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Why You Can't Use Extension Methods With A WebGrid

Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:58 PM

Extension Method ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix WebGrid

An interesting question came up recently on the ASP.NET forums. In it, the questioner was attempting to use my Chop() extension method to limit the number of characters in a WebGrid column but it wouldn't work. At first, I was a little stumped, so I tried it myself and got an error message:

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I'm Writing A Book On WebMatrix

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:27 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

Yes - it's official! I'm writing a book for Wiley all about Microsoft's new stack for beginner web developers - WebMatrix.

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Creating A Custom Template For WebMatrix

Friday, January 14, 2011 11:57 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

WebMatrix includes a number of pre-built templates that you can use as a basis for developing your site, but wouldn't it be great if you could add new ones? Well, there is a way to do so, and this article looks at the steps required.

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The WebGrid Helper - Making Selections

Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:08 PM

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The WebGrid helper, introduced via ASP.NET Web Pages, provides a means for displaying tabular data easily. This article examines how to enable selection within the WebGrid at row level.

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Razor, Cascading Select Lists and jQuery Templates - A New Twist

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:20 PM

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

jQuery Templates enable easy client-side generation of html. When combined with JSON data or other JavaScript objects, jQuery Templates provide a way to create a dynamic data-driven site without any server-side code whatsoever. However, in this article I will look at how they can be used to produce cascading select lists in a Razor Web Pages site.

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WebMatrix - URLs, UrlData and Routing for SEO

Monday, December 20, 2010 12:56 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

There is a certain amount of debate surrounding the importance of friendly URLs in terms of Search Engine Optimisation and improving your ranking. One thing is certain - having friendly URLs helps users to identify whether the content at the end of a link to your site is likely to be relevant to them or not. This article examines how you can make use of the built-in support for Routing provided by ASP.NET Web Pages to not only create friendly URLs, but to work with parameters as well.

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Nested Layout Pages with Razor

Friday, December 17, 2010 1:27 PM

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Razor Layout pages are the equivalent to MasterPages in ASP.NET Web Forms and the Web Forms View Engine within ASP.NET MVC. Just as it is possible to nest MasterPages, it is also possible to nest Razor Layout pages. This article explores the process required to achieve nesting of Layout pages using the Razor View Engine in MVC 3, or WebMatrix Web Pages sites.

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Building Mobile Apps with WebMatrix and jQuery Mobile

Sunday, December 12, 2010 9:52 PM

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

jquery Mobile was launched just a month or so ago, and is designed to make it as easy to build JavaScript-enabled web applications for mobile phones as for the desktop browser. Still in Alpha, the library has a way to go, but it already offers a rather interesting experience when used as part of a mobile phone targeted web application. Here's a first look at how to use jQuery Mobile with WebMatrix to build a mobile web application.

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WebMatrix - Testing the WebImage Helper With JCrop

Sunday, October 17, 2010 9:06 AM

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

My original JCrop article which looked at cropping uploaded images in ASP.NET has proven to be the most popular coding article I've ever written, with more views and comments than any other. Revisiting JCrop in the context of Web Pages gives me the opportunity to have a look at the WebImage helper, and see how that might make uploading and cropping images easier.

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WebMatrix - Working With The JSON Helper

Friday, October 15, 2010 6:51 PM

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

Javascript Object Notation (JSON) is a data exchange format which really grew in popularity as AJAX libraries took off. It's lightweight and human readable, and is a great way of transferring data structures between the browser and the server. The JSON Helper was added in WebMatrix Beta 2, and this article looks at its main methods, and how they can be used.

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WebMatrix - Protecting Your Web Pages Site

Sunday, October 10, 2010 8:04 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

Your Web Pages site is under threat. There are people out there who want to break into restricted areas, download files they shouldn't have access to, mess up your database and steal your passwords. Worse still, they want to use your application as a gateway to the web server so that they can take full control over it. This article examines those threats and how you can protect your application against them.

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WebMatrix Beta 2 Changes

Friday, October 8, 2010 7:29 PM

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

WebMatrix Beta 2 was released a few days ago, and introduced a number of breaking changes which will affect the downloadable samples in my previous articles. I'm going to update the articles and their downloads when I can, but in the meantime, here are the most important changes introduced within the newer Beta release.

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Book Review - CLR Via C# Third Edition

Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:14 AM

C# General Book Review

I've had a review copy of Jeffrey Richter's CLR via C#, Third Edition for some months, and it has taken until now to get round to publishing my thoughts on the book. It's not my fault. I blame the book. It made me forget why I was given a copy in the first place. Let me explain...

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WebMatrix - Database Helpers for IN Clauses

Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:35 AM

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There are times when you want to query a database for records matching a range of values, but you do not know what those values are, or even how many there are at design time. You could dynamically build your WHERE clause with multiple ORs, or you can use the SQL IN clause - except that the current database helpers in WebMatrix don't make this easy. It's about time that was fixed....

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WebMatrix And jQuery Forms

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:23 PM

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix WebGrid

Even though WebMatrix is still in its first Beta, there have been a few requests in forums already for examples illustrating how to create Web Pages forms powered by AJAX. Building on previous articles, I thought I'd put together a little sample that shows how to do this to add a record to a database using jQuery. Here's how it's done.

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