Getting notified by a Windows process change in C# .NET

In this post we saw an example of using the ManagementEventWatcher object and and EventQuery query. The SQL-like query was used to subscribe to a WMI – Windows Management Instrumentation – level event, namely a change in the status of a Windows service. I won’t repeat the explanation here again concerning the techniques used. So if this is new to you then consult that post, the code is very similar.

In this post we’ll see how to get notified by the creation of a new Windows process. This can be as simple as starting up Notepad. A Windows process is represented by the Win32_Process WMI class which will be used in the query. We’ll take a slightly different approach and use the WqlEventQuery object which derives from EventQuery.

Consider the following code:

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Creating a new performance counter on Windows with C# .NET

In this post we saw how to list all performance counter categories and the performance counters within each category available on Windows. The last time I checked there were a little more than 27500 counters and 148 categories available on my local PC. That’s quite a lot and will probably cover most diagnostic needs where performance counters are involved in a bottleneck investigation.

However, at times you might want to create your own performance counter. The System.Diagnostics library provides the necessary objects. Here’s how you can create a new performance counter category and a counter within that category:

string categoryName = "Football";
			
if (!PerformanceCounterCategory.Exists(categoryName))
{
	string firstCounterName = "Goals scored";
	string firstCounterHelp = "Goals scored live update";
	string categoryHelp = "Football related real time statistics";
				
	PerformanceCounterCategory customCategory = new PerformanceCounterCategory(categoryName);
	PerformanceCounterCategory.Create(categoryName, categoryHelp, PerformanceCounterCategoryType.SingleInstance, firstCounterName, firstCounterHelp);
}

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Reading and clearing a Windows Event Log with C# .NET

In this post we saw how to create a custom event log and here how to the write to the event log. We’ll briefly look at how to read the entries from an event log and how to clear them.

First let’s create an event log and put some messages to it:

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Writing to the Windows Event Log with C# .NET

In this post we saw how to create and delete event logs. We’ve also seen a couple examples of writing to the event log. Here come some more examples.

Say you want to send a warning message to the System log:

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Creating and deleting event logs with C# .NET

The Windows event viewer contains a lot of useful information on what happens on the system:

Windows event viewer

Windows will by default write a lot of information here at differing levels: information, warning, failure, success and error. You can also write to the event log, create new logs and delete them if the code has the EventLogPermission permission. However, bear in mind that it’s quite resource intensive to write to the event logs. So don’t use it for general logging purposes to record what’s happening in your application. Use it to record major but infrequent events like shutdown, severe failure, start-up or any out-of-the-ordinary cases.

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An overview of digital signatures in .NET

Introduction

A digital signature in software has about the same role as a real signature on a document. It proves that a certain person has signed the document thereby authenticating it. A signature increases security around a document for both parties involved, i.e. the one who signed the document – the signee – and the one that uses the document afterwards. The one who signed can claim that the document belongs to them, i.e. it originates from them and cannot be used by another person. If you sign a bank loan request then you should receive the loan and not someone else. Also, the party that takes the document for further processing can be sure that it really originates from the person who signed it. The signee cannot claim that the signature belongs to some other person and they have nothing to do with the document. This latter is called non-repudiation. The signee cannot deny that the document originates from him or her.

Digital signatures in software are used to enhance messaging security. The receiver must be able to know for sure that the message originated with one specific sender and that the sender cannot claim that it was someone else who sent the message. While it is quite possible to copy someone’s signature on a paper document it is much harder to forge a strong digital signature.

In this post we’ll review how digital signatures are implemented in .NET

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Localising dates in Java using DateTimeFormatter

Introduction

In this post we saw how to format dates according to some ISO and RCF standards. They can help you to quickly format a date in a standardised way. However, if you’re looking for date localisation then you’ll need something else.

By localising dates we mean that we want to show dates in an application according to the user’s region. A Japanese user will want to see the dates according to the Japanese date convention. You can store UTC dates internally according to an ISO standard but follow some local convention when presenting it on the screen.

Locales

A Locale represents a region and one or more corresponding cultures, most often with a country and one or more languages. You can easily list all available Locales:

Locale[] locales = Locale.getAvailableLocales();
        for (Locale locale : locales)
        {
            System.out.println(locale.getCountry());
            System.out.println(locale.getDisplayCountry());
            System.out.println(locale.getDisplayLanguage());
        }

You’ll see values such as…

PE
Peru
Spanish
ID
Indonesia
Indonesian
GB
United Kingdom
English

Some locales are stored as static properties of the Locale object, e.g.:

Locale.JAPAN
Locale.FRANCE
Locale.US

We’ll need to use the ZonedDateTime object to format a date according to a Locale. The following code will format the UTC date according to the US standard:

ZonedDateTime utcDateZoned = ZonedDateTime.now(ZoneId.of("Etc/UTC"));
DateTimeFormatter pattern = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.FULL).withLocale(Locale.US);
System.out.println(utcDateZoned.format(pattern));

The output will be Friday, November 21, 2014 1:45:14 PM UTC.

Let’s see the UTC dates in France and Japan:

DateTimeFormatter pattern = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.FULL).withLocale(Locale.FRANCE);
System.out.println(utcDateZoned.format(pattern));

… vendredi 21 novembre 2014 13 h 50 UTC

DateTimeFormatter pattern = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.FULL).withLocale(Locale.JAPAN);
System.out.println(utcDateZoned.format(pattern));

2014年11月21日 13時51分34秒 UTC

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