ASP.NET Core 6.0 - Member Profile

This article describes the implementation of a MemberProfile, used to store and display a user's public properties. I will assume you have downloaded the ASP.NET Core 6.0 - Users With Comments Project.

Users With Comments Project and Article Series

The ASP.NET Core 6.0 - Users With Comments Project (UWCP) implements public member profiles and a moderated comment workflow from user submission to admin publication. I started with the ASP.NET Core 6.0 - Users With Device 2FA Project (UWD2FAP) which implements WebAuthn, also known as FIDO2, instead of authenticator apps. The latest version of the UWCP is published at Preview. KenHaggerty. Com. I encourage you to register and submit a comment. Details, screenshots, and related articles can be found at ASP.NET Core 6.0 - Users With Comments Project. The details page includes the version change log.

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I wanted a clear separation of public and private profile information. I developed a MemberProfile entity to store DisplayedName, ImageString, and About properties.

public class MemberProfile
    /// <summary>
    /// Creates a new instance of <see cref="MemberProfile"/>.
    /// </summary>
    public MemberProfile()
    /// <summary>
    /// <see cref="MemberProfile"/> constructor with parameters.
    /// </<summary>
    /// <param name="appUserId"></param>
    /// <param name="displayedName"></param>
    /// <param name="createdDate"></param>
    public MemberProfile(int appUserId, string displayedName, DateTimeOffset createdDate)
        AppUserId = appUserId;
        DisplayedName = displayedName;
        CreatedDate = createdDate;

    public int Id { get; set; }
    public int AppUserId { get; set; }
    [Display(Name = "Displayed Name")]
    public string DisplayedName { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    public string? ImageString { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    public string? About { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    [Display(Name = "Displayed")]
    public bool ListingDisplayed { get; set; }
    [Display(Name = "Disabled")]
    public bool ListingDisabled { get; set; }
    [Display(Name = "Created")]
    public DateTimeOffset CreatedDate { get; set; }
    [Display(Name = "Updated")]
    public DateTimeOffset? UpdatedDate { get; set; }

The MemberProfile implements a foreign key on AppUserId. The AppUser implements a navigational property on MemberProfile.

public class AppUser
    public virtual MemberProfile? MemberProfile { get; set; }

The account/ manage/ index page displays the MemberProfile properties with a Public header.

Manage Account.
Manage Account Mobile.

I implement a DisplayedName to protect the user's login name from being compromised. I developed a NotEqualAttribute to ensure the Displayed Name does not match the Login Name.

public class NotEqualAttribute : ValidationAttribute
    private string OtherProperty { get; set; }
    public NotEqualAttribute(string otherProperty)
        OtherProperty = otherProperty;

    protected override ValidationResult? IsValid(object? value, ValidationContext validationContext)
        // Get the other property values.
        var otherPropertyInfo = validationContext.ObjectType.GetRuntimeProperty(OtherProperty);
        if (otherPropertyInfo == null) return new ValidationResult("OtherPropertyInfo == null");
        if (otherPropertyInfo.GetIndexParameters().Length > 0) throw new ArgumentException("IndexParameters not found");
        object? otherPropertyValue = otherPropertyInfo.GetValue(validationContext.ObjectInstance, null);

        if (Equals(value, otherPropertyValue))
            var otherPropertyDisplayName = otherPropertyInfo
                .GetCustomAttributes(typeof(DisplayAttribute), false)
                .Cast<DisplayAttribute>().Single().Name ?? OtherProperty;

            return new ValidationResult(string.Format(ErrorMessageString, validationContext.DisplayName, otherPropertyDisplayName));

        return null;

New users enter the Displayed Name when they register.

Register Page.
Register Page Mobile.

The NotEqualAttribute is implemented on the RegisterUserInputModel.cs.

public class RegisterUserInputModel
    [StringLength(32, ErrorMessage = "The {0} must be at least {2} and at max {1} characters long.", MinimumLength = 6)]
    [Display(Name = "Login Name")]
    public string LoginName { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    [NotEqual("LoginName", ErrorMessage = "The {0} must not equal the {1}.")]
    [StringLength(32, ErrorMessage = "The {0} must be at least {2} and at max {1} characters long.", MinimumLength = 6)]
    [Display(Name = "Displayed Name")]
    public string DisplayedName { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    public string Email { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    [RegularExpression(@"^(?=.*[a-z])(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*\d)(?=.*[\W]).{8,}$", ErrorMessage = "The {0} does not meet requirements.")]
    [Display(Name = "Password")]
    public string Password { get; set; } = string.Empty;
    [Display(Name = "Confirm password")]
    [Compare("Password", ErrorMessage = "The Password and Confirm password do not match.")]
    public string ConfirmPassword { get; set; } = string.Empty;

If the user attempts to submit a Displayed Name equal to the Login Name, the model error is displyed.

Register With Error.
Register With Error Mobile.

After a new AppUser is created a new MemberProfile is created with the AppUserId, DisplayedName, and CreatedDate.

if (!await _userService.AddAppUserAsync(appUser).ConfigureAwait(false))
    throw new InvalidOperationException($"An error occurred adding an AppUser.");
if (appUser.Id == 0)
    throw new InvalidOperationException($"An error occurred adding an AppUser (appUser.Id = 0).");

var memberProfile = new MemberProfile(appUser.Id, Input.DisplayedName, createdDate);
if (!await _userService.AddMemberProfileAsync(memberProfile).ConfigureAwait(false))
    throw new InvalidOperationException("An error occurred adding a MemberProfile.");

More than one user may have the same DisplayedName. Comments and the Member Listing use a Member Title composed of the DisplayedName and the CreatedDate to improve identity.

MemberTitle = $"{(appUser.MemberProfile == null ? "Not Found" : appUser.MemberProfile.DisplayedName)} - Member Since {string.Format(AppSettings.DateOnlyFormat, appUser.CreatedDate)}";
Ken Haggerty
Created 06/02/22
Updated 06/19/22 15:24 GMT

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