During IIS7 development, I've written quite a few modules for IIS7 / ASP.NET. Some of these were for various demos, others were to help out various internal and external customers, and others just because they were fun to write.
Developing for IIS7 has been lots of fun for me because you can finally do a lot of the things you always wanted to do with IIS, but never could before or it was way too time consuming before. Plus, it provided a great way to test the IIS engine and extensibility APIs as we were designing and developing the product, and found quite a bit of bugs. The IIS7 test team labeled me a troublemaker for filing loads of product bugs that they later had to follow up on [H] But, of course in the end it was well worth it, because we improved the quality of the product AND ended up producing some value for the community.
So far, I've posted just a few of these modules on my blog. They are scattered all over the blog, and most are in various stages of a v1.0 release. I've been trying to find some time to repackage some of these with source code, and upgrade them to v2.0 status by implementing the fixes and features that people have been asking for.
Here is what you can get to so far:
Stopping hot-linking with LeechGuard: A module that prevents other sites from hot-linking to your content and wasting your bandwidth.
vNext ASKS: Source Code!
Display pretty file icons in your ASP.NET applications with IconHandler: A handler that generates nice looking Windows shell icons for any extension / file.
– Fix the directory with "."s bug.
– Pregenerate icon files on a client machine to be able to use icons on a server that doesnt have all the right icons.
– Source Code!
Get nice looking directory listings for your IIS website with DirectoryListingModule: A module that replaces the boring IIS directory listings with a template of your choice, separating the directory listing functionality from the design of the template. This way you can quickly build whatever template you want without worrying about how to implement the functionality. My template also uses the IconHandler to show the file icons.
– Show virtual sub-directories (not just physical sub-directories)
– File exclusion list
– Do not show hidden files
Redirect clients in your application with HttpRedirection module: Redirect clients in your application with regex rules that support substitution templates.
– Where is my Mod_Rewrite? 🙂
IISSCHEMA.EXE – A tool to register IIS7 configuration sections: A tool for registering IIS7 configuration sections.
vNext ASKS: None
IIS Authentication plugin for the WordPress PHP blogging engine: A PHP plugin for WordPress to allow IIS authentication to be used instead of built-in WordPress authentication, so you can integrate the app with your existing site's authentication mechanism.
vNext ASKS: None
There are half a dozen others in the works, including one bigger one I may be putting on codeplex as an open source project. I'll be posting some of these very soon, I promise 🙂
So, my question to you guys is, do you have any specific requests for any of the items above that I haven't mentioned? Which ones would you like to see most? And finally, are there some specific modules you really really want to see?
I am hoping to use your feedback as a way to prioritize some of these, and actually put in the time to make the right thing happen.