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C# Async for Slugs

07/12/2014

Fun fact for you dear reader, I've not been programming for long, my degree was in Chemistry and though I taught myself a little programming during my degree I was mainly focused on Chemistry. This means I've been programming professionally for less time than C# 5 has been released.

This is why I've found tutorials so far for the Async/Await features in C# 5 (Net 4.5) to be a little lacking, they generally assume the reader has been writing async programs prior to the release of the features.

As a solution to this I've endeavoured to write a guide to async for miserable slugs like myself who have not had exposure to async prior to these keywords.

Demo Scenario

We're going to stick with a very simple console app available on GitHub to make sure all the concepts can be understood by a slug.

Our Program.cs main method is shown below:

public static void Main(string[] args)
{   
    SlugService slugService = new SlugService();
    slugService.GetSlugs(generation: 1);
}

The GitHub version contains a lot more lines which allow the method calls to be timed with the built in stopwatch.

The Slug Service is tasked with retrieving the records of some slugs we've stored somewhere. Let's see what it does:

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ASP NET MVC - Model Create With List of Model

25/11/2014

This post runs through how to create a form for creating a model with a list of child models using MVC 5 and Razor.

I've been rather quiet on the blogging front lately, I've been working on getting my MVC 5 quiz application up and running on Azure, it's here if anyone wants to give it a go.

One thing I wanted to do while working on the site was allow for a model to be created along with a list of "sub" models; for example when creating a question it would be nice for a user to also create the answers on the same page.

Setup

To demo this we need a model which could "own" some collection of other items. I happened on the perfect example today in the Json.NET source:

Rabbit with a pancake on its head.

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ASP.NET Identity 2.0 Tutorial - Password Reset and Roles

13/10/2014

Given how much you all enjoyed the previous tutorial, i.e. not at all, I thought I'd write a follow up post. As promised this blog post extends the basic system we created in the main tutorial to add roles and a password reset function.

I won't show how to setup the emails for password reset because I'm too lazy to fill in the form for a free SendGrid account, however plugging emails in should be the easy bit.

Password Reset

The default template provides the controller actions and views for a full password reset function. The user can enter an email address at /Account/ForgotPassword. When posted the action below is called:

public async Task<ActionResult> ForgotPassword(ForgotPasswordViewModel model)
{
    if (ModelState.IsValid)
    {
        var user = await UserManager.FindByNameAsync(model.Email);
        if (user == null || !(await UserManager.IsEmailConfirmedAsync(user.Id.ToString())))
        {
            // Don't reveal that the user does not exist or is not confirmed
            return View("ForgotPasswordConfirmation");
        }
        string code = await UserManager.GeneratePasswordResetTokenAsync(user.Id.ToString());
        var callbackUrl = Url.Action("ResetPassword", "Account", new { userId = user.Id, code = code }, protocol: Request.Url.Scheme);      
        // await UserManager.SendEmailAsync(user.Id, "Reset Password", "Please reset your password by clicking <a href=\"" + callbackUrl + "\">here</a>");
        return RedirectToAction("ForgotPasswordConfirmation", "Account");
    }
    return View(model);
}

I have commented out the email sending part for the reasons mentioned above.

All we need to do is supply our UserManager with a token provider. From the code for the default UserManager:

/// <summary>
/// Used for generating reset password and confirmation tokens
/// </summary>
public IUserTokenProvider<TUser, TKey> UserTokenProvider { get; set; }

As usual Microsoft have made everything easy by giving us a nice interface to implement. This also means you can adapt your password reset to function however you like. For instance you could add an expiry date to the reset token or have a token which is a combination of a Guid and number or two Guids.

For my token provider I'm simply going to generate a new Guid to act as the reset token. This maps onto the nullable reset token field on my user table, I've hidden some stuff here because I don't want you stealing the super secure password hashes ("password" and "password1"):

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