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Creating a Quartz.NET hosted service with ASP.NET Core

In this post I describe how to run Quartz.NET jobs using an ASP.NET Core hosted service. I show how to create a simple IJob, a custom IJobFactory, and a QuartzHostedService that runs jobs while your application is running. I'll also touch on some of the issues to aware of, namely of using scoped services inside singleton classes.

Create Interactive .NET Documentation with Try .NET

When it comes to developers’ documentation, it is essential that we capture their interest and lead them down the path of success as soon as possible. Across multiple languages, developer ecosystems have been providing their communities with interactive documentation where users can read the docs, run code and, edit it all in one place. For the past two years, the language team has been evolving Try.NET to support interactive documentation both online and offline.

The future UWP

There’s been a lot of chatter about UWP lately, it’s future, and some people even going as far as calling it dead after last week’s MSBuild2019 in Seattle. I spent a lot of the time at the conference talking to a lot of stake holders about the future plans, and trying to wrap my head around where things are headed, and giving my feedback about the good and the bad. There’s definitely a lot of confusion here, and I think the Windows team is really stumbling trying to build a good developer story, and really have since Windows 8.0. Why WPF and UWP is under the Windows division and not under the Developer division (who rocks their developer stories) is beyond me.

Design patterns in C# – Factory Method and Abstract Factory

I’ve been focusing lately on code quality, refactoring and architecture. A large part of my reading (& Pluralsight course-ing) has been based around design patterns, and how the application of these patterns can help bring your code in line with the SOLID principles. This means that code which uses these patterns is often more extensible, robust and testable. So I thought I’d write a (heavily dinosaur based) blog series, running through the main design patterns used in C#, starting (where I think makes the most sense) with the creational design patterns!

.NET Core Diagnostics Overview

With .NET Full running on Windows we have grown accustomed to a plethora of great diagnostics tools ranging from dump generation and manual analysis to more sophisticated collection engines such as DebugDiag. As .NET core is picking up (cross platform) steam what types of diagnostics capabilities are available to us when we need to do production diagnostics? It turns out that a lot of work has been done in this area and specifically .net core 3 promises to bring a wide range of diagnostics capabilities.