Posted by admin under General  sBlog.Net  Customizations  sBlog.Net v3.0  on Jul 18 2014

It's been forever since I blogged anything about sBlog.Net! That's obviously because I didn't have the time to do a lot for this project! But here I am with an interesting feature! Now you have the ability to enable something I call as "social features". This can be done from the web.config. There is a new section called sblognetSettings. Within this section there is an element called socialFeatures. Here it is!


<sblognetSettings enableMiniProfiler="true">
    <socialFeatures enabled="false" twitterId="" githubId="" facebookId="" pinterestId=""
                                   dropboxId="" flickrId="" instagramId="" linkedinId=""
                                   soundcloudId="" spotifyId="" tumblrId="" />
</sblognetSettings>

To use this, you just have to set the enabled property to "true". After that, you just have to enter your user ids in the corresponding properties like twitterId, githubId etc etc. That's it! You are all set!! Here is a screenshot of how it looks like using the Perfect Blemish theme:



 

If you mouse over one of the icons, it pops out as shown below and on clicking in an icon, the inevitable happen! - the corresponding page is opened in a new page! Hope you like this new feature! Have fun and happy coding!


Posted by admin under General  sBlog.Net  Customizations  sBlog.Net v2.0  on Dec 01 2013

I have published yet another theme based on bootstrap! You can get it here! A demo helps always right? Visit the blog, it now uses the theme I just published! If you need some help on installing / using this theme, refer to this post!

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Posted by admin under General  sBlog.Net  Customizations  sBlog.Net v2.0  on Sep 07 2013

Hello people! 

I have published a new theme using bootstrap. It was in my to-do list for a long time and I am happy I got to this atlast! You can download this here! If you want to look at a sample, you are already seeing it!

To use this theme, download the zip file. Right click on the zip file, choose "Extract Here" [WinRAR] (If you choose "Extract to Folder.." the following may not apply. Once you extract the file, you will see the following folder structure:

                GoBootstrapDark
                                |
                                |
                                ----- css
                               |
                               ------ js
                               |
                               ------ img
                               | 
                               ------ _Layout.cshtml
                               | 
                               ----- _LayoutPage.cshmtl

With Themes folder in your web application, the same structure should be recreated (as shown below).

                Themes
                |
                ---- GoBootstrapDark
                                |
                                |
                                ----- css
                               |
                               ------ js
                               |
                               ------ img
                               | 
                               ------ _Layout.cshtml
                               | 
                               ----- _LayoutPage.cshmtl

That's it! Now, if you logon to the admin section,  go to the settings page, you will now see the new theme in the dropdown, select, update the settings, that's it! You are all set to rock on!!!

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Posted by admin under General  Customizations  sBlog.Net v2.0  on Nov 15 2013

In this post, I am going to discuss a method by which you could change how the urls appear when a post's title is clicked. By default the when the title of the post is clicked it appears as "http://sblogproject.net/2013/09/new-theme-published-using-bootstrap". What if you wanted this to appear as "http://sblogproject.net/new-theme-published-using-bootstrap.html"? Here are the steps to do this!

We all love test driven development right? So let me start with changing the unit tests for the post routes.

// Update RouteTests.cs

[TestMethod]
public void Can_Identify_Individual_Post()
{
    var context = new MockHttpContext(0, false, "~/some-post.html");
    var routes = new RouteCollection();
    MvcApplication.RegisterRoutes(routes);
 
    var routeData = routes.GetRouteData(context);
 
    Assert.IsNotNull(routeData);
    Assert.AreEqual("Home", routeData.Values["controller"]);
    Assert.AreEqual("ViewPost", routeData.Values["action"]);
    Assert.AreEqual("some-post", routeData.Values["url"]);            
}
 
[TestMethod]
public void Can_Identify_Individual_Post_With_Status()
{
    var context = new MockHttpContext(0, false, "~/some-post.html/comment-posted");
    var routes = new RouteCollection();
    MvcApplication.RegisterRoutes(routes);
 
    var routeData = routes.GetRouteData(context);
 
    Assert.IsNotNull(routeData);
    Assert.AreEqual("Home", routeData.Values["controller"]);
    Assert.AreEqual("ViewPost", routeData.Values["action"]);
    Assert.AreEqual("some-post", routeData.Values["url"]);
    Assert.AreEqual("comment-posted", routeData.Values["status"]);
}

// Change HomeControllerTests.cs

[TestMethod]
public void Can_Return_Posts_By_URL()
{
    var httpContext = GetHttpContext(false, 0);
    var postController = GetHomeControllerInstance(httpContext);
    postController.ControllerContext = new ControllerContext { HttpContext = httpContext };
    var result = (ViewResult)postController.ViewPost("a-test-url-1", "");
    var model = result.ViewData.Model as ViewPostOrPageModel;
    Assert.IsNotNull(model);
    var post = model.Post;
    Assert.IsNotNull(post);
    Assert.AreEqual("Post Title 1", post.PostTitle);
    Assert.AreEqual(2012, post.PostAddedDate.Year);
    Assert.AreEqual(4, post.PostAddedDate.Month);
}
 
[TestMethod]
public void Can_Return_Posts_By_URL_Private_Owner()
{
    var httpContext = GetHttpContext(true, 1);
    var postController = GetHomeControllerInstance(httpContext);
    postController.ControllerContext = new ControllerContext { HttpContext = httpContext };
    var result = (ViewResult)postController.ViewPost("a-test-url-14", "");
    var model = result.ViewData.Model as ViewPostOrPageModel;
    Assert.IsNotNull(model);
    var post = model.Post;
    Assert.IsNotNull(post);
    Assert.AreEqual("[Private] Post Title 14", post.PostTitle);
    Assert.AreEqual(2012, post.PostAddedDate.Year);
    Assert.AreEqual(4, post.PostAddedDate.Month);
}
 
[TestMethod]
public void Can_Return_Posts_By_URL_Private_Admin()
{
    var httpContext = GetHttpContext(true, 1);
    var postController = GetHomeControllerInstance(httpContext);
    postController.ControllerContext = new ControllerContext { HttpContext = httpContext };
    var result = (ViewResult)postController.ViewPost("a-test-url-11", "");
    var model = result.ViewData.Model as ViewPostOrPageModel;
    Assert.IsNotNull(model);
    var post = model.Post;
    Assert.IsNotNull(post);
    Assert.AreEqual("[Private] Post Title 11", post.PostTitle);
    Assert.AreEqual(2012, post.PostAddedDate.Year);
    Assert.AreEqual(4, post.PostAddedDate.Month);
}        
 
[TestMethod]
[ExpectedException(typeof(UrlNotFoundException), "Unable to find a post w/ the url a-test-url-25 for the month 01 and year 2012")]
public void Can_Throw_Appropriate_Exception_When_Accessing_Private_Post()
{
    var httpContext = GetHttpContext(true, 1);
    var postController = GetHomeControllerInstance(httpContext);
    postController.ControllerContext = new ControllerContext { HttpContext = httpContext };
    var result = (ViewResult)postController.ViewPost("a-test-url-25", "");
    var model = result.ViewData.Model as ViewPostOrPageModel;
    Assert.IsNotNull(model);
    var post = model.Post;
}
 
[TestMethod]
[ExpectedException(typeof(UrlNotFoundException), "Unable to find a post w/ the url a-test-url-10 for the month 04 and year 2012")]
public void Can_Return_Posts_By_URL_Private_Non_Admin()
{
    var httpContext = GetHttpContext(true, 2);
    var postController = GetHomeControllerInstance(httpContext);
    postController.ControllerContext = new ControllerContext { HttpContext = httpContext };
    var result = (ViewResult)postController.ViewPost("a-test-url-10", "");
    var model = result.ViewData.Model as ViewPostOrPageModel;
    Assert.IsNotNull(model);
    var post = model.Post;
}

Next, the route definition for an individual post has to be updated in order to modify the url format as shown below:

routes.MapRoute("IndividualPost", "{url}.html/{status}",
                new { controller = "Home", action = "ViewPost", status = UrlParameter.Optional },
                new { url = @"\S+", status = @"[a-z\-]*" });

If you notice, the value for action has been changed to "ViewPost" from "View". Now the controller has to be updated to take care of these changes. To begin with I have change the method name to ViewPost. Then this action method is not going to receive the year and the month any more, but only the url (and optionally status). Here is the updated action method.

public ActionResult ViewPost(string url, string status)
{
    var allPosts = GetPostsInternal();
    var currentPost = allPosts.SingleOrDefault(p => p.PostUrl == url && p.EntryType == 1);
 
    if (currentPost == null)
    {
        throw new UrlNotFoundException("Unable to find a post w/ the url {0}", url);
    }

    // -- Cut for brevity --     

    return View(model);
}

The next step is to change the file name of sBlog.Net\Views\Home\View.cshtml to ViewPost.cshtml. And here is the updated content for this file.

@model sBlog.Net.Models.ViewPostOrPageModel
 
@if (Model.PreviousPost != null)
{
    <div style="float: left">
        @Html.RouteLink("<< Previous Post", "IndividualPost", new { url = Model.PreviousPost.PostUrl, status = string.Empty }, new { @title = Model.PreviousPost.PostTitle })
    </div>
}
 
@if (Model.NextPost != null)
{
    <div style="float: right">
        @Html.RouteLink("Next Post >>", "IndividualPost", new { url = Model.NextPost.PostUrl }, new { @title = Model.NextPost.PostTitle })
    </div>
}

Finally, update the sBlog.Net\Views\Shared\Post.cshtml file to present the new url format for the title link for the post.

<div class="post">
    @{
        var url = Url.RouteUrl("IndividualPost", new { url = Model.Post.PostUrl, status = string.Empty });
    }
    
    ....
    
</div>

Hope this post was interesting! If you do have any questions/ comments post them here!

Posted by admin under General  sBlog.Net  Customizations  on Feb 24 2013

This short article discusses about modifying the default hashing method to something you wish. By default, the downloaded project uses MD5 hashing, and it is strongly recommended to modify this something more safer. Here are the steps to do this:

  • The web.config appSettings section has a key called hasher. This key is used by the blog engine to identify the type of hashing used to store the passwords. This value has to be modified to change the hashing mechanism
  • In order to change this, first you need to create a new hasher that implements the IHasher interface.
  • A sample can be found in the sBlog.Net.Domain project, under the Hashers folder.
  • Now, create a new class file, say ShaHasher within the same folder. Implement the IHasher interface, which has a single method HashString
  • Implement your hashing method within the HashString stub.
  • Finally, open your web.config and modify the value of the "hasher" key to the fully qualified type name of the new hasher you created
  • That's it, any password related activity would now use the new hashing method
  • PasswordHelper - This class decides how a password is hahsed. You can also modify this to make your hashing more customized to your needs.

Note that, you CANNOT modify the hasher after you have started using the blog by completing the initial setup, creating the admin user (and possibly other authors).