.NET / C#
A BlockHasher helper class
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.
An evaluator for simple script evaluation
In a previous blog I explored how to create a dynamic compiler. In this blog I’ll explore how to create an evaluator that aids in the compilation of classes. It will take care of the ceremony needed to wrap the code into a class, compile it and retrieve the result.
How to add dynamic compilation to your C# projects?
Dynamic compilation is an awesome feature to add to your projects. Especially frameworks will benefit from the compilation of dynamic expressions and scripts. There are two main ways of doing it: the Code DOM Compiler or the Roslyn project. In this blog I will show how to implement them both.
Auto fill settings objects with .config values
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.
Convert HTML to SVG using CloudConvert and C#
HTML is often easier to generate than SVG. Can it be converted to SVG? I’ve found a cloud service with an API that does a nice job converting various formats: CloudConvert. I ended up implementing a small part of their API to do the conversion.
How to download a URL and get its MIME type using the C# WebClient?
A while back I needed to download a URL and determine the MIME type. Fortunately many web servers will send the MIME type of the resource back to the client (so browsers even require it). Here is a snippet of C# code that does the trick.
A (slightly) better WebClient class supporting cookies and headers
Sometimes you’ll need a (slightly) better C# WebClient that’s able to store/retrieve cookies, prevent redirects or retrieve the HttpStatusCode of a request. I’ve created a small class that facilitates these features.
How to scrape a photo from a Twitter Photo URL with C#
Twitter uses its url shortener to place photo’s in Tweets. I’ve tried processing these URLs in the browser, but cross site scripting measures prevented me from processing the result with jQuery.
I decided to resolve it in C# (as I’m using ASP.Net). The following script leverages a WebClient and a regular expression to extract the photo URL from the shortened URL. This code could be added to a handler or a webservice that can be called from script.
Seek Position of a String in a Stream
Yesterday I was working on a bit of code that had to read the XMP meta data from a file. It is not located at a certain position, so I had to scan the file. XMP, being plain XML, can be found by simple string matching. After some searching I’ve found many solutions that read the entire file into memory and perform a regular expression search or a string comparison. That’s not going to work for me, because I have files that are +100MB! So I wrote some code that does a search that performs.
Regular Expression Groups in PowerShell (for .NET people)
PowerShell is very similar to .NET, so it is no surprise that it is very popular with .NET developers. It is a language for writing scripts, so you might encounter some unexpected situations. I had this experience when I tried to parse some HTML with PowerShell: I could not get the replacement with regular expression groups to work! It turned out that my .NET knowledge was working against me…