Category Archives: Coding

Multiple deployment configs in one config file with ACL

Most projects that is deployed into production require some kind of config change upon deployment. Often it is the connection string that varies, but it can be any number of custom settings. Forgetting to change the config file when deploying, or forgetting to change config back on your dev machine after deploying can have disastrous consequences. Back in… Read More »

Alternative directory layout for MVC

In .Net the MVC pattern is implemented through a template project. The project is set up for you when you create a new MVC application and imposes certain patterns on you. And that is exactly what MVC is, a pattern. By default you will create a controller, a view and a model. Usually you add scripts to that… Read More »

Converting hex string into Color (Windows Phone)

In Windows Phone (Silverlight) there is no System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml(“#cccccc”); or similar that can help you convert a hex string into a color object. To do this you’ll have to parse the string yourself. So is a simple method that will do so, it supports both “argb” and “rgb” with or without “#” in front of it. Meaning: The string… Read More »

Async callback to awaitable Task<>

The Async-Await feature in .Net is really super. At least until it comes to debugging, exception handling and race conditions. In short it cuts down on code, bugs, complexity and allows for linear programming. Traditional async programming uses callbacks (events) that adds to code complexity, it also forces an unnatural break in your code. Luckily more and more… Read More »

Battlefield Heroes Rcon .Net library

What is BFH? Battlefield Heroes is a free-to-play first person cartoon shooter. 8×8 players battle it out on different maps using traditional weapons and special abilities. My server http://www.battlefieldheroes.com/en/bookmark/server:0104ea2f-1c0f-42a1-b05e-e19e33a6f4ba You need to bookmark, start the game, select “Game finder”, select “Bookmarked” and locate the server to join it. Background For the past few years I have been playing… Read More »

Async/await HTTP server in C#

Since there has been a bit of interest for the code below I mocked together another version: Kernel.HttpServer.zip Background Ok, so there are already alternatives for web servers in C#. Some of them are very feature rich. http://cassinidev.codeplex.com/ http://webserver.codeplex.com/ http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/137979/Simple-HTTP-Server-in-C http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/1505/Create-your-own-Web-Server-using-C http://kayakhttp.com/ http://mikehadlow.blogspot.no/2006/07/playing-with-httpsys.html http://ultidev.com/products/cassini/ http://lmgtfy.com/?q=c%23+webserver But I wanted to play around with TPL and async/await a bit so I… Read More »

Locating config file from .dll in both Desktop and Web applications

I’m using Nini for most my config needs. Nini is a .Net library for reading/writing/merging all kinds of config files. It provides a good API with type conversion, default values, etc. To be able to access both app.config and web.config using Nini in .dll files included in test projects, desktop applications, services, web applications, webservices, etc I’ve put… Read More »