Create your own web bots in .NET with CEFSharp!

Matt Cunningham .NET, JavaScript, Programming, Tutorial Leave a Comment

Have you ever wanted to create an automated way to load, manipulate, and then act upon a web page?

Using CEFSharp (and some strategic JavaScript), you can create headless (no GUI) interfaces of Chrome’s parent browser, Chromium, and then instruct them to do pretty much anything a web browser can do.

This is a tutorial about using CEFSharp to accomplish some basic web functions with simple examples. We’ll create three automated bots that can simulate user web interaction and programmatically react to browser events using CEF and the CEFSharp library. You can follow along by copying the code provided or by downloading…

Using Dapper Flexibly

Jason Schmidtlein .NET, Problem Solving, Technology Snapshot 1 Comment

Dapper is a micro ORM (Object Relational Mapper) for .NET that is nearly as fast as using a raw ADO.NET data reader. It is a great alternative to Entity Framework, especially when performance is a top priority and you don’t need all the features of a “heavy” ORM.

In this post, I will provide an example of creating a generic CRUD repository that leverages the performance of Dapper while providing flexibility for a multitude of scenarios..

Into the Core

James Bradley .NET, .NET Core, ASP.NET, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

The client I’m currently assisting has begun to move applications from more monolithic architecture into a more modern, cloud-based architecture. The organization is a bit of a .NET anomaly in that it is a company that’s primarily Java, yet has some .NET.

So even though Microsoft has a list of framework tools (such as Azure Service Fabric and Azure App Service), it’s fair to say that asking a primarily Java-focused company to use those tools could be an uphill battle. This is where .NET Standard and .NET Core have come to the rescue.

I work with a ton of smart people and I’m pretty amazed at how fast they can pick up on things from reading. I, however, cannot really understand it fully until I touch it. So let’s build a quick RESTful Web API step by step to see how challenging it is. We’ll be using .NET Standard, .NET Core, and ASP.NET Core.

Getting Started with Xamarin.Forms and Azure Mobile App Service

Jeff Hopper .NET, Azure, Mobile, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial, Xamarin 2 Comments

Earlier this month my friend Ryan introduced us to Getting Started with Xamarin Forms and Prism. In that post, Ryan started a mobile application to display blog posts which he called SimpleBlog.

In this article, I would like to continue that demonstration by adding a back-end server to persist and share these blogs. This will be accomplished using Azure’s Mobile App Service which falls within its free tier services.

Yes, you did read that right: you can spin up an Azure account and have access to try out many of Azure’s features. For instance, the example I am going to walk you through today can be hosted indefinitely without costing you anything, and to that, you could add nine more web, mobile, or API services. See https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/ for more information.

There is no way I am going to be able to cover all the possibilities available in an Azure Mobile App service, much less what Azure has to offer. My intent in this post is to help “whet your appetite” on the possibilities by giving a quick overview of just two great frameworks that play great together: the Microsoft.Azure.Mobile.Client mobile framework tied to an Azure Mobile Apps Service….

Getting Started with Xamarin Forms and Prism

Ryan Nguyen .NET, Mobile, Technology Snapshot, Xamarin 2 Comments

In this blog, I’ll show you how easy it is to create an Android and iOS application using Xamarin Forms while utilizing Prism.

What are Xamarin Forms?
Xamarin Forms is a platform that allows developers to create native Android, iOS, and Windows applications while using the beloved C# programming language. 

An attractive feature of Xamarin Forms is that it uses a shared C# codebase to create a native user interface specific to their platform. Out of the box, Xamarin provides large collections of controls to get started. It also has the ability to access native platform features, such as camera access, GPS, text to speech, etc, by using the Dependency Service.

What is Prism?
According to the Prism website, Prism is defined as “a framework for building loosely coupled, maintainable, and testable XAML applications in WPF, Windows 10 UWP, and Xamarin Forms. Prism provides an implementation of a collection of design patterns that are helpful in writing well-structured and maintainable XAML applications, including MVVM, dependency injection, commands, EventAggregator, and others.” In other words, Prism helps users to write better code….