Category Archives: C#

How to Retrieve image from Windows Live Album

namespace WindowsFormsApplication1
    using System;
    using System.ComponentModel;
    using System.Net;
    using System.Windows.Forms;

    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            string url =";
            WebClient client = new WebClient();
            client.Proxy.Credentials =  new NetworkCredential("uname", "upwd", "udomain");
            client.DownloadFileCompleted += 
               new AsyncCompletedEventHandler(client_DownloadFileCompleted);
            client.DownloadFile(new Uri(url), @"c:localfile.jpg");

        void client_DownloadFileCompleted(object sender, AsyncCompletedEventArgs e)
            MessageBox.Show("Download completed");

Using MSMQ with C#

First add the MSMQ component to your windows installation. Go to Add Remove programs; Add Windows Components; Select Aplication Server; press Details and check Message Queuing

Press Ok; press Finish

Configure the Message and Queing service to restart when errors occur.

  1. Go to “Start -> Administrative tools -> Computer Management”.
  2. Expand “Services and Applications”.
  3. Sselect “Services”.
  4. Select “Message Queuing”; right click and select “Properties”.
  5. Select the “Recovery tab”.
  6. Select “Restart the Service” for first, second and subsequent failures.

Create a new C# Forms project / solution with Visual Studio 2008. Add a reference to the System.Messaging .NET dll.

Add two Forms to the project. Place in the constructor of Form1 the following code:

//Q Creation 

    mq = new System.Messaging.MessageQueue(@".Private$MyQueue"); 
    mq = MessageQueue.Create(@".Private$MyQueue");
Queue2 q2 = new Queue2();

Executing WSS in .NET 3.5 mode

By default WSS 3.0 runs under the .NET 2.0 framework. To change this to use the .NET 3.5 framework execute the following steps:

  1. Open the web.config for your site
  2. Add the following assemblies below the tag:
    <add assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, 
    	Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" /> 
    <add assembly="System.Core, Version=, 
    	Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" /> 
    <add assembly="System.Xml.Linq, Version=, 
    	Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" /> 
  3. Then add the following to right before (for example) the tag
        <compiler language="c#;cs;csharp" extension=".cs" warningLevel="4" 
          type="Microsoft.CSharp.CSharpCodeProvider, System, Version=, 
          Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089"> 
          <providerOption name="CompilerVersion" value="v3.5" /> 
          <providerOption name="WarnAsError" value="false" /> 
  4. Your site now runs under the .NET Framework 3.5!

Use extension methods on your ASPX page

  1. Create a Webapplication project
  2. Edit the Default.aspx to look like this:
    <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="WebApplication2._Default" %> 
    <%@ Import Namespace="Berend.PageExtensions" %> 
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> 
    <html xmlns=> 
      <head runat="server"> 
       <form id="form1" runat="server"> 
  3. Remember to add the namespace (which contains your extension method) to your aspx
  4. Add a class library to your project and code the following class:
    namespace Berend.PageExtensions 
        public static class Class1 
            public static string MyPageExtensionMethod(this Page p) 
                return "Extension method executed!"; 
  5. This class Class1 contains the extension method (remember to make the class and the method static)
  6. Press F5 and your extension method gets executed.

When you want to use this technique with SharePoint 2007 you have to follow the steps in this post to run WSS under the .NET 3.5 framework!


SQL Injection

In the Page_load of a ASP.NET page called inject.aspx:

SqlConnection con = 
   new SqlConnection(@"data source=(local)TEST;user id=sa;password=sa;database=Northwind");
string sqlstring = String.Format("INSERT INTO Categories (CategoryName, Description, Picture)  VALUES ('naam', '{0}', null)", 
SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sqlstring, con);

Direct your browser to “……/…../inject.aspx?test=x’,null); drop table test; –” and your table Test is gone with the (North)wind.

See also this link for more information.


Multiple host-headers and WCF services

When IIS is configured with multiple host-headers your WCF web.config has to be adjusted to use the correct prefix. Add the following sections to your system.serviceModel section:

        <add prefix="http://localhost:1122/"/>   

Encrypting / decrypting web.config sections

  1. Determine the identity of your ASP.NET application. In most situations this will be the “NT AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE” account.
  2. Grant the account determined in step 1 access to the machine-level RSA key container:
    aspnet_regiis -pa "NetFrameworkConfigurationKey" "NT AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE"
  3. To encrypt your appSettings section execute the following command:
    aspnet_regiis -pe "appSettings" -app "/Site"
    appSettings is casesensitive and /Site point to the virtual folder where your web.config is stored.
  4. To decrypt the web.config section execute the following command:
    aspnet_regiis–pd "appSettings" –app "/Site"
  5. Retrieving your encrypted settings can be done with the ConfigurationManager:
    string username = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["username"].ToString();