Percy  Ebert

Percy Ebert

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Scalable and Performant ASP.NET Core Web APIs: Filtering and Searching

This is another post in a series on creating performant and scalable web APIs using ASP.NET Core. In this post, we’ll continue to focus on operating on large collections of data - this time allowing the consumers of our API to filter and search on the collection …

Filtering and Searching

How filtering and searching helps performance

The reasons are the same as paging from the last post:

  • The number of page read I/Os is reduced when SQL Server grabs the data
  • The amount of data transferred from the database server to the web server is reduced
  • The amount of memory used to store the data on the web server in our object model is reduced
  • The amount of data transferred from the web server to the client is reduced

It also means the builder of the client application that consumes our API doesn’t have to do any client side filtering or searching which can have a nice positive impact on the overall performance as well.

Filtering

Filtering reduces a collection via criteria on filterable fields in the resource. Let’s implement a controller action method for: GET api/contacts?firstname={firstname}&surname={surname}. We’ll continue to use Dapper as our data access library …

The code is below. In summary, we construct the SQL, including the appropriate WHERE clause if filter values have been supplied in the URL.

[HttpGet]
public IActionResult GetContacts(UrlQuery urlQuery)
{
    IEnumerable<Contact> contacts = null;
    using (SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(_connectionString))
    {
        connection.Open();

        string sql = @"SELECT ContactId, Title, FirstName, Surname
                       FROM Contact";
        if (urlQuery.HaveFilter)
        {
            string filterSQL = "";
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(urlQuery.FirstName))
            {
                filterSQL += " FirstName = @FirstName";
            }
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(urlQuery.Surname))
            {
                if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(filterSQL))
                {
                    filterSQL += " AND";
                }
                filterSQL += " Surname = @Surname";
            }
            sql += $" WHERE {filterSQL}";
        }

        contacts = connection.Query<Contact>(sql, urlQuery);
    }

    return Ok(contacts);
}

Below is the model class for the filtering information that binds to the URL parameters:

public class UrlQuery
{
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string Surname { get; set; }

    public bool HaveFilter => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(FirstName) || !string.IsNullOrEmpty(Surname);
}

Looking at the profiled SQL for GET api/contacts?surname=Kanne, we see that it is nice and efficient:

Filtering SQL Profile

Looking at the SQL execution plan, we see that it is using an index on Surname:

Filtering SQL Execution Plan

Let’s also load test this endpoint:

Filtering Load Test

Pretty good!

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Scalable and Performant ASP.NET Core Web APIs: Filtering and Searching
Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz

1602560783

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 : https://bit.ly/33KTJAu.

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
{
    [Key]
    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.")]
    [MaxLength(11)]
    public string SWIFTCode { get; set; }

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

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

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Here we’ve defined model properties for the transaction with proper validation. Now let’s define  DbContextclass for EF Core.

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Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz

1602564619

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.

Background

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.

Select Model View Controller templet under .NET Core

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Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz

1602564706

Running WordPress on ASP.NET Core with Peachpie

In this article, you will learn how to use or integrate WordPress in ASP.NET and Running WordPress on ASP.NET Core, without PHP, or any source files on the server. The following demonstration will show you how to add WordPress as a frontend to an existing ASP.NET Core application step by step.

Running WordPress on NET Core

WordPress is a free, simplest, and most popular open-source content management system to create your own website or blog which is written in PHP and paired up with MySQL. WordPress on .Net Core is possible with peachpie, which is a compiler built on top of the Roslyn platform, it’s a set of runtime and base class libraries and everything that allows compiling a PHP project, a group of PHP files into a regular .net project.

Peachpie allows for seamless both-way interoperability between PHP and .NET applications. In simpler terms, this means that one can have some parts of an application written in PHP, while other modules are written in .NET and everything will work together as one application. Here is the original Repository of the WordPress SDK by PeachPie.

Here are the following steps to run WordPress with ASP.Net Core:-

Step1: Open your Visual Studio IDE and Create a new project – > ASP.NET Core Web Application

create new project | wordpress on asp.net core

Step 2: Select Web Application: A project template for creating an ASP.Net Core application with example ASP.Net Razor Pages Content.

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