Azure App Configuration and dynamic reloading

Azure App Configuration (still in preview) is a very simple way of uploading appsettings.json to azure. Add nuget Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.AzureAppConfiguration and a call to extension method AddAzureAppConfiguration. Then only a single connection string is required to acces it (bbest practice is to set it into environment variable).

Pretty cool with a better granularity than key vault (granularity at file level instead of entry level).

A Watch method is available to implement 30 seconds reload on specifics parts. A better option should have been to use a WebHook called on each changes (perhaps an incoming evolution).

ASP.NET Blog | Configuring a Server-side Blazor app with Azure App Configuration

Low performance recognition: a new start?

While we have achieved great performance gains in other areas, .NET still lags behind other platforms in data access benchmarks.

As an example, the TechEmpower Fortunes benchmark shows similar numbers across raw ADO.NET, Dapper and EF Core variations: throughput flatlines or even decreases as concurrent requests increase, which seems to indicate that bottlenecks are preventing efficient hardware utilization.

The performance of accessing databases using .NET should be much more competitive, and we (several people from Microsoft and the .NET developer community) are going to do something about it.

via GitHub – aspnet/DataAccessPerformance: Benchmarks, prototypes and discussions for database access performance investigation

.NET Core 2.1

.Net Core 2.1 is coming (94% complete – .NET Core 2.1, next major release) : a preview is supposed to be available in Q1 2018 with a GA in Q2 (see roadmap).

Please do not mix up .Net Core 2.1 and .NET Core SDK 2.1.2: The latter SDK includes the previously released .NET Core 2.0.3 Runtime and is not related to .Net Core 2.1. Confusing isn’t it?

After the scrambling genesis of .Net Core 2.0 (remember of project.json turn-around responsible for poor tooling support), the master word of 2.1 is strengthening and efficiency.

.Net Core 2.1

  • Spans/Memory, recently introduced in C# 7.2, will be generalized (see technical presentation of Adam Sitnik in .NET Core: Performance Storm or this serie from Immo Landwerth: video 1, video 2 and  video 3). The main goal is to reduce heap allocations :
    • limit useless memory allocation (why allocate a new string with a seperate copy of data in order to read http request header when complete header is already in memory?).
    • limit useless string format conversion (web is mainly utf8 whereas .Net is Unicode) but  Utf8String are not supposed to be maide available in 2.1.
    • favor allocation free algorithm.
  • Large use of Span/Memory. From Add initial Span/Buffer-based APIs across corefx, we can see it affect large part of BCL:
      • System.BitConverter
      • System.Convert
      • System.Random
      • Primitive Parse methods
      • System.Guid
      • System.String
      • System.IO.Stream
      • System.IO.BufferStream and System.IO.ReadOnlyBufferStream
      • System.IO.TextReader and System.IO.TextWriter
      • System.IO.BinaryReader and System.IO.BinaryWriter
      • System.IO.File
      • System.Text.StringBuilder
      • System.Text.Encoding
      • System.Numerics
      • System.Net.IPAddress
      • System.Net.Sockets
      • System.Net.WebSockets.WebSocket
      • System.Net.Http
      • System.Security.Cryptography
  • Integration of Microsoft.Windows.Compatibility (see Ship .NET Framework compatibility pack). For a detailled description of Microsoft.Windows.Compatibility, you can see Announcing the Windows Compatibility Pack for .NET Core.
  • Stacktrace improvements in .NET Core 2.1 as demonstrated by teams of Age of Ascent.
  • Garbage collection customization (if the GC is less involved, it becomes possible to use more lazy algorithms). After a first clue last summer recent news suggests that Garbage collection customization will be standard in 2.1 paving the way to specific implementations (and maybe open source versions). For now, a zero GC have been demonstrated.

Asp.Net Core 2.1

  • ManagedHandler : a new managed implementation to replace WinHTTP on Windows and libcurl on Unix/OSX.

EF Core 2.1

EF Core continues to recover the missing features (roadmap is here):

  • GroupBy support
  • Better Transaction support
  • SqlGeometry, SqlGeography
  • CosmoDB provider
  • Improved AppInsight monitoring


Visual Studio 2017 tips

  • We can specify a ,nq in debugger display attribute to prevent VS to visualize quotes surrounding string value:

[DebuggerDisplay(“Name: {FullName,nq}”)]

  • We can use DebuggerDisplayAttribute as assembly attribute to decorates types from other assemblies:
[assembly: DebuggerDisplay("Host: {HostName}", Target = typeof(IPHostEntry))]

Great tips from 7 Hidden Gems in Visual Studio 2017 | The Visual Studio Blog