2 years ago, I wrote 3 parts ASP.NET WebParts tutorial. Bellow are summary of each parts and links to original tutorial on www.C-ShareCorner.com
- Creating a Simple WebPart Page and use WebServer controls as WebParts
Portal web sites such as MY MSN and MSN Spaces, often organize their data into discrete units that support a degree of personalization. Information is organized into standalone parts [WebParts], and users can rearrange those parts to suit their individual working styles. Such personalization also lets users hide parts that contain information in which they have no interest. What's more, users can save their settings so that the site will remember their preferences the next time they visit the site. In ASP.NET 2.0, you can now build web portals that offer this kind of modularization of information and personalization using the new Web Parts Framework.
Scope of this Tutorial:
Here we will see how to add web parts to a web part page. Developing advanced WebParts from scratch is out of this tutorial scope. This tutorial also may has subsequent tutorial that explains more about Web Parts Framework.
This tutorial assumes you are familiar with Data Access Controls and Data Binding Controls such as SqlDataSource and GridView. Also it requires SQL Sever 2005 Express Edition and Visual Web Developer. If you don't have SQL Server Express 2005, install ASPNETDB in your SQL Server instance using aspnet_regsql tool. and configure your application to use this instance as your personalization provider.
How to create WebParts Page:
To create a WebParts Page, you need to work with a specific ASP.Net 2.0 Controls:
- WebPartManager Control, which manages all Web Parts controls on a WebParts Page and must be the first control that you add to the page.
- WebPartZone Control, which contains and provides overall layout for the Web Part controls that compose the main UI of a page. This control serves as an anchor for Web Part controls. Multiple controls of this control forms the WebParts Page. Read more....
- Working with WebParts Page, WebPart Zones & WebParts
This tutorial considered to be the second part of the first tutorial Creating a Simple WebPart Page and use WebServer controls as WebParts. Here we will see how can we remove and add WebParts during run time, adding personalizable properties to your WebParts and modifying there values also in run time.
There are 4 types of WebPart Zones. Zones is used to host (anchor or dock) WebParts. In the previous tutorial we had a look at WebPartZone. At this tutorial we will have a look at the other another two WebPart Zones, CatalogZone & EditorZone. Read more...
- WebParts Communication: How WebParts on a page communicate with each other
In this tutorial we will describe how to make WebParts on a WebParts Page communicate with each other. So will see how to use ConnectionsZone and how to enable WebParts to talk to each other by connecting them.
This tutorial assumes that you know how to work with web forms, creating user controls and connecting to data sources using SqlDataSource Control. Also you should know how to use WebPartZone control and to know what are WebParts and WebParts Pages. Read more...
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