Handy Tools/Utilities

January 29, 2019

Easily test your .NET Core Web API methods with Swagger UI

By |2019-01-29T15:29:14+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: ASP.NET Core, C#, Handy Tools/Utilities, Web API|

I'm starting to think that Swashbuckle and Swagger UI should be mandatory on all Web API applications going forward. I love this framework so much right now, so I wanted to make a very brief blog post about it. It's saved me so much time and throw away code. Recently I was working on a small [...]

August 1, 2018

DNS resolution errors with DNSSEC domains

By |2018-08-01T20:36:16+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Handy Tools/Utilities, Web Hosting|

I recently had a client transfer their DNSSEC enabled domain to another registrar. Everything appeared to transfer as expected, but they noticed several global users having DNS resolution issues. This was strange because: The domain appeared to resolve fine for 90% of the world, using DNS propagation utilities to determine how DNS was propagating globally. DNSSEC [...]

March 22, 2016

Nuget Package Visualizer Extension for VS2015

By |2016-03-22T10:22:26+00:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: C#, Handy Tools/Utilities|Tags: |

Currently the Nuget Package Visualizer is not available in VS2015. (https://github.com/NuGet/Home/issues/1264) We like to use this tool to get a good overview of our Nuget package dependencies. It can also be helpful when troubleshooting build issues, specifically with retrieving packages. Using Pascal's code as a good base to start from (thanks!), I created a Nuget Package [...]

June 22, 2015

How to Use the Log4Net StringMatchFilter

By |2015-06-22T21:30:12+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Categories: C#, Handy Tools/Utilities, Misc. Fixes|

Log4Net is a very powerful, easy to use logging tool, so it's no surprise that so many .NET developers use it in their applications. One under documented (at least in my opinion) feature of it, is the use of filters to be more specific about what you want your appenders to filter out. Recently, in an application [...]

January 24, 2014

C# String extension method to escape characters for regular expressions (regex)

By |2014-01-24T07:43:31+00:00January 24th, 2014|Categories: C#, Handy Tools/Utilities|

I needed a way to escape special regex characters in a string. These characters include the following: ".", "$", "^", "{", "[", "(", "|", ")", "*", "+", "?", "\\" . This list was obtained from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/4edbef7e(v=vs.110).aspx Here is a small string extension method that will accomplish this: Edit*- 1/24/13 - I didn't realize there was a built in [...]

Visual SVN Context Menu is Missing – Fix

By |2018-03-05T22:35:39+00:00January 14th, 2014|Categories: Handy Tools/Utilities, Misc. Fixes|

I use VisualSVN at work and I love it! It saves clicks and times when developing with Visual Studio and SVN. Recently my SVN context menu seemingly went missing from Visual Studio, causing me a bunch of confusion. (Menu pictured below was not appearing when right clicking a file in my solution)   Fix: To see [...]

July 13, 2013

Copying IMAP Folders and Messages to a New Mail Server

By |2018-03-05T22:36:39+00:00July 13th, 2013|Categories: Clients, Handy Tools/Utilities, Web Hosting|Tags: |

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to move all your client's IMAP folders and messages over to a new server, it might prove to be trickier than you think. At least for me it was. I must of been Googling the wrong thing, but I was not seeing many straight forward solutions [...]

June 18, 2013

Backing up your mySql databases using MySqlDumper

By |2018-03-05T22:38:00+00:00June 18th, 2013|Categories: Handy Tools/Utilities, mySQL, Web Hosting|Tags: , , |

I shouldn't have to tell you that backups for your data is crucial, especially your mySql databases. They can power anything from your eCommerce store to your WordPress installation. There are numerous ways to automate this process, but I recently came across one that I really like. Introducing MySqlDumper, a free, web-based mySql backup utility written [...]

December 27, 2012

How to easily find darker and lighter shades of a hex color code

By |2018-04-01T02:04:00+00:00December 27th, 2012|Categories: Handy Tools/Utilities, Web Design|

Quick post here for a utility I find myself using quite a bit: When doing web design you will inevitably come to a situation where you want to take a look at several different shades of a base hexadecimal color code. Say for example, you're working on a clients site, and their company color is a [...]