Building a Real-Time Photo Gallery with Xamarin, SignalR, Azure, and WebAPI

Lately I’ve been throwing around the idea of writing an app for my wedding, and started thinking of what I’d want to put in it. One feature that I thought could be fun would be to let guests upload photos directly from the app and display them both to other guests and on our site in real time. In this post I’ll go over how I was able to quickly put together a simple prototype for how this could work using SignalR, Azure Storage, and WebAPI.

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Custom Ordering of Action Filters in ASP.NET MVC

I recently stumbled across something with ASP.NET MVC action filters where they weren’t being executed in quite the order I was expecting. More specifically, I had made a poor assumption that filters defined at the Controller level would all…

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Anonymous View Models in ASP.NET MVC Using Dynamics

The introduction of the dynamic keyword in C# 4.0 allows you to do a lot of things you couldn’t do otherwise, but it also makes it easy to forget that C# is still not a dynamic language, so there are…

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ASP.NET MVC: Do You Know Where Your TempData Is?

I recently discovered that despite the fact that I’d been using the TempData dictionary in my applications, I didn’t really have a full grasp on what it was doing behind the scenes. ¬†Of course this meant learning the lesson the…

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Dynamic Views in ASP.NET MVC 2

One of the new features introduced in C# 4.0 is the dynamic keyword. So far I haven’t had much use for it, but lately I’ve discovered that it can be very useful when designing ASP.NET MVC views. It…

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