Authentication, Cross-App Redirects, and ASP.NET 4.5

I started to test out the migration of our web applications with ASP.NET 4.5. In many cases, we have a login page that redirects from one domain to another domain or sub-domain. In those instances, we’re setting the enableCrossAppRedirects property in the configuration files. You can find out more about setting this by visiting MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/eb0zx8fc(v=VS.100).aspx. After upgrading the web server to ASP.NET 4.5, we noticed this stopped working. The users would hit the other domain and be redirected back to the authentication domain. Some digging around (and help from Barry Dorrans) lead us to two possible solutions: We … Continue reading Authentication, Cross-App Redirects, and ASP.NET 4.5

Remembering 9/11 (from a Developer’s Perspective)

I can still remember today, 11 years later. I was just about to walk in late to my English class at Penn State University when I heard that the first tower was hit on 97.9x. At the time Freddie Fabbri (the insignificant significant one) was the DJ (known best for his role in assisting Breaking Benjamin). He was about to break to another song when when he said that he received word that one of the World Trade Center towers was hit. From that point forward, none of us could ever imagine what was about to happen. Looking back 11 … Continue reading Remembering 9/11 (from a Developer’s Perspective)

I’ll be Speaking at NEPA BlogCon 2012

Do I really need to say anymore? NEPA BlogCon will be one of the best conferences in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is coming from the guy that assists in organizing TECHbash and NEPA GiveCamp. My talk will be about starting blogging and using a CMS to it’s fullest abilities. We’ll check out WordPress, Blogger, and Orchard CMS. I’ll show how to customize and extend each. Would you like to go to NEPA BlogCon?  Get your tickets now at http://nepablogcon.com/buy-a-ticket/ and save 25% by using discount code: dotnetvalley. Hope to see you there!

Save Sent Items in Correct Folder when Using Multiple Exchange Mailboxes

In Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 (beta), you can add multiple Microsoft Exchange mailboxes by going into your Outlook account, and adding mailboxes like so: However, when you send email messages from one of these additional mailboxes, you’d notice that your sent items would go into your primary mailbox’s sent items. This is a bug in Outlook. However, there is a hotfix for Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 to resolve this issue. For these versions of Microsoft Outlook, you can download the appropriate hotfix below: Outlook 2003 – Download KB Hotfix 953803 Outlook 2007 – Download KB Hotfix … Continue reading Save Sent Items in Correct Folder when Using Multiple Exchange Mailboxes

Old Deployment Options Abandoned in Visual Studio 2012

One of my colleagues found out earlier today that a project he recently upgraded to Visual Studio 2012 was broken. What caused this? The setup project that was added to his solution. Back on July 15th, 2010, a program manager from Microsoft posted that Microsoft was abandoning the Visual Studio 2012 setup options in favor of InstallShield LE. While InstallShield does have it’s purpose and many consider it to be the best (or only) real setup solution out there, the Microsoft team offers no standalone installer out of the box. This means developers must be forced to use ClickOnce, Windows … Continue reading Old Deployment Options Abandoned in Visual Studio 2012

Customize the Color Scheme and Theme of Visual Studio 2012

During early builds of Visual Studio 2012, many developers griped and complained about the lack of color within the application. By the time VS2012 has RTM’d, two themes shipped with VS2012. There is a light theme and a dark theme. Recently, the Visual Studio team took this to a whole new level. Not only have they added additional UI update options to the Visual Studio customization options, but they now have seven new themes including a dark background with light editor, a light background with a dark editor, blue, red, purple, green, and tan. To download this add-in, visit the … Continue reading Customize the Color Scheme and Theme of Visual Studio 2012

Setting up Virtualization using Hyper-V for Windows 8

So you’ve downloaded Windows 8, installed it on your box, and are ready to get virtual machines (VMs) setup. Now what? In Windows 7 days, this could be accomplished by using Virtual PC or VirtualBox (an offering from Oracle). With Windows 8, VirtualBox is still available. However, Windows 8 comes with a new feature that’s been available for several years from Microsoft in Windows Server called Hyper-V. To install Hyper-V, navigate to the charm menu (right-side menu) and choose Search. Type in ‘Programs and Features’ in the search box, click the Settings option underneath (as shown below), then click on … Continue reading Setting up Virtualization using Hyper-V for Windows 8

September Tech Announcements for Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon

Wow. The next two weeks has a lot in store for us. There’s a lot that will be announced and released in the next two weeks. Let’s start with today and detail out the next 8 days: September 4th – Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012 September 5th – Nokia announces Windows Phone 8 devices and possibly a tablet at Nokia World 2012 September 5th – Google Motorola and Verizon will announce the Droid Razr M in NYC September 6th – Amazon will announce the new Kindle 2 September 12th – Apple will announce the iPhone 5 and possibly AirPlay Direct … Continue reading September Tech Announcements for Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon