Monthly Archives: December 2019

error : “Timestamp” is not defined. – .net core and gRPC

Hi everyone,

I’m currently testing out gRPC with .NET Core and hit the following error when attempting to add a timestamp field to my proto file:

error : “Timestamp” is not defined.

My proto file was as follows:

syntax = “proto3”;
import “google/protobuf/timestamp.proto”;

option csharp_namespace = “publisher_api”;

package Weather;

// The weather forecast service definition
service Weather {

// Gets weather forecast
rpc Forecast(WeatherForecastRequest) returns (WeatherForecastResponse);

// The request message
message WeatherForecastRequest {


// The response message
message WeatherForecastResponse {
timestamp date = 1;
int32 temperatureC = 2;
int32 temperatureF = 3;
string summary = 4;

The solution was to fully qualify the timestamp namespace:

message WeatherForecastResponse {
google.protobuf.Timestamp date = 1;
int32 temperatureC = 2;
int32 temperatureF = 3;
string summary = 4;

Also ensure that you’ve added the protobuff package:

dotnet add package Google.Protobuf

See the following repo for a full example:

Current .NET SDK does not support targeting .NET Core 3.0 – Microservices

Hi everyone,

I’m currently learning microservices with .Net Core. As part of this I’ve been following one of Microsoft’s tutorials:

It has all been pretty straight forward, however I hit an error when attempting to run docker build:

RUN dotnet restore
—> Running in 734e82e92c23
/usr/share/dotnet/sdk/2.2.207/Sdks/Microsoft.NET.Sdk/targets/Microsoft.NET.TargetFrameworkInference.targets(137,5): error NETSDK1045: The current .NET SDK does not support targeting .NET Core 3.0. Either target .NET Core 2.2 or lower, or use a version of the .NET SDK that supports .NET Core 3.0. [/src/myMicroservice.csproj]
The command ‘/bin/sh -c dotnet restore’ returned a non-zero code: 1

Updating the Dockerfile references seems to have resolved the issue. I replaced each occurrence of 2.2 with 3.0 and re-ran the following command:

docker build -t microservice .

My complete docker file was as follows:

FROM AS build
COPY myMicroservice.csproj .
RUN dotnet restore
COPY . .
RUN dotnet publish -c release -o /app

COPY –from=build /app .
ENTRYPOINT [“dotnet”, “myMicroservice.dll”]

Full source available here: