WebPI command line tool (WebPIcmd.exe)

A new preview version of the WebPI command line tool (WebPIcmd.exe) has been released: http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/1072/web-platform-installer-v4-command-line-webpicmdexe-preview-release/ An interesting new feature if offline mode, allowing the use of WebPI to install on servers that do not have direct access out to the internet. HTH Doug

Web server security and health tools

A couple of interesting tools for examining and keeping track of server configuration, particularly from the point of view of security: Web Application Configuration Analyzer v2.0 (not just for security, 2003/2008/2008R2) Attach Surface Analyzer Beta (not just for web servers, Vista/2008 and above) HTH Doug

Catching up on all the recently released web development tools and technologies

You may have noticed that the team headed up by Scott Guthrie that produces things like IIS, ASP.NET, MVC, Web Development Tools, Commerce Server and more, keep producing new stuff at an incredible rate. The other day I came across a post by Vishal Joshi entitled “Web Developers can feel like Kids in a Candy…

How to trace the activity of an application that calls web services?

One answer: Fiddler is pretty good for sniffing web traffic from any process (not just the browser). Also WCF now has some good tracing abilities. Traces can then be viewed using the Service Trace Viewer tool. There may be other answers, but I HTH. Doug

Script Junkie – a new information "hub" for web developers

Soma has just blogged about a new MSDN developer hub (a.k.a. portal) aimed at web developers trying to use the best web development technologies to create interoperable solutions. You can find it here. HTH Doug

Free Web Application Toolkits

Ever wanted to develop some cool new website feature but not been sure how to start? Well, there are a bunch of web application toolkits here to get you started. They demonstrate how to start developing sites that incorporate features such as calendars, Bing mapping, Bing search, RESTful services, mobile features, social networking, rich searchable…

System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Cannot open database "MyDatabase" requested by the login. The login failed. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE’ "

I had an interesting case a while back where a customer’s web site which used SQL Express would sometimes experience this exception: “System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Cannot open database “MyDatabase” requested by the login. The login failed. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE’ ” But it only happened intermittently which made things all the more strange. Even…

Object doesn’t support this property or method

This is a short post about a very strange support case I had. I should start by mentioning however that you could see the same error for other reasons, not least of which because you’ve mistyped the property or method name :-). In this particular case the customer had a class ASP web application that…


UK IE8 ‘Compatibility Labs’ events

Do you live in the UK near Reading? Do you manage, maintain or develop a web site and are you working to ensure it is fully compatible with Internet Explorer 8? There are a few places available on a couple of FREE hands-on lab events to give assistance with Internet Explorer 8 compatibility. The events…