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Code First Migrations With ASP.NET Web Pages Sites

calendar_today 28 August 2013 20:14

Visual Studio Entity Framework ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

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.

Windows Authentication With ASP.NET Web Pages

calendar_today 07 August 2013 19:34

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

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.

Implementing Customers Also Bought In ASP.NET Web Pages

calendar_today 01 August 2013 15:32

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.

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

calendar_today 03 July 2013 14:01

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?

Web Pages CMS Launched

calendar_today 07 June 2013 14:55

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 is available as a download. I also launched an accompanying web site that provides documentation for the project at

A CKEditor File Browser For ASP.NET Web Pages

calendar_today 16 May 2013 14:00

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.

Adding A Footer To The Razor WebGrid

calendar_today 25 February 2013 19:43

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor WebGrid

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.

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

calendar_today 15 February 2013 19:31

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

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.

Consuming Feeds And Web Services In Razor Web Pages

calendar_today 05 February 2013 19:55

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.

Practical Recursion in ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix

calendar_today 22 January 2013 14:44

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

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.

Exporting The Razor WebGrid To Excel Using OleDb

calendar_today 07 January 2013 20:38

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix 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 an Excel file using OleDb.

SignalR And Knockout In ASP.NET Web Pages Using WebMatrix

calendar_today 27 December 2012 20:17

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.

Exporting The Razor WebGrid To PDF Using iTextSharp

calendar_today 20 December 2012 13:31

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.

Exporting The Razor WebGrid To Excel

calendar_today 17 December 2012 20:17

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 an Excel file.

Enhancing The WebGrid With Sort Arrows

calendar_today 14 December 2012 19:24

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor WebGrid

The Web Pages WebGrid offers sorting capability out of the box. However, it's not always obvious to the user on which column the grid data is being sorted at any one time, nor the direction in which it is being sorted. The convention is to provide arrows in the column header to act as a clear visual cue. This article looks at a three ways in which you can enhance your grids with sorting arrows.

Inline Editing With The WebGrid

calendar_today 13 November 2012 10:37

jQuery ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor WebGrid

Unlike the Web Forms GridView control, the Web Pages WebGrid doesn't offer anything by way of inline editing capability. This article looks at one approach to solving that requirement through the addition of a sprinkling of jQuery.

Cleaner Conditional HTML Attributes In Razor Web Pages

calendar_today 23 October 2012 21:27

ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix Razor

Every so often, you will want to conditionally render HTML attributes or their values within your Razor Web Pages based on the outcome of some runtime logic. Often, the logic required to manage this can become messy and lead to unnecessary spaghetti code. This article explores a few common scenarios and provides some solutions, as well as introducing a nice new feature that was released as part of Razor v 2.0.

The SimpleMembershipProvider, Secure Passwords And The Crypto Helper

calendar_today 27 September 2012 13:39

ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix

Some people have questioned the security of the ASP.NET SimpleMembershipProvider's storage of passwords. The cause for concern seems to stem from the fact that the PasswordSalt field in the standard membership table is unused by the SimpleMembershipProvider, whereas it is used by, for example, SqlMembershipProvider. So what is the PasswordSalt field, and why should the fact that it isn't used raise an eyebrow?

HTML5 Form Helpers For WebMatrix

calendar_today 20 September 2012 14:56

Extension Method ASP.NET Web Pages WebMatrix HTML5

It's an odd thing: WebMatrix 2 is lauded for its support of HTML5, but the Web Pages framework doesn't include any helpers for the new HTML5 form input types such as email or color. It's fair to say that support among browsers for the new inputs is patchy at the moment, but with barely a week flying past without a new version of one or other browser being released, it won't take long for that to change. So in the meantime, if you prefer to use helpers, you have to write your own for rendering HTML5 forms.

Cannot use a lambda expression as an argument to a dynamically dispatched operation

calendar_today 18 September 2012 08:08


Since the introduction of the Web Pages framework, ASP.NET has been making use of the dynamic type introduced in C# 4.0. Along with that comes some new error messages which at first glance don't make a lot of sense - mainly because they are unexpected. I have already looked at how dynamics do not support extension methods, and a recent question in the ASP.NET forums illustrated another way in which the dynamic type can catch you out.