Working with SSL at Design Time with IIS Express

One issue that arose from my planned switch to serving images from Amazon S3 was: how to deal with HTTPS? Hitherto, that’s been a non-issue. I used a relative path for images so the switch between HTTP and HTTPS happened automatically and painlessly. Now, of course, there is a potential problem. I have to use […]
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Configuring Amazon S3 to Serve Images

In my last post, I looked at how you can use the AWS SDK to upload images to Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). The only problem is that the storage bucket is private by default. If you try and access your image, even through the AWS interface, you get the following error: You can make […]
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Serving Images from Amazon S3

One issue that’s been nagging me as I refactor www.cocktailsrus.com from a RAD site focused on jQuery Mobile to a properly architected site that just happens to use jQuery Mobile is the way I’ve been storing images on the file system. The file system approach is quick and easy and doesn’t clog the database with […]
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Analyzing Queries with a SQL Profiler

I teach a number of courses that include technologies that wrap up data access–everything from Entity Framework to WCF Data Services to RIA Services. They all simplify the business of working with data–but at the cost of hiding the implementation from the developer. One question that continually crops up in class is: how do I […]
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Output Caching and Authenticated Users

In a recent post, I looked at using a custom parameter with OutputCache to provide different versions of an ASP.NET MVC view to different clients (mobile/traditional devices, AJAX / no-AJAX clients). The one question left unaddressed, however, was: what if there are some circumstances where you don’t want to cache at all? Output caching means […]
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