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Hi,
I am interested hearing your expert opinions on what is the best way
to create menu.
My menu has only ONE level (i.e. no sub menu item).

I could use the ASP.NET Menu control or just use the good old "href"
with some CSS.

I would like to know which one is better and why?
And what is the trend out there?
Thanks,
Minh

Jan 31 '07 #1
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The ASP.NET Menu control as implemented is a convoluted and complex beast.
Not to disrespect the developers who put the work into helping to repair
this and CSS issues related to the other canned controls there has been a
release of a something goofy named the "Friendly CSS Adapter" or some such
thing which is available via http://asp.net/.

In other words, using the ASP.NET 2.0 controls are like somebody from
Microsoft lied to you about a short cut misleading you to take a dark alley
to save some time going to where you want to go. As your half way down the
alleay along come some thugs called the "Waste of Time Gang" who jump out
and beat the sh!t out of you leaving you laying in the alley bleeding to
death. Time is of the essence and its costly to lay there bleeding to death
so you somehow drag yourself back out to the city sidewalk hoping some
passing person will help. Along comes a "Friendly" helper who will give you
a bandage.

From my point of view all of the 2.0 enhancements of productivity have
turned out to be more of the same Microsoft marketing bullsh!t. Working with
ASP.NET is not at all productive with regard to the presentation layer --
the code-beside yes -- the presentation layer no -- in fact double if not
sometimes triple the time required because the canned 2.0 controls were not
designed well, are often incomplete, and need to be taken apart and rebuilt
using the template model which is extremely timely in my opinion as it adds
another layer of abstraction to HTML using goofy name=value pair properties.

I think the canned controls were a worthy goal but implemented poorly and I
hope someday a new release will clean this up somehow. For now I am trying
to recover after being left lying in the alley to bleed to death.

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Hi,
I am interested hearing your expert opinions on what is the best way
to create menu.
My menu has only ONE level (i.e. no sub menu item).

I could use the ASP.NET Menu control or just use the good old "href"
with some CSS.

I would like to know which one is better and why?
And what is the trend out there?
Thanks,
Minh

Jan 31 '07 #2

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I wouldn't worry about trends if I were you. What you want is something that
is specifically tailored to your needs, something that is user-friendly of
course, and fits the style of your web application.

I know you said that your menu *has* only one level, but it is always a good
idea to think ahead. Do you expect that your web app may someday *need*
nested levels? If so, you might want to use something extensible, which can
display one or more levels.

Hyperlinks are fine, if they fit with your web app's overall style. You can
also easily use images that are hyperlinked if you want a more graphical
feel.

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HTH,

Kevin Spencer
Microsoft MVP
Software Composer
http://unclechutney.blogspot.com

The shortest distance between 2 points is a curve.

<ne********@yahoo.comwrote in message
news:11*********************@h3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
Hi,
I am interested hearing your expert opinions on what is the best way
to create menu.
My menu has only ONE level (i.e. no sub menu item).

I could use the ASP.NET Menu control or just use the good old "href"
with some CSS.

I would like to know which one is better and why?
And what is the trend out there?
Thanks,
Minh

Jan 31 '07 #3

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My suggestion is to ask an ASP.NET related question at the ASP.NET newsgroup,
not at the C# language group.
Peter

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"ne********@yahoo.com" wrote:
Hi,
I am interested hearing your expert opinions on what is the best way
to create menu.
My menu has only ONE level (i.e. no sub menu item).

I could use the ASP.NET Menu control or just use the good old "href"
with some CSS.

I would like to know which one is better and why?
And what is the trend out there?
Thanks,
Minh

Feb 1 '07 #4

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