Wednesday, June 23, 2010

inline tags.

inline tags... sorting them all out (<%$, <%=, <%, <%#, etc.)

There are all sorts of different inline tags, and I haven't found a place that explains them all in one place, so here is the quick and dirty...

The most basic inline tag, basically runs normal code:

<% if (User.IsInRole("admin")) { %>
You can see this
<% } else { %>
You are no admin fool!
<%} %>

Used for small chunks of information, usually from objects and single pieces of information like a single string or int variable:

The Date is now <%= DateTime.Now.ToShortDateString() %>
The value of string1 is <%= string1 %>

note: <%= is the equivalent of Response.Write()

Used for Binding Expressions; such as Eval and Bind, most often found in data controls like GridView, Repeater, etc.:

<asp:Repeater ID="rptMeetings" DataSourceID="meetings" runat="server">
<%# Eval("MeetingName") %>

Used for expressions, not code; often seen with DataSources:

<asp:SqlDataSource ID="party" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:letsParty %>" SelectCommand="SELECT * FROM [table]" />

This is for directive syntax; basically the stuff you see at the top your your aspx pages like control registration and page declaration:

<%@ Page Language="C#" MasterPageFile="~/MasterPage.master" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="_Default" Title="Untitled Page" %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix="wp" Namespace="CustomWebParts" %>

This is a server side comment, stuff you don't want anyone without code access to see:

<asp:Label ID="lblAwesome" runat="server" />
<%-- sometimes end users make me angry --%>
<asp:LinkButton ID="lbEdit" Text="Edit" OnClick="Edit_Click" runat="server" />


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