Free SSL certificate on Nginx with LetsEncrypt

Let’sEncrypt (website) is a fairly new initiative aiming to make SSL HTTP communication over the Internet as abundantly available as possible. And they have the right idea – make it free!

So, at work we have an internal application we’re using for our development process that I wanted to secure with SSL. Our main certificate isn’t of the wildcard variety and doesn’t have any more SANs available. Since adding more SANs is pretty expensive and all I wanted was to secure an internal server, Let’sEncrypt offering was the easy choice.

I went to Let’sEncrypt’s site to learn how to install it on my Linux (16) with Nginx web server. There wasn’t a tutorial there available. There were links to other tools. They recommend certbot but they also have a very long list of other clients to choose from.

I wanted the easiest solution so tried certbot but their tutorial leaves a lot to be desired so I turned to Google for advice. There are of course enough pages explaining how to do this but they seem a little out dated and still unclear on some of the steps needed so I decided to write my own tutorial in the hope it will help others in the future.

Here goes:

Continue reading “Free SSL certificate on Nginx with LetsEncrypt”

Debug grunt tasks in Visual Studio 2015

I’ve recently moved back from a Macbook to a Windows 8 laptop (yay!) and so I’ve decided to check out visual studio again after a relatively long period of using IDEA IntelliJ. IntelliJ is an awesome environment and I’ve really enjoyed using it (after getting used to it) for client side and Node JS development.

IntelliJ’s integration with node JS is a pleasure to work with and VS has a lot to catch up to. A definite move in the right direction is the recently published (open source) Node.js Tools for Visual Studio package. While its not release ready for VS 2015 (which is also just RC still) it seems to work fine already.

Continue reading “Debug grunt tasks in Visual Studio 2015”

JavaScript & Client Side – links to readups and resources on the web

Not sure about NaN and Infinity values in JS? Read this: http://firstcrazydeveloper.com/Blogs/BlogView.html/12/javascript-special-numeric-values-infinity-nan Easily test tweaks to CSS and JS using BrowserSync: BrowserSync – Time-saving synchronised browser testing What is BrowserSync and How Do You Use it? | Damon Bauer Douglas Crockford – The Better Parts @ Nordic.js 2014 – talks about new Good and Bad … Continue reading JavaScript & Client Side – links to readups and resources on the web

Rate this:

Poem: את לי בית – You’re Home

yourehome-main

This one is very dear to me, I’ve been carrying it in my head for about a year now. Lately I’ve been very focused on my family and work and that left very little time for writing. Recently I had the chance to finally sit down and put it on paper.

This poem, written first in Hebrew is called “You’re Home” and in Hebrew: “את לי בית” is dedicated to my wife, Shani.

The English translation is below. Continue reading “Poem: את לי בית – You’re Home”

Poem: How to part

how to part

Back in July of 2011 (has it been that long ago?) I published what was my latest poem in Hebrew Eich Nifradim (How to Part).

I revisited that poem recently and decided to take a crack at translating it to English and I think it actually turned out quite nicely.

This poem holds a dear place in my heart as i read it in my grandfather’s funeral in the summer of that year…

So here it is:

Continue reading “Poem: How to part”

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report. Continue reading 2012 in review

Rate this:

Unit Testing, WCF and MEF – Part 2

In the first part of this article I showed how I’ve been testing code using MEF and a generic base class that is in charge of wiring up the dependencies.

In this part I will focus on how I got WCF to wire up my web service using MEF in what I think is quite an elegant way.

My first requirement was to be able to write a web service that will use dependencies (imports) but that wouldn’t require me to write the composition code in the service class itself. Most of the examples I saw online didn’t provide me with a good way to do that unfortunately.

Until I came across this excellent post by Tim Roberts which shows how to tap into the WCF pipe-line and have your services composed automatically instead of having to do it per service or including wire-up code in your classes.

While the code Tim provided was a great start I thought it wasn’t just right for me. Specifically it was the fact that it required custom code in the Global.asax file which for me was not as elegant as it should be.

So I’ve done a bit more digging into the WCF pipe-line and discovered that I could achieve an elegant, completely configuration-based solution by implementing my own endpoint behavior.

In the end I needed to only create 3 classes to achieve this: EndpointComposedElement, ComposedEndpointBehavior and ComposedInstanceProvider.

Continue reading “Unit Testing, WCF and MEF – Part 2”

Unit Testing, WCF and MEF

Intro

This article will focus on how I’ve adopted unit testing in .NET using MEF and how to also apply this to WCF web services.

I haven’t been dedicated to unit testing for a long time but once I started I couldn’t stop. There are many great benefits to doing unit tests, I wont list them here but a good article to read is at: Agitar.com

What made me build something on my own? I wanted something light that I could also integrate into existing code without making too many changes. So I focused on a couple of things: Testing and Dependency Injection. I wanted an elegant solution that didn’t rely on external libraries or that will require a steep learning-curve.

In this article I will focus on these topics and how I solved it for myself. I’m not going to dive into other topics such as The SOLID principals, TDD, Dependency Injection, Mocking, etc. If these terms are not familiar to you, I suggest you read up on them first.

I’m actually going to divide this article into two parts, to keep them shorter and to the point:

Continue reading “Unit Testing, WCF and MEF”