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The simple way to force redirect to https in web config files

There are two things:
1. Just insert this code in the web.release.config

<system.webServer xdt:Transform=”Insert”>
<rule name=”Force HTTPS” enabled=”true”>
<match url=”(.*)” ignoreCase=”false” />
<add input=”{HTTPS}” pattern=”off” />
<action type=”Redirect” url=”https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}” appendQueryString=”true” redirectType=”Permanent” />

2. Then make sure that the Url Rewrite module is installed in IIS – if that module is not installed you will get perplexing, unhelpful error messages

Jul 18

Written By Steve French


How to fix the problem of undeletable characters in json strings in Visual Studio

So – you’re cruising around in web services, pulling data from various sources and your want to deserialize a string into an object, however, you can’t seem to remove extra quotations and escape characters. In fact everything you see looks like this


and the \ and ” don’t go away, no matter how much text manipulation you do.

There actually isn’t a problem, you’re just looking at the string in the debugger, which adds the escape charachters for some reason – if you save it to a text or json file you will see that your json files are perfectly formatted.

Jul 18

Written By Steve French


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