Scott Hanselman

Upgrading FreeTextBox on dasBlog without Recompiling

May 28, 2005 Comment on this post [4] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog | XML
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Some folks have had trouble with FreeTextBox under dasBlog not working. The symptom is that the FreeTextBox won't render at all. There's no error and no idea why. It's very frustrating. While we're working on the "no error" issue, the underlying problem isn't dasBlog.

DasBlog builds with a reference to the strongly-typed FreeTextBox 3.0.5000.1. However, you may have 3.0.5000.3. Or, like me, downloaded and installed the latest 3.0.5000.5.

You need to tell .NET that you know what you're doing and say "when you ask for this version, please bind to that version." 

So, added to the web.config of my dasBlog:

    <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">
            <assemblyIdentity name="FreeTextBox" publicKeyToken="5962a4e684a48b87" culture="neutral"/> 
                <bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="3.0.5000.5" /> 

And everything works great. I suggest you do this if you've updated FreeTextBox. Note also that this is needed regardless of whether FreeTextBox is in the GAC or not.

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May 28, 2005 2:31
can we get freetextbox as comment editor in dasBlog? :)
May 28, 2005 13:02
Too bad, I upgraded to the latest version of FreeTextBox but I'm still getting issues.

In fact, they're the same issues as seen here,guid,b45c2bca-f799-4f0b-875e-90b2d9e6f8aa.aspx. That's been logged as a bug at but closed for some reason, although it's in fact still a real problem ;-)

Any ideas yet? I'm running IE6 as well, with a fresh install, and it does work in FireFox.
May 28, 2005 22:32
Email me and we'll fix the problem. Likely either you need to confirm that the FreeTextBoxResources.axd is setup in your web.config, or you haven't copied all the FTP/ folder over into dasBlog.

Email me your version of FreeTextBox.dll, your FTB/ folder and your web.config. Also do a DIR /S > foo.txt from your dasBlog folder and email the foo.txt file to me.

These problems are always fixable. There's some file missing on your system.
May 29, 2005 13:58
Scott, have you seen this yet? I'm playing with it this weekends and IT JUST ROCKS. beside "obvious" portal stuff, components like Amazon books, weather, daily dilbert - omg. These guys done amazing job.

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