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Guest Post: Azure – More than a Web Hosting Platform

I had a guest post at work this week outlining all the really cool things that I put together on a project recently using Microsoft Azure. It’s pretty amazing how the cloud is streamlining a lot of coding that used to take weeks or months.

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Database Migrations with Azure EF7 and DNX

With the newest release of ASP.Net 5 (vNext) and Entity Framework 7, it appears that the traditional web.config transform method and startup code will no longer work to have your database migration scripts automatically run when you deploy your code from source control to Azure. Here’s a new way that you can accomplish the same task and keep your continuous integration setup running smoothly. Continue reading

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Quick Tip – Linking User Identity to oAuth Tokens in WebAPI

In my Zurb For Applications .Net Scaffolding, I setup a base .Net WebAPI project that uses oAuth tokens for a better form of authentication in a single page application model. Since the token provides any details about the user that you want to encode, here’s a quick trick to expose the User.Identity.Name and User.IsInRole methods to improve the authentication and authorization capabilities within your app. Continue reading

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Sharing the Love – Zurb Foundation for Apps Scaffolding for .Net with Authentication

TLDR;

NuGet package here.

Github repository here.

A little while back I was really excited that Zurb released their Foundation for Applications (ZFA) library. I’ve been working with it a little and really like the results. I’ve learned some new things along the way and it’s helping be do a “platform shift” for my side project: Prayer Journal. I even created an initial scaffolding that others can use to start up their .Net apps. But I still needed to be able to let users create accounts and restrict access to pages, so a new scaffold was born, one with authentication.

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Soup to Nuts – Using Zurb Foundation for Apps in .Net

Update: Scaffold now available on Github. NuGet package available here.

Update 2 Concerns over extending controllers are gone thanks to a note by Zurb, Link formatting is also updated to use the ui-sref model. I’ve updated things accordingly below, as well as the scaffold online.

I’ve been a big fan of Zurb and their frameworks for developing responsive layouts for a while now. I was especially excited when they announced and recently released their Foundation for Apps framework. This new framework is optimized for more speed and leverages the popular AngularJS framework to build apps with. While AngularJS is typically build on a MEAN stack, I wanted to leverage Foundation for Apps (ZFA) in a .Net environment while I rebuild a pet project of mine, and here’s how you can make it happen.

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