Nick explains why such habits as using nested HTML Tables to position content in the right place on the browser page is bad practice and, nowadays, avoidable. This is just one 'Markup smell' that he discusses on the way to demonstrating the benefits of CSS Style-sheets and ASP.NET Master Pages.… Read more
It sometimes happens that Web Server controls that visualize data
don't quite fit with the way that the data is actually held in the application. This shouldn't be an obstacle, as Ion Freeman
points out. To prove his point, he shows how to use Nested Sets with Treeview.… Read more
The ASP.NET GridView is great for very simple tables, but the real world is not always as straightforward as we would like it to be. Sometimes we need to specify the format of the data from the database, and the way it is rendered in the table, more exactly.… Read more
Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Extensions provide developers with a quick and simple way to add AJAX functionality into any ASP.NET Website. In this article, Dan Wahlin demonstrates how to use the UpdatePanel control, which performs asynchronous postback operations that update a portion of a page rather than the entire page itself. … Read more
Ever wondered whether it's possible to create neater URLS, free of bulky Query String parameters? Gaidar Magdanurov shows you how with a step-by-step guide to his rewriting solution for ASP.NET 2.0.… Read more
Damon Armstrong presents an extremely powerful and flexible token replacement mechanism for your ASP.NET applications. It is based on regular expressions so allows you to search for dynamic text, instead of just a static token, in a given string.… Read more
The latest craze for mashups involves making cross-domain calls to Web Services from APIs made publicly available by companies such as Google, Flickr and so on. Unfortunately, the XMLHttpRequest object doesn't allow calls made in one domain to a web service in another.
The article surveys the current, somewhat unsatisfactory, solutions and then assesses future directions.
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Most Web Parts implementations allow users to create a single portal page where they can personalize the look, feel, functionality, and experience of their "My Home" page in an application. But what if you want to take Web Parts a step further and allow users to define a personalized interface that applies to a series of pages in an application?… Read more
It seems that there is both excitement and confusion surrounding Master Pages and Themes. A big part of the problem is that they always seem to be mentioned in the same breath - like I just did. The reality is that they are two separate but equally important technologies. … Read more
Although it can be used in production sites, simply editing the web.config XML file, is not particularly user friendly. So this article introduces Visual Studio 2005's WSAT to configure your web application. … Read more