Specs for Haacked.com

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Once in a while folks ask me for details about the hardware and software that hosts my blog. Rather than write about it, a photo can provide all the details that you need.

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It Came From the Blue Lagoon

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have an overnight stopover in Reykjavik Iceland. After checking into my hotel at an ungodly early hour (which ended up being really late for me Seattle time), my first order of business was to head over to the Blue Lagoon.

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Beer-Up in Reykjavik, Iceland

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If you’re in the Reykjavik area on November 7th, come join me for a beer-up. A Beer-Up is basically a meet-up, but with lots of beer!

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Update NuGet Docs in the Browser with Github

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We made a recent change to make it easy to update the NuGet documentation. In this post, I’ll cover what the change was, why we made it, and how it makes it easier to contribute to our documentation.

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SemVer, NuGet, and Nightly Builds

Recently, a group of covert ninjas within my organization started to investigate what it would take to change our internal build and continuous integration systems (CI) to take advantage of NuGet for many of our products, and I need your input!

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Implementing an Authorization Attribute for WCF Web API

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If you’re not familiar with WCF Web API, it’s a framework with nice HTTP abstractions used to expose simple HTTP services over the web. Its focus is targeted at applications that provide HTTP services for various clients such as mobile devices, browsers, desktop applications.

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The Dangers of Implementing Recurring Background Tasks In ASP.NET

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I like to live life on the wild side. No, I don’t base jump off of buildings or invest in speculative tranches made up of junk stock derivatives. What I do is attempt to run recurring background tasks within an ASP.NET application.

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Four Years At Microsoft

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Today, October 15 2011, marks four years of being a Microsoft employee for me. As such, it’s time for a little introspection, but in many ways, Tim Heuer already introspected for me. Much of what he writes echoes my own experience, thus leaving me with less to write about. Smile

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Preventing CSRF With Ajax

A long while ago I wrote about the potential dangers of Cross-site Request Forgery attacks, also known as CSRF or XSRF. These exploits are a form of confused deputy attack.

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Prevent Forms Authentication Login Page Redirect When You Don't Want It

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Writing a Recipe for ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview

NOTE: This blog post covers features in a pre-release product, ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview. You’ll see we call out those two words a lot to cover our butt. The specifics about the feature will change  and this post will become out-dated. You’ve been warned.

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ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview Released

Today, during his //BUILD keynote, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer preview. Note those words, developer preview. This is not even a Beta release. But there sure is a lot of cool stuff inside.

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I’m Speaking at //BUILD!

BUILD-speaker-blingIf you’re at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, I’ll be speaking in two sessions on Thursday.

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Preflight Checklist

I had a dry run today for an upcoming presentation that did not go quite as well as I would like, though I completely expected this as I was unprepared. The good news is, it was a dry run and not the real thing, so I have plenty of time to adjust.

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NuGet 1.5 Released!

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UPDATE: We found an issue with 1.5 when running behind some proxies that caused an “Arithmetic operation resulted in an overflow” exception message and another issue with signed PS1 scripts. We’ve now posted an update (NuGet 1.5.20902.9023) that fixes the issues.

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Calling ASP.NET MVC Action Methods from JavaScript

In a recent blog post, I wrote a a controller inspector to demonstrate Controller and Action Descriptors. In this blog post, I apply that knowledge to build something more useful.

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New Ajax Grid Scaffolding NuGet Package for MVC 3

EDITOR’S NOTE:Microsoft has an amazing intern program. For a summer, these bright college students work with a feature crew getting real work done, all the while attending cool events nearly every week that, frankly, make the rest of us jealous! Just look at some of the perks listed in this news article!

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Dealing with singular plural phrasing

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This is an age old problem and one that’s probably been solved countless times before, but I’m going to write about it anyways.

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Random Friday: Geek Verticals

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Stumbling around the net, I ran into the “funny verticals” meme. These are typically a vertical strip of screenshots pulled from a movie or television with funny captions tacked on.

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Writing an ASP.NET MVC Controller Inspector

99.99999% of the time (yes, I measured it), a controller in ASP.NET MVC is a type, and an action is a method — with reflection as the glue that holds it all together. For most folks, that’s the best way to view how ASP.NET MVC works.

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