Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Running IISExpress from the command line or Powershell

You don't need to open up Visual Studio just to run another project. You can run IISExpress via the command line instead.

Here is the same example, once for the command prompt and again for Powershell. The name of the site can be found in the applicationhost.config file. You'll see a <site> tag and the name attribute is the siteName. This is also the name that shows up in the system tray when you launch the site in Visual Studio itself.

You can use the system tray IIS Express icon to quit instances started using Powershell or command prompt. You can also type a the letter Q at the command prompt that gets spawned.

Command Prompt

"C:\Program Files (x86)\IIS Express\iisexpress.exe" /config:"C:\dev\MyMvcApp\.vs\config\applicationhost.config" /site:"MyMvcApp"

You'll need to tweak this to match your paths, etc.


$scriptDir = Split-Path $script:MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path

function Start-IisExpress($config, $siteName) {
    Start-Process -FilePath 'C:\Program Files (x86)\IIS Express\iisexpress.exe' -ArgumentList "/config:$config /site:$siteName"

Start-IisExpress -config "$scriptDir\.vs\config\applicationhost.config" -siteName: "MyMvcApp"

NOTE: This assumes that you have put this in a Powershell (.ps1) file and placed it next to your solution and more importantly that the .vs directory is in the same directory as the .ps1 file. If not, you'll need to adjust the path or hard code the full path.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fixing build issues

It can be hard to work out exactly where the problem is via visual studio directly. You can use the following to leverage msbuild and get more accurate information.

From a  cmd prompt run:

msbuild /verbosity:d > build.txt

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Testing XPath

If you write XPath it is helpful to have a quick way to test what you are doing. You can give it a try using an online tool XPathTestBed. This is pretty easy to use.

If you are doing XPath on page source you can use the Console built into Chrome or Firefox and get immediate results. Just F12 to get into the developer tools. Go to the Console, and enter the following to get all div tags for example.


Very useful and easy to use.

Monday, June 11, 2018

How to use Google to find unsecured web.configs

I can't believe how easy it is to find web.config that are not secured. Put this into Google and you will be amazed at what you will get back.

inurl:ftp inurl:web.config filetype:config


inurl:http inurl:web.config filetype:config

Imagine if any of them have passwords in them.

inurl:ftp inurl:web.config password


inurl:http inurl:web.config password

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Angular - Creating a Component using Angular CLI

Install Angular CLI

If you don't have Angular CLI you will need to install it using npm

npm install -g @angular/cli


ng g c products/product-detail.component --flat

ng = Angular CLI
g = generate
c = component
--flat = no folder will be created

This will create 4 files:


It will update the file which will register the component in the app.module.ts:

It will also wire the components together putting some useful code in

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Angular - Retrieving data using http and observables

Import HttpClientModule

Add HttpClientModule to the imports array of one of the application's Angular Modules

The items in bold are the ones that are specific to adding http.


import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { HttpClientModule } from '@angular/common/http';

  declarations: [ AppComponent, ],
  imports: [ HttpClientModule, BrowserModule, FormsModule ],
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Adding Http to Service


import { Injectable } from "@angular/core";
import { IProduct } from "./product";
import { HttpClient } from "@angular/common/http";
import { Observable } from 'rxjs/Observable';
import 'rxjs/add/Observable/throw'
import 'rxjs/add/operator/catch'
import 'rxjs/add/operator/do'
import { HttpErrorResponse } from "@angular/common/http";

export class ThingService {
    private _thingUrl = '';

    constructor (private _http: HttpClient){ }

    getMyThings(): Observable<IThing[]> {
        return this._http.get<IThing[]>(this._thingUrl)
        .do(data => console.log('data: ' + JSON.stringify(data)))

    private handleError(err: HttpErrorResponse) {
            return Observable.throw(err.message);

TIP: The url can be to a local JSON file that has the desired response. This can be useful for mocking out the web service you are calling when testing or rapidly developing.

Using Service / Subscribing

Call the subscribe method of the returned observable

In your component you could have something like this.

ngOnInit(): void {
.subscribe(things => {
this.things = things;
error => {
                      /// handle error here...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Kill all instances of a process using Powershell

Sometimes it is just too tedious to click on and kill all the processes in Task Manager in Windows.

If you have a PowerShell prompt open and several instances to kill the following command will do the trick.

Kill the processes

One of my favorite examples:

stop-process -name phantomjs

Get List of Processes

If you don't know the name, use the following command to get a list of all processes running