Update on ASP.NET Forms Bootstrap Menu Control

I finally took the time to move my ASP.NET Forms Bootstrap Menu Control code over to a GitHub repository. Because of the move, I’ve closed the comments on the original post in hopes of moving all discussion regarding the control to its repository.

I’ve also built out 2 separate example projects. The first shows how to use the control with just the class file. The second shows how to use the control by referencing the project from a separate class library.

ASP.NET Membership Log Out

My boss likes to say “never use the words ‘simple’ or ‘easy’ in our line of work” and today was one of those days that demonstrates exactly why he loves this saying.

We were asked to setup an auto logout feature that redirects to the login screen. I’ve done so much Windows Authentication work that I’ve never actually had to build this functionality. I went straight to my favorite search engine and I found the following code.

FormsAuthentication.SignOut();
Session.Abandon();
FormsAuthentication.RedirectToLoginPage();

Everyone was commenting about how this worked great and lo and behold it wasn’t working. More research and I found an article that explained that the above neglected to clear cookies sometimes and that to 100% ensure a sign out you should clear the forms authentication and session cookies.

The following code is what I ended up using in our application. It only expires the cookies that are forms authentication and session related.

FormsAuthentication.SignOut();
Session.Abandon();

var cookies = new List<string>
{
    "ASP.NET_SessionId", 
    FormsAuthentication.FormsCookieName, 
    ".ASPXROLES"
};

foreach (var cookie in cookies)
{
    if (Request.Cookies.AllKeys.Contains(cookie))
    {
        Request.Cookies[cookie].Expires = DateTime.Now.AddYears(-1);
    }
}

FormsAuthentication.RedirectToLoginPage();

ASP.NET Forms Bootstrap Menu Control

UPDATE: I have closed the comments for this post. If you’d like to discuss the ASP.NET Forms Bootstrap Menu Control, please visit the GitHub repository located at: https://github.com/knight0323/aspnet-forms-bootstrap-menu


When I couldn’t find an ASP.NET Form menu control that was compatible with Bootstrap 3.1, I did what every other developer would do: I created one. Enjoy!

Here’s the HTML markup view:

<div class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-static-top" role="navigation">
    <div class="container" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">
        <div class="navbar-header">
            <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse">
                <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
            </button>
        </div>
        <div class="navbar-collapse collapse">
            <jk:BootstrapMenu ID="BootstrapMenu1" runat="server">
                <Items>
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Home" NavigateUrl="#" />
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="About" NavigateUrl="#" />
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Contact" NavigateUrl="#" />
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Drop Down">
                        <asp:MenuItem Text="Action" NavigateUrl="#" />
                        <asp:MenuItem Text="Another action" NavigateUrl="#" />
                        <asp:MenuItem Text="Something else here" NavigateUrl="#" />
                    </asp:MenuItem>
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Help" NavigateUrl="#" />
                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Nothing" />
                </Items>
            </jk:BootstrapMenu>
        </div><!--/.nav-collapse -->
    </div>
</div>

Here’s the HTML markup view for using with a SiteMapDataSource:

<div class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-static-top" role="navigation">
    <div class="container" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">
        <div class="navbar-header">
            <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse">
                <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
            </button>
        </div>
        <div class="navbar-collapse collapse">
            <jk:BootstrapMenu ID="BootstrapMenu2" runat="server" DataSourceId="SiteMapDataSource1" />
            <asp:SiteMapDataSource ID="SiteMapDataSource1" runat="server" ShowStartingNode="False" />
        </div><!--/.nav-collapse -->
    </div>
</div>

In either case you’ll need a page directive

<%@ Register tagPrefix="jk" assembly="JK.Core.Web" namespace="JK.Core.Web.Controls" %>

Updates:

  • 2017 January 23: Closed comments to push conversation to GitHub repository.
  • 2015 January 19: Added zip file sample project for download to OneDrive.
  • 2014 August 15: Added page directive needed to use control in page markup
  • 2014 April 11: Updated to work with SiteMapDataSource