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Get number of messages in MSMQ with C#

MSMQ message count in .NET
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MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queuing) is a built in Windows component. It is not so popular now days as there are more efficient and robust solutions available. However, it still has it's place in application architecture as a simple queueing system, plus as I mentioned, it comes out of the box with Windows operating system as a Windows component.This means it is still widely used Windows based applications mostly for internal notifications and services between components of the solution...read more

JavaScript base64 image to Bitmap in C#

Converting base64 image string to Bitmap in C#
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Base64 serialized images are useful in many cases for serving images on page. It is also a format of image that JavaScript can generate on the fly. HTML canvas object has native support for base64 and it can be easily serialized to base64 string from JavaScript code by invoking toDataURL method of the canvas element. ...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

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

Clean up IIS log files from you web server

Avoid low disk space because of IIS logs
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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

Why is JsonRequestBehavior needed?

Understanding JSON data restriction over HTTP GET requests
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You probably run to this exception when you tried to fetch JSON data over HTTP GET request. Now, first this is easy to bypass by simply adding JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet option to method which is retutning JSON data for GET request in a controller file. ...read more

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