A while back I wanted to create an ASP.Net MVC client for Google Fit that charted my weight. It turned out that offline Google authentication wasn’t as straight forward as one would hope. This article will explain how it works using Google Fit as an example. The code is applicable to the whole Google API. In this example only one authorization is stored and used across multiple accounts.
I think Google Fit is a wonderful platform. It connects multiple devices and apps to give you insight into your fitness. I connected a Withing Smart Body Analyzer scale to the system. What I’m missing is a simple min / max weight per day graph. This blog describes how to get the weight data out of Google Fit into your C# application. You can use your own chart solution to plot a graph.
There are many projects that are way too small to setup an ASP.Net membership configuration or OWIN authentication. But you still want to protect your applications by one or more accounts. What to do?
Well… there is a small – but obsolete (!!) – thing that you can try: ASP.Net Forms Authentication. While it is obsolete, it is still usable. In this article I’ll show how to implement it for MVC.Net.
I can almost hear you think: “Why on earth would anyone use EMF?” Well… I don’t… but MS Office does! Thumbnails that are saved in MS Word documents are in the EMF format. As I struggled to do something with one, I realized that I had to convert it first to a more “easy to handle” format: PNG. Easier said than done.
There are a few instances in which you’ll need to hash a combination of data. You might resort to creating one big string and hashing that. It has a clear disadvantage from a memory and processing point of few. It might even be impractical when files or streams are involved. That’s why I created a BlockHasher utility class that helps to generate these types of hashes.
Lately I’ve been playing around with some API’s. Most of them need a bunch of settings that I’m storing them in my config files. I found myself doing the same work over and over again: creating a settings class, filling the class with information and using it. So I came up with a way to leverage reflection to fill my setting classes with .config values.