ASP.NET

Drupal addons vs Sense/Net features

Recently I’ve been creating a list of useful addons for Sense/Net which the community would find useful. To get an idea I started looking at some open source CMS projects with heavy community participation. I started the list with Drupal and to my surprise among the top 40 extensions I found plenty of which are core features of Sense/Net. These are the following:

  • Views
  • Content Construction Kit
  • Pathauto
  • ImageField, FileField
  • Webform

You can read the full article on the Sense/Net devblog.

ASP.NET server side element names changed?

As far as I’ve known if the ClientID of a server control looked someting like this:

ctl00_WebPartManager1_184c801b_7c67_4967_be37_3ab10406f967_ctl00_linkVote1
.

Then the name sent on postback (which identified the control on the server side) was:

ctl00$WebPartManager1$184c801b$7c67$4967$be37$3ab10406f967$ctl00$linkVote1
.

But since some time the _ to $ conversion is not true any more. Instead the _ signs are randomly replaced by dollar signs. Recently the name sent back on postback is:

ctl00$WebPartManager1$184c801b_7c67_4967_be37_3ab10406f967$ctl00$linkVote1
.

This change screwed up quite a lot of client side manual __doPostback() codes I’ve written – most of the making these invokes due to JQuery addons.
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Building an AJAX Tree control

Recently I’ve been in need to create use a tree control that is capable of doing the following:
- Displays tree items
- Branches can be opened to see children
- The tree is dynamically built to minimize server load

I was sure that there are plenty of solutions out there that I could use. After doing some search I found that the Ext framework offers a control that would be easy to integrate and use. So if you’re interested in how to integrate the Ext tree control with an ASP.NET or PHP backend to have it work like the Ext tree sample, read on.
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