Speed up compilation of ASP.NET Core 2.1 projects

If you've recently started a new ASP.NET Core 2.1 project, or upgraded an existing project, and your username contains a space, you may find your builds and compilation is very slow. This post explains how to dramatically speed things up.

Razor has received some new features in ASP.NET Core 2.1. The big one is that you can now create Razor class libraries that let you use Razor to …

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How to run Linux in Hyper-V on Windows

Spinning up a new Linux VM using Hyper-V is surprisingly easy. I managed to get CentOS installed and running on Windows Server 2016 is no time, but there were a few gotchas along the way.

In this post, I document the steps I took to install CentOS 7.5 on Hyper-V. I installed Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2016 box, but these steps should also work just as easily on Windows 10 and with …

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How to fix IIS HTTP Error 502.5 in ASP.NET Core

When deploying an ASP.NET Core application to IIS, you may find IIS returning HTTP Error 502.5 instead of your web page.

I recently hit this problem after manually modifying the web.config file. Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix.

In this post, we see what needs to be in web.config for ASP.NET Core, explain why the error occurs, and show how to …

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The Missing Caret - 5 Tips to Save Everyone Time

I recently installed Confluence to try it out as a possible replacement for MediaWiki for internal documentation.

However, I ran into a bug. In this post, I explain the bug, the solution, and provide 5 tips on how it could have been avoided. If you follow these tips, you'll help save …

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Accessing Tuples at Runtime using Reflection

C# 7 added Tuples and provides an awesome syntax for accessing them. C# 7.1 improved the usability of tuples further with Tuple Name Inference. However, sometimes you need to access them dynamically and this can be tricky.

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Upgrading ASP.NET Libraries to .NET Standard

.NET Standard is great; .NET Standard is an interface that allows you to write libraries once and consume them from different applications on different .NET platforms, including ones that don't even exist yet.

Standalone libraries are often straightforward to upgrade to .NET Standard, but what about …

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ASP.NET Core - A Complete Rewrite of ASP.NET

ASP.NET Core 2.0 was released alongside Visual Studio 2017.3 and is ready for use, but its relationship with prior frameworks is often misunderstood and can be confusing.

Many people seem to think ASP.NET Core is simply the next version of ASP.NET MVC. However, it is so much more than that, it is a replacement and …

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C# 7.1 - Everything You Need To Know

Visual Studio 2017.3 brought with it the first minor update to the C# language, C# 7.1. This update adds four new features to C#: async main, target-typed default literals, tuple name inference, and generic support for pattern-matching.

In this post, you'll learn how to enable the new C# 7.1 language features in your …

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Upgrading to .NET Core and .NET Standard Made Easy

With the release of .NET Core 2.0 and .NET Standard 2.0, now is a great time to consider upgrading your projects to .NET Core and your libraries to .NET Standard.

By upgrading your projects to .NET Core 2.0 you get cross-platform support and higher performance. By upgrading your libraries to .NET Standard you get greater compatibility and ensure they can be used in projects targeting …

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Understanding .NET Standard - An Interface Not An Implementation

With so many different platforms, standards, and frameworks, how do you make sense of it all? There is .NET Framework, .NET Core, and .NET Standard before you even get to Mono and Xamarin.

What is the difference, which do I need, what is .NET Standard? When do I use .NET Standard? If you're confused, then you're not alone and this post is for you.

In this post, I explain .NET …

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