How To Tell If Ajax is working on your site with ASP.NET’s ajax UpdatePanel and other Controls

So, I suppose you should just be able to see the fact that Ajax is working by the lack of page flashing.  That may be true on a normal page on a slow connection, but if you are testing locally, it may not be so obvious.  You can certainly crank up your debugging tools like firebug or Fiddler, or you can do the cheap trip about I'm about to explain. Simply, add a sleep statement to your page_load event (Thread.Sleep(3000);) and run your page.  If you are using IE7 like I am, on the post back (for a full page), you will see the windows icon spinning in the tab control.  If you see that, you are getting a full page post back. If not, chances are you are not. Hope this helps! … Continue Reading

How to do URL Rewrites with ASP.NET 2.0 3.0 3.5 on IIS6 and IIS7 and What is Wild Card Mapping

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The Problem Over the past several years I've found myself running into the same problem over and over so I thought I'd blog the solution so at least I don't waste time figuring it out again.  So, when do you need this?  The answer for me is that I want to be able reference a web site without having to expose the underlying site structure.  For example, on the home page of my business, I want people to be able to type http://73rdstreet.com/Home and be taken to http://www.73rdstreet.com/HomeSite/Home.aspx. The Symptom You may see errors that say something like: Server Error in Application ... HTTP Error 404.0 - Not Found … Continue Reading

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