Thursday, December 27, 2012

Open Explorer from command console or powershell

I was reading this post about how to open command line from an explorer window at the same path. This is very helpful to speed up works a little bit.

In order to open command line in current directory you just need to type 'cmd' in address bar. Also you can type 'powershell' if you need powershell.

However, in reverse if you want to open windows explorer from command line this is what you need to type in command line:

explorer .

note that if you miss explorer then it will open your user's documents folder.
And for powershell the command is:

ii .

note: ii is alias for invoke-item.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Introduction to DotNetAuth

Recently I have been working on implementation of OAuth protocol. The outcome was not that much bad, so I decided to make it available for others to use it free. Although I am still working on its features, it is fully functional. I have used it in several of my projects.

OAuth protocol is a protocol which is implemented by a lot of famous social networks and is the fundamental key to working with most of their APIs, specially to access to methods which requires some of identity of the requester. So if you want to integrate your website with Facebaook or Google Plus or LinkedIn etc probably your first step would be to handle OAuth protocol.

Also it is a common practice to use OAuth for authenticating user's in your website. Instead of the classic set of username/password credentials, you can simply deliver the user identification to these social networks and ask for user's primary set of information like name, date of birth, gender etc through their API.

OAuth protocol is a complete protocol as it considers all the parties(one which needs to authorize, one which need to make an authorized request, end user who authorizes) and all common scenarios in ways of communication between parties.

DotNetAuth is a an implementation of the OAuth protocol which only supports the consumption of protocol, and it is only for server side flow. So if you are the developing a website which wants to makes user-authorized requests to social network sites like Facebook or Google API this library is for. Also this library helps you take advantage of the OAuth protcol to identify users of your website and use OAuth for user membership(sign up, sign in features).

Source Code:

Nuget Packages:

Install-Package DotNetAuth
Install-Package DotNetAuth.Profiles

Asp.Net MVC Sample:
This is just a sample to show what it would look like.
Just add above packages and then you can have the following methods in your ProfileController:

public class ProfileController : Controller
    ProfileProperty[] requiredProperties = new[] { ProfileProperty.Email, ProfileProperty.DisplayName, ProfileProperty.UniqueID, ProfileProperty.DisplayName };
    // GET: /Profile/
    public ActionResult Index()
        return View();
    public RedirectResult Login()
        var userProcessUri = Url.Action("Callback""Profile"null, protocol: Request.Url.Scheme);
        var provider = LoginProvider.Get(LoginProviderRegistry.Facebook.Fullname);
        var authorizationUrl = DotNetAuth.Profiles.Login.GetAuthenticationUri(provider, new Uri(userProcessUri), new DefaultLoginStateManager(Session), requiredProperties);
        return Redirect(authorizationUrl.Result.AbsoluteUri);
    // GET: /Process
    public ActionResult Callback(string providerName)
        var userProcessUri = Url.Action("Callback""Profile"null, protocol: Request.Url.Scheme);
        var provider = LoginProvider.Get(LoginProviderRegistry.Facebook.Fullname);
        var profile = DotNetAuth.Profiles.Login.GetProfile(provider, Request.Url, userProcessUri, new DefaultLoginStateManager(Session), requiredProperties);
        return Content(profile.Result.ToString());

And that's it.