ASP.NET Debugging

March 28, 2008 at 10:36 am (.NET, ASP.NET, Blogroll)

For help with debugging ASP.NET issue especially on production servers. The following 2 blogs provide very valuable information as to inner working of ASP.NET.


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ASP.NET MVC Request Lifecycle

March 20, 2008 at 12:40 am (aspnetmvc, Microsoft)

Stepehn Walther has a great in depth blog post on the lifecycle of an ASP.NET MVC request. You will need to dedicate several minutes to reading this in-depth, but it certainly is worth it.

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Debugging .NET Framework Source Code Available!

January 17, 2008 at 12:24 pm (ASP.NET, Microsoft)

Great news! As promised, the .NET Framework source code in Visual Studio 2008 is now available for debugging. Detail instructions and FAQ is available on Shawn Burke’s blog here.

Note, for users of 64bit edition, there is an extra manually step to do in the QFE fix.

The assemblies available for source viewing are:

  • Mscorlib.DLL
  • System.DLL
  • System.Data.DLL
  • System.Drawing.DLL
  • System.Web.DLL
  • System.Web.Extensions.DLL
  • System.Windows.Forms.DLL
  • System.XML.DLL
  • WPF (UIAutomation*.dll, System.Windows.DLL, System.Printing.DLL, System.Speech.DLL, WindowsBase.DLL, WindowsFormsIntegration.DLL, Presentation*.dll, some others)
  • Microsoft.VisualBasic.DLL

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URL Rewriting with ASP.NET and Handling Images and CSS

April 17, 2007 at 12:38 pm (ASP.NET)

As usually, ScottGu has an excellent post about URL rewriting with ASP.NET. No need for me to repeat what he already said 🙂

However at the end of his post, Scott has a section for dealing with CSS and Image references correctly, which has been causing problems for some including myself. The problem is with the use of the tilde (~) notation for ASP.NET controls and for the CSS you must use the absolute path meaning “/style.css” instead of just “styles.css”.

Handling CSS

Of course you can simply put an absolute path and your done. The solution I’m proposing here is an alternative and simulates the ~ notation. This solution was inspired by what Scott did with the forms control adapter.

Looking at typical page (including master pages) we have the following:

1 <head runat="server"> 2 <title>My Page</title> 3 <link href="Stylesheet.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" /> 4 </head>

So that got me thinking that since the head is now a server it must also follow the ASP.NET rendering methods. So based on Scott’s sample you can add the following to the Form.browser file:

1 <browsers> 2 <browser refID="Default"> 3 <controlAdapters> 4 <adapter controlType="System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlForm" 5 adapterType="FormRewriterControlAdapter" /> 6 <adapter controlType="System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlLink" 7 adapterType="LinkRewriterControlAdapter" /> 8 </controlAdapters> 9 </browser> 10 </browsers>

Essentially we are going to override the rendering for the HtmlLink control. The C# code to do that (LinkRewriterControlAdapter) is:

1 public class LinkRewriterControlAdapter : System.Web.UI.Adapters.ControlAdapter 2 { 3 protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer) 4 { 5 base.Render(new RewriteLinkHtmlTextWriter(writer)); 6 } 7 8 } 9 10 public class RewriteLinkHtmlTextWriter : HtmlTextWriter 11 { 12 #region Constructors 13 14 public RewriteLinkHtmlTextWriter(HtmlTextWriter writer) : base(writer) 15 { 16 this.InnerWriter = writer.InnerWriter; 17 } 18 19 public RewriteLinkHtmlTextWriter(System.IO.TextWriter writer) : base(writer) 20 { 21 this.InnerWriter = writer; 22 } 23 24 #endregion 25 26 public override void WriteAttribute(string name, string value, bool fEncode) 27 { 28 if (name == "href") 29 { 30 HttpContext Context = HttpContext.Current; 31 if (Context.Items["ActionAlreadyWritten"] == null) 32 { 33 string sStylesheetName = value; 34 int iSlashPos = value.LastIndexOf('/'); 35 if (iSlashPos >= 0) sStylesheetName = value.Substring(iSlashPos); 36 37 value = GetBaseURL() + "/" + sStylesheetName; 38 39 Context.Items["ActionAlreadyWritten"] = true; 40 } 41 } 42 base.WriteAttribute(name, value, fEncode); 43 } 44 }

This will override the rendering of the href attribute value for all <link> tags. The value coming in has already been resolved by ASP.NET, that is why there is some parsing for slash (/).

Handling Images

The tilde notation (~) works great if you are only doing one level of URL rewriting. If you want to do URL rewriting with mulitple levels ex:, then (~) notation will no longer work since ASP.NET will resolve the URL relative to real ASPX page. For this case I find it simplest to use HTML elements and specify the href with inline code. Ex:


1 <a href="<% =GetBaseURL() %>/">Home</a>

Hope this helps. Please feel free to comment (go easy this is my first post :))

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