"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."

K. G. Sreeju Nair

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

  • Securing sections in Web.Config

    For ASP.Net applications, developers usually store lots of configuration data in the Web.Config, some of such settings can contain secured information such as connection strings, email settings, proxy settings etc. Storing credential information in Web.Config as plain text is a threat as this could lead to leak the information. Though the web server will not render web.config files to the visitors, you need to see there could be users, such as system administrators, back  up operators, etc who have access to your server’s file system. Exposing secured information for such users is a threat and you need to protect your configuration data. The solution is to encrypt the sections in Web.Config and thankfully ASP.Net offers out of the box support for encrypting and decrypting the connection string placed inside Web.Config.

    In this article I am going to demonstrate, how to encrypt/decrypt the connection string section in Web.Config, you can follow the same concepts to encrypt any other section in web.config. For the purpose of the article, I created an ASP.Net empty web application and added a default.aspx file. The project in solution explorer looks as follows.

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  • Customize SharePoint 2013 look and feel for intranet sites

    It is important to customize the look and feel of SharePoint portal implementation to match your corporate branding. For public websites, branding is in the top of the list, where you need to create appealing websites. SharePoint 2013 addresses the branding of publishing sites and intranet sites in both different ways as the customization requirements varies. For Publishing site, you have design manager where you will be able to define and use your own master pages and page layouts. For intranets that level of customizations are not required, so SharePoint offers certain themes out of the box and it is easy to create your own.

  • Integrate Microsoft Translator into your ASP.Net application

    In this article I am going to explain how easily you can integrate the Microsoft translator API to your ASP.Net application. Why we need a translation API? Once you published a website, you are opening a channel to the global audience. So making the web content available only in one language doesn’t cover all your audience. Especially when you are offering products/services it is important to provide contents in multiple languages. Users will be more comfortable when they see the content in their native language. How to achieve this, hiring translators and translate the content to all your user’s languages will cost you lot of money, and it is not a one time job, you need to translate the contents on the go. What is the alternative, we need to look for machine translation. Thankfully there are some translator engines available that gives you API level access, so that automatically you can translate the content and display to the user. Microsoft Translator API is an excellent set of web service APIs that allows developers to use the machine translation technology in their own applications.

  • Bundling and Minification in ASP.Net 4.5

    Being a web developer in these days is challenging as well as interesting. With HTML 5 specifications in place, the browsers adding more client side capabilities. JQuery is playing a major role in today’s client side development. As a developer you cannot stay away from these things, you need to adapt these. At the same time you cannot develop (at least not practical as cost/time wise) all those client side scripts, you need to depend on third party JQuery plug-ins to bring attractive user friendly interfaces. There are lots of plug-ins available over internet for free that allows to use in your website. If you are developing sites, you must be using use several plug-ins in your site.