Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

WebAPI

VIDEO – Cloud migration of JS todo CRUD to Azure & Office 365 (part 2 of 2)

Live walk through of hosting “Todo List” CRUD application on the Microsoft cloud.   Continued from the first video where we coded a full local application, this video migrates the application front/back end to the cloud.   HTTPS Breeze WebAPI endpoint hosted on Azure for the backend with HTTPS Office 365 SharePoint Content Editor Web Part for the frontend GUI end user experience.

Custom HTTP header was added for extra security as an application “client secret” which is required for the WebAPI middle tier to respond to HTTP traffic.  Missing HTTP header will respond with “null” and not execute any Dot Net code.

Enjoy!

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VIDEO – code JS todo CRUD on Breeze & SQL Express (part 1 of 2)

Live coding walk through of a locally hosted “Todo List” CRUD application with Breeze WebAPI 2.2 middle tier and SQL Express relational database storage.  This baseline allows developers to be more productive locally with fast feedback loops.   Iterate code changes, reload test, and repeat.   This technology stack can create sophist acted business application with input validation, advanced data schema, workflows, and more bringing in the latest web innovations from NPM and NodeJS.  

Custom HTTP header was added for extra security as an application “client secret” which is required for the WebAPI middle tier to respond to HTTP traffic.  Missing HTTP header will respond with “null” and not execute any Dot Net code.

In this video I used several components and want to share links for each:

 

 

In a future video, I’ll show how this application can then be deployed to Office 365 and SQL Azure to leverage Microsoft’s cloud hosting.

Enjoy! 

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Live code JS todo CRUD on Breeze & SQL Express from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

 

References

VIDEO – Secure WebAPI with AzureAD

I recorded a quick getting started video for this Microsoft GitHub sample.   Walks through all the steps and even shows the SQL Local DB storage and how to verify security with Fiddler Composer sending test HTTP traffic. 

This pattern is a great way to enhance Officer 365 SharePoint team sites with advanced functionality.   Host AngularJS single page application (SPA) on the front end along with an Azure AD secured WebAPI backend.   Lots of potential for replacing traditional WSP farm solutions with new cloud development patterns.

Enjoy! 

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Source Code

https://github.com/Azure-Samples/active-directory-angularjs-singlepageapp-dotnet-webapi

 

Video

BreezeJS – Edit SQL table with < 100 lines of JS code [VIDEO]

With SharePoint 2013 and industry movement towards the cloud I’ve been exploring JavaScript as a primary way to develop rich applications.

One common challenge is data access.  

With C# I have years of experience with [System.Data] and can perform CRUD against SQL relational databases in my sleep.  Open connection, query, data adapter, fill DataTable, and voila!    Muscle memory. Second nature.  Tried and true methods.   However, in the new client side JS world I had no clue where to begin.

Enter Breeze.

 

People describe Breeze as “Entity Framework on the client in JavaScript” which sounds simple yet has profound implication for the developer.   CRUD operations, LINQ style query, navigating primary/foreign keys, input validation, caching, batch updates, and more.   That’s a lot to consider and new ideas take time to absorb.   Breeze could potentially replace:

  • ASP.Net (ASPX) web forms
  • ASCX user controls
  • InfoPath forms
  • SharePoint web parts
  • WCF 5.6 data services
  • OData
  • Classic WebAPI

 

I set out to code an example with a few goals:

  • Create simple SQL schema (two tables – parent/child – one to many)
  • Execute CRUD operations in JS against SQL  tables
  • Leverage JS plugins and NuGet “Install-Package” to load third party components
    • Install-Package breeze.webapi2.ef6
    • Install-Package breeze.angular
    • Install-Package angularjs.core
  • Little code as possible

The whole thing took less than 30 minutes and I edited video down to just 15.    I was impressed by how straightforward and easy the process was.   Breeze# in ASP.Net MVC for the back end WebAPI controller was nearly identical to the Breeze example code.   Add one C# method per entity (SQL table) and Breeze does the rest.  The JS front end took a little more time to understand but was also easy to apply.   Connect  Entity Manager to the Breeze URL and you’re ready for CRUD queries.    Amazing!     Given how easy Breeze is I would be hard pressed to use OData or manually created WebAPI controllers with C# code to query a database.   If you can use Breeze, then use it!    You’ll save lots of effort.

Please leave a comment if you found this helpful.   Thank you! 

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Watch Video

[BreezeJS and WebAPI – Edit SQL table in JS with less than 100 lines of code]

 

Download Code

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http://spjeff.com/etc/Appraisal-Breeze-VS2013.zip

 

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