Monday, November 30, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The only possible solution to generate pdf under Medium Trust level

It’s been a nightmare if you application work fine at your development end and it’s unable to work under production environment; just due to do ACCESS LEVEL ISSUES.

I have to create pdf.

1.       Microsoft reporting was creating a trust level issue so it was rejected.

2.       Then I opt for itextsharp

Again ran into trust level problem.


Then I download the open source code from the itextsharp website and added

using System.Security;

[assembly: AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers()]   attribute inside AssemblyInfo.cs

Compiled the file and uploaded it to server.


Got a function from internet which I modified according to mine needs


protected void btnExportPDF_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


        Response.ContentType = "application/pdf";

        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=BranchDataExport1.pdf");



        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();

        HtmlTextWriter hw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);


        // I need to get the data from HTML table so I used it’s rendercontrol.


        StringReader sr = new StringReader(sw.ToString());

        Document pdfDoc = new Document(PageSize.A4, 50f, 50f, 50f, 50f);

        HTMLWorker htmlparser = new HTMLWorker(pdfDoc);

        PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, Response.OutputStream);





            //Create a footer that will display page number

            HeaderFooter footer = new HeaderFooter(new Phrase("List -: " + DateTime.Now.Day.ToString() + "-" + DateTime.Now.Month.ToString() + "-" + DateTime.Now.Year.ToString(), new Font(1, 10, 1, Color.BLACK)), false);

            pdfDoc.Footer = footer;

            //Parse Html



        catch (Exception ex)


            //Display parser errors in PDF.

            //Parser errors will also be wisible in Debug.Output window in VS

            Paragraph paragraph = new Paragraph("Error! " + ex.Source + Environment.NewLine + ex.Message + Environment.NewLine + ex.StackTrace);


            Chunk text = paragraph.Chunks[0] as Chunk;

            if (text != null)


                text.Font.Color = Color.RED;













And this generate pdf for. Also I ran into different sort of problem which I didn’t mention like

Web.Permission….   That was due to the inclusion of file.

Some pdf page related error etc etc.


This whole took mine so much time, so I want you guys don’t waste time on this issue. BEST OF LUCK


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pdf generation and Partial Trust problem

There do exist several issues with trust level when using any dll for pdf creation. I first tried microsoft reporting but it requires full trust. Then I opted for itextSharp but again I run into a problem of full trust. This article really help me out to find a way to make the assembly work under medium trust.


Also You can check the current trust level using this code snipped.


AspNetHostingPermissionLevel GetCurrentTrustLevel()


        foreach (AspNetHostingPermissionLevel trustLevel in

        new AspNetHostingPermissionLevel[] {










                new AspNetHostingPermission(trustLevel).Demand();


            catch (System.Security.SecurityException)




            return trustLevel;


        return AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.None;



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

10 Best Libraries for generating PDF Files

10 Best Libraries for generating PDF Files:-