Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: C#
License: MIT License
Tags: Framework     MVC     Asp.net     MVC5     Application Frameworks     Boilerplate     Muhammad     Rehan     Saeed    
Latest version: v8.0.0

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Boxed.Mapping Boxed.Mapping package in dotnet-boxed feed in Azure Artifacts

A simple and fast (fastest?) object to object mapper that does not use reflection. Read A Simple and Fast Object Mapper for more information.

public class MapFrom
    public bool BooleanFrom { get; set; }
    public int IntegerFrom { get; set; }
    public List<MapFromChild> ChildrenFrom { get; set; }
public class MapFromChild
    public DateTimeOffset DateTimeOffsetFrom { get; set; }
    public string StringFrom { get; set; }

public class MapTo
    public bool BooleanTo { get; set; }
    public int IntegerTo { get; set; }
    public List<MapToChild> ChildrenTo { get; set; }
public class MapToChild
    public DateTimeOffset DateTimeOffsetTo { get; set; }
    public string StringTo { get; set; }

public class DemoMapper : IMapper<MapFrom, MapTo>
    private readonly IMapper<MapFromChild, MapToChild> childMapper;

    public DemoMapper(IMapper<MapFromChild, MapToChild> childMapper) => this.childMapper = childMapper;

    public void Map(MapFrom source, MapTo destination)
        destination.BooleanTo = source.BooleanFrom;
        destination.IntegerTo = source.IntegerFrom;
        destination.ChildrenTo = childMapper.MapList(source.ChildrenFrom);

public class DemoChildMapper : IMapper<MapFromChild, MapToChild>
    public void Map(MapFromChild source, MapToChild destination)
        destination.DateTimeOffsetTo = source.DateTimeOffsetFrom;
        destination.StringTo = source.StringFrom;

public class UsageExample
    private readonly IMapper<MapFrom, MapTo> mapper = new DemoMapper();

    public MapTo MapOneObject(MapFrom source) => this.mapper.Map(source);

    public MapTo[] MapArray(List<MapFrom> source) => this.mapper.MapArray(source);

    public List<MapTo> MapList(List<MapFrom> source) => this.mapper.MapList(source);

    public IAsyncEnumerable<MapTo> MapAsyncEnumerable(IAsyncEnumerable<MapFrom> source) =>

Also includes IImmutableMapper<TSource, TDestination> which is for mapping to immutable types like C# 9 record's and can also be used for enum types.

public record MapFrom(bool BooleanFrom, int IntegerFrom);
public record MapTo(bool BooleanTo, int IntegerTo);

public class DemoImmutableMapper : IImmutableMapper<MapFrom, MapTo>
    public MapTo Map(MapFrom source) => 
        new MapTo(source.BooleanFrom, source.IntegerFrom);


Boxed.AspNetCore Boxed.AspNetCore package in dotnet-boxed feed in Azure Artifacts

Provides ASP.NET Core middleware, MVC filters, extension methods and helper code for an ASP.NET Core project.

Fluent Interface Extensions

ILoggerFactory Extensions

        x => x.AddConsole(...).AddDebug(),
        x => x.AddSerilog(...));

IConfiguration Extensions

this.configuration = new ConfigurationBuilder()
    .AddJsonFile($"config.{hostingEnvironment.EnvironmentName}.json", optional: true)
        x => x.AddUserSecrets())
    .AddApplicationInsightsSettings(developerMode: !hostingEnvironment.IsProduction())

IApplicationBuilder Extensions

        x => x.UseDeveloperExceptionPage(),
        x => x.UseStatusCodePagesWithReExecute("/error/{0}/"))
        x => x.UseStagingSpecificMiddleware())

SEO Friendly URL's

[HttpGet("product/{id}/{title}", Name = "GetProduct")]
public IActionResult GetProduct(int id, string title)
    var product = this.productRepository.Find(id);
    if (product == null)
        return this.NotFound();

    // Get the actual friendly version of the title.
    string friendlyTitle = FriendlyUrlHelper.GetFriendlyTitle(product.Title);

    // Compare the title with the friendly title.
    if (!string.Equals(friendlyTitle, title, StringComparison.Ordinal))
        // If the title is null, empty or does not match the friendly title, return a 301 Permanent
        // Redirect to the correct friendly URL.
        return this.RedirectToRoutePermanent("GetProduct", new { id = id, title = friendlyTitle });

    // The URL the client has browsed to is correct, show them the view containing the product.
    return this.View(product);

Canonical URL's


Boxed.AspNetCore.Swagger Boxed.AspNetCore.Swagger package in dotnet-boxed feed in Azure Artifacts

Provides ASP.NET Core middleware, MVC filters, extension methods and helper code for an ASP.NET Core project implementing Swagger (OpenAPI).


Boxed.AspNetCore.TagHelpers Boxed.AspNetCore.TagHelpers package in dotnet-boxed feed in Azure Artifacts

ASP.NET Core tag helpers for Subresource Integrity (SRI), Referrer meta tags, OpenGraph (Facebook) and Twitter social network meta tags. Read more at:

Subresource Integrity (SRI)

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.0/jquery.min.js" 

Social Network Meta Tags

Twitter Cards

<twitter-card-summary-large-image username="@@RehanSaeedUK">

Open Graph (Facebook)

<open-graph-website site-name="My Website"
                    title="Page Title"
                    main-image="@(new OpenGraphImage(


Boxed.DotnetNewTest Boxed.DotnetNewTest package in dotnet-boxed feed in Azure Artifacts

A unit test framework for project templates built using dotnet new.

  1. Install dotnet new based project templates from a directory.
  2. Run dotnet restore, dotnet build and dotnet publish commands.
  3. For ASP.NET Core project templates you can run dotnet run which gives you a HttpClient that you can use to call the app and run further tests.
public class ApiTemplateTest
    public ApiTemplateTest() => DotnetNew.Install<ApiTemplateTest>("ApiTemplate.sln").Wait();

    [InlineData("StatusEndpointOn", "status-endpoint=true")]
    [InlineData("StatusEndpointOff", "status-endpoint=false")]
    public async Task RestoreAndBuild_CustomArguments_IsSuccessful(string name, params string[] arguments)
        using (var tempDirectory = TempDirectory.NewTempDirectory())
            var dictionary = arguments
                .Select(x => x.Split('=', StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries))
                .ToDictionary(x => x.First(), x => x.Last());
            var project = await tempDirectory.DotnetNew("api", name, dictionary);
            await project.DotnetRestore();
            await project.DotnetBuild();

    public async Task Run_DefaultArguments_IsSuccessful()
        using (var tempDirectory = TempDirectory.NewTempDirectory())
            var project = await tempDirectory.DotnetNew("api", "DefaultArguments");
            await project.DotnetRestore();
            await project.DotnetBuild();
            await project.DotnetRun(
                async (httpClient, httpsClient) =>
                    var httpResponse = await httpsClient.GetAsync("status");
                    Assert.Equal(HttpStatusCode.OK, httpResponse.StatusCode);

Continuous Integration

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AppVeyor Ubuntu, Mac & Windows AppVeyor Build Status AppVeyor Build History

Contributions and Thanks

Please view the [contributing guide](/.github/CONTRIBUTING.md) for more information.

  • VictorioBerra - Helping to create the Boxed.DotnetNewTest NuGet package.