Wednesday, June 19, 2013

HTTP SSL Certificate for Local IIS Development

Thanks to Rob Bagby's excellent blog post and screencast on Channel9, and to Scott Hanselman's blog post about IIS Express and SSL.

1. Get selfssl.exe (the first link above points to the download location of this tool)

2. Open a command prompt as an administrator and:

C:\system32> cd C:\downloads
C:\downloads>selfssl /N:cn=localhost /V:99999 /S:1

3. Export the newly created certificate using IIS (as described in the first link)

4. Add the certificate to Local Computer (as described in the first link) to make the computer (and web browsers and other services) trust our self-signed cert and avoid getting that SSL warning/error.

Note: for IIS Express you just need to set your project to use SSL on the project's properties window (set the SSL Enabled property to True) and then add the existing IIS Express certificate (the one named IIS Express Development Certificate) to the Local Computer (following the instructions found on the first link above)

Note 2: After you added the IIS Express certificate as indicated above, it can take a little for these changes to take effect; so it's possible that you still get the SSL warning on the web browser. Just wait a little (this happened to me and I thought there was an error with the setup, then a few minutes later it started working).

Note 3: Note 2 is not true --I still get that SSL warning.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SQL Server Pivot

Example (thanks to

declare @data as table (Product varchar(10), Name varchar(20), Value varchar(10))

insert into @data values ('Beer', 'ProductCode',    'MSTF')
insert into @data values ('Beer', 'LocationScript', 'Office')
insert into @data values ('Milk', 'ProductCode',    'MSTF')
insert into @data values ('Milk', 'ProductSource',  'c.60')
insert into @data values ('Milk', 'LocationScript', 'Office')
insert into @data values ('Soda', 'ProductCode',    'APPL')
insert into @data values ('Soda', 'ProductSource',  'c.60')
insert into @data values ('Soda', 'LocationScript', 'Industry')
insert into @data values ('Wine', 'ProductSource',  'c.90')
insert into @data values ('Wine', 'Alias',  'Lorem')

select * from @data

SELECT Product, ProductCode, ProductSource, LocationScript, Alias
 SELECT Product, Name, Value
 FROM @data
) dt
PIVOT (MAX(Value) FOR Name IN (ProductCode, ProductSource, LocationScript, Alias)) AS pv
ORDER BY Product


Product    Name                 Value
---------- -------------------- ----------
Beer       ProductCode          MSTF
Beer       LocationScript       Office
Milk       ProductCode          MSTF
Milk       ProductSource        c.60
Milk       LocationScript       Office
Soda       ProductCode          APPL
Soda       ProductSource        c.60
Soda       LocationScript       Industry
Wine       ProductSource        c.90
Wine       Alias                Lorem

(10 row(s) affected)

Product    ProductCode ProductSource LocationScript Alias
---------- ----------- ------------- -------------- ----------
Beer       MSTF        NULL          Office         NULL
Milk       MSTF        c.60          Office         NULL
Soda       APPL        c.60          Industry       NULL
Wine       NULL        c.90          NULL           Lorem

(4 row(s) affected)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Single vs SingleOrDefault

If no element is found Single throws an exception, but SingleOrDefault returns null.

Both methods throw an exception if there's more than one element in the sequence.

For example if there's more than one element SingleOrDefault() throws something like the following: System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains more than one element

NOTE: FirstOrDefault should be used when we have more than one element in the sequence and want only one element from it (in this case -as the name indicates- the first one) FirstOrDefault returns null when founds nothing (similar to SingleOrDefault).

public Transaction GetTransaction(Transaction transaction) {
    var transactions = GetTransactions(from: transaction.Date, to: transaction.Date);
    return transactions != null 
        ? transactions.Where(t => t.ID == transaction.ID).FirstOrDefault()
        : null;

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cannot drop the database because it is being used for replication

The database used to be part of a replication but apparently something remained somewhere else.

The following commands helped:

use master

exec sp_helpreplicationdb 
exec sp_removedbreplication 'Northwind'



Friday, February 8, 2013

Custom Errors Web config

Generic Runtime Error (unknown error with no description or clue of what just happened):

Add the following custom errors element to web.config (inside system.web):

< customErrors mode="Off"/ >

Now more information will be displayed:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Git rewrite history to Github

To remove the last commit from the master branch at Github but "saving" that last commit to a branch named mein-bak

[master]> git checkout -b mein-bak
[mein-bak]> git push origin mein-bak
[mein-bak]> git checkout master
[master]> git reset --hard HEAD~1
[master]> git push --force origin master

Before applying changes this is how master looks at Github:

a-b-c-d-e-f-g [master]

And this is how it looks after applying those changes:

a-b-c-d-e-f [master]
            g [mein-bak]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Run program as different user - runas command

Open a command prompt console and execute the following:

C:\Users\jdoe>runas /user:loremipsum\jsmith notepad

Where loremipsum is the machine's name (or the domain name) and notepad the program you want to execute as jsmith.

The command prompt will ask for jsmith's password and if entered correctly (and if such user has sufficient permissions) the program will be executed/open.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Send email PowerShell

Create a script like the following and save it as send_email.ps1.

$from = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailAddress "" 

$to = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailAddress "" 

$messge = new-object system.Net.Mail.MailMessage $from, $to

$messge.IsBodyHTML = $true
$messge.Subject = "Test email to jdoe"
$messge.body = "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Regards."

$smtpServer = 'localhost'
$port = '25'

$smtp = new-object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer, $port)


Open PowerShell, go to the directory where the script was saved and execute it.

If you have permissions to execute scripts in Powershell, and the SMTP server is correctly configured, and the recipient email account exists, then you should get the email.