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Event Calendar [ ASP.NET 2.0 / C# ]

, 19 May 2008 CPOL
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Basic Calendar Control of ASP.NET 2.0 can be extended to cater one of most frequent requirement of tracking events, project milestones, history, schedule etc.


Tracking anything in dates is one of the common requirement now a days. Tracking events, project milestones, tracking history, tracking schedule etc etc. It was quite a complex job until the wonderful Calendar Control of ASP.NET 2.0. It is one of the Standard Server Side Web Control of ASP.NET 2.0, which when used properly can help in accomplishing the various requirements, tracking being one of them. Here we are going to see how can this Calendar control can help us in tracking the events.

Event Calendar 

One of best ways in which events can be displayed is by displaying the events by month. What it basically means is - display the complete month and display the events against each date. Here is how our Event Calendar is going to look like:

Screenshot - CalendarWithEventInColor.jpg

How can this be achieved  

It is quite simple and straight forward. ASP.NET Calendar control posses an event "DayRender" which has got "DayRenderEventArgs" as one of the parameters. This DayRenderEventArgs has got two very useful things - Day and Cell. Day is of the type "CalendarDay" and Cell is of the type "TableCell". Day can help us in identifying the day, date etc which it is going to render and Cell gives us handle to the table cell corresponding to that day. Now since we have handle to Table Cell of displaying Date, we can play with it to cater to our needs. For event Calendar we are simply going to use this event to add the event details in the Table Cells associated with the dates.

        CalendarDay d = ((DayRenderEventArgs)e).Day; 
        TableCell c = ((DayRenderEventArgs)e).Cell;    
        if ( !d.IsOtherMonth )    
            c.Controls.Add(new LiteralControl(dr["EventDetails"].ToString()));

And thats it, we are done.

Event Calendar Control

If we are aware that we are going to use the same functionality again and again, it is better to make it a re-usable component. So here, we are going to extend the capabilities of basic ASP.NET 2.0 Calendar control. The basic requirement of data driven applications is that source of information basically is data store. It can be database, XML File, Excel or anything for that matter. Here we are going to limit our scope and going to implement the EventCalendar with ADO.NET DataTable as the source of data. Let us see the ingredients of this calendar control

  1. A class which extends System.Web.UI.WebControls.Calendar
  2. The necessary properties:

    • EventSource: DataTable with Event Details
    • EventStartDateColumnName: ColumnName of the Column of the type DateTime in the EventSource, which stores the Start Date associated with Events
    • EventEndDateColumnName: ColumnName of the Column of the type DateTime in the EventSource, which stores the End Date associated with Events
    • EventHeaderColumnName: ColumnName of the Column of the type String in the EventSource, which stores the Event Header,
    • EventDescriptionColumnName: ColumnName of the Column of the type String in the EventSource, which stores the Event Detailed Description,
    • ShowDescriptionAsToolTip: Boolean to determine whether to display Event Description as Tool Tip or not.
    • EventForeColor: ColumnName of the Column to specify the Fore ( Font ) Color for the event. We can specify any Color Name which belongs to System.Drawing.Color namespace.
    • EventBackColor: ColumnName of the Column to specify the Back Color for the event.We can specify any Color Name which belongs to System.Drawing.Color namespace.
  3. EventCalendarDayRender Event: Place where the actual logic to show the events in Calendar is implemented

This describes the skeleton for your EventCalendar Class. Refer to the EventCalendar.cs class file in the attached demo for complete implementation. By extending the control in such way we can keep the basic features provided along with the new features/capabilities that we need to cater to our requirements.

Version History

Version 3 

Support for Fore and Back Color for Events has been added. Click here to download its demo

Version 2

Support for Events which spills over more that one days has been added. Click here to download its demo

Version 1

Basic Event Calendar with support for Events which occurs on a single date Click here to download its demo

Wrapping Up

ASP.NET Controls are undergoing development and continuous evolution with each release, ASP.NET 2.0 Controls are no exception. These controls not only getting smarter and smarter, but also giving a developer better handle to its basic buidling blocks like TableCell of Calendar Control.

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralClickable cell PinmemberCloudWebi25-Jul-14 7:15 
Questionhelpful PinmemberMember 108982049-Jul-14 19:43 
QuestionGetting an error when trying to create in VB.NET Pinmemberrussell_bolosan@tempe.gov13-Jun-13 10:21 
QuestionDesign - Look and Feel of Calendar PinmemberNeha wahi11-Jun-13 18:56 
AnswerRe: Design - Look and Feel of Calendar PinmemberNeeraj Saluja11-Jun-13 19:58 
GeneralRe: Design - Look and Feel of Calendar PinmemberNeha wahi11-Jun-13 20:28 
QuestionRecurring Events PinmemberNeha wahi11-Jun-13 0:44 
AnswerRe: Recurring Events PinmemberNeeraj Saluja11-Jun-13 6:26 
GeneralRe: Recurring Events PinmemberNeha wahi11-Jun-13 18:54 
Questionconsulta necesito controlar el tamaño del control eventcalendar Pinmemberdiana ysabel3-Jan-13 11:25 
QuestionNeed to display single event in multiple cells PinmemberMember 806441714-Nov-12 17:51 
QuestionNeed to display single event in multiple cells PinmemberMember 47683617-Nov-12 5:17 
GeneralEvents on the same day [modified] PinmemberMember 23788889-Aug-12 3:28 
GeneralSee also DayPilot (Day/Week/Resources View) PinmemberDan Letecky19-Jun-12 11:36 
If you need to show calendar events in a day/week/resources view you may want to check DayPilot:
Day/Week (Calendar control):
DayPilot - Building an Outlook-Like Calendar Component for ASP.NET [CodeProject]
Multiple Resources (Scheduler control):
DayPilot Scheduler Control for ASP.NET [CodeProject]
Nice article!
My open-source ASP.NET 2.0 controls:
DayPilot - Outlook-like calendar/scheduling control
DayPilot MonthPicker - Light-weight month picker
MenuPilot - Hover context menu

QuestionAdding and Editing Events PinmemberKeith Plummer7-Jun-12 6:54 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberNilesh Patil Kolhapur24-May-12 21:13 
QuestionColor on event dates PinmemberMik Jensen13-May-12 1:37 
QuestionShow any month Pinmembersai21808-May-12 4:30 
AnswerRe: Show any month Pinmembersai218011-May-12 2:57 
GeneralGood Job Pinmembersharon.s198711-Apr-12 6:51 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembersharon.s198711-Apr-12 6:49 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembermanoj kumar choubey27-Mar-12 23:26 
QuestionWeek numbers Pinmembersigenstrøm4-Oct-11 6:25 
QuestionI can't show the last month date PinmemberMember 458547913-Apr-11 19:05 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmembersubhajit Giri20-Jan-11 20:09 

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