Monday, November 30, 2009

C# 4.0-Dynamic Data Type, Difference between var and dynamic

C# 4.0 introduces a new keyword called 'Dynamic'. It can consume any object anything. Let's see some examples for that.
dynamic intExample = 1;

dynamic floatExample = 2.5;

dynamic stringExample = "DotNetJaps";
It will print out put on web page as following.


Now, you will have question what's new in that. It could be also done with var keyword . Yes, you can do same thing with var but dynamic keyword is slightly different then var keyword.

Diffrence between var and dynamic keyword:

var keyword will know the value assigned to it at compile time while dynamic keyword will resolve value assigned to it at run time. I know you guys don't believe me without example. So let's take example of string.
string s = "DotNetJaps-A Blog for,,VB.NET";
var varstring=s;
Now try to compile above code it will not compile and it gives a error that 'string' does not contain a definition for 'MethodDoesnotExist' and no extension method 'MethodDoesnotExist' accepting a first argument of type 'string' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?'. So var keyword knows that what value or object or anything assigned to it. Now lets try to compile same code with dynamic example like following.
string s = "DotNetJaps-A Blog for,,VB.NET";
dynamic varstring=s;
This will compile. So it is the difference between dynamic and var keyword. With dynamic keyword anything assigned to it like property,objects operators anything that will be determined at compile time. It can be useful while we are doing programming with com,JavaScript which can have runtime properties.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Simple Insert,Update,View and Delete with LINQ-To-SQL

Today one of my friend asked me about simple insert,update and delete example with LINQ-To-SQL but at that time i was not having any simple example which will show the power of LINQ-To-SQL Example. So i have decided to create one simple example with LINQ-To-SQL and also decide to blog about it. Let's create a simple example which is very simple and also show basic step to use LINQ-To-SQL. First i have created a simple table called which have 4 fields like ProductId,Name,Description and Price. Like following.


Here is the description for each fields
  1. ProductId- A id which uniquely identify each product.
  2. Name- Name of Product
  3. Description- A short description about product
  4. Price- Price of Product.
Now, Lets create a Linq-To-SQL and rename it as MyDataContent.dbml as following. For that Go to your project ->Right Click->Add New Item->Go to Data Template-> LINQ to SQL Classes like following.


Then open Database Explorer and drag and drop Product table on the newly generated LINQ-to-SQL Class like following.


Now our LINQ-SQL-Class is Ready. Now we will insert some data to our table and then first we will write code to get all product information from the database. I have created a function called GetProduct which will print all the product information on page with the help of Response.Write . Following is code for that.
public void GetProducts()
using (MyDataContentDataContext context = new MyDataContentDataContext())
var Products = from product in context.Products
orderby product.Name
select product;
foreach(Product p in Products)
Response.Write(string.Format("<B>Id</B>:{0}", p.ProductId.ToString()));
Response.Write(string.Format("<B>Name</B>:{0}", p.Name));
Response.Write(string.Format("<B>Description</B>:{0}", p.Description));
Response.Write(string.Format("<B>Price</B>:{0}", p.Price.ToString()));
Now Let's Create a function to Add Product. Following is code for function to add product.
public void AddProduct(Product product)
using (MyDataContentDataContext context = new MyDataContentDataContext())
In the above function i am passing a new object of product and passing that object to above function following is a code for that which create a new product via calling above function.
//Add New Product
Product product = new Product();
product.Name = "Product3";
product.Description="This is product 3 Description";
Now we have added the code to add product now lets create a function to update the current product information. Following is a code for that.
public void UpdateProduct(int productId, string name, string description, double price)
using (MyDataContentDataContext context = new MyDataContentDataContext())
Product currentProduct = context.Products.FirstOrDefault(p => p.ProductId == productId);
currentProduct.Name = name;
currentProduct.Description = description;
currentProduct.Price = price;
With the help of above function you can update current product like following.
////Update Product
UpdateProduct(2,"New Product2","New Description for product",20);
Now we added the code for update product so now let's create a sample code to delete a specific product. Following is a code for that.
public void DeleteProduct(int productId)
using (MyDataContentDataContext context = new MyDataContentDataContext())
Product currentProduct = context.Products.FirstOrDefault(p => p.ProductId == productId);
You can delete the product via passing product id as following.
//Delete product
So that's it. you can create insert,update,delete operation with the help of LINQ-To-SQL within some minutes without writing so much code for .net and queries for databases.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

ASP.NET 4.0 New Feature- RepeatLayout property for CheckBoxList and RadioButtonList Controls.

ASP.NET 4.0 having many many new features. One of them is the RepeatLayout property for the CheckBoxList and RadioButtonList controls. The property is useful when we need decide how this controls will be render as html when its load in browser .

Code Snippet

  1. <div>
  2. <asp:CheckBoxList ID="checkboxList" runat="server" RepeatLayout=UnorderedList>
  3. <asp:ListItem Text="Checkbox1" Value="1"></asp:ListItem>
  4. <asp:ListItem Text="Checkbox2" Value="2"></asp:ListItem>
  5. </asp:CheckBoxList>
  6. </div>

There are four options available there.

  1. Flow
  2. OrderedList
  3. Table
  4. UnorderedList

Flow: This option will render control with span tag. This option will be better when you need tables less html for your site.

OrderedList:This option will load contriol as orderedlist. It will load html with <ol> and <li> Tags.

Table:If you love table structure then this is the option for you it will load html with <table><tr> and <td> tags.

UnorderedList: This option will load control as UnorderedList. It will load with <ul> and <li> tags.

So this property will useful when you want to have more control over html rendering in your browser as per your requirement.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

C# 4.0 New feature - Named Parameter

C# 4.0 has one new cool features which is the named parameter. Suppose you have so many parameter in function and when you call them its hard to remember the sequence of the code now with the named parameter you can have name of the parameter with value like Parameter:value and one another cool feature of the name parameter is the you don't need to pass the parameter in exact sequence. Let see the following example

Code Snippet

  1. protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  2. {
  3. foreach (int i in Square( max:10,min:1))
  4. {
  5. Response.Write(i.ToString() + " ");
  6. }
  7. }

  8. public static IEnumerable<int> Square(int min, int max)
  9. {
  10. for (int i = min; i < max; i++)
  11. {
  12. yield return i*i;
  13. }
  14. }

In above example I am having a function called square with two parameter min and max and having a function which will return the square of the given range between min and max. See the for each loop carefully. I have named parameters and another thing you will notice that i have changed the sequence of parameter but still its working fine. So this is a very cool new feature from the C# 4.0.

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Visual Studio 2010- New Features Selected Text.

I am loving more and more visual studio 2010 for some of the cool things. One of the new feature i have found in visual studio 2010 is the selected text. In the earlier version of visual studio 2010 when we select tax then its not maintaining the highlighted code but with visual studio 2010 it is maintain the colored syntax. Isn't that cool?. We can still know that what we are selecting. Like following.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yield statement in C#

Yield statement is one of most interesting statement in the C# 2.0. I have heard about lot of yield statement but today i have learned about yield statement. Yield statement can be used to return multiple object from a method while retaining its state. You can get item in sequence with help of yield.Let take a simple example to see the power or yield statement.

Let's create one example which will help you the understand how its works Let create a function will return the square each time this function is called.

Code Snippet

  1. public static IEnumerable<int> Square(int min, int max)
  2. {
  3. for (int i = min; i < max; i++)
  4. {
  5. yield return i*i;
  6. }
  7. }

Now each time this method is called it will return the square of current value within a given range and its also maintains the state between calls. Let create for each loop to call the the square function above.

Code Snippet

  1. foreach (int i in Square(1, 10))
  2. {
  3. Response.Write(i.ToString() + " ");
  4. }

And here will be the output in the browser.


So it will create IEnumerable without implementing any interface and lesser code.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

C# 4.0 - Optional Parameters

With .net framework 4.0 and C# 4.0 also introduces a new feature called optional parameters it was there in VB since visual basic 6.0. But it is now available in the C# with 4.0 version. Optional parameter will be become very handy when you don't want to pass some parameter and just you need the default value. For that Till C# 3.0 we need to create overloaded functions where we creating function with different argument with same function name. Let's see how its works

Let's go through a simple scenario we will create function with simple response.write which will print a string which will be optional argument.

Code Snippet

  1. protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  2. {
  3. PrintMessage();
  4. PrintMessage("This is message to print passed as argument");
  5. }
  6. private void PrintMessage(string MessageToPrint="This is default message to print")
  7. {
  8. Response.Write(MessageToPrint);
  9. }

See the above example in that we have created one created once function PrintMessage which will print message on web page thorough Response.Write. And in the Page_Load event we called two times first one is which without argument which will print default message and another one which will have message an message argument which will print message which we have passed. Lets run that application and following out put will produced.


So that's it it will work like this if you passed argument the it will use argument or otherwise its will use the default argument. This will become handy and you don't need to write overloaded function with default value.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

New publish setting dialog in visual studio 2010 beta 2.

Those who are working with will also know about the publishing site to directly with publish dialog. This was introduced with visual studio 2005 and till now it is one of the best way to publish your site with only required files. Visual studio 2010 is not a exception but the publish dialog is enhanced with more feature. Now the its directly given in the toolbar of visual studio 2010 like following.


Once you select the new the following dialog will appear.


In visual studio 2010 publish setting dialog has more options then earlier version. Now you can also save publish profile also and this profile will appear in the publish setting and by choosing that you can directly publish your site from the publish button with same setting you set for this profile.

The publish setting dialog also has more options then earlier version of visual studio. It is having four option.

  1. MSDeploy Publish
  2. Ftp
  3. FileSystem
  4. FPSE

MSDeploy Publish:

With this option you can directly deploy your site on Remote server IIS with MSDeploy tool .This is one of coolest thing in click once deployment. It can also deploy all the IIS setting, content of the website,registry setting for website,required assembly etc. For more details about this please visit following link:


This is the same as visual studio 2008. You can directly publish your site on remote server with ftp protocol. If you have the username and password for ftp protocol then it is the easiest thing to publish your site on remote server.

File System:

This will create a published version of your webaplication on folder which you specified and then you can copy it whatever location you want. If you are having VPN of remote server then you can directly copy the publish version of you web application directly on specified location


FPSE means front page server extension.This is the oldest one which were introduced with the Internet was fairly young, to support things like hit counters, email components. Some developers that develop with FrontPage use these. It also provide way to publish content.

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Visual Studio 2010 New Features:Zooming and highlighting tags.

As i am using visual studio 2010 more and more i loving it more. While working with new Microsoft New Visual Studio 2010 Express edition I have came across about two more cool features zooming feature and another the highlighting start and end tag of particular selected tag.

Let see one by one. First feature is the new zooming feature of visual studio 2010 now you can zoom your html and server side code up to 20% to 400%. This feature is very useful when you are teaching some one some thing with your code. Another thing you can also make visible your lots of code in one screen while you set it less then 100%. There is a dropdown given in both source view of html code from which you can zoom it up to 400% like as following.


So you can zoom your code and view in the bigger way like following.zoom2

Same way you can do it for the server side code also.

Another feature i have came across is the highlighting of start and end tag in html source view. So user can have idea where the tag can be finish. As you can see in following picture I have selected link button and its highlighting both start and end tag of link button.


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page_load event firing twice in firefox with page or user control.

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We are having a very large project in 3.5. During code review of project we have found that page_load event of one control is firing twice in the firefox browser. After doing some debugging i have found that it's due to one of the link button which is there in the control. I like to share you the same scenario with you all guys.

One of the developer from us has specified the link button click event  two times.  The first one in directly in the html with onclick  like following.

Code Snippet

  1. <form id="form1" runat="server">
  2.     <div>
  3.         <asp:LinkButton ID="lnkButton" runat="server" onclick="lnkButton_Click"></asp:LinkButton>
  4.     </div>
  5.     </form>

And another in the initialize event he has also attached the event handler for the click event like following.

Code Snippet

  1. protected override void OnInit(EventArgs e)
  2.         {
  3.             lnkButton.Click += new EventHandler(lnkButton_Click);    
  4.             base.OnInit(e);
  5.         }

So i have removed one of them from initialize event and now its calling page_load event only one time. This is also responsible for the failed to load ViewState error some time when you are adding controls dynamically.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

File upload control is not working with Update panel

We all are using update panel for the Ajax implementation in every site. Nowadays Ajax is almost there in each and every site. Update panel is working fine with the all other controls but when we use the file upload control then its not working fine. I have searched from lots for this and i have found one of simple solution from the Imran's blog. It is so simple and works very well. You just need to add the "multipart/form-data" attribute to the form.

Here is the link from which you can have all the information.

Thanks Imran for posting nice info like this.

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