Rick Strahl's Web Log provides a variety of .NET development topics with focus on ASP.NET and enterprise development. Topics are wide ranging from introductory articles to tips and tricks, observations in the process of software development and examination of new and upcoming technologies. Content is honest and sometimes outspoken and doesn't tote any particular party line - Rick says it as he sees it.
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 24 Nov 2013 04:42
Rick Strahl writes "....During the Microsoft MVP Summit this year Microsoft showed off a very early implementation of a very light weight Owin Web host running on IIS, code named Helios. Owin is a somewhat recent HTTP hosting specification for .NET, that specifies a set of..."
Read more » Checking out the Helios IIS Owin Web Server Host
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 21 Nov 2013 19:12
Rick Strahl writes "....Last week I ran into a really strange problem with an older WebForms application on Visual Studio 2013. I was trying to debug my application on a breakpoint and when I hit the break point, none of the debugger member and watch expressions were..."
Read more » Visual Studio 2013 'Could not evaluate Expression' Debugger Abnormality
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 15 Nov 2013 04:13
Rick Strahl writes "....UrlEncoding in Web applications can be a pain and in .NET, with its various utilities that all behave slightly differently for various edge cases, doesn't make it any easier. I wrote about the pain of UrlEncoding in .NET before. The resolution of..."
Read more » Routes, Extensionless Paths and UrlEncoding in ASP.NET
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 12 Nov 2013 12:05
Rick Strahl writes "....Using a static language like C# tends to work with hard assembly bindings for everything. But what if you want only want to provide an assembly optionally, if the functionality is actually used by the user? In this article I discuss a scenario where..."
Read more » Dynamically loading Assemblies to reduce Runtime Dependencies
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 04 Nov 2013 10:19
Rick Strahl writes "....The 'Modern' version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8/8.1 is a full screen version Internet Explorer with a custom shell around it. This version of IE has a couple of pretty annoying quirks that affect Web pages significantly...."
Read more » Modern/Metro Internet Explorer: What were they thinking???
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 15 Oct 2013 20:56
Read more » Routing to a Controller with no View in Angular
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 09 Oct 2013 17:04
Rick Strahl writes "....Popping up the native SMS app from a mobile HTML Web page is a nice feature that allows you to pre-fill info into a text for sending by a user of your mobile site. The syntax is a bit tricky due to some device inconsistencies, but here's how to do..."
Read more » Prefilling an SMS on Mobile Devices with the sms: Uri Scheme
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 02 Oct 2013 20:42
Rick Strahl writes "....Ever want to run a service-like, always-on application inside of ASP.NET instead of creating a Windows Service or running a Console application? Need to make sure that your ASP.NET application is always running and comes up immediately after an..."
Read more » Use IIS Application Initialization for keeping ASP.NET Apps alive
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 02 Oct 2013 04:09
Rick Strahl writes "....User Account Control can be a real pain and in Windows 8 there's no easy way to turn it off. However, using Group Policy you can still completely disable it if you decide to do so. Here's how...."
Read more » Disable User Account Control On Windows 8
Rick Strahl's Web Log | 23 Sep 2013 09:55
Rick Strahl writes "....Self-hosting SignalR is easy enough, but using a self hosted server under SSL/HTTPS requires a little extra configuration. This post shows what you need to know...."
Read more » Hosting SignalR under SSL/https