How to create midnight datetime

Midnight is the first one – It’s the very first second of the day, not the last.

var todayDateTime = DateTime.Today;
var Midnight = todayDateTime.AddSeconds(-1);
//Here are the results
Console.WriteLine($"Today {todayDateTime.ToString()}, Mid night {Midnight.ToString()}");

The output is this;

Today 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM, Mid night 10/7/2021 11:59:59 PM

Store and Read Objects from Session in ASP.NET Core

Here you go;

In your Startup.cs, under the Configure method, add the following line:

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env)
{
app.UseSession();
}

And under the ConfigureServices method, add the following line:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
{
  //Added for session state
  services.AddDistributedMemoryCache();

  services.AddSession(options =>
  {
  options.IdleTimeout = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(10);               
  });
}

In order to store complex objects in your session in .NET Core, follow the following steps:

Create a model class of your object type (in your case EmployeeDetails):

public class EmployeeDetails
{
    public string EmployeeId { get; set; }
    public string DesignationId { get; set; }
}

Then create a SessionExtension helper to set and retrieve your complex object as JSON:

public static class SessionExtensions
{
  public static void SetObjectAsJson(this ISession session, string key, object value)
   {
     session.SetString(key, JsonConvert.SerializeObject(value));
   }

   public static T GetObjectFromJson<T>(this ISession session, string key)
   {
     var value = session.GetString(key);
     return value == null ? default(T) : JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<T>(value);
   }
}

Then finally set the complex object in your session as:

var employee = new EmployeeDetails();
employee.EmployeeId = "1";
employee.DesignationId = "2";

HttpContext.Session.SetObjectAsJson("EmployeeDetails", employee);

To retrieve your complex object in your session:

var employeeDetails = HttpContext.Session.GetObjectFromJson<EmployeeDetails>("EmployeeDetails");
int employeeID = Convert.ToInt32(employeeDetails.EmployeeId);
int designationID= Convert.ToInt32(employeeDetails.DesignationId);

My session was not working. it turns out that it relates to GDPR issues. Three fixes;

FIX-I

The first fix is to provide user a login page and let him accept cookies policy.

If you don’t provide a login page and still want to configure sessions in ASP.NET Core, you need these two fixes in Startup.cs file;

Fix-II Startup.cs file ConfigureServices method. Add this line;

 services.AddSession(options =>
 {
    options.Cookie.IsEssential = true;
 });

Fix-III Startup.cs file Configure method, comment this line;

//app.UseCookiePolicy();

The most common fix is FIX-I. For testing I choose Fix-II and session started working.

Sources

https://andrewlock.net/session-state-gdpr-and-non-essential-cookies/

Dataset and Data Tables (a refresher)

Dataset is an in-memory representation of a database relationship. Data Tables are individual tables that can be joined with Data relation objects.

Let’s go through an example of a tenant and his/her maintenance request;

Create a Dataset;

//create dataset
DataSet serviceRequest = new DataSet();

Create tenant table

//create tenant table
DataTable tenant = new DataTable();
tenant.Clear();
//add columns
tenant.TableName = "tenant";
tenant.Columns.Add("tenantID");
tenant.Columns.Add("Name");
tenant.Columns.Add("AptNumber");
//add rows
DataRow rowT = tenant.NewRow();
rowT["tenantID"] = "A1";
rowT["Name"] = "khan";
rowT["AptNumber"] = "1";
tenant.Rows.Add(rowT);

//Add this table to data set
serviceRequest.Tables.Add(tenant);

Create request table

//create request table
DataTable request = new DataTable();
request.Clear();
//add columns
request.TableName = "request";
request.Columns.Add("requestID");
request.Columns.Add("tenantID");
request.Columns.Add("description");
//add rows
DataRow rowR = request.NewRow();
rowR["requestID"] = "1";
rowR["tenantID"] = "A1";
rowR["description"] = "air conditioner does not work";
request.Rows.Add(rowR);
//add this table to data set
serviceRequest.Tables.Add(request);

Create relationship

//create relationship
DataRelation relation;
DataColumn tenantColumn = serviceRequest.Tables["tenant"].Columns["tenantID"];
DataColumn requestColumn = serviceRequest.Tables["request"].Columns["tenantID"];
relation = new DataRelation("relation", tenantColumn, requestColumn);
//assign relation
serviceRequest.Relations.Add(relation);

Create LINQ query to read data;

//simple LINQ query
var maintenanceData = (from x in serviceRequest.Tables["tenant"].AsEnumerable()
join y in serviceRequest.Tables["request"].AsEnumerable()
on x.Field<string>("tenantID") equals y.Field<string>("tenantID")
select new
   {
       TenantID = x.Field<string>("tenantID"),
       RequestID = y.Field<string>("requestID"),
       Description = y.Field<string>("description")
   }).ToList();

Here is the output of this LINQ query;

If we are going to add a new column in request table, for example AllowToEnterApt. We can use foreach loop to update the values in this column;

serviceRequest.Tables["request"].Columns.Add("AllowToEnterApt");
foreach (DataRow row in serviceRequest.Tables["request"].Rows)
{
     row["AllowToEnterApt"] = 1;
}

Remove single quote from strings

I would like to remove single quote from beginning and end of this string;

string tabName = "'i# milestones$'";
string outputTabName = tabName.Trim(new char[]{(char)39});

Where (char)39 represents ', and the .Trim() will remove the first and last ' from the string; You can try like this as well:

string outputTabName = tabName.Trim('\'');