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IIS URL rewrite to canonical domain

It is considered good practice in view of search engines and site traffic analysis to always redirect from the "naked" domain like "mydomain.com" to the canonical domain "www.mydo...

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Custom application settings file

Sometimes you want to get rid of those settings kept in the traditional web.config or app.config file. You want more fine grained control over the deployment of your settings e...

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Implement custom application logger

Application event logging is a must. But most available logging modules around are quite bloated or heavy structured. Why not create your own simple file logger and gain full cont...

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Setup a dropdown list in Excel

Excel has a very powerful feature providing for a dropdown select list in a cell, reflecting data from a named region. It'a a very easy configuration, once you have done it befor...

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Automatic logon to Windows

Automatic Windows logon as a predefined user is a convenient feature for single-user machines or home computers. This removes the hassle of unnecessary repetitive password enteri...

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User-agent: * Syntax not understood

An optional robots.txt file, put in the root of the web application and freely accessible, holds instructions to crawling robots which parts of the web site not to index. ...

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Global error handling in ASP.NET MVC

To be correct to our visitors and the search engines, we should return meaningful HTTP status codes if errors occur, facing our site. It's not fair to return HTTP status code...

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Watch computer videos on TV

There are multiple options how to watch computer videos on your home TV depending on video formats, network and device features. Here is a short summary: 1. The traditional w...

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Get SSI running on IIS

Server Side Includes (SSI) are an optional feature of the web servers helping the developers to include HTML file content from a base file into multiple other HTML files with a s...

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Steps to make a Google API call

This short summary of steps to prepare and realize a Google API call is based on invoking the Google Calendar API, but other segments should be quite similar. [1] Manu...

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Easy and compact access to my Google calendars

Google calendar data can be easily accessed from the local computer, without needing to navigate and logon to the online application. The magic words are Google API. No need for...

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Wrap long words within dynamic tables

Very long words can break page layout (overflow borders or extremely expand table cells, occasionally showing undesired horizontal scrollbar). The problem is easy to resolve...

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Enforce lowercase URL in PHP/Laravel

Lowercase URL-s for accessing web applications are important for usage statistics and web metrics. They are good for communication styling and purity and are highly recommended by...

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Keep limited log file size in PHP/Laravel

We need to keep the log file size within decent limits. Last 10 MBytes should be enough for the general site health surveillance. The redundant leading part can be periodic...

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