The following tutorial shows how to create an ASP.NET Core .NET 6 web application that uses the MailMerge TX Text Control .NET Server for ASP.NET
DocumentServer Namespace
MailMerge Class
The MailMerge class is a .NET component that can be used to effortlessly merge template documents with database content in .NET projects, such as ASP.NET web applications, web services or Windows services.
class to merge JSON data into a document template and to load this into the document viewer.

Creating the Application

Make sure that you downloaded the latest version of Visual Studio 2022 that comes with the .NET 6 SDK.

  1. In Visual Studio 2022, create a new project by choosing Create a new project.

  2. Select ASP.NET Core Web App (Model-View-Controller) as the project template and confirm with Next.

  3. Choose a name for your project and confirm with Next.

  4. In the next dialog, choose .NET 6 (Long-term support) as the Framework and confirm with Create.

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Adding the NuGet Package

  1. In the Solution Explorer, select your created project and choose Manage NuGet Packages... from the Project main menu.

    Browse for txtextcontrol.web and Install the latest version of the TXTextControl.Web.DocumentViewer package.

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Configure the Application

  1. Open the Program.cs file located in the project's root folder. Add the following code after the entry app.UseStaticFiles();:

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Adding the Document Viewer to the View

  1. Find the Index.cshtml file in the Views -> Home folder. Replace the complete content with the following code:

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    This code adds the document viewer to the view and a button that calls a Web API endpoint to merge a document server-side.

Adding ServerTextControl to the Project

  1. While the project is selected in the Solution Explorer, choose Project -> Add Project Reference... to open the Reference Manager. In the opened dialog, select Browse... to select the required TX Text Control assemblies. Navigate to the installation folder of TX Text Control and select the following assemblies from the Assembly folder:

    • TXDocumentServer.dll
    • TXTextControl.dll
    • TXTextControl.Server.dll

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    Repeat this step with the following assemblies from the Assembly/bin64 folder:

    • txic.dll
    • txkernel.dll
    • txtools.dll

    After selecting these assemblies, close the Reference Manager by confirming with OK.

  2. While the project is selected in the Solution Explorer, choose Project -> Add New Item.... Select Text File, name the file licenses.licx and close the dialog by clicking Add.

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    Open the newly added file and add the following content:

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    Set the Build Action property to Embedded Resource.

  3. Select the project in the Solution Explorer and choose Edit Project File from the Project main menu. Find the PropertyGroup entry and replace the whole node with the following code:

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    BinaryFormatter Information

    The above setting is required to enable the obsolete .NET BinaryFormatter while compiling the license into the assembly. We are working with Microsoft to avoid this requirement in the near future.

Adding the Template and Data

  1. In the Solution Explorer, select the project and click New Folder from the Project main menu and name it App_Data.

  2. Download the following sample template and save it to the newly created folder:

    template.tx

  3. In the same folder, create a new JSON file, name it data.json and insert the following content into it:

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Adding a Web API Endpoint

  1. Open the HomeController.cs and add the following method:

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Now, compile and start the application. Click the button Merge Document to call the Web API and to load the merged document.