Using Non-ASCII / Unicode URLs on Your Web Site

by Oliver 24. August 2012 16:22

We’re still working on Marinas.info and were wondering if we should change any of the behavior that we use in Camping.info. There we allow for all kinds of unicode characters, from those in Eastern European languages such as Polish to the Cyrillic letters of the Russian alphabet – but we encode them... [More]

The Long Road to Browser Based Acceptance Testing

by Oliver 22. August 2012 22:15

In my previous post on Writing Acceptance Tests for ASP.NET MVC, I described the setup that we got to work for us to execute automated acceptance tests for our application Marinas.info. This post provides some more background on the topic which problems we encountered and how we solved them. From M... [More]

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Writing Acceptance Tests for an Orchard / ASP.NET MVC Application – using SpecFlow, Coypu (Selenium) and the MvcIntegrationTestFramework

by Oliver 22. August 2012 13:48

When we started development on Marinas.info, we decided to write acceptance tests for all important features of our application. This decision was even more justified by the fact that a bunch of similar platforms are to follow using the same codebase. We wanted an application with less bugs and easi... [More]

Asynchronously posting back a form by hitting the Enter key – in ASP.NET WebForms using jQuery

by Oliver 2. August 2012 15:19

On Camping.Info, we lately had a user report that hitting the enter key while in the login form one would be redirected to the search page instead of being logged in. This happened when the focus was still on the password text box because the “Search” button on the page was the first input element o... [More]

Get all target names from an MsBuild script – with Powershell

by Oliver 31. July 2012 17:27

Developing our web application www.marinas.info using Orchard CMS, I often find myself at the command prompt to run different sets of build actions: in place compilation packaging for stage deploying to a local app instance running spec tests … Sometimes I have trouble remembe... [More]

Working with dynamic Model in MVC View

by Anton 26. July 2012 12:21

We are working with the Orchard Framework, which is itself build on top of MVC 3. We ran into some problems working with a dynamic Model and dynamic properties. Dynamic vs. Object We have search criteria in lists of sections which are being filled at runtime. using System.Collections.Gen... [More]

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Short Review: GitHub for Windows

by Anton 16. July 2012 00:12

Not long ago github released GitHub for Windows. They announced it on their blog, and during the past view weeks I tried it out. Design / Usability It sure looks good, and and you can use it intuitively. If you are not tech savvy, you will certainly like the user interface, compared to Git Extensi... [More]

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From batch string replacement to date time formatting – a list of often used web resources

by Oliver 27. June 2012 14:40

This is only the beginning… Batch String replacement: http://ss64.com/nt/syntax-replace.html Date formatting T-SQL, using CONVERT or CAST: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928.aspx .NET: Custom Date and Time Format Strings, Standard Date and Time Format Strings Windows... [More]

Connect to a SQL Server Named Instance from a remote server

by Oliver 23. June 2012 19:26

UPDATE: The SQL Server Browser is actually needed. Don’t know how it worked before without it. See below for instructions. Recently, we tried to setup a failover SQL server instance but couldn’t get out remote web servers to connect to it. The setup of our current live DB server had been done a few... [More]

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Developer Tools

by Anton 17. May 2012 13:50

I just started to really learn about MVC. We purchased the TekPub production http://tekpub.com/productions/mvc3. After watching the first episode, I would like to summarize the tools, which Rob Conery uses for development. Rob starts by mentioning the project management software he uses:  unfu... [More]

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shades-of-orange.com code blog logo I build web applications using ASP.NET and have a passion for jQuery. Enjoy MVC 4 and Orchard CMS, and I do TDD whenever I can. I like clean code. Love to spend time with my wife and our daughter. My profile on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

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shades-of-orange.com code blog logo I'm a software developer at teamaton. I code in C# and work with MVC, Orchard, SpecFlow, Coypu and NHibernate. I enjoy beach volleyball, board games and Coke.