Did you forget something when you deployed your ASP.NET App?

March 15, 2008 04:54 by garrymc

While I don't normally get involved with deploying web applications (we normally have 'people' for that) however I did have to deploy the application you're using now. Which brings me to the blog post I recently found which discusses the top 10 best practices for ASP.NET which I've linked to on my toolbox page. The main one that concerned was of concern to me was forgetting to switch off debug mode.

   1: <system.web>
   2:   <compilation debug="false" />
   3: </system.web>

This setting appears to have a large impact on production web sites so I'd check out the detail in the this post to get all the details. Also you might want to check the config files of the production apps you work on or blog if you host your own; lets just say we may need to update a few of ours!

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ASP.NET Dynamic Controls & State Management

March 6, 2008 06:00 by garrymc

This article was originally published in the April 2003 issue of Visual Studio Magazine. Their online version has been archived, so it has been reproduced here. The articles code requires updating for .NET 2.0 which will be the subject of a future post.

ASP.NET has brought about a huge change in how we as developers think about designing a web site. We all know that ASP.NET now gives us the opportunity to create reusable custom controls which we can drag and drop onto our pages, which can even remember the information entered between postbacks, using the viewstate mechanism built into ASP.NET. This has proven to be a huge advantage in designing our pages, by allowing us to bring our more traditional programming model to the Web for the first time. ASP.NET also allows us to add these same controls dynamically at runtime. More...


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Encrypt sections of Web.Config or App.Config

March 3, 2008 18:03 by garrymc

In many application be they web or otherwise it can be important to secure parts of the configuration files incase the file is compromised by a hacker or you simply don't want anyone to know what the true values are. It turns out that this is fairly easy to do using the ASP.NET IIS Registration Tool (Aspnet_regiis.exe) (obvious right?). To illustrate the point I'll show you a typical config file and what's required to encrypt parts of it. More...


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Programming Microsoft Message Queues (MSMQ) in .NET Book Chapters

October 9, 2007 19:11 by garrymc

Here is Chapters 4 & 5 of the book I never got around to publishing. The chapters cover MSMQ in a fair amount of depth, but remember whole books have been written on this subject. So don’t expect it to be some type of bible. Having said that, if you don’t need to be a guru then these Chapters will give you more than enough knowledge to start working with MSMQ and also explain why it’s a good fit for a particular situation. I’ve included the table of contents so you’ll have an idea of what’s being covered. If you have any feedback feel free to leave a comment! More...


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Programming Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) .NET Sample Chapter Part II

September 17, 2007 19:10 by garrymc

Here is the next Chapter of the book which is the second part of the WMI Chapter. This Chapter explains how to manipulate class instances and asynchronous processing. Also covered is how you can add WMI support to your own applications which is surprisingly easy but can be quite useful, including exposing application data and how to raise events from your application.

Next week I’ll release the Chapters on Microsoft Message Queues. Feel free to leave any feedback about what you thought about the Chapter. I’ll also be blogging about some things I’ve been working on more recently over the next week or so too.

To give you an idea of the chapters contents here's the table of contents. More...


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