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One of the things I really enjoy about the local developer groups is the sharing of ideas and usage patterns of common tools. At tonight's Ann Arbor .net Developers Group, the topic of CodeRush templates came up. I commonly use a set of templates centered around the Rhino Mocks framework As I was describing these templates Jay Wren claimed they should be posted. The irony in that is the first time I saw someone using CodeRush was in a presentation Jay was giving on IoC. As a result of that presentation, we are using Castle Windsor in our application and CodeRush as a productivity tool. 

Creating a Mock Instance

To use Rhino Mock to create a mock instance, you write something like:

MyType myType = (MyType)mocks.DynamicMock(typeof(MyType));

This is an exceptionally redundant exercise that just screams for a Template. The core part of the template takes a string from the Get string provider (named Type) for the type of the instance to create. It will also name the variable with the same name as the type with a slightly different format. Even though this variable name is a linked field, you can break the link by pressing Ctrl-Enter while the cursor is on the variable name. This is commonly required in when creating multiple mock instances in the same scope.

#MockInstance#: Base template not intended to be called directly

«Caret»«Link(«?Get(Type)»)»«BlockAnchor»«Link(«?Get(Type)»,FormatLocalName,PropertyNameFromLocal)»= («Link(«?Get(Type)»)»)mocks.DynamicMock(typeof(«Link(«?Get(Type)»)»));

mk: the type name is initialized to MyType


mk\: the type name is initialized from the Clipboard


Setting up the Tests

The mock instance templates are not much use without having the MockRepository set up and test methods to call. These templates come in handy as well.

mtf: the test fixture

public class «Caret»My«BlockAnchor»Test
 private MockRepository mocks;

 public void Setup()
  mocks = new MockRepository();

mt: the test

public void «Caret»Test«BlockAnchor»()

Hopefully these templates will be found useful and maybe even kick off some ideas for new ones.

UPDATE: Yea, it would be easier if I added the export file.

CSharp_Custom.xml (12.45 KB)

PowerShell has been a topic of interest for me for the last couple of weeks. I have been squeezing in some reading on it here and there for about a little over a week. Out of the blue pops up one of those issues at work that does not involve making an elegant object model, but rather digging through log files. How cool is that? For more years than I care to mention, it seems like every time I start looking into a new topic, something comes up where that research saves a ton of time. So there I am whipping up this script, when SharpReader pops up toast that says Using an IDE to write PowerShell Scripts. If you are doing any PowerShell work at all, go ahead, stop reading this post and go get that tool. The post will be here when you get back. The PowerShell Suite has been discounted for 2 weeks associated with Hanselman's post and there is a free version for non-commercial use.

The issue was that users in Germany were getting access denied during a particular time frame. Since this time frame overlapped with with the nightly import of user information, there was some speculation that there was a collision with the import. We wanted to get a list of users that got the access denied and correlate that with the users that were imported. That leaves us with 500MB for 2 hours on each server. 8 web servers and a 4 hour period in question yields 16GB worth of log files to mine. Definitely an automation task.

The log file looks like:

... cut
[8364/18416][Tue Feb 07 04:30:27 2008][..\..\..\CSmHttpPlugin.cpp:402][INFO:1] PLUGIN: ProcessResource - Resolved Url '/security/accessdenied.aspx?ReturnUrl=index.aspx'.
[8364/18416][Tue Feb 07 04:30:27 2008][..\..\..\CSmHttpPlugin.cpp:515][INFO:1] PLUGIN: ProcessResource - Resolved Method 'GET'.
[8364/18416][Tue Feb 07 04:30:27 2008][..\..\..\CSmHttpPlugin.cpp:566][INFO:2] PLUGIN: ProcessResource - Resolved cookie domain ''.
[8364/18416][Tue Feb 07 04:30:27 2008][..\..\..\CSmHttpPlugin.cpp:3727][INFO:1] PLUGIN: EstablishSession - Decoded SMSESSION cookie -  - User = 'uid=USERIDHERE,dcxdealercode=DEALERCODEWASHERE,ou=dealerships,ou=dealers,', IP address = 'IPADDRESSWASHERE'.
... cut

What we needed was the occurrence of access denied where the source was the home page. A few lines later in the log, the SiteMinder user information was present. The script then needs two modes: looking for access denied and looking for the user info. Get-Content provides reader like functionality kicking out a line of text at a time from the provided file. Piping to a ForEach calls the associated script block for each line of text in the file. Use some Regex magic to find the correct string and extract information from the user information line. The result of the Regex is where I ran into the biggest hang up. PowerShell has an automatic variable $matches that is populated when a match is found (when a match is found not when a match is attempted). So I had to clear out the $matches variable after processing a match. The only output was the parsed user information that could be passed off to Brian, who deals with the imports. It is a pretty simple piece of script that looks like:

param ( $infile )

$lookingForSiteMinderCookie = $FALSE
$matches = $null
$Get-Content $infile | ForEach-Object {
  if( $lookingForSiteMinderCookie )
    if ( $_ -match '^.*\[.*\](\[.*\])\[.*\]\[.*\].*uid=([a-zA-Z0-9]*).*dcxdealercode=([0-9]*).*$' )
      "TimeStamp: {0}`tUser: {1}`tDealer: {2}" -f $matches[1],$matches[2],$matches[3]
      $matches = $null
      $lookingForSiteMinderCookie = $FALSE
    if ( $_ -match '^.*accessdenied\.aspx\?ReturnUrl=\%2fhome\%2fmain\.aspx.*$' )
      $matches = $null
      $lookingForSiteMinderCookie = $TRUE 


This was saved as LogParse.ps1.

From the PowerShell command line:

  • Use Get-ChildItem with a filter that matches the log file names to get a list of log files
  • Iterate through each file using ForEach calling LogParse.
  • Output to Out-File to save the results

Get-ChildItem logfilepattern | ForEach-Object { .\LogParse $_ } | Out-File deniedUsers.results

I have found PowerShell to be a very useful tool for doing some quick and dirty tasks. I can certainly see that with a bit more experience with it, a command line .net interpreter could be very handy. Check it out. You can rarely go wrong by having another tool in the toolbox. I do want to point out that this was primarily an exercise in using Powershell because I wanted to learn it better. The power of PowerShell is not going to come in text processing where there are many tools that have been around for a very long time that do that job very well. Many shells use strings when piping between commands. Passing a string object is not that much better. The real power comes when you start using objects and even more when you use objects in the pipeline. That is the feature unique to PowerShell.

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