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    # Monday, July 12, 2010

    Automatically add a show and hide link to any object with jQuery

    Monday, July 12, 2010 8:09:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    jquery-logo_png[1]There are plenty of tutorials around that show you how to show or hide a div with jQuery, you can find a load on Google but I wanted something that was re-usable throughout our projects so I created the addShowHideLink jQuery plugin.

    We’ve been using it across a few projects including Crisis Cover for a while now and it’s catered for all our needs. Let me know if there’s any other options you want added.

    I’ve not published any of our plug-ins before so forgive me if there are some obvious errors but I figured someone else would find it useful.

    What does it do?

    Simple: It hides the specified object and adds a link that shows the object when clicked. It also swaps the show text to the specified hide text automatically.

    How do I use it?

    I’ve kept it as simple as possible but have hopefully given it enough functionality to suit your needs.

    Basic Usage


    Used with options

    		linkClass: 'showHideLnk',
    		paraClass: 'showHide',
    		openClass: 'showHideOpen',
    		showText: 'Show Advanced Options',
    		hideText: 'Hide Advanced Options',
    		linkActions: function(){
    			alert('The link was clicked');


    How do I get it?

    I’ve uploaded a more complete example to: http://blogs.thesitedoctor.co.uk/tim/Plugins/addShowHideLink/ so you can get a quick idea of what it does.

    You can download the plug-in here.

    Thanks to Trevor Morris for his jQuery skeleton starter framework.


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    # Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    Helo command rejected: need fully-qualified hostname when sending emails

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:20:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    Simple tip this afternoon. You may have got the following error when sending emails through ASP.Net’s built in mail server before:

    From: postmaster@YourWebserversName [mailto:postmaster@YourWebserversName] 
    Sent: 25 June 2010 13:22
    To: sender@sendingdomainname.com
    Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Delivery to the following recipients failed.
    Reporting-MTA: dns;YourWebserversName
    Received-From-MTA: dns;YourWebserversName
    Arrival-Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:21:30 +0100
    Final-Recipient: rfc822;recipient@recievingdomainname.com
    Action: failed
    Status: 5.5.0
    Diagnostic-Code: smtp;504 <YourWebserversName>: Helo command rejected: need fully-qualified hostname


    The fix is easy:

    1. Open IIS
    2. View the properties of you Default SMTP Virtual Server
    3. Go to the “Delivery” tab
    4. Click the “Advanced” button (in the bottom right corner)
    5. Under “Fully-qualified domain name” enter a domain name that points to the server
    6. Click Ok until you’re back to IIS

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    # Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Set Umbraco Folder Permissions with Powershell

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:47:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    powershell2xa4[1] If you're not configuring Umbraco through a web installer, you've had your installs in place for years and never checked the permissions or whoever set the permissions up was lazy and gave IIS write access to the entire folder, there will come a time when you want to restrict modify access to just those user(s) who should have access.

    You can find a (pretty) complete list of the files/folders that the Umbraco install should have access to here but assigning them across 101 different installs is a PITA . Thanks to a helpful PowerShell script to set folder permissions from PowerShell.nu you can easily automate the process.

    For those of you not familiar with PowerShell (like me) complete instructions are below. For the rest, here's the command:

    Get-ChildItem -path ##PATH TO YOUR INSTALL## 
    | Where { $_.name -eq "Bin" -or $_.name -eq "Config" -or $_.name -eq "Css" -or $_.name -eq "Data" -or $_.name -eq "Masterpages" -or $_.name -eq "Media" -or $_.name -eq "Scripts" -or $_.name -eq "Umbraco" -or $_.name -eq "Umbraco_client" -or $_.name -eq "UserControls" -or $_.name -eq "Xslt" } 
    | ForEach {./SetFolderPermission.ps1 -path $_.Fullname -Access "NETWORK SERVICE" -Permission Modify}



    1. Save the SetFolderPermission.ps1 script to your server
    2. Open your PowerShell console (I think it's installed by default if not, you can download PowerShell here)
    3. Copy the above PowerShell command into notepad
    4. Update "##PATH TO YOUR INSTALL##" to your Umbraco install
    5. If your IIS install doesn't use NETWORK SERVICE as the default user, update it to your user
    6. Make sure it's all on a single line
    7. Copy/Paste/Run in PowerShell


    If you're uber lazy and just have a web folder of Umbraco installs you can set the path to the folder of Umbraco installs and use:

    Get-ChildItem -path ##PATH TO YOUR FOLDER## -recurse
    | Where { $_.name -eq "Bin" -or $_.name -eq "Config" -or $_.name -eq "Css" -or $_.name -eq "Data" -or $_.name -eq "Masterpages" -or $_.name -eq "Media" -or $_.name -eq "Scripts" -or $_.name -eq "Umbraco" -or $_.name -eq "Umbraco_client" -or $_.name -eq "UserControls" -or $_.name -eq "Xslt" } 
    | ForEach {./SetFolderPermission.ps1 -path $_.Fullname -Access "NETWORK SERVICE" -Permission Modify}


    I've not tried this mind you and can't recommend it but hey, it's there if you want it ;)


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    # Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Stop jQuery.hide() showing the elements on page load

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:30:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    This is a great little tip that Andy Higgs shared with me a couple of months ago while we were developing Crisis Cover. If you write jQuery that hides the div when the user has JavaScript enabled, you can avoid the divs all being shown while the page loads by simply adding a class to the body of the page using jQuery and hide it using CSS like so:

    <!-- Reference to jQuery here -->
    <!-- This should be the first bit of code and don't wait until the page has loaded -->
    <script type="text/javascript">$('body').addClass('js');</script>
    <!-- The rest of your code here -->
    <div class="jsHide">
    	<p>This paragraph is hidden if the user has JavaScript enabled.</p>


    Then you just need to add the css:

    .js .jsHide

    Your divs will now be hidden until you show them with JavaScript. Nice, simple solution to an ever annoying problem.

    Note: For my demo to work you'll need to include jQuery

    Update: As pointed out by Petr below and Andy Higgs/Trevor Morris, it would be better to target using JavaScript without jQuery and target the body for maximum flexibility (note the space at the front in case there is already a class):

    <script type="text/javascript">document.getElementsByTagName('html')[0].className+=' js'</script>

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    # Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Error 11: An error occurred when merging assemblies: ILMerge.Merge: ERROR!!: Duplicate type 'xyz' found in assembly 'App_Web_rh2sxhkc'. aspnet_merge

    Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:47:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    You may have come across this error once or twice while deploying your project if you develop using Web Deployment Projects. It's usually caused when you copy and paste a page and forget to update both the page declaration and code behind file.

    But the website builds!?!

    You don't usually get the ILMerge error until you build the web deployment project because when you build a website directly, it doesn't compile all the code into a single assembly so the class names are seen as different. Part of the web deployment process is to compile all the websites code into a single assembly hence the duplicate references.

    What's the solution?

    It's surprisingly simple, all you need to do is open up the offending aspx and aspx.cs files and update two lines:

    1. In the code behind file, rename the partial class. By default Visual Studio will name the class FolderName_Pagename which should result in a unique name

    2. The page declaration (first line of the page) in the aspx file. You have to make sure that both the Inherits attribute and CodeBehind reference are correct.

    Tip: To avoid confusing yourself, open the files independently using the solution browser because if you open the aspx and press F7 to switch to the code behind file before updating the page declaration, you'll end up editing the page you copied rather than the copy.


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    # Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    The Umbraco 1 question questionnaire results

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:18:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

    A while ago I posted a quick one question questionnaire to gauge how much people were charging for the "average" Umbraco install. This was partially to settle an internal debate but also for an post I've not had time to post yet so in the meantime I'll post the results.

    Having a quick look at the results you'll see that 64% of the people that answered (around 100) charge £2,500 or less for a "standard" install with a whopping 96% of people charging less than £10,000. I'll explain how this can be used for pricing your Umbraco packages soon!


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    # Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    New Twitter SEO spam scam -protect your twitter name even if you don’t want to use it

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:43:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

    twitter-scam[1] I came across a really interesting method of spamming Twitter on Friday, presumably for SEO benefits but it was intriguing so I thought I'd share. I came across it on a Twitter account that was setup under one of our client's name: @RomanOriginals.

    We're currently in the process of claiming it from the spammer so here's a screenshot of how it looked when we found it:


    So what's the scam and why's it interesting?

    From what we can see, winslim.com has signed up to one of our client's regular email shots and is harvesting links from it. When an email goes out, they then tweet the subject line (this is usually less than 140 chars), "shorten" your url and throw it onto a twitter stream registered under the company's feed.

    Although it appears to be a standard URL shortening service, if you look at the request/responses using Fiddler you will see that each one of the winslim.com links e.g. www .winslim.com/3CShT4H (I've popped a space in there to stop it linking to them) kicks the user over to a winslim.com product promotion page (winslim.com/winslim/SweetDeals/SweetDeals.jsp?d=d) which then redirects the user to the original url!

    Although unscrupelous, I still think this is a very clever method and suspect we'll see more spammers doing it shortly so if you've not already registered your company's official Twitter username, it's worth doing it now!


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    # Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Collapse all Solution Explorer items in Visual Studio 2010

    Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:22:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

    Ever wanted to be able to collapse all items within Visual Studio's solution window? This is a nifty little Visual Studio macro that I came across a few years ago and have been using successfully in Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008 and now in the Visual Studio 2010 RC.

    I'll overview how to install it below in case you're unsure how to do it but I have this bound to the key combination Ctrl+Shift+` as ReSharper now uses my previous key combination of Ctrl+` for it's new bookmark explorer.

    Anyway, here's the Visual Studio Solution Explorer item Collapse All macro:

    Imports System
    Imports EnvDTE
    Imports EnvDTE80
    Imports EnvDTE90
    Imports System.Diagnostics
    ' CollapseAll Module
    ' Simple macro that fully collapses all items in the 
    ' Solution Explorer rather than just the top level node
    ' To make live easier, bind it to a keyboard setting such
    ' as Ctrl+Shift+` which by default has no bindings (Ctrl+` is
    ' now used by Resharper
    ' Tested and works with:
    ' Visual Studio 2005
    ' Visual Studio 2008
    ' Visual Studio 2010
    ' Originally from: http://bit.ly/bmRu3W
    Public Module CollapseAll
        Sub CollapseTree()
            ' Get the the Solution Explorer tree
            Dim solutionExplorer As UIHierarchy
            solutionExplorer = DTE.Windows.Item(Constants.vsext_wk_SProjectWindow).Object()
            ' Check if there is any open solution
            If (solutionExplorer.UIHierarchyItems.Count = 0) Then
            End If
            ' Get the top node (the name of the solution)
            Dim rootNode As UIHierarchyItem = solutionExplorer.UIHierarchyItems.Item(1)
            rootNode.DTE.SuppressUI = True
            ' Collapse each project node
            Collapse(rootNode, solutionExplorer)
            ' Select the solution node, or else when you click 
            ' on the solution window
            ' scrollbar, it will synchronize the open document 
            ' with the tree and pop
            ' out the corresponding node which is probably not what you want.
            rootNode.DTE.SuppressUI = False
        End Sub
        Private Sub Collapse(ByVal item As UIHierarchyItem, ByRef solutionExplorer As UIHierarchy)
            For Each innerItem As UIHierarchyItem In item.UIHierarchyItems
                If innerItem.UIHierarchyItems.Count > 0 Then
                    ' Re-cursive call
                    Collapse(innerItem, solutionExplorer)
                    ' Collapse
                    If innerItem.UIHierarchyItems.Expanded Then
                        innerItem.UIHierarchyItems.Expanded = False
                        If innerItem.UIHierarchyItems.Expanded = True Then
                            ' Bug in VS 2005
                        End If
                    End If
                End If
        End Sub
    End Module


    In case you've never installed a Visual Studio macro before, here's a couple of instructions:

    1. In Visual Studio, press Alt+F11 to load up the Visual Studio Macro editor (or View > Other Windows > Macro Explorer > Double Click on "Module1" in "My Macros")
    2. Either create a new module of it it's not in use, you can edit Module1 and past in the code above
    3. Save and close the Visual Studio Macro editor
    4. You should be back in Visual Studio so click "Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard"
    5. In the "Show commands containing" text box, enter "CollapseTree" and the macro you just created should be shown.
    6. Make sure "Global" is selected in the "Use new shortcut in:" drop down list
    7. Press Ctrl+Shift+` in the "Press shortcut keys:" text box
    8. Click Assign
    9. Click OK

    You're done :)

    Update via Graeme: Make sure your module name (in the above it's Module1) is the same as your file name otherwise Step 5 minght not work.


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