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How to pass Microsoft Exam 70-486 (Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications) in 30 days

Before you continue reading this blog, you need to be aware of the following; This is not a “quick fix” or an “easy solution”. I have not discovered some secret formula to guarantee you pass with 100% marks every time. I am not trying to sell you anything. The exam is genuinely challenging and the only way you are going to pass is by working hard! You will not find any brain dumps here! If you’re afraid of working hard to achieve your goals, you best leave now … Still Here? Congratulations, you…

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5 easy security enhancements for your ASP .NET application

Protecting web applications against unauthorised access is somewhat of a dark art, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure that you are protected against the most common security risks. Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF / XSRF) Problem: Cross site request forgery (CSRF / XSRF) is the process of tricking a legitimate user of your website into posting data to the web server without their knowledge. This type of attack is typically executed using a malicious link in an email, or by…

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10 things every software developer should do in 2014

It is important in the world of software development that every developer re-train and update their skills regularly. Failure to do so will probably result in stagnation and loss of earnings over an extended period.There has been a massive shift over the last few years from development of traditional desktop applications being written in Windows Forms (WinForms) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) to the web and mobile. Open standards, including HTML 5 and CSS 3, have been driving a new…

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Check TFS Online service status using C#

If you use TFS Online you may have experienced some unexpected downtime over the last few months. Whilst the service is getting better and better all the time, downtime is still an issue. I have written a little screen scraping tool based on the HTML Agility Pack that will scrape the service status page and report back the current status. Add the following class to your project; The usage for this code is as follows; I hope you find this little helper useful. Please leave a comment below.

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15 reasons why I can’t work without JetBrains ReSharper

If you know me personally, you’ll know how much I love JetBrains ReSharper , I use it every day and I swear by it. People often ask me what I like most about it, and here I often stutter. The truth is, there is no one killer reason why I love ReSharper… it’s a combination of many small features that make it a tool I literally cannot work without. I’m going to explain my 15 favourite features, and urge you to give it a try. If you’re still not sold by the end of this, you’re never going to be…

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