October 2nd Links: ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Dynamic Data

Here is the latest in my link-listing series.  Also check out my ASP.NET Tips, Tricks and Tutorials page and Silverlight Tutorials page for links to popular articles I've done myself in the past.


  • Amazon EC2 Support for Windows and ASP.NET: Big news announced this week: Amazon will be offering Windows Server 2008 as an option in their EC2 service.  This enables you to use ASP.NET, IIS7 and SQL Server in the cloud.

  • Using ASP.NET WebForms, MVC and Dynamic Data in a Single Application: Scott Hanselman has a nice post that demonstrates how you can have a single ASP.NET application that uses ASP.NET WebForms, MVC, WebServices and Dynamic Data.  You have the flexibility to mix and match them however you want, which allows you to always use the right tool depending on the specific job.

  • Unlocking and Approving User Accounts: Scott Mitchell posts another in his great series of articles on ASP.NET security (click here for all the articles in the series).  This article talks about how you can setup administration pages that allow admins to lock out and approve user accounts using the ASP.NET Membership system.


  • MVC Membership with Preview 5: Troy Goode posts an update of his popular MVC Membership template that works with ASP.NET MVC Preview 5.  It provides a set of administration pages you can use for user/role management, as well as adds support for OpenID and Windows LiveID.

  • MVC Flickr Xplorer: Mehfuz Hossain has a cool ASP.NET MVC sample application posted that enables a nice picture explorer for FlickR photos.

ASP.NET Dynamic Data

  • Simple 5 Table Northwind Example: Matt Berseth kicks off his ASP.NET Dynamic Data tutorial series with a nice post that shows how to build a simple 5 table application using ASP.NET Dynamic Data with .NET 3.5 SP1.

Hope this helps,



  • Nice to have you back. You must have been busy as we've not had a links update in a while.. even if they are mostly Matt Berseth's articles :P

  • These links are always helpful. Especially for "Amazon EC2 Support for Windows and ASP.NET" in the post. Thanks.

  • Good set of links this time too as always. Thanks for putting them up here.

  • Thanks, looking forward to read your next asp.net mvc article!

  • Matt Berseth's links seems not working..

  • thank you very much Scott

  • Welcome back Scott :)
    We missed your posts of these "Useful Links" series.
    Enjoy your time with little Scott (David),
    and keep up the great work.

  • 7 links from 13 belong to Matt Berseth. I love his posts.

  • We have developed what we consider to be one of the best silverlight Applications in Switzerland , The product involves calculation over 4 million price combinations, all data can be modified in a backend interfaced CMS, this just kills any Flash App. Data is completely generated Dynamically from Backend admin area... you shouold have a look at it.. Its a first... see www.preiskombirechner.ch This is now a live site..
    regards patrick
    PS , I dont mean to SPAM your comments box, but I thought you might like to have a look at the site being the head of Silverlight and all that in Switzerland...

  • All these links help me a lot. thank you somuch.

  • Scott,

    Thank you for the links. Would you happen to have any working examples of integrating a SqlProfileProvider with an ASP.NET MVC web site? I have had some issues and haven't found anybody that has been able to successfully integrate the two.

    Thank you,


  • Thanks for the links Scott.

    I find Matt Berseth's articles better than any other article / book / tutorial / video etc. (ahem!... except may be your articles)
    Simply go through his articles and voila! You are all set to start using the stuff in real world projects.
    No wonder 7 out of 13 links are from his blog!

  • Thank you somuch for the links scott.

  • I always like your great links.


  • I found the "Delete Confirmation" dialog link to Matt's blog very useful. Thanks !

  • Thank you very much scott :)

  • Hi Scott,

    it would be nice to have a sample how to render a (partial) view into string or StringBuilder instead of HTTP response output, e. g. to send the rendered view as e-mail. I've tried it own my own but it doesn't work because System.Web.Mvc.WebFormView.Render method ignores the provided TextWriter instance and uses the response output instead. I've also found no way to obtain a ViewPage or ViewUserControl instance from an IView because all the needed methods are internal.


  • Scott, sorry to bother you through this way but is there any "official" guide for MVC on getting it to work properly on developer machines running IIS5.1 and Staging servers running 2003 with IIS6?

    I cannot ask my clients to just upgrade their servers to 2008, I mean I can but they won't anyway. Heck, I think the last 2 clients are finally moving from 2000 to 2003 Server at the end of this year. Would love to have a solid approach into getting these things setup without having to resort in URL uglification because that kinda contradicts the MVC routing right?

  • Dear Scott,
    Can we have a bit comprehensive article on MasterPage driven pages Caching where Only few labels are changing in master page but rest of the MenuItems remain same..
    Thanks Rahul

  • Dear Scott,
    It would be great to have hand on example on Master Page driven Page caching when only few labels are dynamic in Master page while MenuItems are static across Users; It seems Frames driven Mechanism still runs faster...

  • Dear Scott,
    Recently we are observing a lot of Invalid ViewState problem for couple of cached aspx webforms (varybyparam="*"). Any Suggestions would be helpful as Online msdn reference is not helping us to resolve the problem.

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