Bootstrap DatePicker

A DatePicker control in a form can remove a lot of uncertainty and mistakes with data entry. e.g. US vs UK, european, etc. formats and also make it easier for the user. Third party controls are available but are now almost unnecessary if you are using Bootstrap (v4 onwards).

Just change the TextMode attribute of an asp:TextBox:

<asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxDateCreated" runat="server" TextMode="Date" CssClass="form-control"></asp:TextBox>
Basic DatePicker
DatePicker showing calendar

If necessary you can further style it by adding some styling like this:

style="border: 2px solid rgb(0, 128, 28); width: 200px; height: 30px;"
DatePicker styled

Note that this is for an asp:Text box, not an html5 Input. If you are not using an asp:TextBox you use the Type property.

A web search will reveal lots of alternatives such as the ability to limit the input to a specified range, styling certain dates differently and changing the style of the calendar that appears.

Always remember to ensure you add any neccessary back end validation too, especially if it is for an internet web site.

Note that if you want to populate the text box from code behind the date needs to be sent in yyyy-MM-dd format (irrespective of the format the text box displays).


Limit the Number of Characters in a TextBox

I normally work in so use asp:TextBoxes frequently to capture data input to a database. With the best intentions I guess how many characters the user will need to enter and make the field in the database able to hold that many characters. I may also be limited by the spacing on the form. Especially in “Notes” text boxes a user then wants to enter a life story! The TextBox lets them type what they want but the database doesn’t store it all and when they read the record they find their typing has been cut off.

This jQuery script helps by not letting them type (or paste) too much.

  1. At the top of your page (in the head section perhaps), if you haven’t already got a link to jQuery, add one.
  2. Add a link to the MaxLength script.
  3. Add javascript functions for each TextBox you want to affect.
<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <script src="Scripts/jquery-3.4.1.min.js"></script>
    <script src="Scripts/MaxLength.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function () {
            //Specifying the Character Count control explicitly
                    MaxLength: 50,
                    CharacterCountControl: $('#counter')

            //Disable Character Count
                    MaxLength: 20,
                    DisplayCharacterCount: false
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
            <label for="TextBox1">Text Box 1:</label>
            <asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server"           
                 Height="85px" TextMode="MultiLine"
            <br />
            <br />
            <label for="TextBox2">Text Box 2:</label>
            <asp:TextBox ID="TextBox2" runat="server"            
                 Height="85px" TextMode="MultiLine"
Text boxes with MaxLength

TextBox1 has 20 characters in it. It has a maximum of 50 characters allowed and the remaining characters is displayed.

TextBox2 has 20 characters in it and no more typing is possible as the maximum is 20 characters. The remaining characters display is off for this TextBox.

MaxLength.js is available from

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