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Optimize PNG images for internet using pngcrush and PowerShell

Reduce size of existing PNG images without loosing quality with pngcrush
 
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Imagine a case where you have an existing website which is running for the past few years. You decided to run a Google PageSpeed insights on couple of pages and you realized that your PNG images on the pages are not optimized for Internet. Now this can be solved thanks to a lot of online PNG image optimizers, but considering the number of the files you might have over the years of website running it can be matter of days, even maybe weeks to optimize all of them. This was my case and I could not afford myself that much time. ...read more

Minify CSS and JavaScript files with PowerShell script

JavaScript and CSS file optimization with PowerShell script
 
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Minification of Cascade Style Sheet (CSS) and Java Script (JS) should be on a TODO list for every web application. The minification of CSS and JS can be easily one on the runtime with ASP.NET bundling which is build in in ASP.NET framework, but in case of distributing your resource files over CDN you cannot use the runtime minification. You physical files need to be minified...read more

Export DataSet and DataTable to Excel with C#

Saving DataSet or DataTable instace to an Excel spreadsheet with C#
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Some time ago I wrote an article on how to export data to Excel from C# code. Essentially it exports data to file which can be opened in Excel but it does not produce the actual Microsoft Office Excel document. I recently wrote an article on Working with Excel files in .NET without using COM in C#, so I decided to use this approach to create extension methods for DataTable and DataSet classes...read more

Export DataTable to HTML in C#

Generate HTML table from DataTable instance in C#
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When I searched for exporting s to HTML table in C# I found a lot of articles and code snippets which are basically doing string concatenation or String.Format on the hard-coded HTML String to generate HTML string of the table. To me this approach is a bit like a workaround and I was never a fan of hard-coding values. In addition, code with a lot of hard-coded value end up as hardly maintainable code...read more

Simplest way to store lists and dictionaries in config files

Fast and simple way of storing and using lists and dictionaries in config files
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Configuration files are a useful place too keep any related configuration settings. It provides easy to use configuration fetching which you can invoke from any part of the application. However it does not support many stuff out of the box, but on the other hand it is pretty flexible and expendable. One of the things that are not there built in is support for lists. ...read more

Multiple file upload with ASP.NET WebApi

Upload multiple files using WebApi REST service
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Taking out business logic from the application allows different clients running on a different platform to use same logic. REST API is a great way to decuple business logic and make it available to different clients on a different platforms. To upload files using WebApi we first need to define an action in a WebApi controller to handle files posted to the endpoint. ...read more

Merge folders with Windows PowerShell script

Detect changes and merge folders and files with PowerShell script
 
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When deploying application to specific location it is often required to deploy only few files and not the whole deployment package. For example, if you changed only single static image file in your ASP.NET WebApplication, there is no reason to overwrite bin folder content and cause WebApplication on IIS to restart. ...read more

Use PowerShell to install SSL certificate on IIS

Importing PFX SSL certificate to IIS with PowerShell script
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Since Google announced HTTPS as ranking signal most of the websites now days are switching to secured communication via SSL certificates. Even I switched my website to HTTPS secured connection to follow up with this new trend. Using certificate on the website is related to domain binding, but even before we setup the domain binding for the website, we need to import the certificate to IIS...read more

Get .NET Framework version installed on Windows using PowerShell

How to find out installed version of .NET Framework with PowerShell
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Finding out installed .NET Framework version on the host Windows OS is not an everyday job, but when it comes to deployments of the .NET application it is needed to check if the host supports targeting .NET Framework version. Starting from .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft is storing .NET Framework version as a key in registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full\Release ...read more

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