Creating a Generic Repository with Entity Framework and MVC

Hey there! So, I really like Generic Repositories.  They are a very useful design pattern and are enjoyable to use once configured properly.  However, when I first started learning about this design pattern I found a lot of the tutorials out there to be overly convoluted. The goal of this article is to get you …

January 24, 2015

Read More

Efficient MVC Redirects Using an HTTP Module

Redirects are a common necessity for websites operating in the real world.  Perhaps your marketing team wants a URL changed, or perhaps there has been an architectural change in your application that impacts its URL structure.  Maybe you’re just experimenting with SEO.  Regardless of the reason, there are a lot of ways to handle redirects …

November 2, 2014

Read More

Deploying an MVC Code First application to Windows Azure

Deploying an Entity Framework Code First application to Azure can be confusing. Maybe this is just my opinion but hey, it’s my blog.  I recently had to do this for a project and I found a lot of pieces of information that helped, but few complete tutorials or guides on how all the pieces fit …

August 19, 2014

Read More

Updating Posted Form Values on Postback with MVC – Fixing “Cached” Values

While working on a project I encountered a strange issue.  I created a simple registration form that posted back to my controller method, which received a view model as a parameter.  In my method I needed to update the values on this View Model before passing it back to the user through the same View. …

July 26, 2014

Read More

General Thoughts on Passing Exam 70-486 (MVC Web Applications)

It’s a beautiful day! This week I was fortunate enough to pass the Microsoft Certification Exam 70-486, which focuses on web application development with MVC and Azure.  Due to the non-disclosure agreement I signed (digitally) I can’t reveal and specific questions or example from the test, but I can offer some general thoughts and guidance

July 10, 2014

Read More