Shawn  Durgan

Shawn Durgan


Monitoring Health of ASP.NET Core Background Services With TCP Probes on Kubernetes

Many microservices applications require background tasks and scheduled jobs to process requests asynchronously. In the .NET Core ecosystem, background services are called Hosted services because a single host, such as a web host or a console host, can run several such services in the background while it is alive. In terms of implementation, a hosted service is required to implement the IHostedService interface.

You can implement the IHostedService interface yourself, or even better, leverage the BackgroundService class that implements some common concerns such as cancellation token management and error propagation to the host for you. A class inheriting from the BackgroundService abstract class only needs to implement the ExecuteAsync method to define the background task’s business logic. If you want to read more about the internals of ASP.NET Core background tasks, please refer to the Microsoft documentation.

Kubernetes relies on probes in your application to assess whether your application is healthy. If you are not familiar with the health probes used by Kubernetes, you can read more about them on the Kubernetes documentation. If your application continuously fails to respond or responds with an error to several probe requests, Kubernetes restarts the pod.

In ASP.NET Core, you can use the implicitly referenced package Microsoft.AspNetCore.Diagnostics.HealthChecks to add health checks to your application. The core health check package does not support probing external services such as a database. If your application’s health depends on external services, you can add custom probes by implementing the IHealthCheck interface. We will shortly see how simple it is to implement one. Refer to the official Microsoft guidance on health checks for ASP.NET Core applications that describes this concept.

The default implementation of health checks on ASP.NET Core comprises a middleware, a hosted service, and a few libraries. The health check probes are exposed by your application over HTTP. Since there is a lot of goodness packaged in the ASP.NET Core health check framework, we will leverage it to expose health checks over TCP. But why should you consider the modified TCP based implementation of health checks over the default HTTP based one? You might not want to include the whole shebang of routing and middleware in your background services on which the ASP.NET Core health checks depend. In such cases, exposing a single port attached to a TCP listener is a suitable choice.

The Nine to Five Application

There are days at the office when you are just counting minutes until the clock strikes five. For pushing through such days, I built a simple background service that displays the number of minutes left in the workday from Monday to Friday between 9 A.M and 5 P.M. The source code of the application is available on my GitHub repository.

We will configure health checks on this service and deploy it to our local Kubernetes cluster. I recommend using either Docker Desktop or KinD for running a local Kubernetes cluster. Let’s discuss the details of implementing this service next.

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Monitoring Health of ASP.NET Core Background Services With TCP Probes on Kubernetes
Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz


jQuery Ajax CRUD in ASP.NET Core MVC with Modal Popup

In this article, we’ll discuss how to use jQuery Ajax for ASP.NET Core MVC CRUD Operations using Bootstrap Modal. With jQuery Ajax, we can make HTTP request to controller action methods without reloading the entire page, like a single page application.

To demonstrate CRUD operations – insert, update, delete and retrieve, the project will be dealing with details of a normal bank transaction. GitHub repository for this demo project :

Sub-topics discussed :

  • Form design for insert and update operation.
  • Display forms in modal popup dialog.
  • Form post using jQuery Ajax.
  • Implement MVC CRUD operations with jQuery Ajax.
  • Loading spinner in .NET Core MVC.
  • Prevent direct access to MVC action method.

Create ASP.NET Core MVC Project

In Visual Studio 2019, Go to File > New > Project (Ctrl + Shift + N).

From new project window, Select Asp.Net Core Web Application_._

Image showing how to create ASP.NET Core Web API project in Visual Studio.

Once you provide the project name and location. Select Web Application(Model-View-Controller) and uncheck HTTPS Configuration. Above steps will create a brand new ASP.NET Core MVC project.

Showing project template selection for .NET Core MVC.

Setup a Database

Let’s create a database for this application using Entity Framework Core. For that we’ve to install corresponding NuGet Packages. Right click on project from solution explorer, select Manage NuGet Packages_,_ From browse tab, install following 3 packages.

Showing list of NuGet Packages for Entity Framework Core

Now let’s define DB model class file – /Models/TransactionModel.cs.

public class TransactionModel
    public int TransactionId { get; set; }

    [Column(TypeName ="nvarchar(12)")]
    [DisplayName("Account Number")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage ="This Field is required.")]
    [MaxLength(12,ErrorMessage ="Maximum 12 characters only")]
    public string AccountNumber { get; set; }

    [Column(TypeName ="nvarchar(100)")]
    [DisplayName("Beneficiary Name")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "This Field is required.")]
    public string BeneficiaryName { get; set; }

    [Column(TypeName ="nvarchar(100)")]
    [DisplayName("Bank Name")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "This Field is required.")]
    public string BankName { get; set; }

    [Column(TypeName ="nvarchar(11)")]
    [DisplayName("SWIFT Code")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "This Field is required.")]
    public string SWIFTCode { get; set; }

    [Required(ErrorMessage = "This Field is required.")]
    public int Amount { get; set; }

    [DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:MM/dd/yyyy}")]
    public DateTime Date { get; set; }


Here we’ve defined model properties for the transaction with proper validation. Now let’s define  DbContextclass for EF Core. core article core #add loading spinner in core core crud without reloading core jquery ajax form core modal dialog core mvc crud using jquery ajax core mvc with jquery and ajax core popup window #bootstrap modal popup in core mvc. bootstrap modal popup in core #delete and viewall in core #jquery ajax - insert #jquery ajax form post #modal popup dialog in core #no direct access action method #update #validation in modal popup

Christa  Stehr

Christa Stehr


50+ Useful Kubernetes Tools for 2020 - Part 2


Last year, we provided a list of Kubernetes tools that proved so popular we have decided to curate another list of some useful additions for working with the platform—among which are many tools that we personally use here at Caylent. Check out the original tools list here in case you missed it.

According to a recent survey done by Stackrox, the dominance Kubernetes enjoys in the market continues to be reinforced, with 86% of respondents using it for container orchestration.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

And as you can see below, more and more companies are jumping into containerization for their apps. If you’re among them, here are some tools to aid you going forward as Kubernetes continues its rapid growth.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

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Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz


MVC User Registration & Login with ASP.NET Core Identity

User registration and authentication are mandatory in any application when you have little concern about privacy. Hence all most all application development starts with an authentication module. In this article, we will discuss the quickest way to use **ASP.NET Core Identity for User Login and Registration **in a new or existing MVC application.

Sub-topics discussed :

  • How to add ASP.NET Core Identity to MVC application.
  • Customize ASP.NET Core Identity.
  • Identity.UI Design Customization.
  • Next step.


ASP.NET Core Identity is an API, which provides both user interface(UI) and functions for user authentication, registration, authorization, etc. Modules/ APIs like this will really be helpful and fasten the development process. It comes with ASP.NET Core Framework and used in many applications before. Which makes the API more dependable and trustworthy.

ASP.NET Core MVC with user authentication can easily be accomplished using Identity.UI. While creating the MVC project, you just need to select Authentication as Individual User Accounts.

Showing how to create an MVC application with ASP.NET Core Identity API

The rest will be handled by ASP.NET Core Identity UI. It already contains razor view pages and backend codes for an authentication system. But that’s not what we want in most of the cases. we want to customize ASP.NET Core Identity as per our requirement. That’s what we do here.

Create an ASP.NET Core MVC Project

First of all, I will create a brand new ASP.NET Core MVC application without any authentication selected. We could add ASP.NET Core Identity later into the project.

In Visual Studio 2019, Go to File > New > Project (Ctrl + Shift + N). From new project window, select ASP.NET Core Web Application.

Create an ASP.NET Core Web application

Once you provide the project name and location. A new window will be opened as follows, Select _Web Application(Model-View-Controller), _uncheck _HTTPS Configuration _and DO NOT select any authentication method. Above steps will create a brand new ASP.NET Core MVC project.

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