New Data Web Controls Enhancements in ASP.NET 4.0 Give ASP.NET Developers More Control

Traditionally, .NET developers using Web controls enjoyed increased productivity but at the cost of control over the rendered markup. For instance, many ASP.NET controls automatically wrap their content in <TABLE> for layout or styling purposes. This behavior runs counter to the web standards that have evolved over the past several years, which favor cleaner, terser HTML; sparing use of tables; and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for layout and styling. Furthermore, the <TABLE> elements and other automatically-added content makes it harder to both style the Web controls using CSS and to work with the controls from client-side script.

One of the aims of ASP.NET version 4.0 is to give Web Form developers greater control over the markup rendered by Web controls. Last week's article, Take Control Of Web Control ClientID Values in ASP.NET 4.0, highlighted how new properties in ASP.NET 4.0 give the developer more say over how a Web control's ID property is translated into a client-side id attribute. In addition to these ClientID-related properties, many Web controls in ASP.NET 4.0 include properties that allow the page developer to instruct the control to not emit extraneous markup, or to use an HTML element other than <table>.

This article explores a number of enhancements made to the data Web controls in ASP.NET 4.0. As you'll see, most of these enhancements give the ASP.NET developer greater control over the rendered markup. Read the full article, Data Web Controls Enhancements in ASP.NET 4.0!



About the Author

Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is the Editor, founder, and primary contributor to 4GuysFromRolla.com. In addition to founding 4GuysFromRolla.com, Scott also created ASPFAQs.com and ASPMessageboard.com. He works as a freelance writer, trainer, and consultant and resides in California.

Comments

  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • On-demand Event Event Date: September 10, 2014 Modern mobile applications connect systems-of-engagement (mobile apps) with systems-of-record (traditional IT) to deliver new and innovative business value. But the lifecycle for development of mobile apps is also new and different. Emerging trends in mobile development call for faster delivery of incremental features, coupled with feedback from the users of the app "in the wild." This loop of continuous delivery and continuous feedback is how the best mobile …

  • Webinar on September 23, 2014, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT Mobile commerce presents an array of opportunities for any business -- from connecting with your customers through mobile apps to enriching operations with mobile enterprise solutions. Join guest speaker, Michael Facemire, Forrester Research, Inc. Principal Analyst, as he discusses the new demands of mobile engagement and how application program interfaces (APIs) play a crucial role. Check out this upcoming webinar to learn about the new set of …

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

Latest Developer Headlines

RSS Feeds