Khalid Abuhakmeh

Use JavaScript and MapQuest To Get A User's Zipcode

"Postal Code" for my international readers

HTML 5 brings a lot of new features to a developers toolbox. One of those features gives developers the ability to get a user's position via latitude and longitude. In this blog post, I will show the basics of finding the closest address to the coordinates given by a user's device.

Step 1 : Getting The Coordinates

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August 16, 2015

Hard Lessons Learned For C# Integration Testing

At RIMdev, We are closing in on 7 months of using our Automation libraries to test a WebAPI application. This post will explain some of the best practices we've found to get valuable and fast(ish) tests. Here, in no particular order, is our wisdom learned through the school of hard knocks.

When a unit test works, don't . . .

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July 31, 2015

Microsoft, OSS, and The Selfish Gene

I have noticed anger towards Microsoft lately for "doing OSS wrong". In this post I will explain the following points:

  • Microsoft is fine staying on their current course.
  • As developers in the OSS ecosystem, we also have the right to do what we want.
  • Most of our complaints don't impact the ecosystem . . .

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July 27, 2015

How To Tell If A C# Type Is An Implementation Of A Generic Interface

We just released Supurlative and one of my favorite features is Formatters. It gives you the ability to intercept any type and perform custom logic. In our current API work, we wanted to intercept a type that implemented a generic interface. That type is an IRange<T> interface.

To check whether the type we come across is the . . .

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July 26, 2015

Get All Route Names From A RouteCollection - WebAPI

This extension method runs on my tears

We recently released Supurlative, a hypermedia centric url and template generator. Part of generating templates is removing the constraints off of existing routes. To do this accurately without side effects, we need to iterate over each key/route pair and register them into our temporary RouteCollection. Sounds easy right? Well not so much, . . .

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July 22, 2015

Announcing SupUrlative - Hypermedia Url and Template Generators for WebAPI

Links and templates are at the heart of a Hypermedia API. It is important to generate correct resource links in addition to properly defining the capabilities each resources exposes via url templates. ASP.NET WebAPI comes with first class support for generating urls using the RouteCollection class. SupUrlative attempts to standardize the way . . .

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July 21, 2015

ASP.NET MVC Custom Errors Are Broken... But Here Is The Fix

Expectations vs. Reality

Custom error pages are one of the last development items on the creation of an ASP.NET application. During development, we want to see the yellow screen of death early and often to ensure users don't see the error pages at all. I've personally added custom errors to many web applications, and even wrote about it in a previous post.

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July 19, 2015


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