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Testing and Troubleshooting SignalR Pipelines with ASP.NET Core

Welcome to today’s post.

From two previous posts I showed how to implement a SignalR hub and SignalR client.

I will discuss how to test and troubleshoot a SignalR pipeline.

When implementing the SignalR server hub, the most useful diagnostic tools to use are debugging, console and log file output.

When implementing the SignalR client, the most obvious debugging tool to use is within the browser client itself and with Chrome we can use the console output to inspect logging output that comes from the client.

When running a SignalR hub that is running web APIs, one of the tools I can suggest using to test APIs is POSTMAN to post requests to an API service during an end to end test session.

Diagnostics and logging in a SignalR Hub Service

To enable logging application we use the following namespace in startup.cs:

using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

Then use the AddLogging() extension method to enable logging diagnostics and and configure console output and debugging output as shown:

using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
  services.AddLogging(loggingBuilder => loggingBuilder

Within our application code, setting up the Logger service is done using dependency injection as shown:

internal class TimedHostedService : IHostedService, IDisposable
  private readonly ILogger _logger;

  public TimedHostedService(ILogger<TimedHostedService> logger,
    IHubContext<BookLoanHub, IBookLoanChange> bookLoanHub, .. )
    _logger = logger;
    _bookLoanHub = bookLoanHub;

And outputting log output is achieved using the LogInformation() method:

private void DoWork(object state)
  _logger.LogInformation("Timed Background Service is working.");

When run, the console application will output info filtered logs to the console as shown:

Debug logs will be output to the debug console within Visual Studio.

Diagnostics and logging in a SignalR Client

The SignalR client is many instances will be a web client.

With an Angular 8 client I will show how to debug SignalR connections.

To receive a SignalR connection from a web client will require the SignalR server hub to be running.

If the SignalR server is not running or CORS is not enabled on the SignalR service the following error will be shown in the Chrome developer console:

If the HTTP protocol is mismatched (i.e. HTTP tries to connect to HTTPS) between the SignalR server and client, the following error is shown:

A successful connection and handshake to the web client will show as follows:

Logging the output to the Chrome console is done using the console.log() typescript method as shown:

this.connection.on('SendBookCatalogChanges', (bookchanges) => {
  console.log('Received', bookchanges);;

The corresponding connection and handshake using the JSON protocol is shown in the SignalR server output console as shown:

Testing SignalR Hub API requests

To execute web API services that are used by your SignalR client you can either use a web client or use the free and popular POSTMAN utility to run requests.

A common end-to-end test scenario is where you wish to run a web API to update a data store using a HTTP POST or PUT and then have the SignalR hub read the same SQL datastore from a web API HTTP GET in order to read then send push updates to a SignalR client.

A POST submission to update data is shown below:

The SignalR hub console will show changing SQL data counts as shown:

The architectural diagram for this post is shown:

SignalR Testing

To summarize the testing and diagnostic steps:

  1. Submit an update using HTTP POST using POSTMAN.
  2. Loan data has a record inserted.
  3. SignalR server hub background task wakes up and runs SQL to determine number of recent changes.
  4. SignalR server hub logs to console.
  5. SignalR UI client receives server notification event from SignalR hub and displays result.
  6. SignalR UI client hub logs to browser console.

To summarize troubleshooting:

Notifications to look out for on the SignalR client

Failed to start the connection

Failed to complete negotiation with the server

Explanation: SignalR hub not started.

WebSocket connected to ..

Explanation: SignalR Client confirmation of connection.

Notifications to look out for on the SignalR server

Completed connection handshake

Explanation: Server confirmation of connection.

That’s all for today’s post.

I hope you found this post useful and informative.

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