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Free ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting Spain - HostForLIFE.eu :: ASP.NET Validation Controls.

clock April 29, 2014 09:01 by author Peter

Today I will discuss about the various validation control that ASP.NET Hosting provide and benefit of using it over client side validation. ASP.NET validation control provide two ways validation. i.e. both Server side and Client side. They perform client-side validation if after confirming that browser allows client side validation(i.e JavaScript is enabled), thereby reducing the overhead of round trip. If client side validation is disabled, it will perform the server side validation. All this from detection to validation is all taken care by the ASP.NET.

In total ASP.NET provide 5 + 1(ValidationSummary) validation control:

  1. RequiredFieldValidator 
  2. CompareValidator
  3. CustomValidator
  4. RangeValidator
  5. RegularExpressionValidator 
  6. ValidationSummary Control      

will discuss about all the control in detail, but before that i will elaborate the attributes that are common to all the controls. 

1. Display - This attribute is used to display the error message. It takes 3 options

  • None: This will ensure that no error message is displayed. Used when Validation summary is used.
  • Static: This will ensure that space on the  page is reserved even if validation pass. i.e. Real estate area on the page will be allocated.
  • Dynamic: This will ensure that space for error message is reserved only if validation fails.

In short static and dynamic do exactly the same thing. Difference between them is that in case of static Style for the <span> is

style="visibility: hidden; color: red;"

and in case of Dynamic Style for span is

style="display: none; color: red;"

2. ControlToValidate - This attribute is used to get the control on which validation is to applied
3. EnableClientScript - Boolean value to indicate whether client- side validation is enabled or not. Default value is true.
4. IsValid - Boolean value to indicate whether the control mention is ControlToValidate attribute is valid or not. Default value is true.
5. Enabled - Boolean valued to indicate if Validation control is enabled or not. Default value is true.
6. ErrorMessage - This is the text message that will be displayed in the validation summary.

RequiredFieldValidator Control
As the name suggest, this validation control make sure that control mention in ControlToValidate cannot be empty.
<asp:TextBox ID="txtSampleTextBox" runat="server">
</asp:TextBox>
<asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="reqfldValidator" runat="server" ControlToValidate="txtSampleTextBox" 
Enabled="true" Display="Dynamic" ErrorMessage="Required" ToolTip="Required">
*</asp:RequiredFieldValidator>

CompareValidator Control
This Control is used to compare the value or one control to the value of another control or to a fixed value. One catch here is that validation pass if both the fields are empty. To handle that one require to apply Required field validator along with CompareValidator.
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" />
<asp:TextBox ID="txtTextBox2" runat="server" />
<asp:CompareValidator ID="CompareValidator1" runat="server" ControlToValidate="txtTextBox1" ControlToCompare="txtTextBox2" Display="Dynamic" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" ToolTip="No Match">*</asp:CompareValidator>

ControlToCompare - This take the Id of control with which comparison is being done.
Comparison can be made on following data types: Currency, Date, Double, Integer and String

RangeValidator
As the name suggest this control is used to make sure that data entered by the user fall within the specified range. Again as for Compare validator validation will pass if input control is empty. Use RequiredFieldValidator to fix this issue.
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" />
<asp:RangeValidator ID="RangeValidator1" runat="server" ControlToValidate="txtTextBox1" MaximumValue="800"
MinimumValue="5" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" Display="Dynamic" Type="String" ToolTip="Error">*</asp:RangeValidator>

A little explanation for this validator. It has a Type attribute that signifies the datatype for Range. In above example datatype is string with MinimumValue="5" and MaximumValue="100". The validation goes like it will accept all the value that satisfy the regex ^[5-8]+$. A little confusing but will get clear after 2 3 reading.

RegularExpressionValidator
This is one of my favorite validator control. This control provide maximum level of flexibility to the developer and almost all the validator control function can be achieved using this validator control. RegularExpressionValidator control has attribute ValidationExpression that is used to specify the regular expression that is used to validate the input control.

<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" />
<asp:RegularExpressionValidator ID="RegularExpressionValidator1" runat="server"  

ControlToValidate="txtTextBox1"
ValidationGroup="MyGroup" Display="Dynamic" ValidationExpression="^[5-8]+$" ToolTip="Error">*</asp:RegularExpressionValidator>

CustomValidator Control: Custom validator control is used to capture the validation that cannot be handled by the validator controls provided by ASP.NET. Here user is at the freedom to define his own custom method, both Client side and Server side. 
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" />
<asp:CustomValidator runat="server" ClientValidationFunction="YouClientValidationFunction" ControlToValidate="txtTextBox1" ID="cstmValidatorControl" OnServerValidate="ServerSideMethod" ValidateEmptyText="true" ToolTip="Error">*</asp:CustomValidator>

ValidateEmptyText  is a boolean attribute that if set to true, the input control will be validated even if it is empty.
ClientValidationFunction contains name of client validation function.
OnServerValidate contains name of server validation function.

ValidationSummary Control
This control is used to display the list of all the validation error that has occurred on the page. The error message displayed is the one set for the ErrorMessage attribute of the validation control. No error message will be displayed if this attribute is not set.  
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" />
<asp:RegularExpressionValidator ID="RegularExpressionValidator1" runat="server" ControlToValidate="txtTextBox1" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" Display="Dynamic" ValidationExpression="^[5-8]+$" ErrorMessage="Error" ToolTip="Error">*</asp:RegularExpressionValidator>

<asp:Button runat="server" ID="Button1" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" Text="Submit" />
<asp:ValidationSummary runat="server" ID="ValidationSummary1" ShowMessageBox="true" ValidationGroup="MyGroup" ShowSummary="true" DisplayMode="BulletList" />

DisplayMode has three options List, BulletList and SingleParagraph
ShowMessageBox when set to true will display the error as a alert popup
ShowSummary will display the error on the page. By default it is true.



Free Italy ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: Programmatically Clearing The ASP.NET Cache For Web Forms and MVC Pages

clock April 16, 2014 06:01 by author Peter

Page level caching for ASP.NET 4.5 web forms and MVC websites is pretty awesome, because it allows you to implement something that's quite complex; multilevel caching, without having to really understand too much about caching, or even write much code. But what if you want to clear a cached ASP.net page before it's due to expire.

What page caching aims to achieve

When developers turn to caching pages in their ASP.net websites, usually it's because of one thing; the need for speed. When our code bases start to require continual requests to a data store, be it disk or database, that doesn't change too much overtime, caching is usually the first hammer we turn to to minimise fetching from slower stores. ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.Net MVC both make this a pretty trivial thing to do by hiding the complexity of cache providers behind simple attributes to either your .aspx pages or controller actions:

WebForms page output caching example:

<%@ OutputCache Duration="300" VaryByParam="productId" %>
ASP.net MVC controller caching:
[OutputCache(Duration = 300, VaryByParam = "prodId")]
public ActionResult ProductDetails(string prodId)
{

}
}

The above is awesome because it's simplicity, but you'll notice one key thing here: I've set my cache expiry to 300 seconds. This is primarily because I want the content to pull from the source now and then just in case something has changed. I've used 300 seconds, but really the time may be inconsequential – I've just set it to an arbitrary number that I deemed would meet my needs.

This doesn't really use the cache as well as it could be used in many scenarios, the primary one being during a period where my site isn't being updated, and the content only changes once every few days/weeks/months. The .NET tooling attempts to allow for these situations by having support for providers like the SQLCacheDependency you can add to your application. But the SQL cache provider or even a CustomCacheProvider don't give you the fine grain control you really want: being able to programmatically remove page, control, action or child-action level cached pages. Like most great things: simple and elegant ASP.net does support this out of the box – you just don't hear about it much. You can tell the runtime to remove cached pages and controls simply by using a very simple recursive API that refers to it's relative URL.

// remove any webforms cached item with the wildcard default.aspx*
HttpResponse.RemoveOutputCacheItem("/default.aspx");
// just remove the webforms product page with the prodId=1234 param
HttpResponse.RemoveOutputCacheItem("/product.aspx?prodId=1234");
// remove my MVC controller action's output
HttpResponse.RemoveOutputCacheItem(Url.Action("details", "product", new { id = 1234 }));

You'll notice for the MVC page's cache reference I used the Url.Action helper, and I recommend this, as it uses the same MVC routing as the cache provider – usually taking the first route found. Using the Url.Action helper means your provided Url follows the same path in reverse to that of the cache provider. For MVC child actions there is currently no way that I know of clearing individual control's caches. MVC controller child actions are stored in the ChildActionCache. To clear the entire child action cache you can do the following:

OutputCacheAttribute.ChildActionCache = new MemoryCache("NewRandomStringNameToClearTheCache");

Obviously this is a pretty aggressive approach, but if you would like to do this in a more granular fashion, try the open source project MVC Doughnut caching instead.



Europe FREE Windows ASP.NET Hosting - Spain :: HostForLIFE.eu Windows ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting Services

clock April 11, 2014 07:34 by author Scott

HostForLIFE.eu Windows and ASP.Net 4.5 hosting is a rare find. Even though the hosting industry is competitive and crowded, finding top-notch ASP.Net 4.5 hosting services is a challenge. Anyone who chooses Windows-based website development is well aware of that!

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HostForLIFE.eu Proudly Announces Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Hosting

clock April 7, 2014 09:58 by author Peter
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European FREE ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting - Germany :: ASP.NET 4.5 Shared Web Hosting Trust Level

clock April 2, 2014 08:22 by author Scott

With more and more people and companies developing websites by Microsoft .NET technology, ASP.NET 4.5 shared web hosting comes to be the major solution provided by many web hosting companies. Most of people choose an ASP.NET 4.5 web host considering about .NET framework version, ASP.NET MVC support, SQL Server database, disk space or bandwidth but they usually ignore the most important feature “IIS security level”. That determines whether the ASP.NET 4.5 websites can run successfully on the shared web host. In result to, if you developing an ASP.NET 4.5 website that works well in the local development environment and attempt to run it in the ASP.NET 4.5 shared web host, you may get the following exception,

System.Security.SecurityException: That assembly does not allow partially trusted caller

This is caused by the security level of the ASP.NET 4.5 shared web host that your application is forced to run with the limited permission, by locking down the access to server file system, preventing the background threads, or interacting with COM interfaces, etc.

ASP.NET 4.5 Web Hosting Trust Levels

 

This security level is known as the Trust Level of IIS for ASP.NET 4.5 websites

It can be configured with the following setting:

  • Full Trust: website can do everything that the account of the application pool can do on the web server. This is the most flexible configuration for running websites on the shared web hosts. You won’t have any problems unless your website accesses the system information.
  • High Trust: websites are limited to call unmanaged code, e.g. Win32 APIs, COM interop.
  • Medium Trust: websites are limited to access the file system except the website application directory, system registry, Code DOM, and more (we will talk it later), compared to High Trust.
  • Low Trust & Minimal Trust: these two options restrict the websites seriously. Even they don’t allow websites to call the service out of process, such as database, network, etc. But we never saw an ASP.NET 4.5 shared web host configured with either one of these two options.

Full Trust and Medium Trust are two widely used levels in ASP.NET 4.5 shared web hosting. The full trust provides best flexibility but it has potential security issues to the shared server, especially when the web hosting provider doesn't have rich experience on setting up Windows permission and IIS. Compared to Full Trust, you have to review the website carefully before you go with a web host only supports Medium Trust Level. You can refer to the following checkpoints for the review,

  • The website shall not call unmanaged APIs.
  • The website shall not access to file system, system registry, event logs and anything else related to the system.
  • The website shall not generate code for execution dynamically using Code DOM.
  • The website shall not use XslTransform to transform something from XML using XSLT.
  • The website has to be signed with a Strong Name.

Check with the web page from Microsoft about which namespaces and classes are not supported in Medium Trust environment. 

And here is quick way to confirm the compatibility of websites to Medium Trust Level, in the local environment,

1. Add partially trusted callers attribute into AssemblyInfo.cs file of the website project, as following code snippet,

[assembly: AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers]

2. Add the following line into the web.config,

<trust level="Medium" />

Suggestion

It's a tradeoff between these two trust level. But if you confirm that the website can run successfully with Medium Trust in your local environment, we suggest you choose an ASP.NET 4.5 web host with Medium Trust only. It shall be more secure and reliable anyway. If you host the website based on 3rd party framework such as DotNetNuke, or using 3rd party component, we recommend you going with Full Trust web host.



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