Tag Archives: .NET

Parsing XML with special characters


Transcript Generator

Today, I want to share a utility program I built. This little program, takes subtitle files, and spits out a nice crisp paragraph. I tested this program with a directory containing subtitles of 2 movies, and on the 8th second, I was looking at their transcripts. To test the file I/O operation, I took transcripts for a graduate level computer science course. It was organized in sections and sub-topics, totaling about 200 small clips. Within 3 seconds, I had my class notes, which I could use to share with a class, highlight important things being said in the lectures without typing a word!

One more thing, it is free and open-source, you can literally clone it and start using it right away.

Visit: https://subtitlestotranscript.wordpress.com, for for examples, documentation and GitHub repo.

C# String Extension & Helper Methods

I enjoyed spending some time after creating some very useful (at least to me 😛 ) C# helper functions for string operation. So here is the gist of it Continue reading C# String Extension & Helper Methods

LINQ to XML and XPath

An XML needs to be parsed – I was told the other day. My first questions from experience, how big the XML is going to be? Do we know the schema? The answer : It’s never going to be bigger than few lines, as we use it to store our application’s menu – which may or may not have child(ren). And yes we know the XML schema. Enough said. Continue reading LINQ to XML and XPath

kendo ui (core)

Recently, I came to know that the free and open-source distribution of Kendo UI news also ships AngularJS with it.

FYI : Kendo UI core now ships with Apache 2 license and not GPL.

We all know that Kendo UI is a full front-end framework. That means that it has all of the UI widgets. And I had been using Kendo with MVC in the past. The trend has been changed a bit fellas ! Since few months, I had been working on Web API, MVC, bootstrap and AngularJS — pretty popular stack now a days. Anywhere you need a page, use a MVC controller and views, whereas for CRUD operations basically one may use Web API controllers ( async calls ) with HTTP verbs.

Now, Continue reading kendo ui (core)

Extension Methods & Interfaces

Interfaces are used to logically encapsulate definitions for a group of related functionalities, contains only the signatures of methods, properties, events or indexers. On the flip side — “extension methods enable you to ‘add’ methods to existing types without creating a new derived type, recompiling, or otherwise modifying the original type.” I suppose you already know it. Now the question arises, even if this was somehow ‘technically possible’ … why do you need it ?

A famous man once said “with great power comes great responsibilities” – who said that what is that even mean, don’t matter. I said that because he said it. So now he was famous and getting said by two well known guys. urgh … let’s track this from the beginning…

Continue reading Extension Methods & Interfaces

Team Foundation Dev Tools

Few days back I started working on a utility project called Team Foundation Dev Tools ( http://ablaze8.github.io/TeamFoundationDevTools/ ). The goal is to extend the TFS api and serve some unmatched features like searching entire TFS server for some file and/or file path ( wild card and exact search ), commits by a specific user to any and/or project among all projects of a TFS server and such.

I’m not planning anything serious with it, just trying to build something I always wanted to see in an ideal TFS tool.

This is an open source tool and also supports .NET 3.5 & 4.5.2 so it’s compatible all the way back to Visual Studio 2008 running on Windows XP … up until latest and greatest !

Load Workflow from XML file in Workflow Foundation

The other day I had to use Windows Workflow Foundation in legacy .NET 3.5. The goal was to address the scenario where the power user may upload valid XML files … in an Enterprise Application for different workflows, In other words to avoid hard coding the workflow activities in C# code. So I had to essentially address 2 objectives :

  1. The workflow should be loaded dynamically on the fly
  2. There might be more than one workflows.

So I came up a simple design where the power user may upload a XML file and may give nick names … basically a mini XML file management. Then Continue reading Load Workflow from XML file in Workflow Foundation