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Online training on user controls in ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 October 2012 | 1 comment
User controls are the key to using ASP.NET effectively - this blog explains how and why to create and use user controls, with code examples for VB and C#.
Tags:   ASP.NET / User controls

Generate the database used by the ASP.NET training blog

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 October 2012 | no comments
This mini-blog provides a means to generate the database used by our online ASP.NET tutorial.
Tags:   ASP.NET / General   |   SQL / General
There is a range of techniques for remembering information in ASP.NET across pages and even sessions, including session variables, cookies, query string parameters and crosspage postback. This blog explains how to use each of these techniques, together with the pros and cons of each.
Tags:   ASP.NET / Managing state

Using ViewState to remember form values in ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 October 2012 | no comments
When you submit an ASP.NET form, how can you remember what was on it? Answer: using the ViewState bag.
Tags:   ASP.NET / Managing state

Using GridView controls to display data in ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012 | 1 comment
The gridview control is at the heart of every ASP.NET webpage, displaying rows of data and allowing you to add, edit and delete records. This lengthy blog explains how to master this complex control.

Creating data classes for ASP.NET data controls

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 August 2012 | no comments
Yes, ASP.NET provides DataSource controls, but wizards only get you so far. Share the secret of how Wise Owl create all our ASP.NET websites, using a single, simple data class.
Tags:   ASP.NET / ADO.NET and data   |   ASP.NET / Classes

Creating master pages, CSS, skins and themes

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 May 2012 | 1 comment
How to create the perfect ASP.NET website, including using master pages, CSS style sheets, and whether to use skins and themes or not.
Tags:   ASP.NET / Master pages   |   ASP.NET / Themes, skins, CSS   |   ASP.NET / General

Tutorial - creating the perfect ASP.NET website

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 April 2012 | no comments
This free online tutorial shows how to create the perfect website using ASP.NET using Visual Basic or Visual C#, user controls, styles, master pages, gridviews, data classes and stored procedures.

Using ClientIdMode to name web server controls

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 October 2011 | 2 comments
ASP.NET is great at server-side processing, but how can you refer to ASP.NET web server controls at the client? The answer is to use the new(ish) ClientIdMode property to fix the controls' names.

Overview of Data Controls in ASP.NET 4.0

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 September 2011 | no comments
With the introduction of the ListView data control in ASP.NET 3.5, there are now 4 separate tools for displaying multiple rows of data in ASP.NET. Which one is best - GridView, Repeater, DataList or ListView?
Tags:   Visual Studio / ASP.NET   |   ASP.NET / ADO.NET and data   |   ASP.NET / Gridviews

Review of VB.NET Data Storage Structures

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 August 2011 | no comments
There are a bewildering array (excuse the pun) of data storage structures available to you in Visual Basic. Choose from arrays, ArrayLists, SortedLists, Dictionaries, HashTables, Lists and DataTables, among others. This blog gives an example of each type of structure, and benchmarks them to show which perform best and worst.

Changing Visual Studio default settings for ASP.NET

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 August 2011 | no comments
Visual Studio is a great tool for developing websites using ASP.NET - it can be made even greater by tweaking some default settings. Use this blog to change the default start-up options, assign a navigate backward key, insert attribute quote marks and open pages in HTML view by default.
Adding a first or default item to a list control which gets its data from a table can be tricky. This blog gives an elegant solution using UNION queries, which works equally well for ASP.NET dropdown controls, Windows Forms dropdowns or Access combo boxes.
Tags:   SQL / Selecting data   |   Access / Forms and subforms   |   ASP.NET / ADO.NET and data

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