Deploy ASP.NET MVC 4 application + WCF service to the free AppHarbor cloud

By | October 9, 2013

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This article is a step by step instruction to deploy your ASP.NET MVC 4 application that hosts WCF service to the free AppHarbor cloud hosting with MS SQL server and NewRelic monitoring functionality.

Configure AppHarbor

appharborYou need to register an account on https://appharbor.com/, then go to “Your Applications” and create the new one. For example we will create application with name “testForBlock”.

Then you should add SQL server add-on to your site. Go to “add-on catalog”, select “SQL Server” and install free “Yocto” edition. Then go back to “add-on catalog” and install free New Relic add-on.

Create MVC 4 application with WCF service

Create empty MVC 4 web application project “testForBlock”, add WCF service library in to created solution with name “testForBlockService”.

Go to AppHarbor application and switch to “Configuration varialbes” section. Copy SQLSERVER_CONNECTION_STRING and use it with your data provider in web.config.

Install and configure Git

Go to http://windows.github.com and install github client for windows, which contains git powershell cmdlet. Run Git Shell from desktop.

Perform first-time git setup by running:

git config --global user.name "John Doe"
git config --global user.email johndoe@example.com

then go to AppHarbor and copy your application repository url. Initiate new local git repository:

cd C:\path\to\my\application\solution
git init 
git remote add appharbor MY_REPOSITORY_URL

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Create following .gitignore file:

[Bb]in
[Oo]bj
*.suo
*.user

And commit your solution to appharbor:

git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"
git push appharbor master

You will see that appharbor cannot build the application with WCF service, the following error will be in log:

"Microsoft.VisualStudio.ServiceModel.targets" was not found

To fix this error you should add Microsoft.VisualStudio.ServiceModel.targets (this file located in C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\WCF folder) to your “testForBlockService” service project. Then open testForBlockService.csproj for edit and replace

<Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\VisualStudio\WCF\Microsoft.VisualStudio.ServiceModel.targets" />

with

<Import Project="Microsoft.VisualStudio.ServiceModel.targets" />

Commit changes to appharbor.

Now you can use your application.

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