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Visual WebGui 6.4 Preview with cutting-edge Web Design Tool released

Visual WebGui 6.4 Preview 1 is here and available to download for free!

The 6.4 Preview allows to experience the revolutionary web design tool providing ease of designing DHTML or Silverlight UI with no HTML, CSS or XAML coding, while using your design software of choice such as Photoshop and Expression Blend. This cutting-edge Point & Click Web Design Tool provides, for the first time, a complete coding-free cycle for the creation of complex, enterprise-grade web applications. 6.4 also allows to fully customize application themes using the new designer and by downloading and sharing complete VWG Themes.

Web Design Tools page...

“Microsoft is pleased to work with Visual WebGui to deliver the best computing experience to our customers,” said Joe Marini, Director, Platform & Tools Ecosystem at Microsoft Corp. “The newly added features in Visual WebGui 6.4 preview offer developers a flexible way to brand and differentiate their UIs for internal and customer-facing applications.”

The 6.4 Preview version is offered for free and available for evaluation in either Express Studio or Professional Studio. In the future the new design tools will be offered in the Express edition for free, under LGPL license, and in the Professional Studio version.

6.4 also presents new scalability extensions for redundancy and mulit-user SaaS/Cloud Computing level with performance enhancement and memory optimization.

Forms, reports and charts created using a powerful WYSIWYG visual editor

A new interesting tool which allows forms, reports and charts to be created using a powerful WYSIWYG visual editor was developed atop the Visual WebGui .NET AJAX platform.

The tool is an automated environment (IDE) for developing web systems using the methodology DDD (Domain-Driven Development). Automato allows the creation of complex systems like ERP and CRM on a powerful Web applications platform for using the same concepts of desktop applications. This model maximizes the interactivity with the end-user and makes the systems more robust.

Unlike the current models of creating Web applications that require prior knowledge of various technologies (DHTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.), creating rich interface applications (RIA) in Automato™ are automatically managed by a powerful platform which provides a harmonic development experience using a single technology. This dramatically reduces the time of creation, costs and learning curve.

Features Integrated :

1. Powerful Form Editor (WYSIWYG).
2. Multiple Database Support
3. Modeling Database from E/R Diagrams
4. Compare & Merge Databases Model
5. Unique Compare and Merge Applications
6. Source Control Management
7. Issue Tracking System / Project Management System

Learn about Automato...

Chrome Becomes Extensible

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Plugins and extensions for Google Chrome have arrived. As of developer build 2.0.180.0 of Chrome, the browser is now extensible. A page showing how to create extensions recently went up on the Chromium project documentation site as well as some samples--including a Gmail checker. A recent developer release is required to try out the functionality.

The main document page for Chrome extensions is here. Support for extensions is still very early stage, so they are not yet ready for general consumption.

New Web design tool & Themes

The new Point & Click web design tool - the Control & Theme Designer - presents a ground breaking simple, intuitive developer/designer interface to creating advanced, customized, and creative customer-facing Web user interfaces (UIs) without any need to code in HTML and CSS.
The new tool will allow to easily create custom themes for Visual WebGui applications or download complete themes. New themes created by Gizmox that would give your Visual WebGui application familiar, cool looks are going to be available for download. Here are some examples of the themes that you should expect to see when 6.4 Preview is released demonstrated by screenshots of the same control with a different theme each time.
Mac Theme:
dialogbox with Mac Theme

Google Analytics Theme:
Google Analytics Theme
dialogbox with Google Analytics Theme
 
Gmail Theme:
Gmail Theme
dialogbox with Gmail Theme

Facebook Theme:
Facebook Theme
dialogbox with Facebook Theme

Vista Theme:
Vista Theme
dialogbox with Vista Theme

XP Theme:
XP Theme
dialogbox with XP Theme
Black Theme:
Black Theme

You can also get more information through the following resources:

 

Desktop logistics platform ported to web technology with mobile device integration

Learn how a Delphi based desktop logistics system was taken and ported into a new solution that is Web based and can integrate with Mobile Devices.

The article specifies the requirements for that project and the development process of the UI part which was carried out by a single programmer over a period of 3 months using the Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform. This is believed to be about half of the time it would have taken using other web technology.

"Giving us visual WinForms programming experience for the Web, Visual WebGui was the answer to our requests. We have developed various solutions using .NET and we were able to reuse most of that code and provide a solution that looks and performs very similar to a desktop application... What impressed us immediately was the responsiveness of the solution compared to other products that are based on other web technology," " Enrico Pavesi CTO of Nexus Informatica.

Read the full article...

Free Programming Books

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E-Books has compiled a sizeable list of programming books that are available free for download or online viewing. Topics include Ada, Assembly, C/C++, C#, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, LISP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Visual Basic, and XML.

You can view the list here. My favorites? The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Thinking in Java, Programming Ruby, and Communicating Sequential Processes. But I haven't read all of them--yet :).

Clojure 1.0 Released

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The first "stable" release of Clojure has been announced. Clojure, a dialect of Lisp built for the JVM, is one of the few languages with built-in Software Transactional Memory (which I describe in more detail here).

There is also a TODO list of desired features targeted for the 1.1 release.

You can download the 1.0.0 release here.

Designing custom controls with the innovative visual Web design tools

The visual Control & Theme Designer web design tools introduced in version Visual WebGui 6.4 version allows to create cool new designs and themes and also custom controls. The new 'how to' tutorial shows how simple it is to create a Visual WebGui custom control with the new designer tool.

This 'How to' is divided into two parts whereas the first part demonstrates the creation of the programmatic part of the water mark text box control and the second part shows how to add the design time of the control.

View the full tutorial here:
Design Visual WebGui custom controls with the new Control & Theme Designer

WorkHorse Arrives

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After living on my hard drive for a few months, I finally decided to give my new project a home: http://code.google.com/p/workhorse/ (I literally checked in the initial code today). It's very alpha right now, but the general ideas are starting to take shape.

What is WorkHorse?

WorkHorse is a BPM engine written in Java. It is meant to be both lightweight (i.e., embeddable) and powerful. By the time that I am done, I hope to prove that you don't need to force-fit BPM into BPEL, or even have a heavy-weight XML process description layer at all.

The idea for the project originated with some of the concepts/ideas in BPMN, which I like, though I recognize its weaknesses. Workflow (I am using the older, less trendy term) is a natural fit for so many types of applications, but it often seems that developers avoid it because existing solutions are too cumbersome: they force you to run them on some proprietary server, or they are simply a headache to configure and embed in your existing application.

Can WorkHorse alleviate this headache? Stay tuned.

Cutting-edge Web UI design patterns with no HTML/CSS

This is a first tutorial of the new, cutting-edge Theme & Control designer offered as a preview in the upcoming version of the Visual WebGui RIA development & deployment platform.

The Theme & Control designer enables developers and designers to create or edit controls and to make custom themes in the simplest most efficient way. The Theme & Control designer consolidates all the resources that build up the control into one place and allows to visually manage, edit and custom the design of the UI using point & click and without having to write HTML/CSS code.

View the Basic usage of the new Visual WebGui Theme & Control designer tutorial and learn how to edit images that make up a standard button and quickly transform it to Mac styled buttom.

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