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  • By Dustin Ewers
    C# 8 – Making Use of Using Declarations csharp-8-using-statements.png

    With C# 9 just around the corner, it’s a good time to look back at some of the goodness in C# 8. This post will take a look at a little syntactic sugar known as using declarations.

    Since time immemorial, C# programmers have been using the using statement to implement disposable classes safely. File I/O, databases, and web services all benefit from the using statement.

    The only downside is that adding a using statement to your code introduces a new scope block and indentation level. C# 8 using declarations eliminate that requirement.

    Review: the using keyword

    In C#, the using keyword has two purposes: The first is the using directive, which is used to import namespaces at the top of a code file. The second is the using statement. C# 8 using statements ensure that classes that implement the IDisposable interface call their dispose method. It guarantees …

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  • By Dustin Ewers
    Containerize an Existing .NET Core App with Docker and Deploy It to Azure containerize-existing-dot-net-docker-azure.png

    In a previous post you learned how to take a fresh application and deploy it to a Kubernetes cluster. While it’s great to start with a new application, most of us don’t get that luxury. Usually, you’re going to start off with something older and have to refactor and then migrate it.

    This tutorial will show you how to take an existing application, refactor it using cloud-native principles, and deploy it to Azure Kubernetes Services. By the time you’re done, you will know how to move your own applications to the cloud.

    If you would like to see a full integration of Twilio APIs in a .NET Core application then checkout this free 5-part video series. It's separate from this blog post tutorial but will give you a full run down of many APIs at once.

    Cloud Migration Patterns

    When migrating applications to the cloud, there are a handful …

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  • By Dustin Ewers
    Building A Cloud Native ASP.NET Core Application and Deploying it to Azure Kubernetes Service with Docker 7EUCzPY9JgIdXMFYmG1BWkow-WFFrnyLHtoiBRhdFWRzMC4rqJ1afaZqAR6VyBd8pB9s_XzO9AmmcJMjDeW8j7Zimys2HbbxY5qh5q27hBHVd3o2zJbHw450LnCGAZp3u2gMMVus

    As developers, we mostly focus on building applications. However, building the app is only half the story. To consider things “done,” we need to get that app deployed into the wild where people can use it. In the .NET world, there’s no shortage of ways we can host our apps, but today, I’d like to focus on building cloud native .NET applications.

    In this post, you’ll learn about building cloud native applications in ASP.NET Core. You’ll learn how to design for the cloud, spin up an Azure Kubernetes Service instance, and deploy your application into the cloud. By the end of this post, you’ll have the tools to build and deploy your own cloud native ASP.NET applications.

    What do you mean by “cloud native”?

    “Cloud native” is one of those terms that sounds obvious, but there’s a more specific definition.

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation defines the term as follows: …

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