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How to write a simple web app in VS 2010.

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Hello,

I am a beginner with C# and visual studio 2010.

I want to write a web application that handles a http request, looks in the query fields for a document id, loads the relevent document from a database as a PDF, and return the PDF in the HTTP Response.

Quite simple, and i already have an example running in Delphi as an ISAPI dll.

What coding template do i use in VS 2012?
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this should get you started

http://www.mikesdotnetting.com/Article/80/Create-PDFs-in-ASP.NET-getting-started-with-iTextSharp

The point is that when you want to make good PDF's you should rely on third party tools. Another tool to be looked at is activePDF

for getting started in asp.net application, you should be looking as MSDN! an example simple application is here : http://www.kirupa.com/net/helloWorld.htm

hope this helps!
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by:Bob Learned
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It sounds more like you already have a PDF document in a BLOB field, so you wouldn't need iTextSharp.  As far as template goes, it would be my suggestion to use File > New > Project > Visual C# > Web > ASP.NET Empty Web Application.
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The fact that you had an ISAPI dll earlier makes me want to suggest that you also look into the options of not having a web-app but a Webservice for that purpose. The idea is explained here

http://www.dotnetcurry.com/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=723

IT should be easy to add missing code for database access.
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by:soozh
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Hello,

Thanks for the comments...

Yes i already have the PDF so i dont need to generate that.

What i am looking at is returning the PDF in the HTTP response.  Can a web service do this?

And can i pass login credentials in the content fields?  The whole thing will run under https.
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by:Bob Learned
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A web service could return the PDF as a byte array, and the caller could use that byte array to recreate the PDF in whatever manner was required.

A web site could return the PDF in the HTTP response.
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