[Mono-dev] State of aspnetwebstack on mono

Martin Thwaites monoforum at my2cents.co.uk
Mon Oct 27 00:45:29 UTC 2014

Hi All,

Just another quick update.

Some potentially amazing news.  I've managed to get a fairly large MVC
5.2/WebAPI running on mono!  That is out of the box, without any special
versions of dll's (other than removing the Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure.dll
I think.

So, there are a few outstanding PR's that need to reviewed and merged, but
the end is in sight! Special thanks go out to Kornel Pal for implementing
the HttpTaskAsyncHandler as this was going to be a big uphill struggle for
me so you saved me a lot of time.

So the list of PR's that need reviewing (not including ones already
reviewed and merged) in order to make this work are:

PR1163: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1163

*This is done by Mike Morano and has recently been re-done without the
offending code (now added in my PR1363).*
PR1349: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1349

*This is the machine key work, and needs a small tweak before it can be
merged that I will do this week.*
PR1363: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1363

*Another of mine with the MembershipPasswordAttribute*
PR1365: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1365

*This is Kornel Pal's around the HttpTaskAsyncHandler, and Miguel has said
he'll take a look at it.*
PR1370: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1370

*Small one implementing a default of the ReadEntityBodyMode*
PR1371: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1371

*Another small one, implementing the ClientDisconnectedToken*
PR1372: https://github.com/mono/mono/pull/1372

*A final small one around the GetBuffer* methods in the httprequest.*
There is 1 final small piece that either myself of Chris Carroll will get
done this week which is around the AppendTrailing slash and lowercaseUrls
properties in RouteBase class.  We just need to put the implementation

Anyway, after applying all of these, my large WebAPI solution not only
compiles, but it also runs!

If you want to checkout what it looks like with all the patches applied,
that would be great, I'd love to have some more information on whether it
does work.  I'm sure there will still be bugs, but if it works mostly, then
bug fixing is easy (famous last words).


Thanks for everyone's help.


On 20 October 2014 20:42, Martin Thwaites <monoforum at my2cents.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi Miguel,
> The code that I'm referring to here is that of the aspnetwebstack on
> codeplex.  That is to say that they are not something where you can remove
> the code and recompile (unless there as a specific mono implementation
> which is not ideal).  The goal is to have the compiled dlls that are
> available on nuget work, without tweaking to a person's application.
> I'll have a look and see if I can see where it would be used, but still as
> you've said on one of my pulls, a half done implementation is better than
> none.
> Having the application throw a missing method exception should not be the
> recommended approach when we can add the property and default it to false.
> Thanks, and please don't think that things won't getting better with my
> reviews.  I'm learning what you want so I can review better and help reduce
> the burden on you and your staff.
> Martin
> On 20 Oct 2014 20:04, "Miguel de Icaza" <miguel at xamarin.com> wrote:
>> As for the properties, although they should do something to the generated
>>> urls, simply adding them should surely be a valid pull?  the issue at the
>>> moment is that without them, you get an exception even if it should be
>>> false.  I actually think that these are used by other classes when
>>> generating urls, not the route collection itself, but I don't know for
>>> sure.  Considering that adding them is very low risk, can we not just
>>> accept the pull and ask for further work.
>> Nope, all they do is allow some code to be compiled, and then get the
>> wrong result.
>> You might as well remove the dependency of those properties, and see what
>> else breaks on whatever piece of code you are trying to build.
>> Miguel
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