Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Install IIS in Windows 7 or Vista

This tutorial discuss how you can enable (Internet Information Service) IIS in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. I have provided screen-shots so that you can easily understand.

First go to control panel and select Programs.

Then select Internet Information Services. (If you plan to run web services you have to select ASP.NET under Application Development Features as following figure)

Now you have enabled IIS and try "http://localhost" in your browser and you will get following page.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Create Simple Web Service with Visual Studio

This tutorial explains how we can create simple Web Services using Visual Studio.

1. Create the Web Service

First create new project and select "New ASP.NET Web Service Application" and I'm giving the name "MyFirstWebService" to it, you can give any name to your project.

Now you can see auto generated code that you can add methods to create your web service. You can see simple method "HelloWorld" and in this sample code I have removed it.

I'm going to add simple method called "simpleMethod" which takes a string as an input and add "Hello" to beginning of that string. Now the code will appear like bellow.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Services;

namespace MyFirstWebService
    /// <summary>
    /// Summary description for Service1
    /// </summary>
    [WebService(Namespace = "http://tempuri.org/")]
    [WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)]
    // To allow this Web Service to be called from script, using ASP.NET AJAX, uncomment the following line.
    // [System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService]
    public class Service1 : System.Web.Services.WebService
        public string simpleMethod(String srt)
            return "Hello "+srt;

        public int anotherSimpleMethod(int firstNum, int secondNum)
            return firstNum + secondNum;


Then you can run your code and you can see the resulting page as bellow.

2. Create the Client Program

We have created our simple web service and we have to create small client program to use this web service. There you can open another instant of Visual Studio and create new "Console Application" project.

Then you have to add Service Reference so that you can access your web service. Here are the screen-shots.

Here you have to give the URL of the web service we created earlier. As I said before previously created web service application should be running on another instant of Visual Studio.

Note that I have set the "Web reference name" as "TestWeb".

Now you can update your client program using following code. Note the line 5 "using WebServiceTest.TestWeb;".

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using WebServiceTest.TestWeb;

namespace WebServiceTest
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            Service1 webservice = new Service1();
            string srt = webservice.simpleMethod("Saranga Rathnayake");
            Console.WriteLine(webservice .anotherSimpleMethod(4,3));

Now you can run the client program to see the result.

3. Publish Our Web Service in Internet Information Service (IIS)

Let's see how we can publish our web service in IIS. Otherwise you always need to run your web service application in separate VS instant. There first stop the web service application and go to the Solution Explore and Right Click on the project. Then select "Publish...".

Then the following window will appear and there you can directly publish to the IIS by selecting "Web Deploy" as the publishing method. But here I'm going to use the "File System as the publishing method. There you have to provide the target location. I have created new folder called "MyApp" in my D drive and selected it.

Now click "Publish" and check the "MyApp" folder. There you will be able to see Service1.asmx file, Web.config file and bin folder which contains the DLL file has been generated. Then copy this "MyApp" folder to "wwwroot" folder. You may find it in "C:\inetpub\wwwroot".

Now enable IIS in your computer and open IIS Manager. I'm going to add my service to Default Web Site. There Right Click on the "Default Web Site" and click "Add Application...".

There you will get following window. Now you can provide appropriate Alias (I have given testservice) and select the physical path of your application. There you can provide the path to the folder we copied previously as following figure and click Ok.

You have to make sure that the application pool identity has Read access to the physical path. So it is better if you copy your files to the "wwwroot" folder other than keep it in separate partition. Please check the following screen-shot

Now restart the IIS and goto http://localhost/testservice/Service1.asmx. You will be able to see the Web Service running.

Now you have published your web service in IIS and you can update the Client Program by giving the new Web Reference URL using Properties Window.

If you are interested in creating web services in java, please follow my post Create Web Service in Java Using Apache Axis2 and Eclipse

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Form Validation and Suggestions using JQuery & PHP

In this post I’m going to describe about a practical use of my previous article JQuery AJAX. Here I’m going to discuss how to validate a form and how to add auto suggests to a form using JQuery and PHP.

Download Source (Password : sara)

In the above I have given you the source code of the whole project which saves the collected data to a MySQL database. It is good if you have a basic knowledge about JavaScript and PHP to understand the codes. You can learn them very easily by referring w3schools.

Since this I’m using PHP and MySQL in the above project, you have to run the code in a server like XAMP or WAMP. In this example I’m going to illustrate with WAMP. If you have the downloaded source code, you can see a folder called "jquery_form" and within that you can find folders css,js,scripts and images. Also you can see a file called index.php.

First thing you have to do is copy the "jquery_form" folder to your WAMP server’s "www" folder. Then open the "dbc.php" file inside the "scripts" folder and change its attributes. If you already haven’t a database called "userdata" and you haven’t given a password for root account, you don’t need to make any changes.

$host = "localhost";
$dbname = "userdata";
$username = "root";
$password = "";

Now do the following things when the WAMP server started. I’ll also mention the result of the given action here.

1. First run the "sql.php" file located in the "scripts" folder. The only thing you need to do is give the address to the file in the address bar. E.g. http://localhost/jquery_form/scripts/sql.php. This should be done when the first time you run the project.

I wrote this file to create a MySQL database with one table and needed fields to store the collected data. If you didn’t make changes to "dbc.php" file, there will be a databased called "userdata" and table called "details_user".

2. Then run the "index.php" file and fill the form correctly and submit. You will see your data in the database. If you try to give the same login name again, you will see the suggestions related to the name and birthday.

Let’s see the codes and check how we can add validation and suggestions. Here the JavaScript which do the above task is "validation.js" which is located in "js" folder. I’ll put the real line numbers in following piece of codes as they appear in actual file.

<title>JQuery Ajax Form | Saranga Rathnayake</title>

<!-- CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/styles.css" type="text/css"/>
<link type="text/css" href="css/jquery-ui-1.7.2.custom.css" rel="stylesheet" /> 

<!-- JavaScript -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-ui-1.7.2.custom.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/validation.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
   changeMonth: true,
   changeYear: true,
   yearRange: '-90:+0',
   maxDate: '+0'
<div id="container">
<form id="logform" name="logform" class="logform" method="post" action="" >
<?php if(

Above lines are from the "index.php" file, there I have linked necessary CSS and JavaScipt files. You can see a JavaScipt code which use to DatePicker.

//On blur
 // on changed
 //On key press
In the above lines I have called the validation functions in "blur" and "keyup" events. I have commented the "keyup" events, if you want them you can uncomment. Then I’ll show you how the validation works.
function validateNIC(){
  var a = $("#nic").val();
  var filter = /^[0-9]{9}[v|V]$/;
   return true;
  //if it's NOT valid
   nicInfo.text("Type a valid NIC please, format: xxxxxxxxxV");
   return false;

In the above code I have use Regular Expressions to make the validation more easier. If the Regular Expression dose not match with the input, then I have changed the CSS Class of the text box which change its color. And also I have added some information about the error. Then let’s see how suggestions work.

function suggestLogginName(){
  var name = $("#fname").val();
  var bday = $("#datepicker").val();
  if(validateName() && validateDOB()){
   $.post("scripts/isValiedName.php",  { loginName:name, birthday:bday,suggestion:"OK" },


The above function calls if the entered login name exist in the database. It will post the Full Name and Birthday to "isValiedName.php" file and that PHP file will return suggested names.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

AJAX Using JQuery Tutorial

You may know that, JQuery is a JavaScript library that we can do smart things using small pease of code. This free and open source JavaScript Library has become the most famous JavaScript Library today because of its Lightweight, Cross-browser and CSS3 Compliant.

Using JQuery we can do thing like Document Navigating, DOM Element Selecting, Creating Animations, Event Handling and Ajax Development very easily. You can learn more about JQuery from JQuery web site.

What this post about ?

This is about a thing that we mostly want when we design web sites. I'm going to discuss how we can get that work done better and smarter using JQuery AJAX. Look at the following picture which describes the whole task, we are going to do.

Just imaging that the above picture is the structure of our web site, when we click on the links at "C", we want to load different contents to the main div in "B". If we use different web pages for all those links and load them when user clicks on a link, we are loading the content on "A" and "C" unnecessarily. That is why we should use AJAX to load the content.

First, download the following example code that I'm going to describe.

Download Source Code(Password : sara)

Open the "index.html" file in your browser and check the result by clicking links "Home", "About" and "Contact Us" on "C". Ignore the problem with last link, I'll explane that later. Now open the "index.html" using a text editor. Then you will see a code like following in the <head> </head> section.

<script src="jquery-1.3.1.min.js" type="text/javascript" ></script>

That is how you can link the JQuey to your web site, it's the same way you link a JavaScript file. Then check the following peace of code.

$(document).ready(function() { 

            url: "about.html",
            cache: true,
            beforeSend: function(){
            success: function(html){
        $.post("boo.php",  { link_id:"link3" },

In JQuery we are writing events inside $(document).ready function. In the above code I have given different IDs to links and call functions when they are clicked. There I have used three different ways to get the above task done.

First look at the 5th line, there I have load the "home.html" file inside the main div when click the "Home" link (id is "link1"). That is the easiest way to do a AJAX request. Then check the 9th line. There I have load the "about.html" file inside the main div when click the "About" link (id is "link2"). This method can be used to decorate our request using effects. As above code you can use beforeSend and success functions to get that work done.

If I uncomment the 3rd line, "home.html" page will load to main div in the page load. Finally check the 23rd line, this is different than above mentioned methods. Here I have get the data in a PHP file. I have call the "boo.php" file using POST method and display the result inside main div when "Contact Us" (id is "link3") clicked. Now I think you may noticed that AJAX is simple if you use JQuery.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Embed a Picture to Body of Gmail Message

In this post I’m going to show you how to embed a picture to body of the message in Gmail without attaching. To get this work done you have to enable Image Inserting in Google Labs. Let’s see how we can enable this.

First log in to your account and go to Settings as following picture;

Then go to Labs section and there you can find Inserting Images. Enable the feature and save the settings. See the following screen shots to more clarifications.

If you have new interface you can directly go to Lab as follows.

Now you can see new icon in tool bar, using that we can embed images to body of the message as following picture.

This is a simple thing that most people dose not aware.