The Monsters Weekly - Episode 24 - View Components in ASP.NET MVC Core

If you need a way to bundle up bits of UI and related behind-the-scenes logic, chances are you’re looking for View Components in ASP.NET MVC. This feature of the MVC Framework lets you build reusable components in a new way that better participates in the HTTP request and controller lifecycle.

In previous versions of the MVC Framework, we had child actions, but those have gone the way of the dodo. In this video, Monster Dave walks us through leveraging View Components - including a brief cross over into dependency injection - in our Razor views.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 23 - 'Working With Sensitive Data - User Secrets'

If you’re working on a project where you’ll be sharing code with someone else, particularly if you’re keeping the source code in a public repository, you’re going to want to make sure that sensitive data is separate from your project. This includes things like API keys, tokens for services and perhaps passwords or other similar data.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 22 - 'Realistic Prototype Data in ASP.NET Core with GenFu'

In this episode, Monster James walks you through the basics of prototyping a new feature in your application without having to do the grunt work of creating all the data you need to light the feature up in your UI.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 21 - 'Donuts, Donut Holes & Razor Output Caching with Tag Helpers'

In this episode, Dave takes us through caching Razor output using the ASP.NET Core MVC Cache Tag Helper. We look at the different ways you can think about how to break down a page and how it can relate to optimizing your site’s performance.

While not everyone will need the benefit of output caching, any site with multiple web servers running, all accessing the same backend services should likely consider the merits. While other layers and services may provide their own approaches to minimizing resource-intensive lookups, this is just one other tool in the belt to help keep your site snappy.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 20 - 'Docs and GitHub Repos'

Join us for a quick tour of the Documentation and GitHub repos for ASP.NET Core.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 19 - 'Building Advanced Tag Helpers'

Back in Episode 7 we looked at creating custom tag helpers in ASP.NET Core MVC. This week, we take a look at a more advanced scenario where a custom tag helper can be used to cleanup our markup and help enforce consistency.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 18 - Using Build Hooks to Build Docker Containers

Building and packaging is super fun with the new build framework in ASP.NET Core.  In this episode we take a look at how to hook into the various different stages of the build. There is a bit more about the build hooks at http://docs.asp.net/en/latest/dnx/projects.html#scripts

Build hooks are entry points into the build pipeline that allow you to interact with the build system, assets in your project or artifacts that result from the build. These are a powerful tool for developers and can be used for a variety of scenarios.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 17 - 'Structured Logging with Serilog in ASP.NET Core'

In our previous episode we had a look at the built-in mechanisms which we are afforded by virtue of using ASP.NET Core. Now it’s time to take a deeper look at a fundamental concept to modern logging - structured log messages - and how to take advantage of it.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 16 - 'Logging Basics in ASP.NET Core'

So, you’re planning on sending your app out into the wild. Have you thought about what is going to happen when things go sideways? How will you recover when the excrement hits the oscillating device? Without having a reliable way to track down what went wrong, you’ll be in the weeds for sure, but logging will help set things right.

The Monsters Weekly - Episode 15 - 'ASP.NET Core on Docker'

Ah, at last we get to running ASP.NET Core on a Docker image! In this episode the monsters start up their simple ASP.NET Core application inside of a docker container running on a virtualized Linux environment. Learn what goes into a Docker file and how Docker Machine makes all this possible on Windows.