Recently I stumbled upon a problem that a CSS file was not minified on production in my ASP.NET MVC 5 web application. Moreover the error saying “Minification failed. Returning unminified contents.” was added to the CSS content. It turned out that it’s an old, known issue and in this post I will show you how I fixed it.
In .Net world every line of code has to be compiled before it can be executed obviously. However the compilation process occurs twice. First the Common Intermediate Language (CIL) is produced out of human readable code and it occurs just after the development process. Then the CIL is compiled into the native code specifically to be interpreted by the target machine. The letter step occurs on the fly, on client machine and is called the JIT (Just In Time) compilation.
Recently I’ve been working on a api project where the requirement was that any data on the api service side is plain xml, stored in database as xml type column. No binding and object materialization is done on the server. However the client has to operate on clr objects. I am going to show you the solution I came to.
A time ago I have been writing about the Sql Server application roles, what are the benefits of using them and what are the limitations when we want to incorporate the Entity Framework to use application role. Today I will show you how to workaround those limitations with new Entity Framework facility introduced in version 6 of the framework.
One of the beauties of xml, is that it can be extended without breaking applications. You can add element to the xml document tree and the application should not crash or fail while consuming this xml. This is what we can read on the w3schools.com xml tutorial. But how is this with serialization of the xml?
The XML data type allows storing a xml content in our SQL Server database. The great feature is that we can also attach an XSD schema to it and have the xml content automatically validated. Here I am going to show you how to set it up together with Entity Framework Code First.
Entity Framework migrations is indeed a great feature. It makes you don’t need to worry about the database schema updates almost at all. There are however few things you must know to properly understand and use EF migrations. This post describes few of those things.