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APS.NET Core Web Application with React-Redux

Introduction React has gone viral among web developers. Compared to other mainstream JS libraries, thanks to JSX and virtual DOM, react has native advantages on DOM control. Redux is a handy way to manage state and React-Redux provides the glue between React and Redux. Going back to ASP.Net core, on VS 2017 Update 3, users […]

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Microsoft AI at a Glance

Artificial intelligence (AI), the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings including learning, language and perception, then help people solve problem better. It has been over several decades since human being research on AI, but the progress is very slow because of many facts, such as lack of data information, low performance […]

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NuGet.org Launches New Site Redesign

NuGet.org, the go-to, repository for .NET developers to find and download packages, has just announced the launch of the site redesign they have been working on. There’s a link from the original site to use the preview site, or you can go directly to it by navigating to preview.nuget.org. According to the release announcement, the […]

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4 Easy Steps to Custom Sections in web.config

In a recent project, I used the web.config file to store some configuration settings that could easily be modified without redeploying code. I used the standard appSettings in <configurations><appSettings><add key=”” value=”” /> .  This works great when you have a specific key name and value. For one specific setting, I needed a little more flexibility.  I created a custom […]

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Getting Access Tokens for both SharePoint and Microsoft Graph

A few days ago, I was working on a project and needed to know if it was possible to access a user’s Exchange Online calendar using the same access token used to access list data in one of their SharePoint Online site collections. The Microsoft documentation is confusing due to the rapid pace of change […]

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Ins and Outs of async and await

C# 5.0 introduced two new keywords: async and await. These keywords have a very powerful effect that can be used without fully understanding them. This is a double-edged sword. It’s great to have a language feature that doesn’t take much time to implement, but at the same time, if there isn’t at least a basic understanding, […]

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TLS 1.2 and .NET Support: How to Avoid Connection Errors

I recently ran into an interesting issue when developing a connector for a third-party API. When trying to connect to the API endpoint, I received the following error message: “An error occurred while making the HTTP request to https://<API endpoint>. This could be due to the fact that the server certificate is not configured properly […]

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Azure ARM Template: Define Web App Application Settings

The previous article in this series covered how to define database Connection Strings for an App Service Web App within an ARM Template. This article will continue to build on the foundation of deploying a Web App using an ARM Template by exploring how to define Application Settings (aka appSettings) for an App Service Web […]

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Azure ARM Template: Define Web App Connection Strings

Previous articles covered what Azure Resource Manager is, along with how to setup an Azure Resource Group project within Visual Studio 2015 to deploy an ASP.NET Web Application to Azure as an App Service Web App. Being able to deploy an application to Azure is just the first step. In order to really use ARM […]

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Deploy Azure Web App using ARM Template from Visual Studio 2015

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the new set of APIs for deploying and managing Microsoft Azure services. A previous article in this series defines what Azure Resource Manager (ARM) means for Developers, IT Pros and DevOps. This article will dive into the details of using Azure Resource Manager, ARM Templates, Visual Studio 2015, and the Azure SDK to […]

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Introduction to ASP.NET Core 1.0

Also known as, ASP.NET 5, this introduction will cover some basic topics on the new framework. Microsoft hosted a free all-day training session this week at the MTC and I was able to attend. It was my first in-depth look at all the new features and I was quite surprised by some. The last version […]

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How InsiteCommerce 4.1 is Changing the Online Shopping Landscape

What is InsiteCommerce? eCommerce is the fastest-growing online business sector nowadays. You have millions of shopping portals where you can get almost every type of product of any brand you like. eCommerce makes our lives easy as it allows you to purchase the product of your choice from your place instead of visiting different stores […]

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IoT Development with Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi: Working offline

This is my sixth blog post covering Windows 10 IoT Core. Previous posts: Part 1: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/windows-10-iot-editions-explained/ Part 2: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-what-you-need/ Part 3: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-setting-up/ Part 4: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-hello-world/ Part 5: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-public-display/ In previous blog post we development a Raspberry Pi 2 application which could be used to present a slideshow on a big public display (outdoor or indoor). […]

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IoT Development with Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi: Public Display

This is my fifth blog post covering Windows 10 IoT Core. Previous posts: Part 1: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/windows-10-iot-editions-explained/ Part 2: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-what-you-need/ Part 3: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-setting-up/ Part 4: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-hello-world/ In my previous post we being creating our first application for Raspberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core. That was a simple “hello world” application. Now let’s build something […]

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IoT Development with Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi – Hello World!

This is my fourth blog post covering Windows 10 IoT Core. Previous posts: Part 1: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/windows-10-iot-editions-explained/ Part 2: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-what-you-need/ Part 3: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-setting-up/ So, you set up your development environment, assembled, connected and set up Raspberry Pi 2. Now you can create your first IoT application. First, head to Visual Studio 2015 and create a project […]

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IoT Development with Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi – Setting Up

This is my third blog article covering Windows 10 IoT Core. Part 1: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/windows-10-iot-editions-explained/. Part 2: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/iot-development-with-windows-10-and-raspberry-pi-what-you-need/ By now we got development environment all set up (installed Windows 10 production release, enabled development mode, installed Visual Studio 2015 and IoT templates). We also set our mind on specific board which we’ll be using: Raspberry Pi […]

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IoT development with Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi – What you need

This is my second blog article covering Windows 10 IoT Core. See the first part here: https://blogs.perficient.com/microsoft/2016/01/windows-10-iot-editions-explained/. So, you decided to develop your first IoT (embedded) application using Windows 10 IoT Core. Awesome! What do you need for that? Surprisingly, not that much. First, you need a device, a IoT board. At the moment, Windows […]

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Windows 10 IoT editions explained

Windows has a long history of deployments outside of traditional desktop (or laptop) computers. Embedded versions of Windows existed for a long time, powering check registers, kiosks, outdoor displays and even car entertainment systems. Pretty much every version of Windows is recent times had it’s embedded incarnation (XP, 7, 8 and now 10). The OS […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Block vs Page Blobs

Azure storage service supports two types of blobs (blob, or BLOB, stand for Binary Large OBject, i.e. an unstructured binary data): block and page blobs. Blob type is selected when blob is created and then it can’t be changed. Although both blob types allow for storage of large binary objects in Azure, they are optimized […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Hybrid Connections as VPN Alternative

In real life cloud deployment scenarios one of the very common cases is when only part of the application resides in the cloud. Usually, it’s when there is a legacy system which can’t be migrated to the cloud and resides on premises, or it’s not optimal to deploy entire system to the cloud. After all, […]

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