response.Write("<script>top.location="next step page url";</script>");

=&0=& I used this method to redirect the page because I was doing it in an iframe and wanted to redirect parent page after this step is completed and next step is started.

This was working perfectly fine but after moving to next step when I clicked browser back button same action was again fired and I got two similar entries in database. This was strange because I never exacted post event to be actually fired on browser back button because browser used to show a message when there is any post action is required (like we tap browser refresh button after any post action).

After some hit and trial I found that the statement above (Response.Write) is causing the issue. This was because the post action was still in progress because I used a trick to redirect instead of simple Response.Redirect.

To complete the post event and redirect properly to resolve the page postback issue on browser back button I used below approach in place of above like of statement:

Session["next"] = true

On parent page I checked if this session exists then redirect to next step

if(Session["next"] != null && Convert.ToBoolean(Session["next"]))
     Response.Redirect("next step page url");

After this approach when I clicked browser back button there was not issue of postback.

So the conclusion was that Response.Write was actual reason of the issue because it was breaking the flow without completing the post action.