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Saving jQuery Sortables In ASP.NET Razor Web Pages

Monday, October 28, 2013 8:04 PM

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jQuery Sortables offer a way to specify the order of a collection of items through an easy drag and drop interface. I have just been working on the next release of Web Pages CMS and am in the process of implementing Sortables for managing the display order of menu items. This article looks at how they can be used in Razor Web Pages and shows one way of saving the resulting order to a database.

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Managing Checkboxes And Radios In ASP.NET Razor Web Pages

Monday, October 14, 2013 9:04 PM

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Checkboxes and radio buttons cause more confusion than any other form control in ASP.NET Razor Web Pages. This article takes an in depth look at them and tackles the most frequently asked questions that they generate.

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Code First Migrations With ASP.NET Web Pages Sites

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:14 PM

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Entity Framework Code First Migrations enable changes to your model to be propagated to your database through code. Prior to the introduction of migrations, changes to the model resulted in the database being recreated from scratch with attendant loss of data. During development, this may not cause too many problems, but once the database has been deployed into production, it's another story. Migrations solve the problem in that changes are applied to the database schema without loss of data.

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Windows Authentication With ASP.NET Web Pages

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:34 PM

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The default authentication mechanism built into ASP.NET Web Pages site templates is Forms Authentication via the SimpleMembershipProvider, which is designed to enable authentication of users against a database. This requires the user to know their user name and password, and to enter those whenever they want to log in to access restricted areas within a site. If you are using the ASP.NET Web Pages framework to build an Intranet site that will be hosted within your own corporate network (i.e. client machines and web server are in the same domain), you can use Integrated Windows Authentication instead which simplifies authentication dramatically.

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Implementing Customers Also Bought In ASP.NET Web Pages

Thursday, August 1, 2013 3:32 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

Most successful e-commerce sites implement a mechanism that draws the customer's attention to other products that might be of interest to them. These products are selected on the basis that shoppers who purchased the item currently being viewed by the customer also bought other products. This article looks at a away of implementing this kind of facility in an ASP.NET Web Pages site.

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How To Check If A Query Returns Data In ASP.NET Web Pages

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:01 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

If you execute a query against a database, you need to know if any data was returned. But what is the best way to test for the presence of data when using the Web Pages Database helper?

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Web Pages CMS Launched

Friday, June 7, 2013 2:55 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

Earlier this week, I released the first version of Web Pages CMS - a content managment system that has been built using the ASP.NET Web Pages framework. The project is being hosted at CodePlex, and version 0.5.0.1 is available as a download. I also launched an accompanying web site that provides documentation for the project at www.webpagescms.com.

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A CKEditor File Browser For ASP.NET Web Pages

Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:00 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

CKEditor is one of the most popular rich text editors available. Out of the box, there is no file browser to help with selecting images, but you can purchase an add-on from them - CKFinder. Alternatively, you can build your own file browser component.

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Adding A Footer To The Razor WebGrid

Monday, February 25, 2013 7:43 PM

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Whether you are using the Razor WebGrid in an ASP.NET Web Pages site, or an MVC application, you may well want to display tabular data at some point in which case you are likely to turn to the Razor WebGrid helper. And if you want to do that, you might also want to add a footer to the rendered table. Here are some ways that you can accomplish that task.

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Razor Web Pages E-Commerce - Adding A Shopping Cart To The Bakery Template Site

Friday, February 15, 2013 7:31 PM

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The ASP.NET Web Pages Bakery template site is designed as a starting point for a site that displays products. It also features an order form for customers to specify a quantity for a specific product and provide their shipping address. The site doesn't provide for multiple product selection. If you want a shopping cart for the Bakery site, you need to create it yourself. This article looks at the design considerations behind an effective shopping cart, and shows how to build one.

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Consuming Feeds And Web Services In Razor Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:55 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

Increasing numbers of businesses are making services and data available to third parties via Web Services or feeds. Data format and protocols can vary significantly across service providers, so here is a look at how to manage the consumption of a number of popular formats delivered through REST and SOAP services within a web site built using the ASP.NET Web Pages framework.

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Practical Recursion in ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:44 PM

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Recursive methods are those that call themselves, and they can be applied to solve a number of common practical problems, particularly ones that involve the management and display of hierarchical data. This article explores some of those scenarios and shows how to design recursive helpers and functions that can be used in Web Pages sites.

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Exporting The Razor WebGrid To Excel Using OleDb

Monday, January 7, 2013 8:38 PM

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This article looks at how you can provide your users with the ability to export the contents of a Razor Web Pages WebGrid to an Excel file using OleDb.

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SignalR And Knockout In ASP.NET Web Pages Using WebMatrix

Thursday, December 27, 2012 8:17 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

SignalR is a library that simplifies the creation and management of persistent connections between web servers and clients. This facilitates the development of applications that can display updates to data held on the server in real-time. Chat applications are the most obvious beneficiaries of this technology, but line-of-business applications that need to report availability to users can benefit too. Here, I look at extending the canonical SignalR chat example to incorporate a "who's typing" feature, and I also extend my previous Knockout example to use SignalR.

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Exporting The Razor WebGrid To PDF Using iTextSharp

Thursday, December 20, 2012 1:31 PM

iTextSharp ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor WebGrid

This article looks at how you can provide your users with the ability to export the contents of a Razor Web Pages WebGrid to a PDF file using the popular free PDF library, iTextSharp.

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