Archive for May, 2007

Microsoft Popfly Alpha

I was working on a project and happen to go to the “Start Page” on my Visual Studio and noticed this Microsoft Popfly Alpha under Visual Studio Headlines.

As a technology enthusiasts, I ended up on http://www.popfly.ms and puzzled to see no information on the home page and liked the simple page.

You could Watch the Popfly screencast and it is invite only right now. I have requested for an invitation and waiting for a response. still waiting 🙂

Any how, it appeared to be cool application and looking forward for playing with it soon. It has a Visual studio plugin with which I hope you could write custom apps to upload to Popfly site.

-Cheers

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AJAX Usability Question when the screen is being updated

I am working on a simple web application that aggregates RSS from different Online Deal Site in to one place. One of the things I wanted to do was to have one page and load the RSS details in to an Update Panel. I know Update Panel is not the best when it comes to performance but it does its job and with proper caching on the server side, it is very good for my purpose. And more over this blog is not about the merits and/or de-merits of UpdatePanel but on Usability from an end user perspective.

I was using “UpdateProgress” from AJAX control tool kit and it is working very well with simple “update message” while the update panel is being processed. But, there are times when there is not any delay and the “Progress Bar” is not coming up. This may not be the desirable condition as user might not recognize that the screen has new information.

So, I needed some thing more to say that the screen has been updated. I looked in to “UpdatePanelAnimationExtender” to work with the condition. This Extender supports Animations while the screen is being updated and after the update.

 

<cc1:UpdatePanelAnimationExtender ID=”UpdatePanelAnimationExtender1″ runat=”server” EnableViewState=”false” TargetControlID=”UpdatePanel1″>
<Animations>
<OnUpdated>
<Sequence>
<EnableAction Enabled=”true” />
<Color AnimationTarget=”UpdatePanel1″
Duration=”.5″
z-index=”5″
StartValue=”#FFCC99″
EndValue=”#FFFFFF”
Property=”style”
PropertyKey=”backgroundColor” />
</Sequence>
</OnUpdated>
</Animations>
</cc1:UpdatePanelAnimationExtender>

In addition to this I could have another animation to show while the target update panel is being updated with entry like

<OnUpdating>

</OnUpdating>

But I am not sure if this would inform the intended message to the end user! So I have decided to go in-between route. Show the “Progress Bar” while the update panel is being updated and show a simple color transition when the panel is being updated.

To outline the code is looks something like this

<asp:UpdatePanel id=”UpdatePanel1″>

<ContentTemplate>

<asp:UpdateProgress ID=”UpdateProgress1″ runat=”server”>
<ProgressTemplate>
<div class=”ProgressClass”>
Please Wait While the Page is Loading…
</div>
</ProgressTemplate>
</asp:UpdateProgress>

<asp:GridView>

</asp:GridView>

</ContentTemplate>

</asp:UpdatePanel>

<cc1:UpdatePanelAnimationExtender TargetControlID=”UpdatePanel1″>

</cc1:UpdatePanelAnimationExtender>

You could find more about these controls here

-Thanks,

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Creating Temporary Projects in Visual Studio 2005

I read about creating temporary project in Visual Studio some time ago and kind of forgot about it. Few days ago, I needed to create a temp project for trying out something really quick.

There is a setting in Visual Studio that lets you create projects in temp directory and not save all the directory structure in to your main folder structure.

Follow these steps in Visual Studio 2005

Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions ->

and uncheck “save new projects when created” check box.

Good Luck…

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Windows DreamScene for Vista

I have tried Windows DreamScene before but have not noticed the resources it is consuming. To day I was browsing around and landed on Microsoft Silverlight Wallpaper Section.

I went ahead and got the DreamScene from there and noticed that my computer usage has gone up about 15%. I quickly went back and changed my background to a static wallpaper image and saw the CPU usage going down.

Do I need a wallpaper, I know it moves, that consumes 15% of my Intel Core2 Duo processor, 2GB Ram laptop? I guess not!!!

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Error: "Sys" is Undefined error

Please visit my new blog at budigelli.com and see the same Error: “Sys is Undefined error” post.

I was playing with AJAX enabled applications for some time but not really done any thing major yet. I was working on a small project that required me to add some AJAX functionality using simple updatepanels. I dropped the necessary controls like scriptmanager and updatepanel in to the page and added the references to System.Web.Extensions.

I ran the application and ran in the error message mentioned above.

Error: “Sys” is Undefined Error

I read some blogs and added another reference to “System.Web.Extensions.Design” and added some

<handler> tags to the web.config file.

Nothing seemed to work and I still had the issue.

I got smart at this time and created a new AJAX enabled web site in Visual Studio and copied the web.config file over to my existing application.

The error message is gone!!!

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