security

Understanding Policy-based authorization in ASP.NET Core

Application security is a vital piece of our overall success as developers. Many of us have learned and applied role-based or claim-based authorization. Overall, this has been “good enough”. Unfortunately, there are still many use-cases it can’t handle gracefully. We call one approach that solves these use-cases policy-based authorization.

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ASP.NET Core Request Timeout IIS In-Process Mode

Over the years we’ve seen .NET mature and change since v1. We’ve seen server technologies mature in many ways. Things we did yesterday don’t necessarily work the same way today. One of those things that recently struck me was how request timeouts work in IIS. If like me, you just assumed they worked the same in .NET Core then I invite you to join me on this journey. Let’s explore how to make ASP.NET Core request timeouts work properly with IIS in-process hosting mode.

Windows Authentication in NET Core: Expanding Role-Based Security

I recently wrote about implementing Windows Authentication with React and .NET Core. Given the length of that post, I found it necessary to keep it bare bones. Today we’re going to talk about expanding our Windows Authentication in NET Core by adding role-based security.

.NET Core JSON Serialization Changes – Newtonsoft vs System.Text.Json

I’ve been using Microsoft .NET for a long time. I started my programming journey learning C# on .NET 1.0 right after it’s initial release. In that time I have only experienced a breaking change twice. Once with WCF configuration in my app.config, and recently with the JSON serialization (or deserialization, as it were). For those upgrading a .NET Core 2.x application to .NET Core 3.x, you’ll want to be aware of some changes in the defaults. Today let’s talk about .NET Core and how it handles JSON serialization (and deserialization).

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Mocking IQueryable Extensions with Moq

Unit testing is the base level of the testing pyramid and thus a vital cornerstone of effective software development. In order to effectively unit test your code you should make use of SOLID design principles and mocking frameworks. That said, it isn’t always easy to accomplish such as mocking IQueryable Extensions.

How unit testing made me a better developer

Developing yourself as a software engineer is important for progression. One tool you should incorporate in your arsenal is unit testing. What are unit tests? Why should I write them? What part do they play in my success or that of my software? Today I’m going to talk about how practicing this principle made me a better developer.