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My musings, ponderings, and other posts on programming. And maybe gadgets and other nerd stuff.


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Testing in various versions of Internet Explorer

I found today a nice page with various Virtual machines for testing with various versions of Windows and Internet explorer. If I had my choice I wouldn’t have to test against older versions of IE, or not at all, but we have to honor our clients requirements for their internal IT specifications.

So I thought this might be useful page to others in this situation, so here is the page.

https://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools

and as an easter egg, scroll down the page to some of the Windows XP VMs and see if you can find the game to “end XP”


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Async Await deadlock issues

So today while refreshing my skills on WPF I also used some async and await methods and ran into a deadlock issue.

did a quick search and found (on StackOverFlow of course) this Question and answer

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12701545/async-and-await-with-httpwebrequest-getresponseasync

This answer lead me to:

http://blog.stephencleary.com/2012/07/dont-block-on-async-code.html

 


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JSON echo test service(s)

So recently I got an email from a friend asking for some help with making some JSON requests to a webservice. Of course since they were in development the service they were trying to hit wasn’t something I could hit from my computer. But that wasn’t really the issue I had as the issue my friend had was with the client not even sending the request.

I was playing with the code they sent in a JS Fiddle (jsfiddle.net) and tried using the JSON echo service js fiddle provides. I got the data to get sent to the service, but couldn’t seem to get a response from it. So whats a lazy developer to do? “google it with bing” and my searching wasn’t productive. I found plenty of JSON test CLIENTS but not any services that would do a simple echo back of the data sent to it.

Of course being a programmer, I whipped up a quick and dirty simple service that did that and moved the JavaScript code from my JSFiddle into a test page in the local test site with the service. I then got it working to a point enough I sent the sample I built back to my friend.

THEN…being disappointed with my “google-fu”, I tried some more searches. And of course after I had rolled my own THEN I found some links that would have worked for me. Actually I found a blog post by Brian Cantoni that covered the same/similar issues he was having. And from that blog post he mentioned two services (both provided FREE by RunScope).

I am listing them here for future reference (for me, and maybe if someone else finds this post)

  • http://respondto.it/ – which they(RunScope) designed to use to inspect what data you would get sent back by webhooks (callback requests from another service), before pointing the other service to your real application.
    • You create a unique url for your endpoint
    • then setup JSON or XML data for the response the test service should respond with when it gets hit
    • then you take that endpoint url and enter it into the other service
    • test send to the service and when it sends a request post-processing to you
    • go to the resondto.it site and see what was sent to the endpoint
  • http://requestb.in/- which is almost identical to the first one in the list.
    • the biggest difference is not being able to set what response is sent for the endpoint
    • another is not being able to choose the url. You get a random one.

So I hope this helps someone, or me, in the future.


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Keep IIS Express running site after debugging stops

Since I just had to find this again, since its so disjointed setting (in my mind) that fixes it, I am posting here fro future reference by me. Now I will just have to remember that I posted a link to this blog for it :)

http://mobileosgeek.com/visual-studio-2013-tips-tricks-prevent-closing-of-iis-express-after-stopping-debugging-of-web-application/


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My First Windows 8 Application

Well last night I got an email back from the Windows Store certification process saying the second submission of my first windows 8 application was approved. The first submission had some minor issues, and although the report wasn’t perfectly clear on what was wrong I was able to take a guess at what those issues were.

Just like with Windows Phone I used the user group I run in the Northwest Phoenix valley (Site) as subject matter for the application. This is a “minimum viable product” version of the application, so is fairly basic and not that pretty looking. More features and some good UI/UX cleanup will be coming in future versions of the application.

NWVDNUG Meeting Info

Please check it out and install it if you use Windows 8 and leave a review (taking into account it’s a first version with planned updates coming when I can) if you feel inclined to do so.

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