Sunday, July 9, 2017

Microsoft MVP for the 6th time! Thank you, Microsoft

First all, Sorry for the late post. I am very happy and proud to announce that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the 6th time in “Visual Studio and Development" Category.



On this occasion, I would to Thank Microsoft for again such a wonderful gesture. I would also like to thank my MVP Community lead Deepak Rajendran  & team for their constant support. I would like to thanks, Biplab Paul and Gadharv Rawat for doing same earlier. Without the support of these guys, it would not have been possible to achieve this.

Also, I would like to thank my family for their constant support for compromising their time to do the community work. Special thank to my wife Reena. Behind every men’s success, there is a woman and she is the woman responsible for my success. I would like to dedicate this award to my family this time especially my little champ who is the inspiration for me to staying strong in any condition.

Also, I would like to thank Ahmedabad User Group and Microsoft for providing awesome opportunity to speak at various events.

Last but not least, THANK YOU my dear blog readers without you. It was not possible.
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Video: How to debug Node.js Application with Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio code is a Great Editor and I like it very much. It support’s a lot of cool features our of box. Node.js Application debugging is one of them. It provides great debugging with node.js just like Visual Studio. I have created a small video demonstrating the same. Please have a look.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video: Visual Studio 2017 Features

Visual Studio 2017 got lots of new features and so that I’ve created a new video for demonstrating all the features of video. Please have a look at that video at below.



Let me know what kind of video you want to watch more!. Stay tuned for more!
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Code Navigation features in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is an open source, free, Cross-platform editor and I have been using it now more than the year. I just simply loved this editor. It’s a got lot of feature and there are some cool navigation features there. In this blog post, we are going to explore those navigation features.

Quick Open File Navigation Features(Ctrl+Tab):

If you press Ctrl + Tab then it will show all the open files in Visual Studio Code.

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Go To Definition(F12):

If Language is supported in Visual Studio Code then you have that feature available just like have it in full Visual Studio IDE.  You can press F12 to go to definition and the same way you can also right click and select Go To Definition.

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Peek Definition(Alt + F12):

Peek Definition is working same as Go To Definition the only difference is it will load a windows inline and show. It is quite useful when you want to quickly see something. You can use this feature via pressing Alt+F12.

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Open Symbol(Ctrl+T):

It also contains some Resharper like features you can go to any symbol via pressing Ctrl + T. Just type the first letter of a type you want to navigate to, regardless of which file.

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Go To File(Ctrl + P):

You can also go to any file with Go To File feature of Visual Studio code via pressing Ctrl + P.   This quite useful when you have large code base.

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There tons of other features available with Visual Studio code. So if you have not tried this editor I would highly recommend to try it. I’m sure you fall love in it. You can download Visual Studio code from the following location.

https://code.visualstudio.com/

Stay tuned for more!.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

My blog awarded top 60 Dot Net Blogs on Web from FeedSpot

It’s been a great year for me overall. It was a roller coaster ride for me. Recently I got an email from Anuj Founder of FeedSpot that My blog has been awarded as Top 60 DotNet Blog from FeedSpot.

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You can find complete list of Top 60 blog at following link.

http://blog.feedspot.com/dotnet_blogs/

My blog at 22 positions there.It’s great pleasure being part of Top 60 Dot Net Blog in Web. On this occasion I would like to thank my Family without there support it was not possible to bee there. Specially my wife Reena who sacrifies her time when I’m writing blog posts. Also I, would like to thank my entire audience and readers without them it was not possible to achieve such a great milestone.

Thank you very much everyone!!. Please keep reading my blog. Stay tuned!
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 by Ahmedabad User Group, Ahmedabad–A great event

The last Sunday on 22nd April 2017, We had great event 5th Annual Global Azure Bootcamp.

What is Global Azure Bootcamp:

If you have not heard about Global Azure Boot. It is the great event for learning and understanding Microsoft Cloud Platform Azure. There were more than 250 locations in the world where this event took place. Each user group or community has organized their own one day deep dive seminars on Azure to see how it can be useful to develop great applications.





You can find more about Particular event on the following location-
https://global.azurebootcamp.net/

About Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 Organized By Ahmedabad User Group:

First of all, I would like to thank our local sponsor Aptus who provided us the Venue for organizing the event. Thank you so much!

The Day was started by Keynote presentation from Mahesh Dhola by introducing what is Global Azure Bootcamp and how any developer can get benefited from this. He explained how great azure is and what is Agenda for this event.

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Then It’s my time to be on stage. I have taken session about Introduction to BOT Framework. It is the latest offering from Microsoft. I have explained all the bits of BOTS evolution and How easily we can create a great BOT in minutes. Even I have shown How we can make our BOT intelligent via adding LUIS which is a language understanding service from Microsoft.


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Following is my presentation about events.


I had a great time presenting this topic and Audience was quite interested in this topic. We had some great question and answers.
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You can find source code that particular session at https://github.com/dotnetjalps/GAB2017
After that, There was a Session from Nirav Madariya. He has taken a session about Logic Apps and Azure Functions. Here he has explained how we can easily create logic apps. Then he has explained Azure functions. He explained how we can create a server-less architecture with Azure Functions.

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After that, there was a session from Kalpesh Satasiya. He has taken session about Microsoft Cognitive Services. Where he explained various services provided by Microsoft Cognitive services i.e. Vision, Language, Knowledge, Speech, and Search.

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And here you can find his presentation



After that there was a time for Lunch and we had great opportunity to have networked with each other.

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We had great fun doing networking with each other. Also enjoyed lunch. Thank you, Microsoft for sponsoring it.

After that, there was a session from well known Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Prabjhot Baxi. He explained about Azure IOT suite. How we can add devices into Azure IOT hub. He also explained Azure IOT hub and stream analytics and how to store data in Azure Document DB.

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Then we had a great session from Kaushal Bhavsar about Log Analytics. It is not a popular feature of Azure But after attending his session I found it is quite useful. He explained about how we can enable various kind of logs with Logs analytics. Even he showcased a demo with adding agent in Linux server and seeing what logs are there.

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After that Ahmedabad User Group president Mahesh Dhola. He had taken session about Open Source Technology at Microsoft, Azure Virtual Machines. He also showed a demo how we can host elastic search on Azure Linux Virtual machine.

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Overall, It was a great event and Audience was also good.

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It was one of the successful events we have. Thank your all the sponsors and Audience.
If you want to be part of such event or want to be a speaker at the event please contact me or AhemdabadUserGroup twitter handle.

https://twitter.com/AhmedabadUsrGrp

We are soon going to organize the Visual Studio community launch stay tuned for the same. #GlobalAzure
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Explicit loading in Entity Framework Core

In this blog post, We are going to learn about Entity Framework feature. Explicit loading means that related data is explicitly loaded from the database at a later time. As you might know, that lazy loading is still not possible with Entity Framework core but there is a way to explicit load related data in a transparent manner.  We are going explore how we can load data explicitly with entity framework in this blog post in detail.

How to do Explicit loading in Entity Framework Core?

To demonstrate how we can use explicit loading in Entity Framework core. We are going to create a console application with two entities Student and Department. A department can have multiple students. Here we are going to see how we can load students for each department explicitly.

So let’s create a console application like following.

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Now once you click “Ok” it will create a console application. Now let’s add nuget package for entity framework core in console application like following. You need to run following command in Package Manager Console.

Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer
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Now it’s time to create our models for Student and Department like below.

Department:
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace EFCoreExplicitLoading
{
    public class Department
    {
        public int DepartmentId { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public ICollection<Student> Students { get; set; }
    }
}
Student:
namespace EFCoreExplicitLoading
{
    public class Student
    {
        public int StudentId { get; set; }
        public string FirstName { get; set; }
        public string LastName { get; set; }
        public int DepartMentId { get; set; }
        public Department Department { get; set; }
    }
}
Now let’s create an Entity Framework Core context like below.
using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;

namespace EFCoreExplicitLoading
{
    public class StudentContext: DbContext
    {
        public DbSet<Student> Students { get; set; }
        public DbSet<Department> Departments { get; set; }

        protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptionsBuilder optionsBuilder)
        {
            optionsBuilder.UseSqlServer(@"Data Source=SQLServerName;Initial Catalog=YourDatabase;User ID=UserName;Password=Password;MultipleActiveResultSets=true");
        }
    }
}
Here in the above code, you see that A department can have multiple students and A student can have only one department so there is one to many relationships between department and student.

Now let’s create a migration to create the database for the same. To enable migration we need to install following nuget package for entity framework core tools.
Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Tools
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Now let’s create a migration with the following command.
Add-Migration InitialDatabase
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Now let’s create a database with “Update-database” in Package manager console. It will create a database.

Now we need some initial data to demonstrate the explicit loading feature so I’ve added following data into Departments table.

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Same way I have added data into Students table like following.

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Now it’s time to write some code that demonstrates the explicit loading feature of entity framework core. Following is a code for the same.
using System;
using System.Linq;

namespace EFCoreExplicitLoading
{
    class Program
    {

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            using(StudentContext studentConext= new StudentContext())
            {
                var deaprtments = studentConext.Departments.ToList();
                foreach(var department in deaprtments)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("Before explicit loading");
                    Console.WriteLine(department.Students==null);

                    //loading student explicitly
                    studentConext.Entry(department).Collection(s => s.Students).Load();

                    Console.WriteLine("After explicit loading");
                    Console.WriteLine(department.Students == null);
                    Console.WriteLine(department.Students.Count);
                    Console.WriteLine("------------------------------------------------");

                }
                Console.ReadLine();
            }
        }
    }
}
Here in the above code, you can see I have created student context object and then I have got all the databases. After that, I have checked that whether each department is having students or not. In the next statement, I have loaded the students explicitly with the student with collection load method and then again I checking whether it got students and also printing count of a student.

Now let’s run this application and here is the output as expected.

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So it is loading student data after the department is loaded with the help of explicitly. That’s it. Hope you like it. There are so many scenarios where this explicit loading can be quite useful. Stay tuned for the more!!.

The complete source code of this sample application is available on github at - https://github.com/dotnetjalps/EFCodeExplicitLoading
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