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Khalid Abuhakmeh

Software Developer and All Around Nice Guy @AquaBirdConsult

Using SecureString in C# For Sensitive Information

It has been a week long adventure with the Security Assertion Markup Language, better known as SAML. Part of the SAML specification asks that any producer of a SAML response needs to sign it with a X509 certificate. This insures the authenticity of the response and allows the response to be verified at its ultimate destination. Most signing . . .

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May 30, 2015

Using JsonConverters To Get the JSON Output You Want From WebAPI

JSON.NET Magic Goodness

In a previous post, I mentioned our filtering library aptly titled RimDev.Filter. It allows developers to filter any IEnumerable collection using an object comprised of sets and ranges. It is quite magical while being easy to understand. At the same time, we have adopted the practice of echoing the request back to the caller in our responses, . . .

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May 22, 2015

Democracy Vs. Dictatorship

No one's happy

If I've learned one thing over the last year of my directorship, it is that everyone will me when I am "doing it wrong". A point of criticism that I've heard from a few team members is the democratic style of decision making has slowed us down, and potentially hurts us in the long run. The counter style of leading, is I . . .

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May 21, 2015

Goodbye To My iMac

Times they are a changing

In 2011, I bought my first Apple machine. A supercharged 27-inch iMac with a gorgeous display, one that is still breathtakingly vibrant to this day. In addition to the amazing display, the iMac has some amazing speakers, internal microphone, and a 720p camera. That made it perfect for me, your neighborhood friendly remote consultant. I did my . . .

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May 17, 2015

Fix Swashbuckle and Swaggers Duplicate Parameters Issue for WebAPI

Update (May 14th 2015): Fixed the solution, please read further down.

Swashbuckle is a great library for automagically creating a Swagger documentation page, but it doesn't play nice with the thunderdome principle, also known as the one model in, one model out approach.

Let's take a look at an example of what I am talking about.

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May 13, 2015

Fixing ASP.NET MVC Authentication Infinite Redirects

"Follow your nose! It always knows!"

ASP.NET MVC is a great framework, dare I say that I love it. While my fondness for the framework goes deep, it is not without its flaws. One of those flaws, is the implementation of the AuthorizeAttribute. The implementation of the AuthorizeAttribute encompasses both authentication and authorization responsibilities, violating the single . . .

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May 12, 2015

Don't Forget Implicit Conversion Operators in C#

We are currently working on a new WebAPI filtering library that will allow consumers of our API to pass in expressive strings to denote ranges. We modeled it after the versioning behavior found in Nuget. You can see the range defining string on the left, where the right side is the expected behavior.

1.0 = 1.0  x(,1.0] = x  1.0(,1.0) = x < . . .

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May 10, 2015

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