First glance to Emmet

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Emmet(previously called Zen Coding) is a set of tools, normally added to the IDE or the text editor by using a third party plugin or extension that allow web developers to speed up writing HTML and CSS. Because Emmet is an open source project, you’ll find a plenty of open source plugins that you can install for your favorite text editor like Notepad++, Sublime Text, Eclipse and even Visual Studio.

For the developers who have some knowledge in C#, Emmet is very similar to C# snippets that are built-in Visual Studio IDE like

  • ctor for creating a constructor to the class file
  • prop for adding a class property

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Adding a custom context menu item to Outlook 2013

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One of the most common feature provided by VSTO¬†is Office UI Customization and when we talk about UI Customization that’s mean most of the time:

  • Adding a Button to an existing Ribbon
  • Adding a new Ribbon
  • Adding an context menu item
  • Adding a custom Task Pane
  • Adding a custom Form Region

In this article, I’m going to show you how to add a new item to the built-in Outlook 2013 context menu. Just remember that: by following the next steps you can add a custom item to any of Office Suite components contextual menu. Continue reading

Building an Outlook 2013 Add-in

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Creating Add-ins for office products has become easier than before thanks to VSTO. It stands for Visual Studio Tools for Office and it’s a set of tools(Visual studio project templates and an API) that allows developers create Add-ins for Microsoft office using any managed code like C# and VB.Net.
In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to build a Add-in for Outlook 2013 using C# and VS 2013. Just remember that all steps and code snippet that you’re going to see here is not specific for Outlook Add-ins but all other office components like Word and Excel. Continue reading

Uploading files in ASP.Net MVC

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Uploading files in a web application is a common task that every web developer has done at least a couple of times but implementing this task in ASP.Net MVC is kind of different than other web frameworks.
In this article, we’re going to see how we can upload files to the server in ASP.net MVC framework and you’ll see how much easier this is can be done because almost all the nasty work is already done for us.

Single file upload

First of all we need a HTTP GET action that will render the upload file Form. The view will be very simple, something like this: Continue reading

Validation Attributes in ASP.Net MVC

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In this article I’m going to show you how to use some of the validation attributes provided by the asp.net MVC framework that can be used to validate your models and you’ll see by the end of this article how easy to use them and especially how much time you’re going to save comparing with the explicit model validation way.
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Creating a custom HTML Helper in ASP.Net MVC

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Asp.net MVC has many built-in Razor HTML Helpers that you can use them to create your views. By using these Helpers, you’re going to reduce the time you normally need to create a view by using HTML from scratch.

What’s an HTML Helper

An HTML helper is just a method that returns a string that contains a valid HTML, for example it can contain a valid password input HTML tag.
There is many built-in HTML hlepers in ASP.Net MVC like (not a complete list): Continue reading