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How to access invisible packages in Azure DevOps artifact feed?

Let’s go with a very simple “note-to-self” kind of a blog post today. Plenty of those to go around on this blog, and I am sure that there will be plenty more! This one is another case that should be really obvious, but isn’t, and should just work, but doesn’t. Namely, when you have run a pipeline in Azure DevOps expecting it to publish a package in your internal NuGet feed so that all of your friends can use it. And Azure DevOps is great…Continue reading How to access invisible packages in Azure DevOps artifact feed?

An accurate depiction of a NuGet package factory

Azure DevOps Pipelines Caching

Azure DevOps pipelines have a pretty handy feature called Pipeline Caching. It’ll help you avoid annoyingly long NuGet package restores in your builds. And that makes sense – why would you restore packages again and again and again, if you’re not updating your dependencies meanwhile? And especially in the case of CI or CD pipeline, you’ll end up having a pipeline running constantly without packages actually getting bumped up – so your NuGet task is downloading the same packages over and over again. That’s where…Continue reading Azure DevOps Pipelines Caching

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Fixing unexpected Microsoft.AspNetCore package errors after a dependency update

This was a fun one! Suddenly, while running or debugging my ASP.NET Core 3.1 application, I started getting errors about missing assemblies, along the lines of “FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly Microsoft.AspNetCore.Components.Forms”. These DLL files were not required a minute earlier – nor did requiring them really make much sense in my mind – but there was a nonsensical, easy fix, so in the end, it was all good! But let’s go through this thing in order. What was the problem? Problem So,…Continue reading Fixing unexpected Microsoft.AspNetCore package errors after a dependency update

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Fun with Azure DevOps NuGet package versioning!

This article will briefly explain the different NuGet package versioning schemes – both automatic and manual – available. Then we’ll take a look at how to implement a nifty, and quite frankly, downright elegant automatic versioning scheme for your NuGet packages. Okay – returning from quite a trip down another rabbit hole, I think it’s a good time to document some of my findings in regards to Azure DevOps NuGet package versioning! This seems to be another area, where the documentation certainly does exist, but…Continue reading Fun with Azure DevOps NuGet package versioning!

An accurate depiction of a NuGet package factory

Solving: ‘DbContextOptionsBuilder’ does not contain a definition for ‘UseSqlServer’

This is another, kind of a classic and simple solution to a fairly simple problem: How to fix it, when your DbContextOptionsBuilder fails to take in your connection string and complains about UseSqlServer missing or whatever? Okay – let’s take a step back. How did we end up here? So, let’s set the scene. You’re building your DbContext (called ApplicationDbContext in the example below) in a .NET Core application of some sorts. You’ll do this like shown below: using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore; using System; namespace YourNamespace {…Continue reading Solving: ‘DbContextOptionsBuilder’ does not contain a definition for ‘UseSqlServer’

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Azure DevOps – how to package a single DLL?

Okay – a quick piece of documentation that was a bit lackluster, so it’s again a good idea to log somewhere. How to package a simple DLL that’s a result of your Azure DevOps Pipeline? In my particular case, I have configured a post-build step to obfuscate the DLL, that’s first built by MSBuild. That works nicely. However, the default way to create a NuGet package, where you select a project (usually you pass the same variable to NuGet pack command that you used earlier…Continue reading Azure DevOps – how to package a single DLL?

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Resolving the Version conflicts for a downgraded .NET Core 2.1/2.2 web app project

I ran into compatibility issues with .NET Core 2.2 on my Azure Functions projects, so I downgraded my whole solution (an Azure Functions project, a helpers library and a web application project) to 2.1, and got rid of that particular nuisance. This introduced a few new issues, though – namely, I started getting this error whenever trying to restore nuget packages or build the project: NU1107 Version conflict detected for Microsoft.AspNetCore.Razor.Language. Install/reference Microsoft.AspNetCore.Razor.Language 2.2.0 directly to project [projectname] to resolve this issue. [projectname] -> Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.CodeGeneration.Design…Continue reading Resolving the Version conflicts for a downgraded .NET Core 2.1/2.2 web app project