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Web Connection 6.21 is here


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Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11:57:37 PM

Web Connection 6.21 has been released. This is a small maintenance release that fixes a few small bugs and makes a few small performance tweaks. There are also a couple of new features: wwDotnetBridge Event handling for .NET Objects, new .NET Runtime Loader with better error reporting and a new Console Configuration task to fix the annoying Loopback Check that can prevent server local Windows account authentication.

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IIS Server Authentication and Loopback Restrictions


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Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:26:51 PM

If you've ever run into a problem on a Windows Server and weren't able to run a local browser and try to log in using your local network Windows credentials you might have found out the long way that your credentials are not working by default. Recently Windows 10 also seems to have enabled this policy and I noticed local Windows account log ins not working. This comes from a local Loopback access policy. In this post I describe what fails and how you can work around it both for Web Connection applications and manually.

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Startup Error Tracing in West Wind Web Conection 6


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Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:02:36 AM

One of the most common questions with Web Connection that come up are related to startup errors that cause File or COM Servers to fail during startup. These errors have been difficult to debug in the past but with Web Connection 6+ a number of improvements make it easier to avoid errors in the first place, and track them down if you do have them. In this post I go into detail on the Startup sequence of Web Connection.

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Web Connection and TLS 1.2 Support


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Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:01:05 PM

This week Authorize.NET switched of support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1, requiring all clients to use TLS 1.2. No surprise this was announced two years ago, but as is often the case two years is a long time away and so many were still caught off guard if you're running an oldish version of Windows. In this post I look at what versions of Windows don't support TLS 1.2 and how you can enable TLS 1.2 in those versions that didn't originally have support but can enable it. Unfortunately there are also several versions of Windows that don't support TLS 1.2 and we'll cover that too.

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Locking down the West Wind Web Connection Admin Page


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Monday, February 5, 2018, 3:49:36 AM

The West Wind Web Connection Admin page is the starting point for Web Connection Server Instance administration. But this page allows a number of administrative operations that should only be accessible by a properly authenticated user. I've been notified on many occasions that people have found wide open Admin pages and this post describes how to make sure your Admin pages are properly locked down

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West Wind Web Connection 6.18 released


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:41:00 AM

West Wind Web Connection 6.18 has been released. It's a small release with only one major feature update in the way of bringing back Apache support for Apache 2.4. Here's more info what's new.

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Shutting down file-based Web Connection Instances with WM_CLOSE Messages


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Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:50:10 AM

There are a number of issues related to shutting down specific instances of Web Connection servers remotely. Because of the way instances are managed there are difference between file and COM mode operation because file mode instances are not managed by a centralized manager. However with a few tricks you can trigger shutdown operations in a Web Connection server by hooking into Windows Events with BINDEVENT(). Here's how.

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West Wind Web Connection 6.17 released


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Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:53:22 AM

West Wind Web Connection 6.17 has been released. This post goes over the changes in more detail. This is a maintenance release with a few bug fixes and some minor feature updates.

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Calling async/await .NET methods with wwDotnetBridge


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:12:25 PM

More and more .NET APIs expose Async only interfaces and it might seem that calling `async` `await` code from FoxPro seems like it would be difficult. I had my doubts it would but as it turns out it does. In this post I describe how `async` `await` works in .NET and how the lower Task API is used to implement it, and more importantly how we can call async methods using the .NET Task API.

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Web Connection 6.15 is Here


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Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:56:58 AM

Web Connection 6.15 has been released and this post gives a lot more details on the new features of this update. This release is primarily focused on server loading and debugging improvements with a few relatively small but significant enhancements that improve load performance and make it easier to debug startup errors.

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