azure-mask

For those that do Azure presentations / screen recordings you know that you often find yourself scrubbing out your sensitive and personal information such as subscription keys, email addresses, keys and connection strings. What if you could have this magically done for you?

Well let me introduce to you a handy Chrome extension called Azure Mask that will mask GUIDs (such as Subscription IDs), email addresses, keys, and connection strings with a blur. The intention of the extension is to make it easier to do screen recordings without revealing sensitive, personal, account information that may show up on screen.

NOTE: This extension will only run and apply against Azure portal URLs.

Features

  • Blurs GUIDs (such as Subscription IDs)
  • Blurs your account email
  • Hides the "Report a Bug" button (if found)
  • Toggle the mask on/off and store this state
  • Apply the mask (if enabled) after Document Object Model (DOM) mutations

Installing the Extension

As mentioned on the Azure Mask GitHub repository readme, you can install this extension in Chrome from either a package or from source. Let’s take a look at how we can install from source.

  1. Download or clone the repository: git clone git@github.com:clarkio/azure-mask.git
  2. Open up Chrome and bring up the extensions settings by typing in the address bar: chrome://extensions/
  3. Check the “Develop mode” option and click on Load unpacked extension button:image
  4. Navigate to where you cloned this repository and then choose path: /azure-mask/src
  5. Follow the prompts and then the extension will be available in Chrome:sshot-116

Using Azure Mask

After installing the Azure Mask extension in Chrome, navigate to your Azure portal and after signing in you will see all your Azure secrets magically blurred:

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If you want to turn off this extension, click on the Azure Mask extension button in Chrome to bring up the options:

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Enjoy!

References

Azure-Mask on GitHub

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Following up to a post I did in 2012 on ResXFileCodeGeneratorEx Update for VS2010, here are links to download this tool for Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013:

Extension for Visual Studio 2015 can be found here:
https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f43d27fa-6bf7-4f3d-bf5e-3e716e63716b

Extension for Visual Studio 2013 can be found here:
https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/16d24be3-6400-4a43-b946-766e41aca4bd

Enjoy!

The following is a great post with a great overview to the Developer Tools found in Internet Explorer 12.

“As web developers we need tools that enable us to  inspect and debug HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as monitor page load performance, and UI responsiveness. The IE F12 tools were rebuilt from the ground up, providing features to accomplish all these tasks and more, taking into account tons of feedback from developers. Below are some of these new features seen in version 11 and here is a complete list of what’s new in F12 Tools.

  • Clean, modern, user interface.
  • New UI Responsiveness, Memory, and Emulation tools.
  • DOM Explorer, Console, and familiar tools are updated to enable an easier and faster workflow

In previous versions of the dev tools, there was a menu. Some items have moved to various parts of the IE F12 developer tools. For example, the Browser Mode options that were once part of the menu are now the Emulation tab. Let’s take a quick look at each tool in the toolset and what it can do for you.”

See more at: http://rachelappel.com/internet-explorer-f12-developer-tools-overview#sthash.0TEdP6UP.dpuf

Enjoy

One of the tools I use for development is Code Compare from Devart, which allows me to easily and efficiently compare source code, whether it’s a file or a folder comparison. This tool rocks and they have a free version to boot!

Ok so what is Code Compare?

Code Compare is a free tool designed to compare and merge differing files and folders. Code Compare integrates with all popular source control systems: TFS, SVN, Git, Mercurial, and Perforce. Code Compare is shipped both as a standalone file diff tool and a Visual Studio extension.

Code Compare introduces the concept of Code Orientation, ultimately making it stand out from competitive file diff software. The concept implies syntax highlighting, similar lines detection as well as unique structure and lexical comparison algorithms. The file compare tool takes into account language specifics, which allows comparing sources in several of the most popular programming languages as code!

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Integration with TortoiseSVN

One of the great benefits about Code Compare is that it can be integrated with a number of version control systems. This means you’re not stuck using the comparison tool that comes with each version control system and you can have a consistent experience across all your comparisons.

I have Code Compare integrated with TortoiseSVN and TFS.

For a list of version control systems that Code Compare can integrate with, checkout the following page.

References

http://www.devart.com/codecompare/
http://www.devart.com/codecompare/integration/
http://www.devart.com/codecompare/integration/integration_tortoisesvn.html

Have you ever found yourself looking for a cool project name for your next project? Well look no further than the The Project Name Generator

Project Name Generator makes random, catchy and creative project and code names for your projects.

The Project Name Generator is an online and free web service. The goal of the project generator is to make cool ideas for project names, and that the users having fun and gaining new inputs and ideas to work on with.

Just click on the red Generate Project Name to get started. If you don’t like the name generated, just click it again for another result.

As you can see on the image below, you can see a history of all the names you’ve generated.

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I came across a great tool for Visual Studio that fixes a real issue when pasting code into Visual Studio called Pretty Paste. This is a tool which fixes an issue where copied text into Visual Studio introduces new blank lines and line numbers as shown in the following image:

Paste FixR

This is a fantastic tool. Thank you Mads Kristensen for creating this tool for the community!

Download

You can install it from the Extensions and Updates dialog in Visual Studio. Go to Tools | Extensions and Updates and do an online search for pretty paste:

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You can also download it from the Visual Studio Extension Gallery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/6a23234d-45f6-4212-bac3-f6d9bb08fb1e

Enjoy!

I’ve been using Metro Studio 2 from Syncfusion for a while now to create beautiful looking Metro styled icons for Website, Windows Phone and Windows 8 development projects.

Today I got an email from Syncfusion about the ability to create icons from any font character. This is awesome stuff and I just wanted to share this with you.

If you haven’t tried Metro Studio 2, then head over and download it. It’s free and a tool I recommend every designer and developer should have in their toolbox.

Enjoy!

MetroStudio

Download

http://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/metrostudio

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