Slides from my Community Day Copenhagen 2012 Talk

I did a talk on "alternative" .NET web frameworks, because I think it's important to realize that there are serious alternatives to ASP.NET - even in .NET-land. Anyway here are the slides:


Slides from ANUG talk on Nancy

I did a talk on Nancy a week ago in the Aarhus -NET User Group. And in my own humble and unbiased opinion it went quite well :-) So I thought I'd share the slides with you - although they probably only make semi-sense without the talk to go along. Anyway here they are; enjoy.


Frictionless .NET Web App Development with Nancy Part IV - Hosting

Continuing my URL shortener sample (part I, II, III), I'll talk about one the things Nancy does quite differently from your average web framework: Nancys concept of hosting. At this point you may be thinking serves or clouds or storage etc, but that's not exactly what Nancy hosting is about.

Nancy Hosting
Nancy hosting is about which stack Nancy runs on top of. Such stacks include ASP.NET, WCF, OWIN, and self hosting. That means that a Nancy app can be run on top of any of those four hosts. You decide. So if you have an existing ASP.NET/IIS setup you can use it to run Nancy, if you have a WCF setup already you can use that.

The two last hosts may need a bit of introduction:



Frictionless .NET Web App Development with Nancy Part III - Introducing MongoDB

Continuing the URL shortener sample from thesse post: part I and part II, I'll go from (stupidly) storing the shortened URLs in a static variable, as was the case in the code in part I, to storing the shortened URLs in MongoDB. The reasons for choosing MongoDB for persistence in this sample (compared to the "traditional" NHibernate + SQL Server approach) are:
  • We will only store and retrieve one document at a time. Those are atomic operations in Mongo, so as far as this sample goes Mongo is fully consistent.
  • Mongo is simple to setup, and very simple to code against. For instance there is no O/R mapping layer at all.

In summary, Mongo is a nice frictionless option for this sample.



Frictionless .NET Web App Development with Nancy Part II - Introducing a View Engine

In the last post I introduced a litte sample web app coded up with the Nancy web framework. The code presented in that post left a few things open for later enhancement. This post takes a stab one of those things: The part where a string.Format is used to create a bit of html, which is then just returned directly to the client, namely the POST action in this code:

 3   using System.Collections.Generic;
 4   using Nancy;
 6   public class ShortUrlModule : NancyModule
 7   {
 8         private static readonly Dictionary<string, string> urlMap = new Read more...

Frictionless .NET Web App Development with Nancy

This post is about a low ceremony approach to web apps in .NET. It's about just writting the app, without the framework getting in the way. It's about the same sort of feeling that Mogens Heller Grabe talks about with his notion of frictionless persistence with MongoDB. Only here it's about the web part.

I'll take you through a short and simple URL shortener sample app done with the Nancy web framework. A couple of more posts will probably follow on the subjects of view engines, persistence and hosting for this app. Also with an eye on low ceromony and frictionsless development.

What is Nancy? 
Nancy is a lightweight open source web framework in .NET. It has a declared goal of


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TL;DR Nancy v0.8.0 is out, loads of cool new features such as static content (so you *finally* don’t have to do it yourself :-P), basic authentication support, and CSRF protection, and enhancements to things like error handling (with fancy pants error pages) and the test framework. We also have a fantastic new logo by Nicolas Garfinkiel […]


Debugging xUnit Tests Using MonoDevelop

Introduction After several months of neglect, we are currently working on getting the Nancy project ship shape on Mono. We’ve gotten to the point now where everything builds and runs just fine, but we have a few tests that fail when running on Linux/Mono. The failures we are seeing are obviously bugs in the tests/stubs/mocks […]