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ASP .Net Developer's Cookbook (Developer's Library)by Steven A. Smith
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Up-to-speed with ASP.NET? This book gives you a topic and the 5 to 24 "recipes" you need to get the common or not-so-common task done using ASP.NET. ASP.NET Developer¿s Cookbook will use VB.NET exclusively but will include both VB and C# examples on the supporting Web site (in both working and downloadable forms). Each recipe has what you need ¿ a brief descriptive name, followed by a description of the task, followed by the technique itself, and finally a "comments" section where the technique is discussed.
Written for developers who are up-to-speed with Asp.Net in general, this text provides a task reference for use while developing web applications. It demonstrates tricks, solutions and best practices to use withing applications.
Up-to-speed with ASP.NET? This book gives you a topic and the 5 to 24 "recipes" you need to get the common or not-so-common task done using ASP.NET. ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook will use VB.NET exclusively but will include both VB and C# examples on the supporting Web site (in both working and downloadable forms). Each recipe has what you need a brief descriptive name, followed by a description of the task, followed by the technique itself, and finally a "comments" section where the technique is discussed.
About the Author
Steven A. Smith, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, is president and owner of ASPAlliance.com, LLC, the #1 ASP.NET developer community, which provides articles, forums, listservs, and sample code for ASP and ASP.NET developers. He is also the owner and head instructor for ASPSmith Ltd, a .NET-focused training company. Steve speaks at several conferences each year and has written articles for MSDN and AspNetPRO magazines in addition to his first book, ASP.NET By Example. Steve has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Engineering. When he isn't working, Steve enjoys swimming, biking, and computer games. Steve lives in Ohio with his wife Michelle and daughter Ilyana. Steve can be reached at email@example.com.
Rob Howard is a Program Manager on the Microsoft ASP.NET team. He is on the core infrastructure team and is responsible for features such as caching and session state. Rob is also the author of several books, including: ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook, SAMS; ASP.NET Professional 1.0, Wrox Press; and the upcoming Microsoft ASP.NET Coding Strategies with the Microsoft ASP.NET Team, Microsoft Press. Rob is also a frequent presenter at developer conferences such as: Microsoft TechED, Microsoft PDC, and ASP.NET Connections. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
I. ASP.NET PAGES.
1. Web Form Basics.
Introduction. Declaring an ASP.NET Page. Using a Codebehind File with an ASP.NET Page. Dynamically Adding Literal Text or HTML to a Web Form. Submitting Data to Another Page Using ASP.NET. Creating a Scrolling Table within a Web Form. Selectively Hiding or Revealing Portions of a Web Form Programmatically. Displaying a Calendar in a Web Form. Validating User Form Input. Working With DropDownLists. Creating Dependent DropDownList Controls. Working with ListBoxes. Persisting Data on a Web Form between Postbacks. Adding Client-Side Script to a Web Form.
2. User Controls.
Introduction. Declaring a User Control. Adding a User Control to a Web Form. Getting and Setting User Control Properties. Partial Page Output Caching. Dynamically Adding User Controls to a Web Form. Raising Events from a User Control. Sharing User Controls Across Application Domains. Programmatically Accessing Properties of a Late-Bound User Control.
3. Custom Controls.
Introduction. Declaring a Simple Custom Control. Extending Existing Web Controls. Creating ViewState-Enabled Control Properties. Creating a Composite Control. Creating a Data-bound Control. Creating a Templated Control. Dynamically Adding Controls to a Web Form. Using the Treeview IE Web Control. Using the TabControl and PageView IE Web Controls. Using the ToolBar IE Web Control. Data-binding a TreeView Control. Installing a Component in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC).
Introduction. Page Output Caching. Partial Page Output Caching Using VaryByControl. Inserting Data into the Cache. Retrieving Data from the Cache. Creating a Cache Dependency. Varying Output Caching by Parameter(s). Varying Output Caching by Browser. Varying Output Caching by HTTP Headers. Using HttpContext for Per-Request Caching. Implementing a CallBack when a Cached Item Expires.
5. Mobile Controls.
Introduction. Creating a Mobile Web Form. Navigation in a Mobile Web Form. Configuring Automatic Paging of Content. Displaying ObjectList Information in a Table. Customizing Output for a Device.
II. ASP.NET APPLICATIONS.
6. ASP.NET Application Configuration.
Introduction. Storing and Reading Custom Settings from the web.config File. Creating Custom Application Settings in the web.config File. Configuring Application Tracing. Configuring Application Debugging. Configuring Application Error Handling. Configuring Application Security. Configuring Sessions in your ASP.NET Application.
7. State Management.
Introduction. Reading and Writing Values to the Application Object. Reading and Storing Data in Cookies. Reading and Storing Data in ViewState.
Introduction. Configuring Forms Authentication. Configuring Windows Authentication. Requiring Authentication to Access Files and Folders. Creating a Simple Forms Authentication Login Page. Creating a Simple Forms Authentication Logout Page. Perform Custom Authentication on Each Request.
III. DATA ACCESS.
9. Error Handling and Debugging.
Introduction. Configuring a Default Error Page. Logging Error Details. Enabling Page Level Tracing. Raising Exceptions. Handling Page Level Errors. Catching Exceptions.
10. Basic Data Operations with ADO.NET.
Introduction. Connecting to SQL Server. Connecting to Oracle. Connecting to a Microsoft Access Database. Connecting to MySQL. Connecting to an ODBC Datasource. Using Microsoft's Data Access Application Block. Using a Tool to Create a Data Access Layer. Executing a Stored Procedure with No Results Returned. Inserting an Image into SQL Server. Displaying an Image from SQL Server. Invoking a Simple Query Object in Microsoft Access. Invoking Parameterized Query Objects in Microsoft Access. Using ADO.NET Transactions.
11. Working with Datareaders and Datasets.
Introduction. Executing a Stored Procedure and Returning the Results in a Datareader. Using a Datareader to Return Multiple Result Sets. Executing a Stored Procedure and Returning the Results in a Dataset. Creating a Dataset Consisting of Several DataTables Using a Stored Procedure. Filtering the Contents of a Dataset. Sorting the Contents of a Dataset. Finding a Particular Row in a Dataset. Persisting Changes in a Dataset to the Database.
Introduction. Opening an XML File. Finding a Particular Node in an XML Document. Storing an XML File. Transforming an XML Document Using XSLT. Converting Between XML Documents and Datasets. Creating a Class from an XML Document. Reading an XML Document Using an XmlTextReader. Writing an XML Document Using an XmlTextWriter. Navigating an XML Document Using XpathNavigator.
13. Rendering Data with ASP.NET Web Controls.
Introduction. Rendering Data Directly on a Web Form. Data-binding to a DropDownList. Data-binding to a Repeater. Data-binding to a DataList. Implementing Sorting in a DataList. Implementing Paging in a DataList. Data-binding to a DataGrid. Using Different Column Types in a DataGrid. Enabling Default Paging in a DataGrid. Enabling Custom Paging in a DataGrid. Enabling Sorting in a DataGrid. Enabling Bi-Directional Sorting in a DataGrid. Editing Items in a DataGrid. Manipulating Individual Rows in a DataGrid. Implementing a Master-Detail Report Using Two DataGrids. Rendering Images in a DataGrid. Adding a Confirmation Box to a DataGrid Button. Implementing Support for Double-Clicks in a DataGrid. Implementing a Check Box Column in a DataGrid. Implementing a DropDownList in Edit Mode in a DataGrid. Editing Items in a DataList.
IV. COMMON TASKS.
14. Working with Classes.
Introduction. Working with Namespaces. Using Access Modifiers. Creating Properties. Using Inheritance. Using Interfaces. Overloading Methods. Creating Multiple Constructors for a Class. Using Shared Class Members. Handling Events.
15. Manipulating Strings.
Introduction. Dissecting Strings. Converting ASCII Codes into Characters. Converting Unicode Codes into Characters. Looping Through Each Character of a String. Reversing a String. Converting the Case of a String. Removing Whitespace from a String. Encoding Special Characters in a String. Encrypting a String. Hashing a String. Appending Several Strings. Formatting Strings. Counting the Total Number of Words in a String. Converting a String into an Array of Strings. Counting the Occurrences of One String Within Another String.
16. Working with Numbers, Dates, and Times.
Introduction. Converting a String to a Number. Working on a Range of Numbers. Converting Numbers Between Different Bases. Finding the Log of a Number. Formatting Numbers. Validating Credit Card Numbers. Performing Trigonometric Functions. Generating Random Numbers. Accessing Today's Date and Time. Converting a String to a Date or Time. Determining Date or Time Intervals. Formatting Dates and Times. Benchmarking a Section of Code. Pausing Your Program. Adding to a Date or Time.
17. Working with Files and Folders.
Introduction. Opening a File. Deleting a File. Creating a File Search Utility. Creating a File. Working with Binary Data and Files. Listing All the Files in a Folder. Getting Information About a File. Copying or Moving a File. Parsing a Filename. Reading a File Line-by-Line. Reading a File Word-by-Word. Parsing a File Using Delimiters. Processing a File in Reverse. Extracting a Single Line from a File. Counting the Number of Lines in a File. Extracting a Random Line from a File. Randomizing Lines and Words in a File. Creating a File in Isolated Storage. Reading a File in Isolated Storage.
18. Working with Collections.
Introduction. Declaring Collections. Looping Through Each Item in an Enumerable. Creating a Custom Collection. Passing an Array of Parameters to a Method. Using a HashTable Collection. Using a Queue Collection. Using a Stack Collection. Using a SortedList Collection. Using an ArrayList Collection.
V. NETWORK ACCESS.
19. Web Services.
Introduction. Creating a Web Service. Consuming a Web Service using a WSDL Generated Proxy. Consuming a Web Service Using a VS.NET Web Reference. Returning an Image from a Web Service.
20. LDAP/ADSI Directory Services.
Introduction. Connecting to a Directory Store. Authenticating a User Using Directory Services. Reading a Value from a Directory Store. Writing a Value to a Directory Store.
21. Internet Tasks and Techniques.
Introduction. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page that Requires Post Information. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page that Requires Cookies. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page that Requires Windows. Authentication. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page that Requires a Proxy. Screen Scraping the Contents of a Web Page that Requires a Specific Browser. Avoiding Redirects While Screen Scraping a Web Page. Viewing the Headers and Cookies of a Screen-Scraping Page. Performing a DNS Lookup. Performing a Reverse-DNS Lookup. Uploading a File Using HTTP. Sending an Email Message. Sending Email with Attachments. Retrieving Messages from a POP3 Mailbox.
VI. ADVANCED .NET FRAMEWORK TASKS.
22. Generating and Manipulating Images.
Introduction. Creating an Image Programmatically. Creating Images from Strings. Loading an Existing Image. Resizing Images Dynamically. Creating Thumbnail Images Without Distortion. Cropping, Flipping, and Rotating Images. Applying Textures to Images. Blurring and Sharpening Images. Gray-scaling an Image. Creating a Photo Negative of an Image. Loading an Animated GIF. Saving an Image with Web Safe Colors. Overlaying One Image Over Another. Using Custom Fonts in the Text of an Image. Loading an Image from a Remote Server. Creating Transparent GIF Images.
23. Threading, Remoting, Reflection, and CodeDOM.
Introduction. Starting a Process in a Separate Thread. Terminating a Thread. Retrieving Metadata Information from an Assembly. Retrieving Information About a Class and its Members. Generating a Class Using the CodeDOM. Compiling a Class using the CodeDOM.
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