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Dave is a passionate, hands-on software developer who enjoys building quality software that solves real-world problems. Dave has many years of experience in developing software for financial, agricultural and energy companies where he has specialized in .NET and web development. He has led the development of several commercial products and internal systems. This wide range of experience has helped to cultivate his pragmatic approach to solving technical and business problems. Dave enjoys staying on top of the latest technologies, and in his spare time has built and published a number of web and phone apps.

Dave is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He is active the software community, presenting at local events and conferences and contributing to open source projects. He enjoys blogging frequently at www.davepaquette.com and contributes regularly to the MSDN Canadian Developer Connection blog.

> Blog posts

NOV
27
Integration Testing with Entity Framework Core and SQL Server
Dave Paquette
Entity Framework Core makes it easy to write tests that execute against an in-memory store but sometimes we want to actually run our tests against a real relational database. In this post, we look at how to create an integration test that runs against a real SQL Server database.
NOV
22
Creating a New View Engine in ASP.NET Core
Dave Paquette
At the ASP.NET Hackathon in Redmond, we replaced the Razor view engine with Pug. It started off as a joke but it kind of worked okay so we rolled with it.
JUL
16
Loading View Components from a Class Library in ASP.NET Core MVC
Dave Paquette
In today's post we take a look at how view components can be implemented in a separate class library and shared across multiple web applications.
MAY
22
ASP.NET Core Distributed Cache Tag Helper
Dave Paquette
The anxiously awaited ASP.NET Core RC2 has finally landed and with it we have a shiny new tag helper to explorer. In this post we will explore the new Distributed Cache tag helper and how it differs from the already existing Cache tag helper.
JAN
24
Submitting Your First Pull Request
Dave Paquette
Over the last few years, we have seen a big shift in the .NET community towards open source. In addition to a huge number of open source community led projects, we have also seen Microsoft move major portions of the .NET framework over to GitHub. With all these packages out in the wild, the opportunities to contribute are endless. In this post I will guide you through the process of submitting your first pull request.
JAN
2
Goodbye Child Actions, Hello View Components
Dave Paquette
In previous versions of MVC, we used Child Actions to build reusable components. Child Actions do not exist in MVC 6. Instead, we are encouraged to use the new View Component feature to support this use case.
DEC
28
Complex Custom Tag Helpers in MVC 6
Dave Paquette
How to build complex tag helper that are made up of multiple parts in MVC 6
DEC
28
My Hasty Move to Hexo
Dave Paquette
I have meant for some time now to move my blog to something a little more stable. Wordpress is a fine platform but really overkill for what I need.
DEC
3
The Case of the Disappearing Database
Dave Paquette
Something scary happened last week. The database backing my blog disappeared from my Azure account.
NOV
16
Realistic Sample Data With GenFu
Dave Paquette
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend some time hacking with my good friend James Chambers. One of the projects we worked on is his brainchild: GenFu
NOV
3
Markdown in Your MVC 6 Razor Pages
Dave Paquette
What? Markdown in your Razor code? Yeah...and it was totally easy to build too. Taylor Mullen demoed the idea of a Markdown Tag Helper idea at Orchard Harvest and I thought it would be nice to include this in my Tag Helper Samples project.
SEP
21
Custom MVC6 Tag Helper Samples
Dave Paquette
A group of us who have been exploring MVC 6 Tag Helpers have created a repository of Tag Helper Samples. The repository contains a set of real world samples that can help you understand how to build your own custom tag helpers.
SEP
4
Adding Prefixes to Tag Helpers in MVC 6
Dave Paquette
Some people have said that they would prefer all Tag Helper elements in MVC 6 to be prefixed. I honestly don't see myself doing this but it is easy to turn on if you prefer tag helper elements to be prefixed with some special text.
SEP
3
Why Gulp?
Dave Paquette
I recently made some updates to my blog post on How to Use Gulp in Visual Studio. I don't usually go back and update old blog posts, but this one receives a fair amount of daily traffic. There was a minor mistake in the way I had setup my gulp watch and I wanted to fix that to avoid confusion. I also get a lot of questions about why using a task runner like Gulp is a 'better approach' than the way things are done in ASP.NET 4.x. I have addressed some of those questions in the original post but I will go into more detail here.
JUL
20
Cancelling Long Running Queries in ASP.NET MVC and Web API
Dave Paquette
A lot has been written about the importance of using async controller actions and async queries in MVC and Web API when dealing with long running queries. If done properly, it can hopefully improve throughput of your ASP.NET applications. While async won't solve the problem of your database being a bottleneck, it can help to ensure that your web server is still able to process other smaller/shorter requests. It will especially ensure requests that do not require access to that database can be processed in a timely fashion.
JUL
2
MVC 6 Image Tag Helper
Dave Paquette
ASP.NET 5 Beta 5 shipped yesterday and it includes a new tag helper: the [Image tag helper](https://github.com/aspnet/Mvc/blob/dev/src/Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc.TagHelpers/ImageTagHelper.cs. While this is a very simple tag helper, it has special meaning for me. Implementing this tag helper was my first pull request submitted to the aspnet/mvc repo.
JUN
23
Creating custom MVC 6 Tag Helpers
Dave Paquette
In the last few blog posts, I have spent some time covering the tag helpers that are built in to MVC 6. While the built in tag helpers cover a lot of functionality needed for many basic scenarios, you might also find it beneficial to create your tag helpers from time to time. In this post, I will show how you can easily create a simple tag helper to generate a Bootstrap progress bar. NOTE: Thank you to James Chambers for giving me the idea to look at bootstrap components for ideas for custom tag helpers.
JUN
4
MVC 6 cache tag helper
Dave Paquette
In this post in my series exploring the ASP.NET 5 MVC 6 tag helpers, I will dig into the Cache Tag Helper. The Cache Tag Helper is a little different than most of the other tag helpers we talked about because it doesn't target a standard HTML tag. Instead, it wraps arbitrary content and allows those contents to be cached in memory based on the parameters you specify.

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