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Clean up IIS log files from web server using PowerShell

Avoid low disk space because of IIS logs with PowerShell Scheduled Task
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Microsoft IIS Server is by default logging every request that reaches it. This can be pretty useful for tracking down the issue which my occur over time, but it is also pilling up log files on server's disk which eventually can cause low disk space. You an always clean up these files manually, but wouldn't it be nice if server does that for you? ...read more

Setting up IIS ASP.NET WebApplication using PowerShell

Setup ASP.NET web application hosted on IIS using PowerShell
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PowerShell is the best option for automation on Windows platform. Regardless of which platform and how you organize Continous Deployment, you will always need to introduce certain level of customization during the deployment process. Scripting with PowerShell can play main role with these kind of customizations...read more

Separate configuration files per build config in Visual Studio IDE

Generating different configuration files on the build time in VS IDE
 
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It is an often case that application configuration is different for each environment. Most often this is the case for database connection string where developer has connection string to dev environment database or it's local database and quality assurance (qa) and production have different connection strings wile the rest of the config...read more

Manage IIS website from ASP.NET code

Controlling the current ASP.NET application running on IIS from the code
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Microsoft made IIS management from the ASP.NET code itself much easer and accessible right out of the box by introducing Microsoft.Web.Administration library. Simply by adding the reference in your project to Microsoft.Web.Administration library you are getting options to manage websites hosted on the IIS where application is running. One of the requirements beside referencing Microsoft.Web.Administration library is setting your Application Pool to run under LocalSystem account. ...read more

Using GZip compression for large text values in Redis

Store and retrieve larger text values with Redis in .NET
 
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Using REDIS for caching values for increasing application performance can be quite beneficial and can increase performance and scalability of your application. Although REDIS allows quite large text files, up to 512MB which is something you most likely will not reach if you are storing for example JOSN data, there will be a significant network transfer over the wire for putting and pulling this value in and out. ...read more

QR code MVC html helper

Display runtime generated QR code in MVC page
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This article is based on one of my previous topic Advanced Base64 image extension in ASP.NET MVC. It uses the same concept to display image on the page and to cache it, but it involves QR code bitmap generation which is basically a NuGet package use. Basically, QR code is generated using NuGet package QRCoder https://www.nuget.org/packages/QRCoder/ and result Bitmap is serialized to base64 string and cached so we do not regenerate same QR bitmap over and over on every request which may lead to server overload. ...read more

Non blocking CSS load on the page

Load external CSS files in an async manner
 
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Like JavaScript, CSS files are also loaded on the page by default in a blocking manner. Luckily for us, for JavaScript we can use either async or defer attributes on the script tag itself to change the behavior of JavaScript external file loading. There is a different between these two attributes, but this is not the subject of this article. ...read more

Inline JavaScript and CSS tags with ASP.NET MVC

Rendering inline JavaScript and CSS tags in document in MVC
 
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With ASP.NET MVC Microsoft introduced bundling of JavaScript and CSS resources. These bundles work pretty well but to me it always looks not so natural to define bundles in BundleConfig.css and I had problems if I want to edit CSS or JavaScript during runtime because they are cached. One more thing I was struggling with is injecting the script inside the document instead of referencing the script or css from an external file. ...read more

Google Service Account authentication in .NET

Authenticate app with service account for working with Google services
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In case you are a .NET developer and you are using Google Cloud platform, eventually your apps or services will have to interact with Google Cloud (GCE) services. Good thing is that complete GCE is exposed through REST API. Whole authentication is done through OAuth 2.0, but the authentication of website applications and your services which might be running in background on your server is not the same...read more

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