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Modifying the appearance of ASP.NET GridView using CSS

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If you are using the ASP.NET GridView control in any of your web apps, you are likely frustrated by its display options.  Khaled wrote a great article on how to modify the appearance of the GridView using CSS.  It is a very simple process of adding a few tags to the gridview and defining your CSS.  He was even thoughtful enough to provide a downloadable sample.  If you are tired of the default appearance of this control then check out his great tutorial here.


Using Image ALT text to influence your keyword ranking

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Over at Website Magazine I just read a great short article about using image ALT text to positively influence your keyword ranking. Basically the article is saying that we should be sure to include your page's relative keywords in any Image ALT text. Also keep in mind that Image ALT text's primary purpose is to aid in accessibility. Check out the original article over here.


The new WebsiteSpark program for web developers/designers

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Microsoft has introduced a new program for website designer/developer startups.  This is a 3 year program where you get development tools and servers for free.  At the end of the 3 years you have to pay the $100 fee.  Not a bad deal, and there are a few other requirements.  If you are considering being a web startup you should take a look at the WebsiteSpark program.


Adding a View Cart button when using Paypal with ASP.NET

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If you have used Paypal with a simple website, you may be familiar with Paypal's button creator.  It allows you to create HTML buttons that you can embed on your pages.  However this does not work so well with ASP.NET due to the multiple FORM elements.  I have found other examples of how to create "Add to Cart" buttons with ASP.NET and used those methods with success.  However, I could not find a simple example to create a "View Cart" button that linked to the PayPal shopping cart.  This is a very simple process.  

1) Add an ASP.NET button to your web form.

2) In the Click event for your button, add the following code (this is VB):

  Dim MerchantId as string = "xxxx" 'set this to your Secure Merchant ID or Paypal Email Address 

  Response.Redirect("" & MerchantId)


Thrive for developers

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Microsoft has recently created the Thrive website for developers.  Microsoft dubs it as "a one-stop community hub that offers job postings, technical content, and community resources."  The site does offer many resources for web developers ranging from data-driven sites to website security.  Thrive also offers resources for advancing your career and connecting with other developers, so if you are developing with Microsoft technology check it out.


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