How to Resize Photos in ASP.NET

If you're developing a website that allows users to upload any sort of photos or images, you have to expect that they aren't going to bother doing any sort of basic image manipulation, such as resizing an 8 megapixel image down to something that's appropriate for the web. Fortunately, there are a number of good cropping and image resizing tools … [Read more...]

Make A Quick & Easy Testing Environment for Joomla, Magento, WordPress and Other Open Source Web-Applications

Earlier this week, I wrote up a tutorial about how to make a testing environment for Joomla on the windows platform. I went through the instructions of setting up WAMP, making the database, and installing and configuring Joomla. It turns out there's a much easier way to create a testing environment for Joomla, Magento, MySQL, Lamp, Moodle, … [Read more...]

JQuery Date Picker: One Step Torwards Making Forms That Work

While attending Microsoft Mix earlier this spring, I stumbled upon a book called "Making Forms That Work", which was written by Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney. The book focused on building web-forms that aren't intimidating and that people will actually fill out. One of the focuses was making sure to use the right controls for the right … [Read more...]

How to Export Data to Excel in C# and ASP.NET

If you develop a web-application for a client that involves creating and viewing reports, it's very likely that they're going to want to be able to export that data to excel very readily. Fortunately, you won't need any special libraries or hundreds of lines of code to make that happen in ASP.NET. All you need is a GridView with some data in it and … [Read more...]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Your WordPress Blog or Website

WordPress is without a doubt the most popular blogging platform on the web. It's easy to use, relatively secure, very extensible and best of all free. Unfortunately, it's not optimized for search engines terribly well out of the box. The URLs that it generates don't have any keywords in them. There's no way to customize titles and meta-data on a … [Read more...]

How to Generate Random Passwords in C#

If you're developing a site that requires users to logon, chances are you're going to need to be able to generate passwords at some point, whether it be when users initially create their accounts or after they lose their passwords and need to reset their account credentials. Here's a very customizable function that will generate a … [Read more...]

How to Build a Joomla Testing Environment on Windows

In the next couple of weeks, I'm planning on developing a Joomla 1.5 module so that I can flex my PHP muscles and get some more experience developing for Joomla. As part of this, It will be very helpful to have a local environment where I can test out the component that I'm plan on making. The process of setting up a Joomla testbed isn't that … [Read more...]

A Simple Way to Hash Passwords in ASP.NET

If you're developing a website that requires your users to create an account, it's a very good idea to not store their passwords in plain-text in the database. A good chunk of users use the same password for just about everything, so if your database is compromised, there's the possibility of having some real reprocussions for your users. … [Read more...]

How to Crop Images in ASP.NET with “Web Crop Image Control”

When researching various web-based imaging cropping tools, I've found that there are a lot of good looking JQuery, MooTools, and other JavaScript based solutions out there, but there's not a ton of good server-side support. The one ASP.NET control I found that I really did like was " 2.0 Web Crop Image Control". It's actually an ASP.NET … [Read more...]

ASP.NET Caching Techniques and Tools

One of the most frequent criticisms of the ASP.NET stack is that it's less efficient than some of its open-source counterparts. However, Microsoft has actually built in a lot of neat technology into the framework related to caching that allows for much more scalability than you might think. Not only is there caching support built directly into … [Read more...]