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Kyle Tinsley designed Shrinkster the other day (, a .Net clone of TinyURL. I was just wondering how the URL Rewriting is done so that that the URL is absolutely minimal? Did he write a HTTP module or handler? If you have any ideas thank you for your contributing answers! :D

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

An HTTP handler mapped to URL pattern "*". You also need to make sure that all requests are mapped to the ASP.NET ISAPI filter in IIS.

Brad Wilson (
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Brad you are the bomb.

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

url classes
from Visual J++. ver 1.0.
Never fails.

Thursday, August 5, 2004

I have been trying to do some similar ASP.NET URL rewriting with for a while now and have not had any luck.  Then, I see that Kyle pulled it off with shrinkster.  any non-file value in the root will kick back a finle not found message.  yet is valid.  Hmm.  I still cannot get it to work even with brad's suggestions.  Is there a particular version of IIS required.  TIA


Steve Johnson
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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