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Old November 30th, 2014, 04:54 PM
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Default chapter 2 - run page in browser

Hello Authors,

above all I want to say that your books are amazing and very very helpful.

So, for me the most important thing to understand and to follow the content are the Try-It-Out exercises. And here begin the first problems.

First of all, I cannot open any page but the default pages in any browser by clicking the "Run" button. It always gave me a 403 or 404 error message. I solved this problem by adding the whole extension of the page, e.g. localhost:XXXXX/Try Out.cshtml.

But when I followed the instructions of the Try-it-Out exercise for using an external Style Sheet on page 40, I recognised that the menu items of the mentioned exercise page don't open any link in the browser neither.

I mean the "nav" div with the a href elements home.cshtml, about.cshtml and contact.cshtml. Clicking them in the nav bar of the page gives me the following error:

Server Application Error '/', Connection string "Users" was not found.

I'm quite new to ASP.NET and a beginner in Web Design in general. But it's quite a pity not being able to reproduce the exercises or at least find a solution to solve this problem.

I would be very happy if anybody could help me out here. Maybe with instructions to correctly configure the IIS Manager or maybe to create a connection string within the Web.config file or whatever.

Kind regards of a big wrox fan.

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If you are following the Try It Out sections faithfully, there should be no connection string issues at page 40. Databases and connection strings are introduced much further on in the book.

Also, there should be no need to do anything with IIS. The default installation will serve up cshtml files without their extension. One thing you should check though is in the site settings. Click the Site button in the bottom left, and then click the Settings option. Make sure that .NET 4 (Integrated) is selected in the Select .NET Framework Version selector.
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thanks for the quick reply.

.NET 4 (Integrated) is already selected in site settings. That's why I asked to change configurations in IIS Manager.

Is it possible that the browser's adjustments collide with other programs ("Xampp") that I used before using WebMatrix?

Kind regards, Pete

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