Easiest way to embed assembly’s into your executables

I usually write a lot of command line tools for different quick fixes. Distributing them to clients with a lot of attached DLL files are not always the best. They get copied around different servers and sooner or later someone runs them without the proper DLL files present. For quick and dirty tools there might be faulty error handling and the tool fails in a critical moment due to the missing assembly. I usually embed the DLL file into the executable, especially when doing command line tools. By far the easiest way of doing that in .Net is to install a Nuget package called Costura.Fody!

Just install it into the project and build the release and all assembly’s get compressed and embedded into the executable. Visit Costura.Fody github page for more information!

Webmatrix 3: Access dev site from other device

Webmatrix 3 is a free tool by Microsoft for web development. It supports a range of languages, frameworks and CMS like WordPress for instance. It automates the process of installing frameworks, compilers and database backends. It will quickly setup a development environment on your computer so you can start develop. Lately I have been using it to create a new responsive theme for this website. It works out of the box for testing on localhost but not everybody is running 1080p monitors and I need to test on my phone, tablet and laptop as well. Out of the box it doesn’t support this but here is how you set it up.
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Facebook API login flow for desktop application

When developing desktop applications that interacts with Facebook you have to implement the login flow your self. After the login flow completes you can use the normal Facebook SDK libraries by supplying it with the access token your received. When implementing the login flow you have to make sure that you receive the access you requested. You can get a partial approval by the user and not be able to access all the scopes you need. In this example I have implemented the Facebook login flow into a C# .Net desktop application. Full source is available for download.

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.Net C#: Webbrowser control print line break

I was updating an old project for a client today. I needed to print a simple list and figured that the easiest way should be to format the data in HTML. Most developers out there has built webpages now days and we all know that it is a quick way to format the information and print it. So after a quick creation of the HTML i found an article named “Displaying custom HTML in WebBrowser control” by Gunnar Peipman. So easy enough to print the custom HTML from the control, based on Gunnar’s article I came up with this code:

WebBrowser webPrint = new WebBrowser();
webPrint.Navigate("about:blank");

if (webPrint.Document != null) { 
    webPrint.Document.Write(string.Empty);
}
webPrint.DocumentText = printHTML.ToString();
webPrint.DocumentCompleted += webPrint_DocumentCompleted; 

void webPrint_DocumentCompleted(object sender, WebBrowserDocumentCompletedEventArgs e) { 
    WebBrowser webPrint = (WebBrowser)sender; 
    webPrint.ShowPrintDialog(); 
}

If you don’t use the “DocumentComplete” event handler your printout will be blank. In the print I used a basic HTML table to show the data with rows like this:

<table cellpadding="3" style="width:100%">
<tr style="color:White;background-color:Black;font-weight:bold;"><td>Box ID</td><td>Gång</td><td>Hylla</td><td>Nivå</td><td>Nåbar från golvet</td></tr>
<tr><td>10346</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>F</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td>10294</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>D</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td>10296</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>C</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td>10298</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>C</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td>10300</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>B</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td>10302</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>B</td><td>True</td></tr>

When printing data that took up several pages I ended up with this:

pagebreak error

The data was cut of at the line breaks. I Googled a lot and found a few suggestions about css “page-break..” but they didn’t have any effect on the webbrowser control print layout. Finally I found a simple soulition, just add a bland column to the left of the table and the line break works. Like this:

<table cellpadding="3" style="width:100%">
<tr style="color:White;background-color:Black;font-weight:bold;"><td> </td><td>Box ID</td><td>Gång</td><td>Hylla</td><td>Nivå</td><td>Nåbar från golvet</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10346</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>F</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10294</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>D</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10296</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>C</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10298</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>C</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10300</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>B</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10302</td><td>AB</td><td>3</td><td>B</td><td>True</td></tr>
<tr><td> </td><td>10382</td><td>AB</td><td>4</td><td>F</td><td>True</td></tr>

Then the printout looked like this:

pagebreak fix