We just published my latest webcast. Feel free to watch it or download the demos and slides. Hope you enjoy it!
[Note: reblogged from blog.learninglineapp.com. I'd like to personally invite you to check out our work over at LearningLine - just follow the links below.]
We believe that LearningLine is the most effective online training for developers, period. Today it gets even better. We are announcing the ability to preview any of our online courses, for free without entering any payment information.
This is not a trial that becomes a subscription or a silly 5 minute preview like other company’s offer. You can now study approximately the first hour of any one of our courses. And you can spend as much time as you like doing so.
To get started, just head over to our schedule page, click on any course title you’d like and choose “Preview course for free“:
This means there is now a lot of content available to you right now. At a typical student speed working for an hour a day, it would take over a month to complete all the content that is available for preview. Continue reading
[Update: I added the downloads for the demo code on March 12th.]
I had a great time discussing these topics with everyone at DevWeek 2013. Thanks to all who attended my sessions. Here are the slides:
Important note: In order to run this demo, you must download MongoDB and start it on your local machine. You do not need to initialize a database or anything like that but the db will be empty so use the admin feature to create categories and books. Running MongoDB as a Windows Service is not required.
Imagine you’re building an ASP.NET MVC website which has some performance problems. I’m sure this would never actually happen to you, but imagine you’re facing this problem just for the sake of exploring the possibilities. :-)
In this screencast, I show you how to create maintainable and readable ASP.NET MVC razor views by refactoring them into smaller, reusable blocks with partial views.
Download the code: Refactoring-with-Partial-Views-in-MVC-Kennedy.zip
This article covers the various ways in which you might handle text encoding in ASP.NET MVC. For example, if you were writing a forum web app, you should absolutely be paranoid about what your users are typing into your site. You need to be very careful about how you redisplay their input. For example, a friendly forum user might write something like:
Nice post, thanks for sharing!
On the other hand, they may write:
If you turn around and show this “post” to your other uses, maybe they’ll get hacked. At a minimum, the evil-doers could be a nuisance to your real users.
On the other hand, if you’re building a CMS or utility helper method, you do not want to filter out the HTML a user might type. They probably need to enter some HTML which you’ll want to show to all the other users. Same thing goes for code your app might generate.
There are at least three ways which MVC manages and encodes (or does not encode) text data. Knowing which scenario you’re targeting allows you to choose the right option. We’ll look at four examples in this post:
- A forum app which can be hacked
- A forum app which is safe from XSS injection
- A CMS app with rich text editing
- Generating HTML in code for use in MVC Razor views
What happens if you link to a js file twice in your page?
Here is a contrived example.
Notice that we are including bad-example.js twice. Do modern browsers somehow realize they loaded this file already and skip this? Not yet, as we’ll see!
Imagine bad-example.js had this code in it. Continue reading
I recently blogged about how web apps have hotkeys too. To encourage more developers to add hotkeys to their web applications, I created a jQuery plugin called jQuery.hotKeyMap.js and a sample application.
I just added a download link for the source code:
It’s an ASP.NET MVC 3 web app. Hope you find it useful!
There are some interesting debates out there around scaling ASP.NET. How do you do it? Please fill out this poll and tell the world:
Interested in a blog post on this? Take it to the comments section.
Do you think you need a Window’s app for your next project? Here’s a thought: No you don’t.
Let me give you one less reason choose the rocky-road of desktop apps today. You’ll hear people tell you that if you build applications for business users (so-called LOB apps) that are input heavy or have complex navigation, your only choice is to build a Windows application.
Why? Because your power users will want hot-keys. They don’t want to use the mouse and navigation and all that stuff that makes the web less usable. They’ll just want to hit a few keystrokes and jump from place to place and do that quick look-up or data entry.
If you haven’t looked carefully around the web lately, here’s a revelation:
Real web apps have hot-keys too.
[Update: Want to watch this as a screencast rather than article?]
In this ASP.NET MVC Foundations article, we’re going to look at building an ASP.NET MVC page which allows users to create and edit objects in our domain. We’ll cover just the basics of using HTML helpers to map model properties to our HTML form and Model Binding to convert our HTML form back into our rich domain object.