ASP .Net 2003 : Error while trying to run project: Unable to start debugging on the web server. Server side-error occurred on sending debug HTTP request.(HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error)

My friend copied his project from another machine to his machine, project was in asp .net 2003 fromat, which was working well in old machine. But when he tried to run it(for debugging purpose) from visual studio 2003 it gave following error :
Microsoft Development Environment
Error while trying to run project: Unable to start debugging on the web server. Server side-error occurred on sending debug HTTP request.
Make sure the server is operating correctly. Verify there are no syntax errors in web.config by doing a Debug.Start Without Debugging. You may also want to refer to the ASP.NET and ATL Server debugging topic in the online documentation.
OK   Help
Even we tried to run using url http:\\localhost\virtual_dir_name\page.aspx, but it was still giving error something like ‘HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error’. Finally after searching over net we found following solution at
For us second solution worked. We did following step:
1.Deleted ASPNET windows user account (from control panel->User Accounts->Users Tab)
2.And then in command prompt(cmd, not vs command prompt) went to framework directory, i.e., in our case
C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322 and ran the command “aspnet_regiis -i” (to re-register the Framework 1.1 and reinstall ASPNET user).
And bingo !!! it worked without even restarting the machine/server.
Above solution solution also solved following problem.
We also faced the problem on creating new web project using 2003 on same machine, got the error:
Microsoft Development Environment
The Web server reported the following error when attempting to create or open the Web project located at the following URL: ‘http://localhost/WebApplication1’. ‘HTTP/1.1 500 Server Error’.
OK   Help


Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 10:07 am  Comments (2)  
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How To display table in GridView: Dynamically filling data in GridView from DataTable in ASP .Net

I had a datatable and i needed to show in a GridView in my ASP .Net page. Following is the code which help me to do so.

//get table to be shown in grid view;
DataTable dataTable = GetRequiredTable();
//assing table to the DataSource property of GridView
//bind data from a data source to the GridView control

Here GetRequiredTable() is a user(example) function which return a table to display in to gridview.
You can also use DataSet in place of DataTable.

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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DCOM Error : Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {000209FF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} failed due to the following error: 80070005.

When we tried to use word automation from .Net in ASP .Net application earlier it was working but then it stopped working in some of the machine giving error
“Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {000209FF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} failed due to the following error: 80070005.”.
We had DCOM setting in place, IIS setting was also ok. Then I got following solution:

  • I changed the AppID Registry key under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\WINWORD.EXE from old entry to {00020906-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}.

(for some it will work after this, but if still its not working go for second.)

  • 2. Also changed the DCOM setting.
    • a. Open the Component Service Console.(Either by running command: dcomcnfg OR by opening it from Control Panel->Administrative Tool -> Component Services)
    • b. Now Select ‘Microsoft Word Document’, Under Component Services->Computers->My Computer -> DCOM Config.
    • c. Do Right click and select Properties.
      it will open Microsoft Word Document Properties dialog.
    • d. In Microsoft Word Document Properties dialog, select Identity tab.
    • e. In Identity tab, if ‘The launching user.’, in our case third option was selected, so we selected 2nd option.

This may solve out problem, hope it would be helpful for you also. If you need to say something please feel free to speak through comments.



Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm  Comments (7)  
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A very (extremely) simple ASP .Net Hello World example, Just for fun…

I was going through an ASP.Net book, and thought of writing extremely simply Hello World example. This will give an insight of how simple and small page you can write using ASP .Net.

For each example I have given asp .net code and corresponding browser generated code.


<%@ Page Language="c#"  %>
<%Response.Write("Hello World");>

Brower Source:

Hello World


<%@ Page Language="c#" %>
<script runat="server">
void SayHello()
Response.Write("Hello World !");
<% SayHello(); %>

Brower Source:

Hello World !

C# Static class and constructor: constructor in static classes in c#

Static classes in C# doesn’t have instance constructor(constructor used to initialized instance of a class) since it can’t be initialized. Static class is initialized only once when they are used first time in application.

So i was wondering how we can initialize a member if really we need. The answer is using static constructors.

Here is the example of how you can use static constructors in your static class:

static class StaticClass
static StaticClass()
System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show(“I m crated”);
public static String Hi()
return “hi”;

Here, messagebox will be shown when first time StaticClass.Hi() method will be called.

Note: static constructors could be used in normal classes also.

C# tips & tricks: Do you want to rethrow exception ?

Many times during development we really don’t want to handle exception every where, rather we like to throw it again. But what is the best way to do it:

catch(Exception ex)


catch(Exception ex)
throw ex;

This article I found in net gives really good insight of it. It suggests to use first method, as it would not truncate previous stack trace information.

C# tips & tricks: String Concatenation, Best practices

When we are struggling with String concatenation issues, specially which is the best way to concatenate the strings. One of my colleague suggested following articles to me.

though this may not be giving every thing you are looking for, but really very nice and worth readable for the .NET developers.

ASP .NET: Dynamically creating/generating excel file at server and making it available to download

If you want that when user click on a particular link, based on his preferences an excel file should be generated dynamically and should be downloaded automatically at client. Here is small example how you can do it.

Trick is create a html file and present it as excel file ;).

for this follow the steps:

1.  Add a web form say xlImage.aspx, in your project.

2. Delete every thing from xlImage.aspx page except first line.

3. Now in code behind page, i.e., in xlImage.aspx.cs add following line on,

Page_Load function


Response.Buffer = true;
Response.AddHeader(“content-disposition”, “attachment;filename=file.xls”);

Response.ContentType = “application/”;

String imagepath = “<img src=’http://localhost:2290/Excel%20Export/pic/1.jpeg&#8217; width=’70’ height=’80’ style:’position: absolute;left:200px;’/>”;


Response.Output.Write(“<center><table width=’800′ align=’center’ style=’text-align:center’ border=’1px’>”);
Response.Output.Write(“<tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td colspan=’2′ align=’center’><div>” + imagepath + “</div></td></tr>”);


same thing could be done for word file also.