Password Security 101

Now, being the diligent IT person you are, I am sure that your passwords are all secure. However, in my work lately, I have come to work with a client who’s system requires the artifacts of a secure password, but in its implementation of this scheme, makes the password insecure. Kinda the wrong idea if you ask me. In this article, I am going to just briefly cover this scenario, and give my ideas on password security implementations. I would love to hear your feedback.

PLINQ–Not Just a Cool Sound

One of my favorite features in .Net 4 is the addition of the PLINQ extensions off the IEnumerable for parallel queries of type ParallelQuery. Even after talking to bunches of developers, it still seems to be one of the lesser known updates or packs of extension methods to .Net.

Who could ask for more with LESS CSS? (Part 3 of 3–Clrizr)

Welcome back! In the first two posts in this series, I covered some of the awesome features in CSS precompilers such as SASS and LESS, as well as how to get an initial project setup up and running in ASP.Net MVC 4. In this post, I will cover an actual advanced example of using LESS in a project, and show some of the great productivity features we gain from its usage.

Who could ask for more with LESS CSS? (Part 2 of 3–Setup)

Welcome to part two in my series covering the LESS CSS language. In the first post, I covered the two major CSS precompiled languages - LESS and SASS to a small extent, iterating over some of the features that you could expect to find in them. In this post, I will go a little further in depth into the setup and execution of using the LESS framework.

Who could ask for more with LESS CSS? (Part 1 of 3–Features)

It wasn’t very long ago that I first began to get into CSS precompilers such as SASS (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets) and LESS (The Dynamic Stylesheet Language) and I had been hooked on the idea since. When I finally had a new project come up, I leapt at the opportunity to try out one of these languages.

ANTS CLR and Memory Profiler In Depth Review (Part 2 of 2 – Memory Profiler)

I spend quite a bit of time when developing trying to determine what is the best way to implement a feature to accomplish the efficiency that I look to achieve. One program that I have recently come to learn about – Red Gate ANTS Performance (CLR) and Memory profiler gives me tools to accomplish that job more efficiently as well.

SQL Azure Service Issues – 10.27.2012 (Restored Now)

Please note that if you have a Windows Azure website, or use SQL Azure, your site may be experiencing downtime currently.

ANTS CLR and Memory Profiler In Depth Review (Part 1 of 2 – CLR Profiler)

I spend quite a bit of time when developing trying to determine what is the best way to implement a feature to accomplish the efficiency that I look to achieve. One program that I have recently come to learn about – Red Gate ANTS Performance (CLR) and Memory profiler gives me tools to accomplish that job more efficiently as well.

Blind As a Bat in Multi-Monitor Hell – Free Program Inside!

If you know me personally, then you probably know that I am going blind thanks to a rare genetic eye disease. My eye disease has already been a huge detriment to my eyesight. One of the big things to suffer is my ability to see small things moving fast right in front of me. On a multi-monitor setup, this makes finding the cursor absolute hell.

Deploying an SSL Application to Windows Azure – The Dark Secret

I’ll be honest, I had never really secured a site before with SSL. This was a learning experience for me in the first place, but little did I know that I would be learning more than the simple procedure.

SQL Saturday #150–Louisiana Region

If you are in the region of Baton Rouge, LA on August 4th and are looking for some great fun, be sure to stop by SQL Saturday #150. We had more than 400 people attend last years event, and this it will be even BIGGER!

Recursion in the form of a Recursive Func<T, T>

I gotta admit, I am kind of surprised that I didn’t realize I could do this sooner. I recently had a problem which required a recursive function call to come up with the answer. After some time messing around with a recursive method, and creating an API that I was not happy with, I was able to create an API that I enjoy, and seems intuitive.

‘Publish…’ Resulting in Directory With No Files

I was pulling my hair out with this one… Which isn’t good considering I have so little of it left! I had upgraded to the Windows Azure 1.7 SDK the day before with no problems, and used the upgraded ‘Publish…’ dialog to successfully publish a website to my hard disk for hosting on an internal development server. However, when trying to deploy another project to my file system, there were no files in the target directory. If you installed the Azure 1.7 SDK, you may want to read this.

Windows Azure v1.7 Spring Release Today–New Management Dashboard

Today, Microsoft will be publicly releasing a new version of Azure for public consumption. The web conference, at http://www.meetwindowsazure.com will be airing at 1 PM PST. They have already released an update to the Service Dashboard that can be accessed by going to http://manage.windowsazure.com. I have some images of the new dashboard here that I have gathered and removed any PII from. Let me know what you think!

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Tips and Tricks-Part 2: Key Shortcuts

Ask anyone that knows me, and they will confirm that I hate the mouse. This isn’t because I deny affection to objects that don’t look like their mammalian-named self, but rather for a much more simple and not-insane reason: I have terrible eyesight. I would like to share some of the keyboard shortcuts with you that I've learned...

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Tips and Tricks–Part 1: Extensions

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to development, I prefer my environment to be as free of clutter as possible. It may surprise you to know that I have tried ReSharper, and did not like it, for the reason that I stated above. In my opinion, it had too much clutter. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of features that I did like about it (inversion of if blocks, code feedback), but for the most part, I actually felt that it was slowing me down...

ArgumentException with Windows Phone Mango SQLCE Decimal

Quick math question… If I asked you, “is 8 both greater than 0, and less than 38,” what would be your answer?? Well, if you answered yes, than you would be wrong…

Enabling Google Webmaster Tools With Your GWB Blog

How great are Google’s website tools? I don’t just mean Analytics which rocks, but also their Webmaster Tools (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/) which gives you a glimpse into the queries that provide you your website traffic, search engine behavior on your site, and important keywords, just to name a few.

Using 3rd Party JavaScript Plugins Hardwired With ‘document.write’

Have you ever had the need to implement a 3rd party JavaScript plugin, but your needs didn’t fit the model and usage defined by the API or documentation of the plugin? Recently I ran into this issue when I was trying to implement a web snapshot plugin into our site.