Using ELK In .NET Applications

Chase Aucoin .NET, Microservices, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

This article is part of a series of articles about modern tooling and techniques for building distributed systems in DotNet.

In our first article, we saw how easy it was to set up a full ELK stack by leveraging pre-built containers. In this blog, I show how to leverage ELK in a .NET application and aggregate our logs into a single place. You will see just how simple it is to start getting some insights into your application. Let’s get started…



How Can AutoMapper Help You?

Justin Armstrong .NET, Technology Snapshot 2 Comments

There are many times that when developing when you need to map an object to another object. When these situations occur, AutoMapper is the answer. It can be used for a one-to-one mapping out-of-the-box or you can easily customize the mappings to meet your needs. This also helps with only having one place to make changes when objects change or grow and more mappings are needed.

This allows just having one place to translate the objects instead of possibly many places scattered throughout the code. There will only be one place that needs to be updated when or if the objects get updated in the future. AutoMapper can also be used to combine fields such as First and Last names from one object into a Full name field in the mapped object.

In this blog, I talk about how to get started with AutoMapper for one-to-one, dynamic mapping. I’ll show an example of using AutoMapper with a basic mapping and to create a custom mapping….



Golden Service Fabric Hammer

James Bradley .NET, Microservices, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

I had some time before my next project started up, so David Pitt asked me to research and write a blog on Service Fabric. It sounded terrifying. First off, I’m not really what you would call articulate. I finish only half of sentences that I… well, I would hate talking to me. Secondly, I hadn’t yet had as much of a chance …



Microservices à la Service Fabric

Chase Aucoin .NET, Docker, Microservices, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Service Fabric is a massively progressive step for Microsoft. At the core, it is a distributed systems platform used to build scalable and reliable applications. But it gives the benefits of containerizing deployable bits, in addition to having Microservices best practices built-in. In this article, we will see how to quickly get up and running with Service Fabric, as well as why you …