November 2006 - Posts

December's Toolbox Column Now Online
17 November 06 08:34 AM | Scott Mitchell

My 12th Toolbox column in the December 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now avaiable online, marking my one year anniversary writing this column! The December issue examines three products:

  • AxoSoft OnTime 2006 - issue and defect tracking software.
  • Automation Anywhere - a straightforward program for defining and implementing automated tasks (which can include GUI-based actions as well as system- and programmatic-based ones).
  • SpreadsheetGear for .NET - a .NET component for generating and working with Excel spreadsheets.

This month's issue reviewed Laurence Moroney's book Foundations of Atlas. Atlas (now renamed to the Microsoft AJAX Library, the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit) provides a set of controls and libraries for easily creating AJAX-enabled ASP.NET web applications. From the review:

For those itching to use Atlas to create responsive ASP.NET applications, check out Foundations of Atlas by Laurence Moroney (Apress, 2006). The book begins with a good overview of AJAX, followed by a look at how Atlas simplifies AJAX development by providing a set of client and server controls that work together to emit the needed client-side script and server-side functionality to participate in asynchronous postbacks.

The next several chapters focus on examples and walkthroughs that show how to use the Atlas controls, including an entire chapter on data binding. The last chapter looks at building an AJAX-enabled financial research Web application from the ground up. The chapter does a great job at tying together the lessons learned throughout the book and illustrating a real-world benefit from using AJAX techniques with Atlas.

As always, if you have any suggestions for products or books to review for the Toolbox column, please send them into toolsmm@microsoft.com.

Three New "Working with Data in ASP.NET 2.0" Tutorials Available
13 November 06 01:39 PM | Scott Mitchell

Three new Working with Data in ASP.NET 2.0 tutorials are now available. These three wrap up our look at the DataList and Repeater. The first two tutorials examine how to implementing sorting and paging in a DataList and Repeater. Unlike the GridView, DetailsView, and FormView, implementing paging and sorting in the DataList or Repeater requires a bit more effort than simply checking an “Enable Paging” checkbox. The third tutorial looks at adding custom Buttons, LinkButtons, and ImageButtons into the templates of the DataList and Repeater.

As always, the tutorials are available in either C# or Visual Basic. The complete code can be downloaded in ZIP format, and the articles are also available as PDF.

Coming soon - four tutorials on accessing data directly using the SqlDataSource control!

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