Difference between href with blank pound and javascript void 0

The below options I have tried out in a Classic asp application for the anchor link href attribute in HTML:

Using href=”” will reload the current page.

Using href=”#” will scroll the current page to the top.

href=”javascript: void(0)” will do nothing. However, this fires the onbeforeunload event. I had a problem in my classic asp application that was causing the progress bar which was called in the onbeforeunload event, to show up every time the href was clicked to open a pop-up window.

You can get the same effect of javascript: void(0) by returning false from the click event handler of the anchor with either of the other two methods as well.

Use the below anchor link:

<a id="my-link" href="#">Link</a> 

and then bind an event handler to the click listener somewhere in my javascript like:

document.getElementById('my-link').onclick = function(){ 
    // Do something
    return false;

This way, since you’re using #, even if the user has javascript disabled, the page won’t reload (it will just scroll to the top), and it’s a lot cleaner looking than javascript: void(0).

Also, this does not fire the window.onbeforeunload event.

Debug classic asp application hosted on IIS with Visual Studio

Some non .Net Applications like the ones written in classic ASP are required to be debugged in Visual Studio. Since these are not hosted on IIS Express, but on IIS, you need to identify the worker process running your machine or the Server and attach the w3wp.exe with the Debug tool in Visual Studio.

Enable Debugging under IIS classic ASP section as shown below:

Under the Debug menu in Visual Studio, select “Attach to Process”:

There may be multiple worker processes running on the machine depending on how many applications are running under IIS. Match the right one with the correct ProcessID.

Add the debug points in your Asp file and hit the required Page in the browser.

Check incoming requests IIS with Request Monitor

Enable the Request Monitor feature for IIS Server from the Server Manager. Do the Role-based or feature-based installation.

Click on install on the final screen:

When the installation completes, open IIS Manager (inetmgr.exe), select Server name and open Worker processes.

Select a worker process for which you want to monitor the incoming requests. Click on View Current Requests option as shown below on the right pane:

The Request details will be visible as shown in the below screen.

How to use package save-svg-as-png to download png image

This post explains how to use the package save-svg-as-png to download the png image of the contents in your svg element in your React component.

Create a basic React App as previously discussed in this post.

Create a component ImageWrapper as shown below:

import React from 'react'

export default class ImageWrapper extends React.Component {

  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {

  render() {
    return (
          <svg id={"svg-chart"} viewBox="0 0 10 10" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
            <rect x="0" y="0" width="100%" height="100%"/>
            <circle cx="50%" cy="50%" r="2" fill="white"/>

Install the following package in your App with the command:

npm install save-svg-as-png

Modify the code in your App.js file as shown below:

import React, { Component } from "react";
import "./App.css";
import ImageWrapper from "./components/ImageWrapper";

const saveSvgAsPng = require('save-svg-as-png')

const imageOptions = {
  scale: 5,
  encoderOptions: 1,
  backgroundColor: 'white',

class App extends Component {

  handleClick = () => {
    saveSvgAsPng.saveSvgAsPng(document.getElementById('svg-chart'), 'shapes.png', imageOptions);

  render() {
    return (
      <div className="App">
        <ImageWrapper />
        <br />
        <button onClick={this.handleClick}>Download Image</button>

export default App;

Run the App with:

npm start

Click on the button Download Image to test.

Change Javascript attribute for asp.net textbox using c#

Suppose we have the following asp.net textbox in a UserControl with the onfocusout javascript method that passes validation as 50000 characters.

<telerik:RadTextBox TextMode="MultiLine" ID="txtComments" onfocusout="return CheckLength(this, 50000);" Height="100px"  runat="server" CssClass="TextMulti" Width="99%" EnableSingleInputRendering="False">

For a particular scenario, you may need to change the number of characters to say 6000.

This can be done dynamincally in the UserControl C# code as below:

txtComments.Attributes["onfocusout"] = "return CheckLength(this, 6000);";

Test emails on Server with SMTP

You can check whether the port is open on a Server by using tcping.exe which you can download online. Tcping can also be similarly used to check other ports on a Server.

Open Powershell or Command prompt in Admin mode and then type the following command:

tcping smtp.some.domain 25

Port 25 is usually the default port for SMTP communication between mail servers.

You can also telnet to test out this port. Telnet should be enabled on your machine.

telnet smtp.some.domain 25

You can send a test email using Powershell using the below command:

Send-MailMessage -From 'Test User1 <test.user1@test.com>' -To 'Test User <test.user2@test.com>' -Subject 'Test mail' -SmtpServer 'smtp.some.domain'

Create a self signed certificate in IIS

An SSL certificate also known as a digital certificate helps establish a secure link between the Client browser and the Hosting Server.

Self-signed certificates are created when you need to test your website using an SSL certificate. This is usually not recommended for Production use especially if your website involves sensitive data transactions.

This example is from IIS 8.5. Open IIS Manager and select your Server name from the Left Pane. Double-click on Server Certificates as highlighted.

Select the option for Self-signed certificates on the right as shown. Provide a suitable name for your certificate in the dialog box.

The list will show the created SSL certificate with the validation for a year that is issued to the Server.

Add this certificate to your website with binding it to port 443.

Since the certificate is issued to the Server, you might get a certificate trust error in the browser. You can just continue to the website to test further.
To get rid of this error, you’ll need to create either a SAN certificate or a wild card certificate as per your needs.