December 06, 2007

Surrounding your Data Table and Dialog Controls with ComponentArt Styled Panels

As far as web development goes, I came a little late to the party.  I started life as a developer working on the absolute guts of a fairly complex object persistence engine.  At my next stop I hand-coded an obscene number of business objects that fed our presentation layer (which is pretty ironic considering I just worked on an ORM!).  Needless to say I didn't stay at that place too long.  From there I finally took a stab at user interface when I took a gig as a WinForms developer.  I did that for a little over a year and it was OK.  Finally I ended up where I am now, about 60% of my day to day activities includes web developer on Microsoft's ASP.NET 2.0 platform.  I did a little bit of web development with 1.1, but nothing substantial.  Hands down, I enjoy web development the best (I have never once been complimented on how nice...

November 07, 2007

YUI Styled 'Tip of the Day' Dialog using the PopupControl, DynamicPopulate and DragPanel Extender Controls

The web application I am currently developing has a fair number of popup windows.  Some are modal, some aren't.  All open new browser windows and this annoys more than a few of our users (I hate popup's too, so I guess it shouldn't be that surprising).  So as a team we are looking into replacing our popup windows with the ModalPopupExtender and PopupExtender AjaxControlToolkit controls.  This is just fine by me - I have worked with the toolkit's popup controls on other projects and they worked quite well (It also saves me the pain of writing custom JavaScript for communicating between browser windows).  Live Demo (IE6, IE7, FF) | Download (Uses Toolkit Version 1.0.10920.0) So as an R&D task, I created a page that implements a simple 'Tip of the Day' popup control.  The functionality is basic - you click a button and the Tip of the Day panel is displayed.  Once displayed, you can click that 'Next Tip' button to fetch the...


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