Sunday, December 28, 2008

Uploading large files to an ASP.NET app....

I wanted to let users upload potentially large xml files to my latest web app.

This can be achieved using the simple FileUpload control in ASP.

However, this basic control is very ugly and doesn't give much feedback.

Also, it doesn't seem to offer any zip compression support.

So I had a look around.
I think ultimately I'll follow Steve's approach... but in the meantime I've just decided to do the zip file parsing myself - using the excellent - which is already included in DNN.

The downside of this is that in the short term:
  • I'm forcing the users to continue to suffer from the lack of UI feedback during large uploads...
  • I'm forcing the users to zip files themselves.

Sorry for now, users!

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