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Support #HTTP2 in your C# Client code

April 5, 2019 Leave a comment


If you use code such as WebClient to make HTTP requests from C#, then you’re probably using HTTP 1.1. if you want to use HTTP/2 then you need to write some extra code.

First, let’s prove that you’re using HTTP 1.1

WebClient wc = new WebClient();
var check1 = wc.DownloadString(“”);

and the response is


Now, to use HTTP 2, you need to override a setting here;

public class Http2CustomHandler : WinHttpHandler
protected override Task<HttpResponseMessage> SendAsync(HttpRequestMessage request, System.Threading.CancellationToken cancellationToken)
request.Version = new Version(“2.0”);
return base.SendAsync(request, cancellationToken);

And we can make a GET request like so;

public static string GetHtmlFromUrl(string Url)
var httpClient = new HttpClient(new Http2CustomHandler { AutomaticDecompression = DecompressionMethods.GZip | DecompressionMethods.Deflate });
var resTask = httpClient.GetAsync(new Uri(Url));
var response = resTask.Result;
var strTask = response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();
var strResponse = strTask.Result;
return strResponse;

And check again;

var check2 = GetHtmlFromUrl(“;);

Which yields


Hope this helps!




Categories: Uncategorized now supports #BCC in #Javascript #Email

April 4, 2019 Leave a comment

smtpjs is a Javascript library for sending email from client-side Javascript (not node), it offers plenty of features for sending email, but one was missing until this morning, the ability to send BCC emails. (Blind Carbon-Copy)

It’s used just like the “To” field as follows

            SecureToken : “…..”,
            To : [““, ““] ,
            Bcc : [““, ““],
If Bcc is sent as an array, it can send to multiple addresses, or can be just a string, if you just want to send to one BCC.
Happy mailing …
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Temporary failure in name resolution #Fix #Linux #PHP

April 4, 2019 Leave a comment


If you get this error message in PHP,

php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Temporary failure in name resolution

Then you are either calling a domain name that doesn’t exist, or your DNS resolution has failed on your server. Assuming you haven’t mistyped the API url, then you can check for a DNS issue by SSH’ing into your server and trying to ping and see if you get a response. – If that fails, then you need to fix your resolving DNS servers, and perhaps contact your host company too.

Google offer their own DNS resolving servers for free, and you can use them as follows;

sudo echo nameserver > /etc/resolv.conf
sudo /etc/init.d/httpd restart

Which changes the DNS resolver on your server to Google’s server with IP, and then restarts your web server. You may use apache2 here instead of httpd – depending on your flavour of linux.


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Charge a Credit card using #Stripe and #Node

March 13, 2019 Leave a comment


Stripe makes it super-easy to charge a credit card, here is an example from the command line:

var stripe = require(‘stripe’)(‘sk_test_…..’);

card: {
number: ‘4242424242424242’,
exp_month: 12,
exp_year: 2020,
cvc: ‘123’
}, function(err, token) {
if (err != null)
console.log(“err:” + err);
console.log(“tokenid:” +;
amount: 2000,
currency: “usd”,
description: “Charge for 4242424242424242”
}, function(err, charge) {
if (err != null)
console.log(“err:” + err);
else {
console.log(“charge:” +;


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Proxy testing script in #NodeJs

March 13, 2019 Leave a comment


Not going to win any awards, but here is a little script in Node.js to test if a proxy is working or not

const request = require(‘request’);
}, function (error, response, body) {
console.log(‘error:’, error); // Print the error if one occurred
console.log(‘statusCode:’, response && response.statusCode); // Print the response status code if a response was received
console.log(‘ip:’, body); // Print the HTML for the Google homepage.

It requires npm install request 

and is run like node proxycheck.js <ProxyAddress>

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Unit testing a AWS #Lambda function with #Cloudwatch

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment


Unit testing is primarily used to detect breaking code changes, but it can also be used to detect breaking changes in external environments, if run periodically.

So, imagine your code connects to an external database, that is operated by a third party. Perhaps they might suddenly change something without telling you, and your code breaks in the middle of the night, with no warning. In fact the first alert you’ll get will be an irate customer.

I’m assuming a serverless environment running Node on Lambda.

So, firstly, I set up a special entry point for my Lambda function, so that it knows it’s under test;  In my case, was the following

exports.handler = function (event, context) {

if (typeof event.request == “undefined”)
console.log(“Lambda called via Cloudwatch”);

Which, in my case, was if the lambda function was being called via cloudwatch, rather than alexa, it wouldn’t have a event.request element, but would have a event.test element.

Now, “testing” is a javascript file, which selects a test as follows;

module.exports.selectTest = function(testName,callback)

var testMethod = null;
if (testName == “testA”) testMethod = testA;

console.log(testName + ” passed”);
console.log(testName + ” failed”);
email.send({..} )


In this case, it would just console.log the output, unless, it failed, it would email me with the warning.

An individual test would be defined as

function testA(pass, fail)
if(result == “Fail“)

myIntent.Search is outside of the scope of this example, but in this example, imagine it returns “Fail” on Failure, and some other string on success.


Now, to schedule this regularly, then you create a CloudWatch Rule, where you set the event source to a schedule of 1 day (in my case), and the target to your lambda function. You set the input to a constant JSON text of {“test”: “testA”}, or whatever the name of your test is.

Hopefully, this will mean if someone unplugs your database, you will get an alert before your customers discover it’s down.


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Run #Windows exe on #OSX using #Wine

February 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Screenshot 2019-02-17 at 19.04.49

To run Windows on a mac, you can run a virtual machine, or make it dual boot. However, those approaches use a load of disk space, and memory. There is another approach, which would be obvious to anyone from the Linux world, but it also applies to OSX. – It’s called Wine, and it is available for download here;

You will also need to download XQuartz, which is an X11 windows server, and is available here;

With that, you can then simply right click your exe, and press Send to > Wine Stable, and it might just run. The interface looks quite different, and some applications I tried didn’t work.


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