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Form is not working with backend code

Posted on 2011-09-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
IN changing the file with your suggestions I now get an error on the frontend.
Not sure how to handle this: It looks like i need to name the labels but when I try it gives me even more errors...Stuck.

Parser Error Message: '' is not a valid identifier.

Source Error:

Line 6:        <body MS_POSITIONING="GridLayout">
Line 7:              <form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server" enctype="multipart/form-data">
Line 8:                          <asp:label id="" runat="server" Font-Bold="True">Please Select the Data File you will be uploading:</asp:label>
Line 9:                          <input id="filMyFile" type="file" runat="server">
Line 10:                         <p></p>

<%@ Page language="c#" AutoEventWireUp="false" Codebehind="default.aspx.cs" Inherits="FileUpload.WebForm1" Src="default.aspx.cs" %>

	<body MS_POSITIONING="GridLayout">
		<form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server" enctype="multipart/form-data">
				<asp:label id="" runat="server" Font-Bold="True">Please Select the Data File you will be uploading:</asp:label>
				<input id="filMyFile" type="file" runat="server">
                <asp:label id="lblnotes1" runat="server" Font-Bold="True">Please Select the Data File you will be uploading:</asp:label>
				<input id="lblnotes1" type="Text" runat="server">
				<asp:button id="cmdSend" runat="server" Text="Send"/>
				<asp:Label id="lblInfo" runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Visible="false"></asp:Label>
								<asp:Label id="lblText1" runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Visible="True">This file will be placed in the FSU folder on the CEDB server.</asp:Label>
								<asp:Label id="lblText2" runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Visible="True">This file and all of its meta data will be stored in uploadedData database</asp:Label>
								<asp:Image id="imgFile" runat="server" Visible="False"></asp:Image>
								<asp:Image id="imgDB" runat="server" Visible="False"></asp:Image>

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Question by:Tagom
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Expert Comment

ID: 36562692
<asp:label id=""  

needs to have an identifier.

Expert Comment

ID: 36562698
And if you're not using anything in code behind, it doesn't matter, you can just call it

<asp:label id="label1" ....

and it'll be fine.

Expert Comment

ID: 36562701
(line 8, btw)

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Author Comment

ID: 36563069
I did try this method
When I fill in the names of the label I get the following error
Parser Error Message: The base class includes the field 'lblnotes1', but its type (System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label) is not compatible with the type of control (System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlInputText).

Source Error:

Line 10:                         <p></p>
Line 11:                 <asp:label id="lblnotes" runat="server" Font-Bold="True">Please Select the Data File you will be uploading:</asp:label>
Line 12:                         <input id="lblnotes1" type="Text" runat="server">
Line 13:                         <asp:button id="cmdSend" runat="server" Text="Send"/>
Line 14:                         <p></p>

Source File: /hgdeposition/DataUpload/default.aspx    Line: 12

In the database the column notes is a text field -
I am not sure what else to call this input field on the form. So I am wondering if I have line 20 coded incorrectly in the backend file
Here is the back code
using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.IO;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;

namespace FileUpload

    public class WebForm1 : System.Web.UI.Page
        private const string MDBFILE = "FileUpload.mdb";

        protected Label lblFile;
        protected HtmlInputFile filMyFile;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label lblInfo;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label lblnotes1;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button cmdSend;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image imgFile;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image imgDB;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label lblText1;
        protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label lblText2;

        override protected void OnInit(EventArgs e)

        private void InitializeComponent()
            this.Load += new System.EventHandler(this.Page_Load);
            this.cmdSend.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.cmdSend_Click);

        private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Check if FileID was passed to this page as a parameter
            if (Request.QueryString["FileID"] != null)
                // Get the file out of database and return it to requesting client


        // Processes click on our cmdSend button
        private void cmdSend_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
			// Check to see if file was uploaded
			if( filMyFile.PostedFile != null )
				// Get a reference to PostedFile object
				HttpPostedFile myFile = filMyFile.PostedFile;

				// Get size of uploaded file
				int nFileLen = myFile.ContentLength; 

				// make sure the size of the file is > 0
				if( nFileLen > 0 )
					// Allocate a buffer for reading of the file
					byte[] myData = new byte[nFileLen];

					// Read uploaded file from the Stream
                    myFile.InputStream.Read(myData, 0, nFileLen);

					// Create a name for the file to store
					string strFilename = Path.GetFileName(myFile.FileName);

					// Write data into a file
                    WriteToFile(Server.MapPath(@"FSU\" + strFilename), ref myData);

					// Store it in database
                    int nFileID = WriteToDB(strFilename, myFile.ContentType, ref myData, lblnotes1.Text);

					// Set label's text
					lblInfo.Text = 
						"Filename: " + strFilename + "<br>" + 
						"Size: " + nFileLen.ToString() + "<br>";

					// Set URL of the the object to point to the file we've just saved
					imgFile.ImageUrl = strFilename;
					imgFile.ToolTip = "This file will be stored to the FSU folder as file.";
					lblText1.Text = imgFile.ImageUrl;

					// Set URL of the the object to point to the this script with ID of the file
					// that will retrieve file out the database
					imgDB.ImageUrl = GetMyName() + "?FileID=" + nFileID.ToString();
					imgDB.ToolTip = "This file Will be stored in the uploadData database.";
					lblText2.Text = imgDB.ImageUrl;
                    // show the images and text
					imgFile.Visible = false;
					imgDB.Visible = false;
					lblText1.Visible = true;
					lblText2.Visible = true;

        // Writes file to current folder
        private void WriteToFile(string strPath, ref byte[] Buffer)
            // Create a file
            FileStream newFile = new FileStream(strPath, FileMode.Create);

            // Write data to the file
            newFile.Write(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length);

            // Close file

        // Generates database connection string
        private string GetConnectionString()
            return "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" + Server.MapPath(MDBFILE) + ";";

        // Writes file to the database
        private int WriteToDB(string strName, string strType, ref byte[] Buffer, string strNotes)
            int nFileID = 0;

            // Create connection
            OleDbConnection dbConn = new OleDbConnection(GetConnectionString());

            // Create Adapter
            OleDbDataAdapter dbAdapt = new OleDbDataAdapter("SELECT * FROM tblFile", dbConn);

            // We need this to get an ID back from the database
            dbAdapt.MissingSchemaAction = MissingSchemaAction.AddWithKey;

            // Create and initialize CommandBuilder
            OleDbCommandBuilder dbCB = new OleDbCommandBuilder(dbAdapt);

            // Open Connection

            // New DataSet
            DataSet dbSet = new DataSet();

            // Populate DataSet with data
            dbAdapt.Fill(dbSet, "tblFile");

            // Get reference to our table
            DataTable dbTable = dbSet.Tables["tblFile"];

            // Create new row
            DataRow dbRow = dbTable.NewRow();

            // Store data in the row
            dbRow["FileName"] = strName;
            dbRow["FileSize"] = Buffer.Length;
            dbRow["ContentType"] = strType;
            dbRow["FileData"] = Buffer;
            dbRow["uploadDate"] = DateTime.Now;
            dbRow["Notes"] = strNotes;

            // Add row back to table

            // Update data source
            dbAdapt.Update(dbSet, "tblFile");

            // Get newFileID
            if (!dbRow.IsNull("FileID"))
                nFileID = (int)dbRow["FileID"];

            // Close connection

            // Return FileID
            return nFileID;

        // Read file out of the database and returns it to client
        private void ShowTheFile(int FileID)
            // Define SQL select statement
            string SQL = "SELECT FileSize, FileData, ContentType, Notes FROM tblFile WHERE FileID = "
                        + FileID.ToString();

            // Create Connection object
            OleDbConnection dbConn = new OleDbConnection(GetConnectionString());

            // Create Command Object
            OleDbCommand dbComm = new OleDbCommand(SQL, dbConn);

            // Open Connection

            // Execute command and receive DataReader
            OleDbDataReader dbRead = dbComm.ExecuteReader();

            // Read row

            // Clear Response buffer

            // Set ContentType to the ContentType of our file
            Response.ContentType = (string)dbRead["ContentType"];

            // Write data out of database into Output Stream
            Response.OutputStream.Write((byte[])dbRead["FileData"], 0, (int)dbRead["FileSize"]);

            // Close database connection

            // End the page

        // Reads the name of current web page
        private string GetMyName()
            // Get the script name
            string strScript = Request.ServerVariables["SCRIPT_NAME"];

            // Get position of last slash
            int nPos = strScript.LastIndexOf("/");

            // Get everything after slash
            if (nPos > -1)
                strScript = strScript.Substring(nPos + 1);

            return strScript;

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Expert Comment

ID: 36563162
protected System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label lblnotes1;

needs to be

protected System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlInputText lblnotes1;


Author Comment

ID: 36563442
do you by chance have a link with a good summary of input control types

Expert Comment

ID: 36563468
Yeah, I verified it here:


You can also intellisense / navigate it in your code behind, just type
protected System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.
and the dot at the end, and that'll bring up the list of items in there.

Author Comment

ID: 36563474
now i get this error - been chasing this down all morning! appreciate your help

Compiler Error Message: CS0117: 'System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlInputText' does not contain a definition for 'Text'

Source Error:

Line 78:
Line 79:                               // Store it in database
Line 80:                     int nFileID = WriteToDB(strFilename, myFile.ContentType, ref myData, lblnotes1.Text);
Line 81:
Line 82:                               // Set label's text

Expert Comment

ID: 36563484
Also, remember there is a difference in ASP.NET input types, and the classic HTML input types. Whenever possible, you want to use the ASP.NET input types (<asp:TextBox for instance), as they provide more flexibility and functionality. There's also <asp:FileUpload which works pretty well.


Accepted Solution

NauticalNonsense earned 2000 total points
ID: 36563502
hahhahaha, we were typing at the same time...
asp:TextBox has a .Text on it, I believe that your HtmlInputText is a .Value
Yeah, it's .Value for that control.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36563609
It has been a long time since I have had to program in .asp of any kind!
Works....Thank you so much!
So I could use a good tutorial for asp.net
The next step is adding a Boolean column  to the database so they can keep up with if file is complete :
I need to add a checkbox to the form and the backEnd.

Expert Comment

ID: 36563940
You're very welcome, thanks for the grade!

Your checkbox should be mostly straightforward, you'll use
<asp:CheckBox id="ShowInNewWindow" (or whatever it is,

and then on the back side you can reference it like this:

if (ShowInNewWindow.Checked)
{ do stuff }
{ do other stuff }

Or bind that ShowInNewWindow.Checked to any boolean directly

 dbRow["ShowInNewWindow"] = ShowInNewWindow.Checked;


Author Comment

ID: 36564049
I am going to open a new case as this is not working and it will give you the points.

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