Friday, November 16, 2007

.Net Tools

You might find these tools useful for your .net development

- XML Notepad 2007
- Open XML File Format Code
- Internet Explorer
- Windows PowerShell
- Process Explorer
- NDoc 2.0 Alpha
- ReSharper 3.0
- PatternExpert
- Reflector
- Outlook Redemption
- RegexDesigner.NET

Some of these tools are free and some are not. You can get the information and download the following tools at the links below:

Thursday, August 30, 2007

ASP.Net : Moving Viewstate

Search engines use spidering/crawling as a means of providing up to date data on the web, and did you know that these crawlers will ignore your page if it encounters huge chunk of viewstate on your pages? A workaround on this is to move your viewstate at the bottom of the page by overriding the render method of your form. See code below taken from “ASP.NET hacks and tips” book.

protected override void Render(System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter writer)


System.IO.StringWriter stringWriter = new System.IO.StringWriter();

HtmlTextWriter htmlWriter = new HtmlTextWriter(stringWriter);


string html = stringWriter.ToString();

int StartPoint = html.IndexOf("< type="\" name="\">);

if (StartPoint >= 0)


int EndPoint = html.IndexOf("/>", StartPoint) + 2;

string viewstateInput = html.Substring(StartPoint, EndPoint - StartPoint);

html = html.Remove(StartPoint, EndPoint - StartPoint);

int FormEndStart = html.IndexOf("") - 1;

if (FormEndStart >= 0)


html = html.Insert(FormEndStart, viewstateInput);





Monday, July 30, 2007

Gang of Four Design Patterns

If you are looking for a reference on implementing design patterns in .net, I recommend visiting I found the samples on the site very informative since they provide simple codes that will help you understand what a particular pattern is for. They provide two set of sample codes, one structural and the other is for real world implementation, and the codes can be in c# or UML diagram of the pattern is also available for those people who love to draw squares and arrows. They also have a framework which these patterns are implemented; they call it Design Pattern Framework. The book really comes handy to those developer who are involved in designing software.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 : Single Sign On using Forms Authentication

Lately I have been asked to implement SSO on all upcoming web applications on a division in my company. As the name implies the user will only login once and have him jump from another application without prompting for a username and password. Using Forms Authentication of means each application will be generating an authentication ticket, and using this ticket for SSO would be easier since the framework will taking care a lot of things for us.

Here are the steps to implement SSO.

1. Override the Machine key validation and decryption key.

By default each application authentication ticket will be generated using a different validation and decryption key. Since we need to have a single ticket for the applications we will need to have the same keys for each applications under SSO. We can specify the keys by adding the following entry on each application web.config.

<machineKey validationKey="1555CBC4DE7791EA223E"
decryptionKey=" D1CB403BD1EE413909EF" validation="SHA1" />

2. Have the same forms name in your forms authentication entry.

Each application will have to point on the same authentication ticket. To do this we just need to have the same forms name. This is assuming you will be implementing a parent child virtual directory setup on your IIS.

<authentication mode="Forms">
<forms name=".SSOAuth" protection="All" timeout="60" loginUrl="login.aspx"/>

Take note that the way you deploy your applications on your IIS server will affect how they can view the authentication ticket. Since authentication ticket is cookie based you just need to specify the same location for your cookie so SSO applications can share the same ticket.