SOAP Requests Using Postman Error – Solved!

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You have an existing working SOAP project in SOAPUI that you want to run in Postman but you cannot make it work due to a 500 Http error or some other error? Follow the steps below to make it work 🙂


From SOAPUI copy your SOAP message and then paste it to Postman. I’m using a sample ASMX service for global weather below.


From this blog post from Postman, their advised is to add the wsdl and operation tags in the message. But this does not work for me.

And then..

From Postman make sure the Content-type is text/xml.


<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="" xmlns:web="http://www.webserviceX.NET">

Here’s the trick

Some SOAP web services will work with just the message in an envelope format. But if not, try adding a SOAPAction in the header of your request just like in the sample below.


Here is the full request headers and body.


curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: text/xml" -H "SOAPAction: http://www.webserviceX.NET/GetCitiesByCountry" -H "Cache-Control: no-cache" -H "Postman-Token: 3e9ad6f4-e669-18ef-6da1-c603371ca1c6" -d '<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="" xmlns:web="http://www.webserviceX.NET">
</soapenv:Envelope>' ""

This will do the trick in making SOAP requests using Postman. Enjoy!

Brew Refusing To Link OpenSSL – .Net Core on Mac


As mentioned in my previous post on exploring .Net CLI, I encountered a problem doing “dotnet restore” on my machine. The problem is brew refusing to link openssl after I updating brew. Here is the old steps as instructed from website.

brew update

brew install openssl

brew link --force openssl

After issuing the command “brew link –force openssl” I encounter this message from brew.

Warning: Refusing to link: openssl
Linking keg-only OpenSSL means you may end up linking against the insecure,
deprecated system version while using the headers from the Homebrew version.
Instead, pass the full include/library paths to your compiler e.g.:
  -I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include -L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib

This is the reason why “dotnet restore” is not working with getting the libraries to my machine. I even logged an issue on .Net CLI github to document the error. It seems brew developers blocked the “brew link –force openssl” command to openssl as noted on this brew commit on github.

Since then updated their instructions to the following to fix the issue.

brew update

brew install openssl

ln -s /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libcrypto.1.0.0.dylib /usr/local/lib/

ln -s /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libssl.1.0.0.dylib /usr/local/lib/

It may be a short term work around as the original logged issue about the error on linking openssl is still open as of today. The good news is that you can now work with .Net Core with .Net CLI on Mac. Lets wait and see. Happy coding!

Dotnet Restore Command Not Found – Exploring The New DotNet CLI

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It has been a year since I posted Taking Visual Studio Code and ASP.Net 5 For A Spin on which I tried to create a simple ASP.Net 5 web application using the then just released free Visual Studio Code. Microsoft also released in Beta that time the new .net framework based which called DNX which is now known as .Net Core. In this post, I will try again to create simple web application using the new .Net Core.

Trying from Yo

I will use Yeoman to help me with the scaffolding of a new web application.

 yo aspnet 


After yeoman generated a web application for me, a confirmation message is displayed that the new project is now created and I can do now a “dotnet restore”.

Dotnetrestore yeoman

Going to the new web application directory I issued a command “dotnet restore” but I got a command not found error. I updated my Visual Studio Code just hoping to get an updated version of the framework along with it but to no avail.

Hello “Dotnet” .Net Core 1.0

Microsoft released last June of .Net Core 1.0 and along with it the new Dotnet CLI.

The DotNet CLI is included if you install the .Net Core SDK Installer. There is also a separate installer for .Net Core only.

You can get the installers straight from Github (for the latest builds) or from

See all the flavours from the table below I got from the .Net Core Github repo:

Cli flavours

Some hiccups along the way of updating my openSSL and brew. Need to execute “xcode-select —install” command to update. This is somewhat related to the El Capitan macOS that I have on my mac.


After installing the .Net Core with SDK, “dotnet” command is now available. As of today here’s my “dotnet —info”

Noels-MacBook-Pro:~ noelarlante$ dotnet --info
.NET Command Line Tools (1.0.0-preview2-003121)

Product Information:
 Version:            1.0.0-preview2-003121
 Commit SHA-1 hash:  1e9d529bc5

Runtime Environment:
 OS Name:     Mac OS X
 OS Version:  10.11
 OS Platform: Darwin
 RID:         osx.10.11-x64

Sidenote: “dotnet restore” still does not work. I’m getting an error related to this question posted on Stackoverflow . I’ll post an update once this has been resolved.


Until next time!

How To Make JSFiddle Default To jQuery Library

You click Run or hit Ctrl+Enter from your JSFiddle session but nothing happens. Yes, that simple jQuery script you are trying to run seems too simple not to work, isn’t it? Then you notice that yes there is an option located in the left side of JSFiddle to choose the javascript library you want to use. You select the latest jQuery version available from the list and click Run. You just had the last 10 minutes sorting out the script making sure it is a valid jQuery script but the problem is that JSFiddle is not using jQuery as the default javascript library. That happened to me too many times, that its really frustrating.

I forgot to make JSFiddle default to jQuery library.

I often forget to make JSFiddle default to jQuery library when my brain is to eager to try and fiddle with an idea and turn it into an actual jQuery script. When you start from scratch JSFiddle’s default library is set No library (pure JS).

JSFiddle Default Library No JS

You need to choose what library you want to use before diving in and coding into the Javascript pane. There must be a way to make JSFiddle default to jQuery library. The left side of JSFiddle is the area for user options. I was trying to find a setting that will make JSFiddle default to jQuery library. But there is no option for that as of this writing.

JohnKPaul user script

I came across the blog post of Mr. JohnKPaul for Changing jsFiddle’s default library to jQuery. He had the same experience using JSFiddle with the library not using jQuery by default. He created a chrome user script to solve this problem. The user script will make JSFiddle default to jQuery library. Perfect!

How do I apply the user script to Chrome?

I’m not familiar with user scripts. Now I have a user script to use on Chrome for my JSFiddle problem but I do not know how to set it up. I attempted to search for an extension to handle users cripts and it pointed me to use TamperMonkey Chrome extension.


Tampermonkey userscript manager

TamperMonkey is the Chrome version of GreaseMonkey in Firefox to house and run user scripts. I thought I had the solution to install and setup the user script to Chrome using TamperMonkey but I came across a better solution.

Install the user script using chrome://extensions

A more direct way of installing user scripts in Chrome is to just go directly to the Chrome extensions page. From Chrome go to chrome://extensions and then drag the user script file to the page.

Userscript install to Chrome

JSFiddle User Script Installed in Chrome

The user script will be installed like any extension in Chrome.

JsFiddle Default Library jQuery

Now when you go to JSFiddle and create a new fiddle session, the default library is now showing jQuery 2.x(edge) as the Javascript library. Now I’m happy! 🙂

UPDATE : It seems Google does not allow user scripts to be installed directly to Chrome. I made another blog post as an update to this. Check it here How To Make JSFiddle Default To jQuery Library – Update

How To Transfer App.Config ApplicationSettings to Web.config

Add Web Reference from a class library for .Net 2.0

If you still use .Net framework 2.0, the way to reference a web service to your project is to add a Web Reference.
What if you want to add the web reference from a class library project? This will result to Visual Studio automatically
adding an app.config to your project. The app.config will contain the configuration under applicationSettings of the newly added reference of the web service.

Add Web Reference - ApplicationSettings

Add Web Reference

The app.config will look like this for example.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<sectionGroup name="applicationSettings" type="System.Configuration.ApplicationSettingsGroup, System,
Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" >
<section name="Noel.Sample.ServiceInterface.Properties.Settings"
type="System.Configuration.ClientSettingsSection, System, Version=, Culture=neutral,
PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" requirePermission="false" />
<setting name="Noel_Sample_ServiceInterface_ServiceHello_Service"

What if you want to use one config file?

Your main application is a web application and it has its own web.config file. What if you want to use and maintain one
config file? You don’t need to point the app.config section from your web.config file. You can move the section group and
the section of the web service from your app.config to your web.config.

Move app.config applicationSettings to Web.config

<!-- For more information on Entity Framework configuration, visit -->
<section name="entityFramework" type="System.Data.Entity.Internal.ConfigFile.EntityFrameworkSection, EntityFramework,
Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" requirePermission="false" />
<sectionGroup name="applicationSettings" type="System.Configuration.ApplicationSettingsGroup, System, Version=,
Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" >
<section name="Noel.Sample.ServiceInterface.Properties.Settings"
type="System.Configuration.ClientSettingsSection, System, Version=, Culture=neutral,
PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" requirePermission="false" />
<setting name="Noel_Sample_ServiceInterface_ServiceHello_Service"

The section group can be added to the configSections. The applicationSettings can be added under the configuration section of the web.config.

Get value of service URL from Web.Config under applicationSettings

Under appSettings of a Web.config file usually you use for example ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[“WebServiceURL”] to get a value in the Web.config. But when the URL is under the applicationSettings in a Web.config this is how you can get the value of the URL.

public class ConfigHelper
public string GetUrl()
var section = (ClientSettingsSection)ConfigurationManager.
var url = section.Settings.Get("Noel_Sample_ServiceInterface_ServiceHello_Service").Value.ValueXml.InnerText;
return url;


The last step is to remove the app.config from the class library. This is the case if the app.config was added to have the configuration of the web reference. In other cases where you need to the app.config, just remove the configSections and applicationSettings for the web service.

I spent some time looking for a way to make this work and not too much resource from web points to this approach. Hopefully it can help solving yours in less time. Thank you for this post from Stackoverflow on how solve this problem.

Comparing using CompareTo C# Method


A colleague asked me for a suggestion on the program module he is doing that involves determining if one value is “>” greater than, “=” equal or “<” less than another value. I first thought of a solution involving a stack but its too low level and involves much longer code. After some suggestions and trying to think of another way, he came across of a solution to use CompareTo C# method.

What is CompareTo C# Method?

First, MSDN defines IComparable as an interface that “Defines a generalized type-specific comparison method that a value type or class implements to order or sort its instances.” It has a method called CompareTo which as defined by MSDN “Compares the current instance with another object of the same type and returns an integer that indicates whether the current instance precedes, follows, or occurs in the same position in the sort order as the other object.”

The CompareTo method is available on all objects as long as the objects has the same type. See the sample code below for comparing value types integer and a string type.



The Return Value of CompareTo

The CompareTo method has a return value of int. The integer value return will be one of the values less than 0, 0 or greater than zero as what is shown below.



Nullable Types Does Not Implement CompareTo

Take note that Nullable types like int? short for Nullable<int> does not implement the CompareTo method. It will not even compile since the method is not implemented.


This blog post will serve as a quick reference for me whenever there is a need for me to use sorting or comparison of data when programming. I hope it will serve the same for you.