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Try using this for initializing a dropdownlist

string[,] siblings = { {“Mike”, “Amy”}, {“Mary”, “Albert”} };

Working with Shapes:

For pulling data from the .cscfg file on azure, there are three parts:

  1. Update ServiceConfiguration.cscfg to include an entry like this:
    • <ConfigurationSettings>…<Setting name=”FaceBookApplicationKey” value=”xyzpdq” /></ConfigurationSettings>
  2. Update ServiceDefinition.csdef to include an entry like this (same as above, but without the value):
    • <ConfigurationSettings>…<Setting name=”FaceBookApplicationKey”  /></ConfigurationSettings>
  3. Now you can reference this in your controllers or code behinds like this:
    • using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.ServiceRuntime;
    • var tolerance = RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue(“FaceBookApplicationKey”);

This enables you to modify parameters while your application is running and without re-uploading/restarting/waiting (forever). Useful for logic that distinguishes between local and live settings.

Create a class with a static select list:
    public class ProfileInformation
        public string FirstName { get; set; }
        public string LastName { get; set; }
        public string GenderType { get; set; }
        public DateTime? BirthDate { get; set; }
        public string Website { get; set; }

        public string City { get; set; }
        public string State { get; set; }
        public string Country { get; set; }

        public static SelectList GetGenderList(String gender)
            List<SelectListItem> genderList = new List<SelectListItem>()
                new SelectListItem() { Value = "M", Text = "Male" },
                new SelectListItem() { Value = "F", Text = "Female" }
            return new SelectList(genderList, "Value", "Text", gender ?? "M");

Compare strings, case insensitive (works with Linq)



q = (from userProfile in _entities.Select()where String.Equals(userProfile.UserName, userName, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase) && userProfile.PhoneNumber == passwordselect userProfile).SingleOrDefault();

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