Last post Jun 19, 2008 12:23 PM by jonwood
Nov 11, 2007 01:16 AM|jonwood|LINK
I was able to install and run the Personal Site Starter Kit without any problems. And I can browse all the pages without problems. But I have nothing but trouble trying to log in as an administrator.
First, it will sometimes report my login was unsuccessful (after retrying several times). Then, when the login was apparently successful, nothing happens. The only way I can get the MANAGE option to appear in the menu is by going to another page.
Then the photo albums: AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGH! All the buttons associated with viewing and editing the photo albums only work about 1/3 of the time. Hit the next button to show the next photo and it refreshes the same one. Select a photo album and it shows
the pictures from another album. Try to rename a picture and it's either ignored or it tries to go off to some invalid page.
I'm a long time programmer but am still pretty new to ASP.NET. I know enough to know there are serious problems, but really don't have a clue as to what could possibly be causing what I'm seeing.
Just thought I'd ask: does this actually work for you guys?
kit problems database album
Nov 11, 2007 06:52 AM|HS2k|LINK
Ofcourse it does. [:D]
Nov 11, 2007 09:46 PM|Chrisk1152|LINK
If you could be so kind to post a link of the site so that I can take a look at it and see if there are any problems with it.
Here is a example of the site that is working correctly.
I hope that this helps you to feel that all is not hopeless... I too had alot of issues when I started using the template.
Nov 12, 2007 02:24 AM|jonwood|LINK
The URL you provided does not appear to be valid. But that's okay as I've looked at some other sites that use that template. Unfortunately, mine is not online so I cannot provide a URL.
For me, there is definitely something funky is going on. One example is bringing up an album and then clicking the next button. It does not go step through the pictures in that album. But the quirks that happen are not consistent.
I tried to debug but I'm just not familiar enough with ASP.NET to figure some more advanced parts of the site. Also, I may set a break point but then it works okay.
This is very frustrating as I can find no rhyme or reason for what it's doing and I have no idea how to approach trying to solve the issue.
Nov 12, 2007 10:42 AM|Chrisk1152|LINK
I'm sorry to hear that you are having so many problems with the template. Unless I can see what is going on I doubt that anyone will be able to help. How is it that you are able to see the site to get all the errors? I ask because unless the site is
published and online not all the features will work right.
Nov 12, 2007 11:13 AM|jonwood|LINK
I test it using Visual Studio 2005. If you are aware of any features that could be intermittent unless it was actually published online, please share. VS2005 was designed to develop and test ASP.NET applications so, as far as I know, it should work just
Nov 12, 2007 01:36 PM|Chrisk1152|LINK
No if it works in VS2005 it should work online.... the only difference is that you have to add everything to the site after it's published. When I published my site the entire thing went blank and I had to add everything again while it was live. Have
you tried using a different web browser I.E. Firefox? I've never heard of the gallery only working some of the time. One of the problems that you were describing sounds like when your looking at the last picture and you click on next it keeps showing the
Have you published it online yet? If not I recommend www.gate.com to host it. It has the personal website template already installed so all you have to do is connect with VS2005 and change what you want.
This might help you out and stop some of the problems that you are recieving.
Nov 12, 2007 03:50 PM|jonwood|LINK
I have not tried a different browser, but have several reasons why I believe that is not the issue.
Yes, I know it does not advance once you reach the last picture but the default application displays a number for all pictures in the current album and highlights the current image. So it is clear when additional pictures remain (in addition to the fact
that I know how many pictures are in my album).
This is just incredibly frustrating as I'm still fairly new to .NET. I'm an excellent debugger (for 20 years) but have absolutely nothing to go on here. Something is very screwy and doesn't seem to follow any particular rules. If someone fully understood
the code associated with displaying the next picture in an album, perhaps they could explain how that is handled and where I might set a breakpoint to see what is going on. But, looking at it, I'm just not to the point with ASP.NET where I understand how that
Nov 13, 2007 02:19 PM|SalmonTraining|LINK
Re code and breakpoints - the images are stored in the database (I'm sure you know that) and the starter kit uses databound controls to manipulate back/next etc - so you can't actually step thru it. This should work seamlessly - to be honest, I haven't
seen any such problems you describe.
You say that you select an album and photos from a different album appear? It's possible that the IDs in the database are screwed up, although seems unlikely. The data model is really simple - there's just a couple of tables (album and photos) - if you
know some SQL you could verify if the actual data seems to tie up (i.e. photos are linked to the correct album). It's conceivable that the rename functionality might have caused a screw-up.
I know this sounds like a cop out - but I'd probably create a new starter kit project from scratch, load a few albums and photos and see if it was a one-off installation problem. Good luck - and to answer your first question, yes - I've done it and seen
it live and working for various family websites etc, thankfully haven't experienced your frustration.
Jun 19, 2008 12:23 PM|jonwood|LINK
I started looking into this again. My understanding of ASP.NET has improved somewhat and, after much research, it now appears that the pages show as expected if I disable that page's cache. It's still a great mystery as to why no one else's pages are cached
and everyone isn't complaining about problems viewing the site. Anyway, I've posted a new question about why the cache prevents pictures from updating for me and no one else. Thanks.