Showing posts from October, 2018

Things I need to remember... IIS Express ports for HTTPS and Configure WCF Rest endpoints for HTTPS

As I have been writing consistently for a bit now I've already found myself referring back to things I've posted, which has prompted me to try and post items which have taken a bit of time to work out. It seems that the act of "writing it down" causes me to remember information better. Perhaps it's all the thought into attempting to write something useful. This post includes two details which took me more than a few hours to sort out so I hope to help others who have a similar need. Funny enough it could be me in the future after I've forgotten this information. First up is a little detail that I know I've forgotten and looked up more than once, and depending on the google/bing results I find sooner or later. Setting up IIS Express to host a site via HTTPS When configuring your site to run in IIS Express using Visual Studio it's fairly trivial to set the attribute to use SSL (i.e. HTTP over SSL which is HTTPS) as it's just an "

.NET MSTest and DeploymentItem Attribute

I was recently reminded that order of operation can byte you when trying to troubleshoot intermittent unit test failures. First, I’ll be the first to admit that if you want to avoid problems with unit testing it’s best to avoid any dependency outside of your actual code base, things like databases, API and even the file system are best avoided in execution of your unit tests. That last one, the file system, in some applications is really hard to avoid. If you happen to be using MSTest, a helpful attribute for your test is DeploymentItem. This particular attribute allows you to define a file within your unit test project assuming it’s marked as “Copy Always”. With this attribute in place you can then combine this with TestContext.DeploymentDirectory to find this sample file and then do what you need to do. In my particular case I was having an issue with the unit tests failing on the build machine but not locally. After stumbling around for a bit I finally feel back to t

Keep Calm and Get the Facts

It often amazes me at how often I find myself apologizing to others for rashly commenting on a problem before I have all the facts. In fact, after so many years as a professional in the IT space and dealing with countless critical situation/severity one problems (a.k.a. Sev1, crit-sit) I would be able to react in a more appropriate and beneficial manner. The sad truth is that, as I write this post. I JUST "did it wrong" on a Sev1 from earlier in the day and found myself sheepishly apologizing for my brash response. Perhaps by writing this down and publishing for others to read I can obtain the positive results of public shame to result in my correcting my behavior. At least there is a chance someone else can read this and benefit from my mistakes. The fundamental problem I seem to have is that I hear a few pieces of information or even just the subject line of an e-mail or short text message and immediately jump to a conclusion. Having done a bit of a personal post-morte

Compose a message through some else’s eyes

Twilight Zone: The Eye of the Beholder I've always enjoyed science fiction work that intended to make the onlooker reflect on their world view, you know, really make you think about yourself. A wonderful example of that is the classic Twilight Zone: The Eye of the Beholder. Although I don't think it's needed at this point I will mention there are spoilers about this particular episode. The story outlines the tragic plight of a woman who has been horrible disfigured and all other attempts to make her look "normal" have failed until this final last ditch attempt. Through out you don't see the woman or the faces of the other characters. That is until the end when they unveil the woman by removing the bandages and you see, what at the time of filming, would have been considered an attractive movie star and as the camera pans around you also realize that everyone else appears to be "disfigured" according to what the vast majority of humans look l