OData with AspNet Core

In this screencast we build an OData enabled backend using AspNet Core and connect it to Kendo UI for Angular 2‘s Grid Component in only 20 minutes. If you missed the first screencast in this two-part seriers, make sure to check it out here!

Until next time, have an excellent day and a super 2017!


AspNet Core NodeServices – Execute JavaScript on the Server at Runtime

Screencast on how to execute javascript from AspNet Core on the backend, inspired by Steve Sanderson NDC Sydney talk. Thumbnail trying to illustrate how my mind gets blown by the possibilities! 😉


Awesome work by the AspNet team, until next time, have an excellent day!


Do’s and Don’ts when Using AspNet with Single Page Applications such as Angular, Aurelia or React

Discussion on do’s and don’ts when combining AspNet with Single Page Applications such as Angular, Aurelia or React. Main question: Should we separate frontend and backend into separate solutions or keep them together as the new AspNet template in VS2015 suggests?


What’s your take on it? Agree or disagree? Let me know!

Until next time, have an excellent day!


Structured Logging with AspNet Core using Serilog and Seq

In this episode we take a first look at structured logging from an AspNet Core application using Serilog and Seq.


Adding Serilog

Configuring the web app to leverage serilog only requires 3 simple steps. First make sure to get the nuget packages by adding these lines to your packages.json.

    "Serilog.Extensions.Logging": "1.0.0-rc2-*",
    "Serilog.Sinks.RollingFile": "2.0.0-rc-*",
    "Serilog.Sinks.Seq": "2.0.0-rc-*"

In the constructor of your Startup.cs file, configure the logger to log to both the Seq endpoint and to a rolling file, or that’s at least what I did.

    Log.Logger = new LoggerConfiguration()
        .WriteTo.RollingFile("log-{Date}.txt", LogEventLevel.Information)

This assumes that you’ve installed the Seq MSI on your local machine, you can grab it from here. Finally, add serilog to the logger factory in the configure method.

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env, ILoggerFactory loggerFactory)

That’s it, browse http://localhost:5341 and you should see the following:

Structured Logging

To log entire objects that will be queryable, simple pass an @-sign in front of the tag name that you want to create. For instance, to log a person object and create a tag accordingly from the HomeController we do the following.

public class Person
    public string Firstname { get; set; }
    public string Lastname { get; set; }

public class HomeController : Controller
    private readonly ILogger _logger;

    public HomeController(ILogger logger)
        _logger = logger;

    public IActionResult Index()
        var p = new Person { Firstname = "Ajden", Lastname = "Towfeek" };
        _logger.LogInformation("Just trying out the logger {@Person}", p);
        return View();

Which will result in the following queryable log post in Seq:


It’s really powerful to log information with rich, structured and queryable log data but there are also some downsides for the moment with using Seq that I’d like to point out.

  • Shipping logs over http/https adds extra overhead.
  • Seq Service needs to be installed on separate virtual machine than your Azure Web App (assuming you’re using Azure). Meaning you’ll need to pay for an extra VM just for logging.
  • Free license is only usable for development, can’t have open endpoints that anyone can log to in production.

Having that said, I still think the idea of structured logging is very interesting and it provides an extra dimension of information when fixing/reproducing bugs. I just won’t be using Seq in production just yet.

Until next time, have an excellent day!


Getting Started with Angular2 RC1 and AspNet Core 1.0 RC2 using VisualStudio 2015 and Gulp

In this weeks screencast we start on a new page, to create a new angular2 and aspnet core seed project using the latest release candidate versions. My earlier series contains many upgrade from beta x to beta y episodes, even alphas, it’s starting to become messy to follow, hence the file new project. Make sure to star the project on github, available at


Until next time, have an excellent day!