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First Steps using ASP.Net with MS Expression Web

Creating a data connection and then displaying data

First, three basic tutorials showing how to add a data connection to a site and then add an ASP.Net control that fetches data from a database.

Step 1: Add our Data Connection

You can use data from a range of data sources with ASP.Net controls. Here we'll create a site-wide connection to a database. This needs only to be specified once and can then be used on multiple pages.

Adding the Data Connection (Flash with audio, 1024*768)

Step 2: Adding an ASP.Net control to display data

There are five basic 'display' controls that can be used to display groups or lists of information from a data source (the DataList, DetailsView, FormView, GridView and Repeater) and others that are more likely to be used for selecting data or displaying individual records.

In this example were going to use the data connection created above to display data in a GridView.

Adding a GridView (Flash with Audio, 1024*768)

Step 3: Formatting the GridView

The basic GridView gives a plain view of our data. Lets make it look more attractive.

Formatting a GridView (Flash with audio, 1024*768)

Step 4: Some other possibilities.

Lets look at paging and formatting the data.

GridView paging and data formatting (Flash with audio, 1024*768)


Step 5: Using a DropDownList to select the record to be displayed.

In this example we use the GridView again but with a DropDownList to select the database record we want to display.

DropDownList (Flash with audio)