Keep your web project dependencies under control

These days almost any project we work on relies on dependencies (sometimes too many) on which we need to keep our eyes on. In general - in particular for big projects - can become a challenge to keep things under control as the projects evolve over time. If we consider the most common needs for web development we know that we need to have a good number of libraries and frameworks around.

SQL Server: how to crawl all databases for data

Some weeks back I was challenged to figure out a way to easily, and without killing the server, track the location of some string data on all databases on a certain server. This is the result. (Btw, I’m not a DBA and this may not be the most optimal solution). Worked without any damage and gave the expected results.

SQL Server: (re)import CSV data the easy way

Importing data into SQL Server is not hard using the import data feature but I really don’t appreciate the fact that there is no way to save that import profile/rules for later reuse. Solution: use BULK INSERT from a regular reusable sql script.

Device Emulation with Google Chrome Dev/Canary

This week, after seeing a snapshot that my friend ‘led’ posted on Facebook about some mobile tests for one of his projects, I’ve noticed about a certain device emulation feature on Chrome developer tools. Hum…. that is interesting.

Improve Visual Studio 2013 performance

We all know that one of the main causes for Visual Studio to slow down is the use of many extensions simultaneously. Extra functionality means extra stuff happening under the hood, ultimately extra processing. What can I do if I the issue isn’t caused by an extension? I’ve tested turning of something I really don’t need and the fact is that I’ve noticed some improvements.<!– more –> Change visual experience settings Go to Tools > Options, in the default view of Environment > General, there is an option, under Visual experience called Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance.

Handling ASP.NET PostBacks with URL Rewriting

Recently a collegue develop crossed with this strange error Validation of viewstate MAC failed… when posting a contacts form. Strangely the error only happened when using the re-written url off the contacts page (contacts/), calling contacts.aspx directly worked flawlessly.

The best web application framework utopia

Many times I found IT professionals, in particular programmers, arguing about what is the best technology to adopt for a certain project or for all projects for a specific company. As a web developer with several years getting the hands dirty with .NET development I found myself frequently observing (or getting in to) discussions about the subject. I really try to avoid to get in the middle… Ok! Not really :P