Practical differences between ASP.NET Web API and WCF Data Services

In this post I would like to point out the main practical differences between ASP.NET Web API and WCF Data Services (OData). For those who does not yet know too much about Web API there is a lot of articles and tutorial about this topic on the net. The starting point is of course Microsoft ASP.NET team site which provides all related information and a bunch of tutorials. Concer…

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WPF MvvM - simple approach

Model View View-Model is one of most popular design pattern used in WPF applications. Thanks to binding, dependency properties and other features, WPF has been adjusted and, I believe,  somehow designed to be used with MvvM pattern easily.

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Simple WCF. Hosting WCF service by Autofac in ASP.NET MVC 3

One of features of Autofac is that it can be used to host a WCF service. I have tried to host a WCF service within an already existing ASP.NET MVC 3 web application. The problem was that the service needed to use some resources which were managed by Autofac and was also used this MVC application. I spend few hours until I figure out what is going on and how to make it work toge…

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Localized enums with Entity Framework Code-First 4.1 in WPF MVVM and ASP.NET MVC 3. Part 3)

Part 3. Displaying and binding localized names of enum values in ASP.NET MVC 3 application To display localized enums in ASP.NET MVC 3 application we use custom description attribute described in Part 2) and extension method to get the description for each enum value. The type converter is not useful here so we need another approach to achieve the goal. Let’s generate the editi…

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Localized enums with Entity Framework Code-First 4.1 in WPF MVVM and ASP.NET MVC 3. Part 2)

  Part 2. Displaying localized names of enum values in WPF application To achieve the human readable enums I have performed following steps. For each language I want to support I have added a resource (.resx) file with key equals the string representation of the enum value.   Then we decorate our enum values with Display attribute as follows 1: public enum Status 2: {…

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Localized enums with Entity Framework Code-First 4.1 in WPF MVVM and ASP.NET MVC 3

In part 1) I would like to present the solution of using enum types with Entity Framework Code-First (EF CF later). Then in part 2) I would like to show how easily display these enums in WPF MVVM and in Part 3)  I will try to explain my approach for displaying and binding localized enums in ASP.NET MVC 3 application. EF CF approach is still developed and in version 4.1 it …

By Mirek on (tags: ASP.NET MVC, Code First, Entity Framework, enums, localization, mvvm, WPF, categories: code, web)

Finding gaps in a sequence of identifier values of sql table.

Today I would like to present a couple of solutions for problem of finding gap in a sequence. This issue will be considered in context of finding missing – gap identifiers in the database table. All examples of code are T-SQL scripts and statements and were tested on SQL Server 2008 Express 1. Integer typed identifiers Lets assume we have an sql table with following schema Fiel…

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MVC Greedy route mapping and custom route handler

I’m learning to love MVC mostly for it’s flexibility. In a recent situation, I wanted to have a generic controller that will perform CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) operations on an entity. By default, this is not handled, but with a little custom code, it turned out to be quite easy.

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