April 10th, 2016

Visual Studio Code: Setting Environment Variable for Tasks

Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is a lightweight, open-source code editor and available on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. One of the key features of Visual Studio Code is its great debugging support for Node.js (JavaScript and TypeScript) and another feature is to run Tasks(Grunt, Gulp, MSBuild…etc.) from the IDE. If you are new to VSCode, I would recommend to see following video which shows how to debug Node.js app, put break-point and use watch window, use environment variable in Visual Studio Code editor:

March 22nd, 2016

How to display SSRS Report in ASP.NET MVC Application

Today, we will explain how to show SSRS reports in ASP.NET MVC application. Suppose you already created awesome SSRS reports and want to use MVC as Report viewing application. Here is your solution.
Open existing application or create new MVC application. You can install reporting package from NuGet.
Go to Tools -> Library Package Manager -> click on Package Manager Console and type following command into command window.

November 5th, 2015

Export Data to Excel (.xls, .xlsx) in ASP.NET – C#

In this article, we will see different ways to export data to Excel from a web application. It is very common task for web developers. Here are different approaches to do it in ASP.NETC#:

Approach 1:

Using the Excel PIA (primary interop assemblies) to generate a spreadsheet server-side.

It needs Microsoft Office suite installed on your server which is not good. So it is NOT recommended.

August 27th, 2015

CRUD with Multiple File Upload, ASP.NET MVC 5 and EF 6

This tutorial explains the following things in ASP.NET MVC:
1. How to upload multiple files using HTML5 multiple file input with additional model data.
2. How to save files to a specific path on the server (Not in database).
3. How to allow to upload file with same name. Different users can upload files with same name.
4. How to download the uploaded file.
5. How to manage files in edit mode.
6. How to use Entity Framework for CRUD operations with parent child table structure.

May 21st, 2015

A Better Way To Manage ASP.NET Session With Generic Wrapper

Before we get started, let us see the general way to use Session in ASP.NET

if (Session["UserName"] == null) 
    LabelUserName.Text = "Anonymous"; 
    LabelUserName.Text = (string)Session["UserName"]; 

You can feel some drawbacks e.g. to check null reference, type safety, to cast object..etc.

Now add following class and see how it solves the issues:

March 1st, 2015

How React.js is good for SEO (Server-side React with ASP.NET)

The problem with the javascript frameworks is that they are NOT perfect search engine friendly. Although Google can crawl and index Ajax content but it is not so reliable and need to follow the guidelines. The advantage of React.js is that you can run it on the server and the virtual DOM will be rendered and returned to the browser as a regular web page. In this post, we will implement a sample in ASP.NET to pre-render the initial state of your React components server-side and the outcome is already rendered page of markup. So it will be indexed just like any other static page by search engine.

If you are new to React.js, I strongly recommend to read following tutorial:

React.js: Introduction and Hello World with ASP.NET MVC 5

February 3rd, 2015

Realtime Voting App with ASP.NET SignalR, React.js and D3.js

This tutorial shows how to build a survey or voting app that displays poll results in real-time using ASP.NET SignalR, React.js and D3.js.

ASP.NET SignalR: to build the real time voting app, then broadcast the live result as votes come in.
D3.js: For data visualization. (Creating Pie chart to show the result)
React.js: To update UI in a very efficient manner for real time changes.

If you are new to React.js, I strongly recommend to read following tutorial:
React.js: Introduction and Hello World with ASP.NET MVC 5