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Create PDFs in ASP.NET - getting started with iTextSharp

12 October 2008 11:26

ASP.NET 3.5 iTextSharp

The .NET framework does not contain any native way to work with PDF files. So, if you want to generate or work with PDF files as part of your ASP.NET web application, you will have to rely on one of the many third party components that are available. Google will help you to find one that fits your budget, as well as a range of open-source free components. One of the free components is iTextSharp, which is a port of a well known Java utility, iText.

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AccessDataSource, SqlDataSource and connecting to Access databases in ASP.NET

17 May 2008 09:48

ASP.NET 2.0 MS Access ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

There are a variety of options for connecting to Access databases within ASP.NET pages. This article attempts to cover the choices and offer recommendations for getting the best out of Access.

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80040E14 - MS Access Syntax Error messages

01 May 2008 11:06

ASP.NET 2.0 MS Access ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

This short article deals with the following common MS Access-related error messages:

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Simple Login and Redirect for ASP.NET and Access

01 May 2008 10:02

ASP.NET 2.0 MS Access ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

Quite often, I see questions asked about creating a simple login page for use with Access from people who don't want to take advantage of the built-in Forms Authentication framework within ASP.NET. The following samples show how relatively easy this is to accomplish.

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Sql JOINS and the Sql Server Management Studio Query Designer

28 November 2007 13:19

SQL SQL Server Express ADO.NET

There are a whole bunch of articles, blog entries and tutorials that seek to explain how SQL JOINS work. Some of them are excellent, and others are just confusing. The reason I am adding my go at trying to clarify JOINS to the mix is to highlight how proper use of the tools available to you can seriously reduce the chances of getting the JOIN syntax or type wrong. Since JOINS are all about how to relate data from one table to another, I thought it appropriate to illustrate the subject using Parents and Children (who may, or may not be related to eachother). So let's meet the families.

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Search Engine-Friendly Custom Paging with the GridView and LINQ to SQL

20 November 2007 22:54

LINQ ASP.NET 3.5 ASP.NET Web Forms

The main problem I find with the built-in paging functionality offered by the GridView control is that the paging links are managed by Javascript. This is a bit awkward for people who disable, or don't have Javascript in their browser, but more importantly, the links can't be triggered by search engines. If you rely on the GridView to paginate links to content, this can prove disastrous, and much of your content will be inaccessible to search engines. Motivated by Scott Guthrie's series of blog entries on LINQ to SQL, available in the .Net 3.5 framework, I set about getting some custom paging working with html paging links.

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Migrating from Sql Server to Access in ASP.NET

16 November 2007 10:45

MS Access ADO.NET

Yes, you did read that correctly. Here's the situation: you know that Sql Server is by far the superior database system (if indeed MS Access can be called a database system). You also know that MS Access databases are not recommended as a data store for web applications. You are comfortable with Sql Server, and haven't really looked at Access for years - if at all. But now, your boss or your client wants you to use it in the next project.

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An ASP.NET Search Engine with MS Access for optional search criteria

12 November 2007 15:15

ASP.NET 2.0 MS Access ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

Creating a search interface for one user-supplied value is pretty straightforward: a TextBox for input, a Button and some SQL that searches one or more fields where the values are LIKE '%' + @searchterm + '%' is all that is needed. While it works, this approach is not very flexible. For example, what if you wanted to search for an Employee whose last name contains "a", and don't want those where the first name or city contains "a"? The traditional solution to this is to dynamically construct the SQL statement based on what values were passed by the user. However, building the SQL string can get repetitive, boring and messy. Here is a cleaner way to allow the user to narrow down searches across multiple criteria with the use of optional parameters, and just 3 lines of programming code.

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Reading Text files into Access with ASP.NET

09 September 2007 21:20

MS Access ADO.NET

The Jet 4.0 OLEDB driver is a remarkable beast. Not only will it allow connections to MS Access .mdb files and MS Excel spreadhseets, but it will also allow you to connect to and query a variety of text file formats. Here are some examples that illustrate this capability when applied to importing text based data into Access.

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ViewState, form fields, labels and Javascript

25 August 2007 12:34

ASP.NET 2.0 Javascript ASP.NET Web Forms

An interesting question came up on the ASP.NET forums asking why a TextBox which has its value changed by client-side Javascript persists those changes across postbacks, while a Label does not. And in a nut shell, this question covered two of the biggest causes of confusion among newcomers to ASP.NET: the difference between ViewState and IPostBackDataHandler; and the difference between client-side operations and server-side operations.

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Bind Data From a SqlDataSource to a Label

25 August 2007 10:32

ASP.NET 2.0 ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

Label controls in ASP.NET don't have a smart tag that allows you to select a data source, so at first glance, it is not easy to see how to bind a value returned from a SqlDataSource or AccessDataSource control to the label. Here's how to programmatically access the data returned by such a DataSource and apply it to a non-databound control.

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Consuming RSS feeds in an ASP.NET page

18 August 2007 23:12

ASP.NET 2.0 ASP.NET Web Forms

I like reading Scott Guthrie's blog. Trouble is, I get so busy, I forget to go over there and have a look to see what's new. I was searching for something the other day, and stumbled across someone else's blog (I forget whose), but I noticed that they had the 5 most recent items in Scott's blog embedded in their home page. It was only then that I discovered that Scott Mitchell has written a whole load more tutorials on Data Access, and that these have been available for a while. So I got to thinking that I should add a feed from Scott G's site onto the home page here, so I can be updated more quickly. Here's the bare bones of how I did it.

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Debugging Classic ASP pages in Visual Studio 2005 on Windows XP Pro

17 August 2007 10:28

Classic ASP Visual Studio

As an ardent Dreamweaver user for classic ASP, I used to debug my scripts with a plethora of Response.Write and Response.End statements, outputting the values of various values to the browser to check that logic was working as intended. However, I recently discovered how to use the VS 2005 debugger to make debugging classic ASP (almost) a joy.

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Displaying One-To-Many Relationships with Nested Repeaters

27 July 2007 14:24

ASP.NET 2.0 ADO.NET ASP.NET Web Forms

This item could also have been entitled "Displaying Master-Detail Data" or "Displaying Categorised Data", but the principal is the same: you have what are essentially headings or categories, and a group of entries that belong to each heading that you want to display. Typical examples would include the Models of cars by Manufacturer, or Employees by Department. Here's how to do it quite simply using nested Repeaters.

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