How to Set File Permisisons to Upload Files in ASP.NET

If you plan on doing any sort of file manipulation on a web-server using ASP.NET, you're going to have to become intimiately familiar with the System.IO library and learn how to properly configure the permissions for the directories you would like to write to on your Windows Server '03 or '08 web-server. Fortunately, the process isn't terribly … [Read more...]

My “Finding a Windows VPS” Adventure

For the last week or so, I've been looking for a Virtual Private Server (VPS) for use on some of my websites and personal web-development projects. My adventure began by doing a Google Search for "Windows VPS" and found dozens of different providers that had different features at different pricepoints. At first, I found it was very difficult to … [Read more...]

Using System.IO to Create, Read, Rename and Delete Files and Folders in C# and Visual Basic

If you're making use of C# or Visual Basic for Windows Forms, ASP.NET Web Forms or ASP.NET MVC, you have access to a very powerful file-system access library that's included with Visual Studio. The library, System.IO, will allow you to create, rename, edit and delete files and folders on your system. If you are using System.IO in ASP.NET, you will … [Read more...]

LINQ 101: Getting Started with LINQ

LINQ has been out for around a year now, but I never have been able to get away from using traditional SQL queries and data-access classes. Today, I thought I would try to do the "Hello World" equivalent of a LINQ program and share that with you today. So What's LINQ? LINQ stands for Language Integrated Query. It's a technology developed for … [Read more...]

How to Format a DateTime in C# / ASP.NET

When I was a new developer making websites in .NET, I ended up doing some pretty screwy things to make date's and time's look how I wanted to. I would do things like: DateTime thisDate = DateTime.Now; string AMPM = String.Empty; if(thisDate.Hour>=12) {AMPM = "PM";} else {AMPM = "AM";} String FormattedDate = (thisDate.Hour%12).ToString() + … [Read more...]

360 WebCMS Feature Look: Multisite Management

I've spent the better part of the last 3 months developing the new version of our company's content management system that's called "360 WebCMS". It's a product that Factor 360 has and is used to develop all of our client websites. One of the cool features that I built into it was multi-site management. Essentially, one copy of the CMS can power … [Read more...]

Make Custom URLs in ASP.NET with the Global.asax File

If you're looking to do URL rewriting for a content management system or another .NET based website, there are a number of ways to accomplish the task. There's a very mature free product called URL Rewriter.NET which gets the job done, and Microsoft has made their own URL Routing solution which was originally developed for their MVC framework, … [Read more...]

Write Your Own Database Access Class in C#

If you use C# or VB.NET through the ASP.NET stack (or just as a desktop application) to connect to a  SQL database, you'll have a few options. There's the new entity data model from Microsoft, there's also last year's notion of LINQ. They both do a reasonably good job, but are sometimes on the over-kill side for smaller projects. Sometimes you just … [Read more...]