Category Archives: .NET

OpenXml Validation Spreadsheet Value Between Two Numbers – C#

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how to validate a numeric cell to ensure that the value is between two numbers when using OpenXml:

// Restrict min and max values
var dataValidations = new DocumentFormat.OpenXml.Spreadsheet.DataValidations { Count = 0 };
DocumentFormat.OpenXml.Spreadsheet.DataValidation dataValidation;
dataValidation = new DocumentFormat.OpenXml.Spreadsheet.DataValidation {
Type = DataValidationValues.Decimal,
AllowBlank = false,
SequenceOfReferences = new ListValue() { InnerText = $”{columnName}2:{columnName}1048576″ },
Operator = DataValidationOperatorValues.Between,
Formula1 = new Formula1 { Text = “10 “},
Formula2 = new Formula2 { Text = “20 “},

The snippet above will ensure that any values are between 10 and 20. I didn’t come across any examples for this while searching, so hopefully this will be able to help someone else out!


View Raw SQL in EF Core – Simple Option

Hi everyone,

I’ve been looking for a simple way of viewing the raw output of sql in my local environment without having to make code changes and came across the following config setup:

“Logging”: {
“LogLevel”: {
“Default”: “Debug”,
“System”: “Information”,
“Microsoft”: “Information”

This will show the sql statements in your output window without requiring any additional code:

Thanks to this stackoverflow post for the answer:

NetTopologySuite Circular Reference with .net core 2.2

Hey everyone,

Testing out a spatial project with .net core and I ran into the following error:

Microsoft.CSharp.RuntimeBinder.RuntimeBinderException : The best overloaded method match for ‘Xunit.Assert.Equal(string, string)’ has some invalid arguments

at CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite , Type , Nullable`1 , Object )
at UpdateDelegates.UpdateAndExecuteVoid3[T0,T1,T2](CallSite site, T0 arg0, T1 arg1, T2 arg2)
at DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.CreateTestDiscussion(HttpClient client, ApplicationDbContext db, DiscussionCreateWebRequest payload) in DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.cs line: 56
at DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.b__1_0(ApplicationDbContext db) in DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.cs line: 27
at IntegrationTestBase.RunTest(Func`2 testToExecute) in IntegrationTestBase.cs line: 54
at DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.CreateDiscussionIsSuccessful() in DiscussionsControllerIntegrationTests.cs line: 25
at — End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown —

Thankfully the solution is pretty straight forward. Install GeoJSON:

Install-Package NetTopologySuite.IO.GeoJSON

Then merge the following with your existing addMvc call in startup.cs:

services.AddMvc(options =>
                // Prevent the following exception: 'This method does not support GeometryCollection arguments'
                // See:
                options.ModelMetadataDetailsProviders.Add(new SuppressChildValidationMetadataProvider(typeof(Point)));
                options.ModelMetadataDetailsProviders.Add(new SuppressChildValidationMetadataProvider(typeof(Coordinate)));
                options.ModelMetadataDetailsProviders.Add(new SuppressChildValidationMetadataProvider(typeof(LineString)));
                options.ModelMetadataDetailsProviders.Add(new SuppressChildValidationMetadataProvider(typeof(MultiLineString)));
                .AddJsonOptions(options =>
                    foreach (var converter in NetTopologySuite.IO.GeoJsonSerializer.Create(new GeometryFactory(new PrecisionModel(), 4326)).Converters)

.NET Core 2.1 is Returning JSON with Lowercase Properties

Hi everyone,

Just testing out .Net Core 2.1 and noticed that all of my JSON properties are being returned in lowercase despite being defined as uppercase. It turns out that this is configurable:

// Change from this

// To this
        .AddJsonOptions(options => options.SerializerSettings.ContractResolver = new DefaultContractResolver());

Check out these links for more info:

Dynamic Robots.txt with Web Api 2

Hi everyone,

For a project I’m currently working on I needed a dynamic robots.txt. Because our test environment is public facing we want to keep it from being indexed by Google etc. It took a bit of Googling to find a solution that worked, but in the end it was actually pretty simple.

Here’s the action in one of the API Controllers:

    public class UtilitiesController : CustomBaseApiController
        public HttpResponseMessage GetRobotsFile()
            var resp = new HttpResponseMessage(HttpStatusCode.OK);
            var stringBuilder = new StringBuilder();

            if (Helpers.IsProduction())
                // Allow bots in production
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("user-agent: *");
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("disallow: ");
                // Don't allow bots in non-production environments
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("user-agent: *");
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("disallow: *");

            resp.Content = new StringContent(stringBuilder.ToString());

            return resp;

Also need to add the following to your web.config so that the robots.txt file can processed by the routing handler. Without this IIS will attempt to serve it as a static file and will return a 404 when it’s not found:


In production you’ll end up with the following:

user-agent: *

And any other environments:

user-agent: *
disallow: *

Thanks to these answers on stackoverflow for the info:

DbSet does not contain a definition for ‘FromSQL’ and no extension method ‘FromSql’ accepting an argument of type ‘DbSet’ could be found.

Hi everyone,

I ran into the following error while attempting to use a custom query with EntityFramework:

DbSet does not contain a definition for ‘FromSQL’ and no extension method ‘FromSql’ accepting an argument of type ‘DbSet’ could be found.

This one’s pretty straight forward:

// Install the following package via nuget
Install-package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Relational

//Add the following namespace to your file
using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;

Hopefully that’ll solve it for you, but if not there’s a lot a more information in these posts:

Include UserId in Login Response (Token) – Web API 2

Hi everyone,

A quick post on how to include the user’s id in your login response when using Web API 2.

The default response to the /Token request is as follows:

“access_token”: “xxxxxxxxxxxxx_xxxx”,
“token_type”: “bearer”,
“expires_in”: 1209599,
“userName”: “”,
“.issued”: “Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:08:03 GMT”,
“.expires”: “Mon, 07 May 2018 06:08:03 GMT”

Once the changes below have been made the response will include a userId field:

“access_token”: “xxxxxxxxxxxxx_xxxx”,
“token_type”: “bearer”,
“expires_in”: 1209599,
“userName”: “”,
“.issued”: “Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:08:03 GMT”,
“.expires”: “Mon, 07 May 2018 06:08:03 GMT”,
“userId”: “xxxxxxx”

There are three very small changes required in order to add this functionality.

First, add an additional argument to CreateProperties in ApplicationOAuthProvider.cs

public static AuthenticationProperties CreateProperties(string userName, string userId)
IDictionary data = new Dictionary
{ "userName", userName },
// Add
{ "userId", userId }
return new AuthenticationProperties(data);

Pass userId to CreateProperties in ApplicationOauthProvider.

// ApplicationOAuthProvider.cs > GrantResourceOwnerCredentials
ClaimsIdentity oAuthIdentity = await user.GenerateUserIdentityAsync(userManager, OAuthDefaults.AuthenticationType);
ClaimsIdentity cookiesIdentity = await user.GenerateUserIdentityAsync(userManager,

// Add user id
AuthenticationProperties properties = CreateProperties(user.UserName, user.Id);
AuthenticationTicket ticket = new AuthenticationTicket(oAuthIdentity, properties);

Pass userId to CreateProperties in AccountController.

// AccountController.cs > GetExternalLogin
if (hasRegistered)

ClaimsIdentity oAuthIdentity = await user.GenerateUserIdentityAsync(UserManager, OAuthDefaults.AuthenticationType);
ClaimsIdentity cookieIdentity = await user.GenerateUserIdentityAsync(UserManager,

// Add userid
AuthenticationProperties properties = ApplicationOAuthProvider.CreateProperties(user.UserName, user.Id);
Authentication.SignIn(properties, oAuthIdentity, cookieIdentity);

Cannot attach the file ‘C:…database.mdf’ as database x – Entity Framework

Hi everyone,

I ran into the following error when attempting to run ‘update-database’ on an initial migration:

Cannot attach the file ‘C:Users…App_Dataaspnet-…115933.mdf’ as database ‘aspnet-…15933’

The solution to this one is pretty easy, remove the initial catalog property from your connection string.

…33.mdf;Initial Catalog=aspnet…

This is apparently caused by issues with EntityFramework and multiple projects in the same database. See the following stackoverflow answer for more info:

Retrieving User Id in Web API 2 Controller – .NET

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how to retrieve the current user’s id in a Web API 2 controller:

var userId = RequestContext.Principal.Identity.GetUserId();

Note that you’ll need the following using statements:

using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity;
using System.Web.Http;

Thanks to the following stackoverflow post for the info: