Tag Archives: .NET 4.0

MSBuild task to compile LESS files

When you are using LESS to create dynamic style sheets the performance of your website will increase when you compile those files to CSS before uploading the webapplication to a server. In this post I’ll describe how to create a build task for MSBuild that will compile all LESS files in a directory. I use this task in my deployment environment for web applications. It is part of a series of tasks that build the application, copies all the files to a deployment directory and does some post processing (compressing JavaScript, images, etc.). Of course it is possible to compile LESS files dynamically using a HttpHandler as well, for more information visit dotless.org.

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Simple logger for NHibernate 3

A logger is a very useful tool when developing a (web)application, especially when you’re using an object-relation mapping solution such as NHibernate or Entity Framework. In order to improve the performance of your application it is useful to analyze the SQL queries and other information (e.g. warnings, errors, caching) about the object-relation mapping.

Since NHibernate 3 it is possible to implement a custom logger. Log4net is not necessary anymore. In this post I’ll describe how to implement your own logger.

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Fix .NET 4 SocketPermission for MySQL driver in Medium Trust

Most .NET 4 shared hosting providers offering their customers a medium trust environment. This is not a problem for most web applications unless the applications uses MySQL in combination with the .NET MySQL driver (MySQL.Data.dll). The MySQL driver connects to the MySQL database using a socket. However, sockets are not allowed in medium trust. The application will throw a SecurityException with the following message:

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Using NUnit in Visual Studio 2010

Like in older versions of Visual Studio it is possible to use NUnit as an external tool in the new 2010 version. By creating a toolbar as well it is very easy to run your test suite. The usual way to add an external command is by clicking the menu Tools -> External Tools. However, by default this menu item is not visible. To enable this menu item go to Tools -> Settings -> Expert Settings.

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