Up and Running with Unity IOC Container for ASP.Net MVC

The process for creating an ASP.Net MVC web application that relies on the Unity Inversion of Control (IOC) container has gotten quite a bit more streamlined since I first started working with it.  However, since I don’t start brand new software projects often, it’s often the case that it takes me a few minutes to […]

Date, Date?, and the ToString Method in VB.Net

I just spent the last 45 minutes frustrated as to why I was getting the following exception “Input string was not in a correct format.” and “[InvalidCastException: Conversion from string “MMMM dd, yyyy” to type ‘Integer’ is not valid.] I kept thinking to myself, “How hard can this possibly be?!!  I’ve done this a thousand […]

NuGet app.config / web.config Transformation Trouble

I recently hit a road bump when developing a NuGet package. Mid-way through making the package, I decided I wanted to include couple of transforms to add some default connection strings to an app.config or a web.config file.  Try as I may, I couldn’t get NuGet to apply the transforms to my project’s web.config file even […]

DotNetZip – Solving Mac Decompression Issues

As part of a ASP.Net Web API service that I’m co-developing, I have gotten familiar with the DotNetZip Library.  It’s fantastic.  We’re using it to gather up a set of requested files from network storage, package them in a zip archive, and stream them back to a client via a web application. During testing, things […]