• T4 on ASP.NET Core

    If you use Visual Studio, then you’ve probably crossed path with the Text Template Transformation Toolkit (or T4). For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a fairly straight-forward templating engine built into Visual Studio. The recent work on ASP.NET Core to enable cross-plaform web development, got me wondered what T4 might look like in this enviroment. Last weekend, I started hacking on Bricelam.TextTemplating, a T4 implementation for ASP.NET Core.

  • C# Object Notation

    JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is a subset of the JavaScript language used for the definition and exchange of data. While I’m not proposing that we create a similar standard using C#, I do want to illustrate some of the rich object initialization syntax of the language. This terse syntax can come in handy when defining data for things like unit tests, templating models, etc.

  • EF Core Migrations: Design-time

    In previous posts, I’ve talked the new .NET Core CLI commands and the enhanced NuGet commands in Entity Framework Core. This post dives into some of the changes we’ve made to enhance the design-time experience of Migrations.

  • EF Core Migrations: NuGet Commands

    With Entity Framework Core comes the great opportunity to improve upon EF’s legacy by incorporating all the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years of developing this software. For me, that means a chance to improve on one of the first features I worked on after joining the team over four years ago: Code First Migrations’ NuGet Commands. In this post, I want to talk about some of the improvements to these PowerShell commands.

  • EF Core Migrations: .NET CLI Commands

    One of the new platforms that we’re targeting in Entity Framework Core is ASP.NET Core. With this new platform comes a new set of challenges for how we enable the Entity Framework commands. Ever since Entity Framework 4.3, we’ve provided a set of PowerShell commands that could be run in Visual Studio from NuGet’s Package Manager Console. However, that won’t help you if you’re developing on OSX where neither PowerShell nor Visual Studio are available. This post will show you how to use the new Entity Framework .NET Core CLI Commands.

  • Using WinMerge with TortoiseGit

    I love WinMerge. My favorite features of it are syntax highlighting and moved block detection. I also love TortoiseGit. Let’s look at how to use WinMerge with TortoiseGit.

  • Querying in PowerShell

    Thanks to my work on Entity Framework’s Code First Migrations NuGet PowerShell commands, I’ve gained quite a bit of experience programming in PowerShell. In this post, I want to show you some of PowerShel’s query operators.

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