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Explorer Canvas Release 3

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Explorer Canvas, otherwise known as the little JavaScript library that allows you to use VML while still coding in HTML 5 Canvas (thank heaven), has released the third version of the library. The major reason for the release is compatibility with Internet Explorer 8, but there are numerous other bug fixes and improvements in the release. A comprehensive list of changes is here.

You can download the new release here.

A Linux Web based tool completed in just 2 weeks

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published:
A Linux (Mono) Web based OS Deployment tool completed in just 2 weeks

The company needed to develop a solution which would operate as an OS Deployment tool that is customized for the needs of their Datacenter according the specific design parameters given.

The team decided not to use PHP but to use Mono (mod_mono) with Visual WebGui because of the short timeframe they had for deploying the solution and since Visual WebGui provided the easiest and quickest graphical development possible.

The web development process was straight forward. While the final goal was well defined, some of the concepts and functions were being defined while coding the solution. The Visual WebGui unique approach enabling easy integration of UserControls and intuitive graphical development allowed for this unstructured development cycle which led to an extremely shortened process as stated by Axel Westerhold: "Because of the easy graphical development environment and the integration into Visual Studio we were able to roll out the product within 2 weeks."

Go to the full case study.

Visual WebGui RIA Platform 6.3.5 released

Gizmox released its Visual WebGui RIA Platform version 6.3.5. This version is an additional step towards a stable 6.3.x which is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

This is the change log for version 6.3.5

Bugs fix
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VWG-4152 - TableLayoutPanel clip right side of added controls that reach it's right edge.
VWG-3838 - SplitContainer should retain it's SplitterDistance when form saved.
VWG-4153 - Form with MainMenu, ToolBar and TabControl in FF hides the menu and toolbar when switching tabs.

All 6.3.5 downloads can be found here.

Professional Studio can be downloaded directly from here.

Web enabling data warehouse solution with Visual WebGui

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published.
Web enabling Data Warehouse Solution made possible with Visual WebGui.

"Visual WebGui reduces the complexity of web development to a minimum. The fact that the developer no longer needs to think like a web developer saves a huge amount of time and allowed the application to be market ready in a very short time." said Joerg Stieg whose company TIP management AG ported its data warehouse solution's configuration and planning tool UI to the web and redesigned the HCe® Web front-end.

"Creating such a feature-rich application in this very short time would have been impossible without Visual WebGui." Joerg Stieg

Go to the full case study.

A single developer completes a full Help Desk Ticketing System completed in only 8 months

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase was published on visualwebgui.com.
A full Help Desk Ticketing System completed with 1 developer in only 8 months by Golden West Technologies.

Visual WebGui provided the platform to build Help Desk Ticketing System solution that actualized the requirements and met the challenges as a cost effective alternative to other RIA platforms. The drag and drop page development experience was an enormous benefit. This compared to the hours it would take to build the same pages with traditional ASP environments. “Visual WebGui claims of 90% reduction in development time and providing the bridge between desktop and web technologies were substantiated through the design, development, and deployment of our help desk software solution.“ Brian Butterfield

Brian Butterfield added that “There is no other software platform on the market today that can give traditional desktop application developers the ability to transition that knowledge and experience directly to a web development environment – providing an unprecedented development experience.”

Unlimited design & customization capabilities in Visual

I would like to introduce a new development code named “theme designer / control designer”. The new designer simplifies the way to create custom controls and themes in a Visual WebGui application. Up until now, Visual WebGui RIA Platform/Framework provided extreme productivity and simplicity with the out-of-the-box client side behavior / look and feel, but when advanced customization was needed, it called for a different level of development. Since most customers will require customization of various aspects of the UI, we have decided to work on creating a theme designer that would simplify the customization of the UI.

I think I don’t need to elaborate on the business value of customizing the application to be tailored to the customer's needs, and until we provide a rock solid solution for this problem, I personally will not sleep at night…

Visual WebGui RIA Platform saves a multi-lingual search engine 2 years and $250k

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This case showcases the remarkable cost savings of the development and deployment process of FindItByMe.com multi-lingual search engine with Visual WebGui RIA Platform. The project was to create a multi-lingual search engine that runs as a website that is accessible to the public from any standard web browser. This means that any internet user should be able to surf onto this website with no need for any specific installations or browser plug-ins.

In addition to and as a result of this requirement, the search engine should use a technology that provides a secure environment. A simple deployment process of the unique interface was also important for the project's success.

"In terms of cost savings, Visual WebGui allowed to complete the project with only a single developer in a year. According to John Graffio the company saved at least $250,000 this year since with any other solution, there would have been the costs of additional developers and equipment. Furtheremore, John Graffio stated that Visual WebGui saved the company a remarkable amount of time. "VWG has allowed me to come to market anywhere from 24-30 months ahead of anything I could have remotely dreamed of."

Read the entire case study here.

Case Study: Informatec saves over 50% developing its telephony Call Account Management System with Visual WebGui

A new case study is published on the www.visualwebgui.com showcases section:
Informatec saves over 50% developing its telephony Call Account Management System with Visual WebGui

"Using form visual inheritance, we quickly developed about 50 end-user forms in 2-3 months with 3 developers while the original estimation using traditional ASP.NET was over 6 months. Visual WebGui is an amazing time and budget saver" Sergio Gomes.

The case showcases Brazilian company Informatec's Hotbill Call Account Management System that was developed and deployed using Visual WebGui in less than half the expected overall project duration.

Informatec looked to replace its existing application UI with a new end-user interface which would be more suitable for today's corporate world. Therefore, Informatec needed to create a new application which can provide all users with a quick access to application via a web browser from anywhere, with minimum client software and hardware requirements. It was also important that the new interface is user friendly and intuitive and includes at least the same functionality of the existing application, while performance especially with database access should be improved.

You can read the complete case study and view the demo application here.

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Gizmox is Introducing the new Visual WebGui control and theme designer

Gizmox CTO Guy Peled posted an announcement about the new Control and Theme Designer expected to be released in the near future in which he describes in details the needs for such tool and the solution that is now being developed. The new designer simplifies the way to create a Custom control and theme to a Visual WebGui application.

Read the Introducing the new Control Designer and Theme Designer... article
on Guy's renewed blog.

40 Useful JavaScript Libraries

Over at Smashing Magazine they have put together a very good list of 40 useful JavaScript libraries.

Below is an excerpt from the list.

3. Visualization And Image Effects

JS charts
JS charts supports bar charts, pie charts and simple line graphs. It offers nice usability by simply inserting the library onto Web pages and calling the data from an XML file or a JavaScript array. Charts are created as PNG files and the library is compatible with all the major browsers.

JS Charts

Canvas 3D JS Library (C3DL)
C3DL makes writing 3D applications easy. It provides a set of math, scene and 3D object classes to make the canvas more accessible to developers who want to develop 3D content in a browser but not have to deal in depth with the 3D math needed to make it work.

C3DL

Processing.js
This is a JavaScript port to the Processing language (a language for programming images, animation and interactions). The library is feature-rich for creating 2D outputs. It provides methods for shape/image drawing, color manipulation, fonts, objects, math functions and more.

Processing.js

Raphaël
An amazing library that simplifies working with vector graphics on the Web. Raphaël uses SVG and VML for creating graphics that can be modified and event handlers that can be attached to them. The library is feature-rich in functions, including rotation, animation, scaling and drawing curves, rectangles and circles.

Raphael: Vectors With JavaScript

ImageFX
This is a JavaScript library for adding effects to images, like blur, sharpen, emboss, lighten and more. ImageFX uses canvas element for creating the effects. It is compatible with all major browsers (there is a compatibility chart on the script’s page). The library is so easy to use. Simply inserting the .js file in the Web page and calling a one-line function is enough.

Imagefx

Pixastic
Pixastic uses the HTML5 canvas element, which enables accessing raw pixel data. The effects supported include desaturation and grayscale, inverting, flipping, brightness and contrast adjustment, hue and saturation, embossing, blurring and much more. Because the canvas element is relatively new, the library does not have equal support in all browsers yet.

Reflection.js
An unobtrusive JavaScript to auto-create reflection effects. The height and opacity of the reflection can be defined. Using it is as easy as adding a “class” to the images. It works in all major browsers and is smaller than 5 KB.

Reflection.js

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