Paul Litwin's Blog
Ramblings of an ASP.NET, SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, and related technologies junkie.
Migrating an ASP.NET MVC 5 App to ASP.NET 5 (RC1)
ASP.NET 5 is an amazing reinvention of ASP.NET. When targeted against the .NET Core CLR, ASP.NET is cloud-optimized and cross-platform. Many have already written about the virtues of the new platform. But in this article, I will show how to take a medium-small demo app written using Visual Studio 2013, ASP.NET 4.5, MVC 5, and Entity Framework 6 and turn it into a working ASP.NET 5 app employing Visual Studio 2015, MVC 6 and Entity Framework 7. And the new app will happily run on either the .NET 4.6 CLR or the .NET Core CLR. Let's get started. [This post was updaed originally published on October 28, 2015 for Beta 8; it was updated for RC1 on January 9, 2016]
Visual Studio 2013, ASP.NET MVC 5 Scaffolded Controls, and Bootstrap
A few days ago, I created an ASP.NET MVC 5 project in the brand new Visual Studio 2013. I added some model classes and then proceeded to scaffold a controller class and views using the Entity Framework.
What Could Easily Be Your Most Rewarding Weekend in 2012
How many times have you thought to yourself that you want to help those less fortunate than yourself but you just can't seem to get past the inertia to get involved. What do I do? Will my skills be useful to any charities? Is it a big commitment? What if I can't stand it; will I be stuck having to work on it for the rest of my life? Maybe it's just easier to do nothing...
Google Chrome Kills Excel DDE
As part of my job at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, I work with SAS, a popular statistical software package. Well, like many real programs that still exist today, SAS uses Microsoft's ancient DDE protocol to allow one to automate Excel and send data to excel. SAS and Excel actually make a great statistical reporting duet that we use often here.
Call for Abstracts for Fall 2012 Las Vegas Microsoft.ASP.NET Connections -- DEADLINE April 3
My Video Plugging Visual Studio 2010
A few months ago I got an email asking me if I was available to talk about on camera what I liked about Visual Studio 2010 and how it made me more productive. I said sure and a week or so later spent a few hours at the Microsoft video studio at Redmond recording a video. I only spent a few minutes beforehand considering what I was going to say and frankly I thought it came out pretty well with me espousing some great new features without sounding like a total Microsoft rah-rah fan boy.
Call for Abstracts for Spring 2012 Microsoft ASP.NET Connections
Please realize that while we want a lot of the new and the cool, it's also okay to propose sessions on the more mundane "real world" stuff as it pertains to ASP.NET.
Give Back at GiveCamp!
What? Seattle GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations.
Give Back at Give Camp, Oct 21-23!
Let's be frank...Most of us developers have it pretty good. We happen to have hung our hats on an industry that has plenty of work, even in the midst of a protracted recession. (Okay, this might not be true for every developer but as a general rule, employment for software professionals is better than many other sectors. If you are currently unemployed, I wish you the best in locating a job.)
Make the Move to MVC at DevConnections, Oct 31-Nov 3 in Las Vegas
I will be presenting three sessions at Microsoft ASP.NET Connections, one of the conferences that is part of DevConnections. Two of my talks are especially targeted at ASP.NET Web Forms developers who are in the process of learning or coming up to speed with ASP.NET MVC.