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  1. Creating HSTS and Pre-load with Cloudflare

    Most people are familiar with HTTPS and the concept of secure websites. Securing websites become more and more common, which is a really good thing. Not only do we know that the data sent and received from the website is secure, but we also get a sense of knowing we will be alright. We expect that we get confidentiality, authenticity and integrity from modern websites. After all, we see sites every day with this:This is becoming more and more common, and according to Scott Helme almost 31% of the...
  2. Operation Not Legal in the Current State - Debugging ASP.NET Core Web Applications

    The other evening I was playing around with an ASP.NET Core application. When I started debugging it, I immediately saw an error message pop up that said It was a bit of a head scratcher, so I decided to restart the debug session and see if the problem resolved itself. This didn't help and I saw the same error again.I also saw that my Chrome browser had started up, but it wasn't showing my web page. It was stuck on a notification page telling me that JavaScript debugging is now enabled in Visual...
  3. Introduction to Progressive Web Apps

    As some people know, I have been very passionate about Windows Phone since the early days of the platform. I am still using a Windows 10 Mobile device, and I still love the operating system and the Windows 10 platform. However, I am not living in a cave, and I do realise that the future potential of the Windows mobile platform is limited. I still don't think it is "dead", but it is certainly limited. I started learning Xamarin a couple of years ago, to use my C# knowledge and skills for building...
  4. The Path is Null and Full of Squiggles

    I've been using Visual Studio 2017 since the earliest bits were available and I can confidently say, I'm a fan and highly recommend you give it a shot if you get a chance.With that being said, sometimes new features can cause things to blow up and this post is going to be discussing one of those such features, namely Lightweight Solution Load.Recently, I opened up a decently sized solution (~9 projects) and everything seemed in order. All of my dependencies were there, with no warning signs to be...
  5. Sharing is Caring: Using Shared Projects in ASP.NET

    As software developers, copy-pasting some code or a few files and having it in multiple places has always been smelly. There are several different avenues that you can take to avoid this kind of redundancy, but this post will focus on one that it seems isn’t talked about too often: Shared Projects.Prior to the introduction to Shared Projects, I’ll briefly go over why Shared Projects themselves were introduced, and how you might have accomplished similar behavior before their release.With the major...
  6. Image File Execution Options: Good, Evil, Fun.

    A #tbt from like 11 years ago...I like the Image File Execution Options section of the registry. Many developers I've encountered aren't familiar with it, though. It's under-used, and that's a shame. (For some background on IFEO, check out http://blogs.msdn.com/junfeng/archive/2004/04/28/121871.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/greggm/archive/2005/02/21/377663.aspx.) So far, I've been able to use it for many things, including perhaps some things that it wasn't intended for. The most common value to...
  7. How to read and parse a CSV file using Node.JS

    I was recently asked by someone to give an example of how to read a csv file in their node.js application, and how to parse it to get it to be usable in their app. In fact what they wanted to do is very simple, and it is one of the many reasons I'm a big fan of Node.js, because not only can it do things like this in a few lines of JavaScript, it does it server side, and fast. So This article lays out step by step how to have node.js read and parse a CSV file stored in it's project, by using the CSV...
  8. How to debug Django web apps using chrome developer tools and Django Debug Panel

    Django is a great framework for developing fast web applications with python, and it can certainly save you a ton of time if you are using python.  It's one of my favorite frameworks that is around right now, and I think they do best at describing why right on their website. "Django, the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines"It's the framework that I choose if I need something up and running, yesterday, but I still want it to be something I would not be embarrassed that I'm the...
  9. Using response compression in ASP.NET Core 1.1

    Modern browsers support multiple compression schemes such as deflate and gzip. Using this nifty feature in your web application can contribute greatly to an improved overall user experience. In this article, we'll discuss response (gzip) compression, it's benefits and how to implement it in your ASP.NET core web application. Response compression is an effective way to improve the efficiency of any website. It helps reduce bandwidth use and dramatically speeds up your website's load time...
  10. Karma Test Results with TFS Build

    Our team has been using JasmineJs for unit testing our client side JavaScript code. We now have over 3,000 tests! In order to run these tests on multiple browsers we use Karma, the "Spectacular Test Runner for JavaScript" created by people from Google to run all our tests on multiple browsers. We are also using Microsoft's TFS Build (which is leaps and bounds improved over the old XAML build system) to run our tests in Gated Check ins, create build artifacts (dlls, installers, Azure...
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