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clock September 21, 2011 07:10 by author Scott

This short tutorial will walk though the implementation of DataGrid using ExtJS 3.3.1 and ASP.NET MVC 3. In this tutorial I focus more on the integration of the front-end, so you will not find any database code. Whenever we deal with data we usually create, read/retrieve, update or delete them. ExtJS provides a great data grid component and the ability to perform CRUD operation with very little coding. I used JSON as data format in the example below.



Let’s start with the server-side by developing the data model and controller.

Controller:

public class ContactController : Controller 
{ 
    // 
    // GET: /Contact/ 
    public ActionResult Index() 
    { 
        return View(); 
    } 
    public JsonResult Load() 
    { 
        var contact = new List<Contact> { 
            new Contact("Smith","95746325","[email protected]"), 
            new Contact("Adam","87291034","[email protected]"), 
            new Contact("Eve","98271345","[email protected]"), 
            new Contact("Chun Li","81728312","[email protected]") 
        }; 
        return Json(new
        { 
            total = contact.Count, 
            data = contact, 
        }, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet); 
    } 
    [HttpPost] 
    public JsonResult Create(List<Contact> data) 
    { 
        //insert Create code 
        return Json(new
        { 
            data = new Contact(data[0].Name, data[0].Phone, data[0].Email), 
            success = true, 
            message = "Create method called successfully"
        }); 
    } 
    [HttpPost] 
    public JsonResult Update(List<Contact> data) 
    { 
        //insert Update code 
        return Json(new
        { 
            success = true, 
            message = "Update method called successfully"
        }); 
    } 
    [HttpPost] 
    public JsonResult Delete(List<string> data) 
    { 
        //insert Delete code 
        return Json(new
        { 
            success = true, 
            message = "Delete method called successfully"
        }); 
    } 
}

Data Model:

public class Contact 
{ 
    public string Id { get; set; } 
    public string Name { get; set; } 
    public string Phone { get; set; } 
    public string Email { get; set; } 
    public Contact(string pName, string pPhone, string pEmail) 
    { 
        this.Id = System.Guid.NewGuid().ToString(); 
        this.Name = pName; 
        this.Phone = pPhone; 
        this.Email = pEmail; 
    } 
    public Contact() { } 
}

ExtJS:

Now, you move on to the view and work on the ExtJS. First, you define the record type which matches the server-side object.

var Contact = Ext.data.Record.create([ 

    { 
        name: 'Id', 
        type: 'string'
    }, { 
        name: 'Name', 
        type: 'string'
    }, { 
        name: 'Phone', 
        type: 'string'
    }, { 
        name: 'Email', 
        type: 'string'
    } 
]);

Now you need to setup the Writer and Reader

var writer = new Ext.data.JsonWriter({ 

    encode: false, 
    listful: true, 
    writeAllFields: true
}); 
var reader = new Ext.data.JsonReader({ 
    totalProperty: 'total',
    successProperty: 'success', 
    idProperty: 'Id', 
    root: 'data', 
    messageProperty: 'message'  // <-- New "messageProperty" meta-data 
}, Contact);

Then, setup a proxy to define the connection to the controller.

var proxy = new Ext.data.HttpProxy({ 

   api: { 
       read: '/Contact/Load', 
       create: '/Contact/Create', 
       update: '/Contact/Update', 
       destroy: '/Contact/Delete'
   }, 
   headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json; charset=UTF-8' } 
});

Hooks the above components (reader, writer, proxy) to the store.

var store = new Ext.data.Store({ 

   id: 'user', 
   proxy: proxy, 
   reader: reader, 
   writer: writer, 
   autoSave: false
});

Add the data grid declaration

var grid = new Ext.grid.GridPanel({ 

    store: store, 
    columns: [ 
        { header: "Name", 
            width: 170, 
            sortable: true, 
            dataIndex: 'Name', 
            editor: { 
                xtype: 'textfield', 
                allowBlank: false
            } 
        }, 
        { header: "Phone No.", 
            width: 160, 
            sortable: true, 
            dataIndex: 'Phone', 
            editor: { 
                xtype: 'textfield', 
                allowBlank: false
            } 
        }, 
        { header: "EMail", 
            width: 170, 
            sortable: true, 
            dataIndex: 'Email', 
            editor: { 
                xtype: 'textfield', 
                allowBlank: false
            } 
        } 
    ], 
    plugins: [editor], 
    title: 'Contacts DataGrid', 
    height: 300, 
    width: 510, 
    tbar: [{ 
        iconCls: 'icon-user-add', 
        text: 'Add Contact', 
        handler: function () { 
            var e = new Contact({ 
                Name: 'New Friend', 
                Phone: '(65) 89182736', 
                Email: '[email protected]'
            }); 
            editor.stopEditing(); 
            store.insert(0, e); 
            grid.getView().refresh(); 
            grid.getSelectionModel().selectRow(0); 
            editor.startEditing(0); 
        } 
    }, { 
        ref: '../removeBtn', 
        iconCls: 'icon-user-delete', 
        text: 'Remove Contact', 
        handler: function () { 
            editor.stopEditing(); 
            var s = grid.getSelectionModel().getSelections(); 
            for (var i = 0, r; r = s[i]; i++) { 
                store.remove(r); 
            } 
        } 
    }, { 
        iconCls: 'icon-user-save', 
        text: 'Save All Modifications', 
        handler: function () { 
            store.save(); 
        } 
    }]
});

Some observations:


-
When submitting data as JSON, set the headers “Content-Type” to “application/json” in the proxy object and set the encoding to false in the JsonWriter. If not, it will be treated as form submission.

-
Since I set the auto save to false. DataGrid will submit list of contact when there are 2 or more changes, however it will send a single object when there is 1 change. In order to make it consistent to send as list, set list full to true in the JsonWriter.

-
ASP.NET MVC 3 able to recognize the JSON without additional coding.



European ASP.NET MVC 3 Hosting :: How to Use BCrypt with ASP.NET MVC 3 and C#

clock September 12, 2011 08:58 by author Scott

I was just reading today about yet another site that stored their user’s passwords in plain text. Of course the issue is if you get hacked you expose everyone’s passwords to the world, passwords they might be using on other sites, etc. There is a lot of debate of how you should go about encrypting/hashing/obscuring passwords and with a little research I found a lot of people seem to think BCrypt is the way to go. Check out this article.

I won’t debate on what you should use for your website, you need to make that decision. I played with a
BCrypt C# library I found on Google Code. Today I’ll build a simple ASP.NET MVC 3 app that will use it to show how easy it is to work with in a project.

Open up Visual Studio 2010 and make sure you have the
ASP.NET MVC 3 package installed. Create a new project: File -> New Project -> ASP.NET MVC 3 Web Application and call it MvcBCrypt. For the project template select Empty. Make sure for the View Engine you pick Razor.



Right-click on the Controllers folder and select Add -> Controller

Name the new Controller HomeController.



When the code shows up right-click on the Index() and choose Add View. Use the default settings (see below) and then click Add.



Modify the code in the Index.cshtml file to look like this:

@{
    ViewBag.Title = "Home Page";
}   

<p>Password: @ViewBag.Password</p>
<p>Hashed Password: @ViewBag.HashedPassword</p>
<p>(Use a wrong password) Is the password correct?: @ViewBag.HashedPasswordChecked1</p>
<p>(Use the correct password) Is the password correct?: @ViewBag.HashedPasswordChecked2

Its time to bring in the
BCrypt code now. Go to this link and copy the source code. Create a new folder in your project called Utility and create a new class file in there called BCrypt.cs.



Note: Yes, there are better places to put this new BCrypt class file but for simplicity its just going to live in a Utility folder for this demonstration.

Make sure to paste in the code and save the file. When you do this make sure to fix the namespace and remove the following:

[assembly: System.Reflection.AssemblyVersion("0.3")]

Go back to the HomeController file and modify it like so:

using MvcBCrypt.Utility;

Add the new code to test out the BCrypt class:

public ActionResult Index()
{
    string password = "myPassword1";
    string wrongPassword = "wrongPasswOrd1";   

    string hashedPassword = BCrypt.HashPassword(password, BCrypt.GenerateSalt(12));
    bool doesItMatch1 = BCrypt.CheckPassword(wrongPassword, hashedPassword);
    bool doesItMatch2 = BCrypt.CheckPassword(password, hashedPassword);   

    ViewBag.Password = password;
    ViewBag.HashedPassword = hashedPassword;
    ViewBag.HashedPasswordChecked1 = doesItMatch1;
    ViewBag.HashedPasswordChecked2 = doesItMatch2;   

    return View();
}

Save and run the project.



Note: Using the new Library Package Manager I did see another BCrypt library out there so you might want to experiment with that one as well.



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