Showing all posts tagged: 'xml'

A 6-post collection

Using HttpHandlers to return XML in ASP.NET

Have you ever had the need to server static XML from your website? Sure you did! If the XML is totally static, then it's pretty simple. You just supply the link to the file and you set your web server to serve and cache your XML data. However, things are a bit trickier if your XML is a serialized object that needs to be served at runtime. In ASP.NET there is a way to do this in an efficient way using an HTTPHandler. In this post, I will show you how to create such a handler and how to …[read more]

XML Validation Failure Due To Invincible White Space

After spending 3 hours of my life trying to resolve the following error message: The element cannot contain white space. Content model is empty I decided to share my solution in hope that this will help somebody else. The xml file that was failing validation is: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ComponentSet Default="Create Data Set"> <Procedures> <Procedure Name="Create Data Set"> <MainFlow> <CreateDataSetVersion Name="run create data set version task" Description="this the description" CollectionId= …[read more]

NLog with SQL Server and MVC 4

NLog is a great open-source logging tool that allows developers to easily and efficiently implement custom logging. Nlog can be configured to log to a number of targets, but on this tutorial we will be looking at logging to the database. First you need to add NLog to your MVC website. Bring up the Nuget package manager and search for NLog. Add the following packages: NLog NLog Schema for Intellisense NLog configuration NLog for Extended Profile This will add the necessary dlls and config files for use later. Once the installation is complete, you should see the following file at …[read more]

Mutliple object definition files with Spring.Net

Spring.Net is a great IoC (Inversion of Control) framework that allows developers to implement Dependency Injection using an xml configuration. In most cases, the Spring config will end up in either your app/ web.config files. However, in some cases, it may be desirable or necessary to keep the Spring object definitions outside your app/web.config files in order to be able to share them across multiple projects, eg your website and your unit tests. The Spring.Net framework has a feature to allows us to do this easily, but there are a few caveats that I will …[read more]

Using an Smtp client in ASP.NET MVC 4 and C#

If you need to send emails from your website, the .NET framework provides a very handy library for this:  System.Net.Mail. The configuration and testing is pretty straightforward so let’s get started. Firstly we need to configure the SMTP settings in the web.config. Under the <configuration> element add the following config section: <> <mailSettings> <!-- Method#1: Send emails over the network --> <smtp deliveryMethod="Network" from="[email protected]"> <network host="your_smpt_server_dns_name" userName="your_smpt_server_username" password="your_smpt_ …[read more]

Editing xml files with Advanced Installer

As part of my #learn365 today I will post a new feature I've learned about the Advanced Installer application. Advanced Installer, for those who never heard it before, is equivalent to InstallShield and allows users to create powerful custom installers for a variety of apps. So today’s lesson is: How to edit xml files and keep them up-to-date with the repo. The problem in my scenario is that I have to edit the sql connection strings in all the app and web config files using the values supplied by the user during the installation. There are a number of …[read more]