Developing an ASP.NET AJAX Server Centric Based Mini Blog System - Part 3
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Published: 11 Aug 2008
In this article, Xianzhong Zhu wraps up his three part series by providing a summary of some of the key techniques required to construct the sample blog system from the perspective of the clients. He examines some of the techniques which enhance the reading of blogs such as implementation of recommended articles section and modal dialog box. He also provides a detailed coverage of the integration of CAPTCHA control into the system to minimize unsolicited comments.
by Xianzhong Zhu
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Continuing from the last installment of this series, we will work with the blog system mainly from the point of view of common user management. Moreover, in the rest of this part we will summarize the key techniques required to construct this sample blog system. To gain a better understanding with this part let us again present to you the common user related modules to be discussed.

Figure 1 - The common users related modules

When the user clicks "Back to Home" at the login page, or at the first time he or she is navigated to the home page of this blog system, the user enters into the system as the role of a common user. At this time the user owns the right of viewing the blog list, reading the recommended blogs and passengers' comments and words, making comments or even leaving words to the blog host, all of which are previewed in Figure 1 in the first installment of this series.

You, in this case the unregistered user (a common surfer), now come to the homepage index.aspx and will be shown around the mini blog system. Naturally, the first view catching your sight may be the blog category and you can even skim through some blog articles and make related comments upon them.

As you know, both of the above actions are concerning the homepage index.aspx. Let us examine the first case.

Looking through the Blog Category

The blog category area is shown at the upper left corner of page index.aspx. Figure 2 illustrates the related scrap of snapshot.

Figure 2 - The blog category block at the homepage

This part relates to the following HTML code.

Listing 1

<asp:DataList id="ClassList" runat="server">
            <a href="Index.aspx">Home</a>
            <a href='index_<%#Eval("ST_c_name")%>_<%#Eval("ST_c_id") %>.aspx '>

Here, the frequently-used ASP.NET 1.X/2.0 server control DataList comes into use. Partly due to that there are a great deal of sub items that will be dropped here and partly due to that each of the items will be linked to an array of blog articles to be shown at the right. I have tried to resort to the url redirection technique to get over this puzzle. As you have seen, the above complex href will be resolved into a piece of url scrap. With the url redirection defined inside the file web.config, when the left sub blog item is clicked then the user will be clicking a url scrap (a hyperlink) which will show him or her the related articles belonging to this category. For details about the url redirection, please refer to the "Key Techniques Dissection" section later.

You may think that I have followed an awkward routine. If so, you can solve it on you own.

To continue the story we look at reading interesting blogs and making related comments.

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User Comments

Title: wholesale shoes   
Name: wholesale shoes
Date: 2010-04-06 11:45:38 PM
Wow, thanks for the insightful post. I look forward to reading more from you.
Title: missing file   
Name: Jim Arthur
Date: 2008-08-11 6:53:33 PM
I am getting a page not found when I try to download the sample application. Great article and would much appreciate having the sample

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