Thoughts from the Wet Coast

The musings of an ASP.NET Developer from Canada's We(s)t Coast

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In an earlier post in this series I blogged about creating themes for my blogs. In my most recent updates I have added support for pages to my blog. All the pages on the site are rendered with the same View Page view, so would therefore use the same layout or “template”. Even in a fairly simple site this quite restrictive, and in the post I will show how you can support multiple different layout pages or page templates.
Sep 3 2018

In a previous post, I introduced the concept of Tag Helpers in ASP.NET Core. In this post I will show how you can create your own Tag Helper. As an example I will rewrite my User Profile ViewComponent as a Tag Helper. As I mentioned in the previous post I can use the User Profile View Component as a Tag Helper by using the built-in ViewComponent Tag Helper, but this exercise will show how we can build it as a pure Tag Helper.
Aug 28 2018

I have been making some updates to my Blog Application (Naif.Blog) over the last few weeks, as I both enhance the application with some new features and bring it up to the latest version of ASP.NET Core (v2.1). In my implementation of theming I have allowed themes to “override” any of the default Views. This makes the theming engine very powerful but it also makes it potentially harder for theme creators as they would need to understand some basic Razor. This is where Tag Helpers come in - Tag Helpers provide a way to express functionality in HTML markup. In this blog I review the built-in Tag Helpers.

Aug 27 2018

Its just over a year since I updated my Naif.Blog blogging application. In fact its just over a year since I posted anything on this blog. For the last week I have been off work and so I have been keeping my hand in by making some long overdue updates to my blogging application – Naif.Blog.

Aug 9 2018

Just over a year ago when I started creating my own Blogging web application I stated that one of the goals of this exercise was to remove my dependency on an expensive SQL Server database.  I am pleased to announce that I have accomplished my goal - You are reading this post on my re-launched personal blog site running on my new blog app - Naif.Blog on Microsoft Azure.

May 9 2017

Last weekend was another long weekend in Canada - at least in the part of Canada where I live, British Columbia, so I had some time to return to working on my bog application - Naif.Blog.  The final piece of the puzzle - how can we make our simple blog application support multiple different blogs from the same code-base.  This feature can save hosting dollars as it allows a single hosted site to support many different blogs, and is usually termed - multi-tenancy.

Aug 1 2016

ASP.NET Core 1.0 RTM is finally here.  Congratulations to the ASP.NET team for reaching this important milestone earlier this week.  I remember seeing the first prototype of this code at an MVP Summit 3 years ago.  I love the vision of a cross-platform modern server platform for developing web applications.

Jul 2 2016

On this Canada Day 2016 weekend I have time to get back to building my own Blog Application.  In this post I look at a new feature in ASP.NET Core – View Components.  View Components are similar to partial Views but they are much more powerful. 

Jul 1 2016

In my continuing series on building my own Blog Application I next turn to theming.  Any self-respecting Blog Application needs to be able to be themed and this is actually fairly straightforward in ASP.NET Core.  In addition to introducing the theming engine this blog will also introduce the new Configuration and Options frameworks available in ASP.NET Core.

May 23 2016

In my continuing series on building my own Blog Application, I next turn to Windows Live Writer (WLW) support.  

I have decided to implement WLW support before I even create a web-based editing experience.  Primarily, this is because building the web-based editing experience is really just a matter of creating a standard MVC Form based UI, while building the WLW support will introduce new concepts.  However, the other reason is that I want Naif.Blog to take WLW support seriously as a first class citizen, so the best way to do that is to do it first – I can have a completely working blog once this is complete.

Apr 22 2016

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