Scott Hanselman

Exploring the .NET Core library Coravel for Task Scheduling, Caching, Mailing and more

August 27, '20 Comments [17] Posted in DotNetCore | Open Source
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Coravel claims it is a "Near-zero config .NET Core library that makes Task Scheduling, Caching, Queuing, Mailing, Event Broadcasting (and more) a breeze!" A lovely claim, that is, in fact, true! It's open source and on Github at https://github.com/jamesmh/coravel so give Coravel a star!

Coravel is available on NuGet as a package - as are all things  - or you can also install it's helper CLI with a simple dotnet tool install --global coravel-cli. After this, using coravel easy, early, and often is as simple as:

coravel install

A nice teach that makes it easy, the coravel CLI adds the package reference, restores your project, and reminds you to set it up in ConfigureServices() in Startup.cs. A nice example of a thoughtful library that is trying to make onboarding simpler.

The Coravel CLI is also a nice scaffolder to get you started with item templates:

> coravel
Usage: coravel [options] [command]

Options:
-?|-h|--help Show help information

Commands:
event
install
invocable
mail

But what is it?

CoravelWith a somewhat vague name and a list of cool features that may not seem related, you may find yourself wondering WHAT is this and WHY do I need it?

When you start thinking about layering and responsibilities of real production software, you'll note that there are arguably some gaps in the BCL (Base Class Libraries) that .NET makes available, particularly as you move up into the Application Development space.

Scheduled jobs and tasks, simple emailing with Razor Templates, a lightweight event dispatcher, easily queueable background tasks are just some of the higher level primitives you'll find yourself wanting when creating business apps. Coravel collects those buildable elements and allows you to string them together very quickly.

For example, I'll create an "Invocable." Basically just a method that is more 'job-like.' It has business scope and I need to have it invoked later by some schedule or process within my app.

Here I'll register one in my Startup.cs.

services.AddScoped<SendNightlyReportsEmailJob>();

So I need to send a nightly report. That's an invocable thing, and it's also an IMailer because it mails things. Note the injected IMailer in the constructor. All very natural in ASP.NET Core, using Dependency Injection.

public class SendNightlyReportsEmailJob : IInvocable
{
private IMailer _mailer;
public SendNightlyReportsEmailJob(IMailer mailer)
{
this._mailer = mailer;
}

public async Task Invoke()
{
Console.WriteLine("NightlyReportMailable Started....");
await Task.Delay(10000);

// You could grab multiple users from a DB query ;)
var mailable = new NightlyReportMailable(new UserModel
{
Name = "Coravel is lovely!",
Email = "test@test.com"
});
await this._mailer.SendAsync(mailable);
Console.WriteLine($"NightlyReportMailable was sent at {DateTime.UtcNow}.");
}
}

Then I can have this mailed every evening with the Coravel Scheduler:

scheduler.Schedule<SendNightlyReportsEmailJob>().Daily();

But when, right? Easy:

scheduler
.Schedule<SendNightlyReportsEmailJob>()
.DailyAt(1, 30)
.Zoned(TimeZoneInfo.Local);

What if you have a task that needs to happen, but maybe it's either long-running or happening often. You don't want two tasks going at the same time, so PreventOverlapping! Clever.

scheduler
.Schedule<DoAThingOften>()
.EveryMinute()
.PreventOverlapping("DoAThingOften");

And that's just the scheduler. That mail you have to send? You can use Razor Pages to create reach HTML emails! That makes New User Sign Up, or Completed Order very easy to create. All self-contained in your app. I dig it.

Finally note that there's Pro paid version of Coravel that gives you a very professional UI for Jobs and Invocables, and allows you to visually configure your back-end job schedules. A nice way to support open source - especially when you start using it and really depending on it - is to explore very reasonable Pro licenses like those that Pro Coravel has. Impressive stuff, truly.

*I have no relationship with Coravel the project or the Pro licenses, I'm just a fan.


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:31:06 AM UTC
It’d have been great to know about this tool for an on-prem service I was working with.

Oh, bummer. I’d save this one for future use.
Adan Jauregui
Saturday, August 29, 2020 7:15:32 AM UTC
I used Coravel for a while but I've been gradually removing it as I moved code into Azure Functions. The Razor Pages emails also don't work with asp.net Core 3.x so I had to move on. It got me background jobs quickly early on in the project but I soon started to run into issues with scalability and lack of 3.x support.
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Saturday, August 29, 2020 12:10:25 PM UTC
you might also want to consider quartz.net for scheduling and running background tasks
ira m lustman
Saturday, August 29, 2020 12:48:46 PM UTC
Anyone have any thoughts of Coravel vs Hangfire vs Quartz? Have been very happy with Hangfire for scheduled tasks.
Smartminion
Saturday, August 29, 2020 2:07:49 PM UTC
Seems like this is not backed by a database to store tasks status unfortunately. So if my web server does "do this task in 30 minutes" and then the server restarts, the task will never run.
Nicolas
Saturday, August 29, 2020 8:52:49 PM UTC
We use Hangfire. No problems with it. Bonus is, Hangfire is backed with DB (Redis, Sql), so no problems when updating app/server.
Sabiland
Monday, August 31, 2020 9:19:54 AM UTC
Looks very easy to use. I've previously used Hangfire for that, which also is very good library.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 10:48:21 AM UTC
In response to Nicolas:

> Seems like this is not backed by a database to store tasks status unfortunately

Looks like it works with Entity Framework: https://www.docs.pro.coravel.net/Installation/#basic-configuration

Though I think Hangfire is likely better in this regard as it can be used with Redis too.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 2:46:44 PM UTC
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Tuesday, September 01, 2020 2:56:48 PM UTC
We've been using Quartz.NET in a windows service which does nothing but call URLs on a schedule with OAuth authentication. The work is done by the webAPI URLs being called.

This allows us to have control over when the jobs run in an admin area as well as the last outcome and the ability to "Run Now".
Peter
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 7:58:23 AM UTC
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nameniko
Friday, September 04, 2020 12:38:26 PM UTC
We've been using Quartz.NET
Friday, September 04, 2020 10:35:03 PM UTC
Looks very easy to use.
Friday, September 04, 2020 10:35:04 PM UTC
Looks very easy to use.
Sunday, September 06, 2020 5:06:56 AM UTC
Minor correction on line 4: or you can also install its* helper CLI

instead of "it's helper CLI".
Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:14:16 PM UTC
I just inherited a large .net solution with several of these were supported, now unsupported third party libraries and am feeling the joy of unfix-able bugs in them when upgrading to .net core.
Bret
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