HTML Encode TagHelper in ASP.NET Core

For a specific scenario recently, I wanted to display the HTML-encoded output of a TagHelper in ASP.NET Core. So I wanted to use the TagHelper, but not output its actual result, but see the raw HTML which would have been included in my template.

HTML

So I created another TagHelper, which allows me to wrap any HTML, inline code in ASP.NET Core and other TagHelpers, and get all the content inside the TagHelper's tag to be HTML-encoded, like this:

<html-encode>
    <a href="@Url.Action("Index")">Read More</a>
    @Html.TextBox("No_Longer_Recommended-TagHelpers_Preferred")
    <my-other-tag-helper />
</html-encode>

From this, I will get the raw HTML of the link with an UrlHelper-result, the result of the HTML-helper and the result of my other TagHelper.

The source-code for the html-encode-TagHelper is as follows:

[HtmlTargetElement("html-encode", TagStructure = TagStructure.NormalOrSelfClosing)]
public class HtmlEncodeTagHelper : TagHelper
{
    public override async Task ProcessAsync(TagHelperContext context, TagHelperOutput output)
    {
        var childContent = output.Content.IsModified
            ? output.Content.GetContent()
            : (await output.GetChildContentAsync()).GetContent();

        string encodedChildContent = WebUtility.HtmlEncode(childContent ?? string.Empty);

        output.TagName = null;
        output.Content.SetHtmlContent(encodedChildContent);
    }
}

ViewSource - View Source in Mobile Browsers

ViewSource Screenshot

Here's another small app that I created to play around with some code, but mostly because I felt I had a need for it.

ViewSource is an app for viewing the HTML-source of any website from your web-browser. Which enables you to view source from mobile browsers.

Just enter any URL and view the HTML-source. You also get a list of CSS-files and JavaScript-files, which you can view the source of, instantly in your browser.

You can quickly reach the app through bit.ly/vsource.

Fork on GitHub

As always, the source is available on GitHub for forking.

Squishify - Minify JavaScript & CSS Online

Squishify Screenshot

Squishify was created out of the need of a minifier for JavaScript. I quickly put together a web-app on AppHarbor to make minification always available quickly. The code is hosted on GitHub.

The application is an ASP.NET MVC-app, using Justin Etheredge's framework for minification called SquishIt. The app also uses ASP.NET Web API together with some simple jQuery to display the results of the minifications without any page-reloads.

The SquishIt-framework is a very easy to use and provides multiple minifiers for both JavaScript and CSS.

JavaScript minifiers:

* At the moment of writing this post, Google Closure is not working as expected, but should hopefully work soon.

CSS minifiers:

Enjoy it at squishify.apphb.com and fork it on GitHub.

DevSum Scheduler - Plan Your Attendance

DevSum 2012

Since I'm attending DevSum 2012 at the end of this month, I felt I needed to keep track of which talks to attend... but also the need to play around with some web-technologies.

From those needs I took some evening hours to build DevSum Scheduler. It's a web-app that allows you to highlight which talks you're going to attend.

The app uses HTML Agility Pack to get the data from DevSum's own website and then ASP.NET MVC Razor to display the content properly. To store this I've used HTML 5 LocalStorage to persist the choices made.

There are many other technologies used, which are listed on the about-page. Since the website is suppose to help the attendees by being available on their smart-phones, I've used CSS Media Queries for mobile layout and Modernizr for feature-detection in the web-browser.

Check out the full source-code on GitHub. Again, the outstanding AppHarbour has been used to quickly get the app on the Internet (through a GitHub-service hook of course).

HtmlEncoder - Testing out MVC 4 on AppHarbor & GitHub

ASP.NET, AppHarbor, GitHub

HtmlEncoder is a web-application built on ASP.NET MVC 4, source-controlled on GitHub, deployed on AppHarbor.

GitHub allows you to directly deploy to AppHarbor on checkin/push to the Git-repository, which is a very powerful and useful feature, to quickly get your ASP.NET web-apps online in the cloud.

It started out with a need to encode strings for HTML and developed into a quick test of how Web API on MVC 4 works in an AJAX-enabled web-app.

Try it out at http://htmlencoder.apphb.com and fork it on GitHub.