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Generating Email with View Engines

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Recently in working on a C# MVC project I had an issue with how outgoing e-mails where formed. The e-mails where all formed through a large string that contained all of the formatting XHTML. This began to become very messy and very hard to deal with. Since the project was a MVC project I thought it would be cool if I could just use a View for the e-mail template.

Well, over at Channel 9 Andrew Davey has a good presentation about solving this very problem. Below you can watch the presentation.

Video Tutorial of the Week - Ajax Progress Bar

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One common issue with Ajax applications is that the browsers progress bar does not show when data is being loaded in the background. The solution to this is to display a progress bar on the page where it makes sense to let the user know what is happening. So, this week's video tutorial will show you how to add a progress bar using ASP.NET(but the principles applies to other languages as well).


Visual WebGui web applications framework 6.4 beta 1 released w/ jQuery integration

The new Visual WebGui Web Applications Framework version which was released today offers upgraded performance, scalability and complete developer and designer freedom to design and customize Web 2.0 UIs. Visual WebGui 6.4 beta 1 incorporates about 1,000 complete features either added or fixed from 6.3, including increased customizability with the new control level designer, theme designer and jQuery integration. The new version also includes 4 out-of-the-box skins for simple personalization of the UI look and feel. The new version improves WinForms compatibility and provides a much comprehensive set of events with upgrades to the DataGrid and ListView.

6.4 also presents runtime enhancements with improved performance, memory consumption and CPU usage as well as scalability. The improvement in 6.4 reaches the compatibility areas with greater browser support which covers almost the entire spectrum of prominent browsers in the market.

Visual WebGui SDK with integration into Visual Studio 2010 will be available by the time that a 6.4 release version is out.

As announced before a revised documentation and a new task oriented kit will be soon available for Visual WebGui developers. The kit which will demonstrate all of Visual WebGui's controls, features and concepts will allow a quick live view of all of the platform's components as well as a deep dive for more advanced developers in their work.

Free beta downloads are available here.

Visual WebGui 6.3.11 & 6.4 Preview Released

Visual WebGui version 6.3.11 released after the R&D team had a major breakthrough with a designer issue.

In addition, Visual WebGui 6.4 Preview 4 was released. This version presents an important progress as Preview 4 is the last Preview version of the 6.4 version. Visual WebGui 6.4 allows to take advantage of incredibly fast application development without sacrificing the essential flexibility and customization of designing from scratch.

"The Visual WebGui 6.4 preview version is another step towards simplifying and commoditizing complex Ajax web development . The ease of developing with Visual WebGui combined with the new efficient interface between developers and designers gives Visual WebGui an unparalleled advantage over other RIA development platforms. The market loves our solution and rewards us in its download and adoption rate," said Navot Peled, CEO and founder of Gizmox.

The release version of 6.4 is expected before the end of 2009.

Download Free Preview:
http://www.visualwebgui.com/tabid/639/Default.aspx

Free Downloads Here.

A new Social Networking blogging concept created with Visual WebGui

MyTimelineOnline is a unique blogging website featuring advanced controls that allows users to document their life, or the life of a loved one and to share their collective experiences within their social network and with the world. MyTimelineOnline features a control originally designed by MIT and converted to .NET by Rob Chartier. The timeline view allows users to quickly navigate several years' worth of postings to explore what events occurred in their own life or the lives of others.

The site was developed by a single individual and originally technologies such as Telerik were considered and discarded due to the complexity and cost. As a result, the entire site was rewritten by a single part time developer in Visual WebGui which provided a significant increase in the usability of the site as well as the visual style. Visual WebGui was chosen since it was extremely easy to use & develop with and it also allowed rewriting pages written in other Ajax solutions very quickly. Additionally, Visual WebGui allowed focusing on usability since the Visual WebGui themes took care of the rest.

Prior to upgrading the site to Visual WebGui the user experience was lacking, including repeating unnecessary page refreshes. "With VWG I was able to create a fully ajax’ed site quickly without worrying about the typical issues," founder John Ruf.

Read the full article...

Gizmox’s Visual WebGui becomes a Microsoft Cloud Computing Enabler

Visual WebGui is announcing that its rich Internet application platform can now enables customers to build and deploy applications to Microsoft’s cloud computing environment, Windows Azure. Gizmox will demonstrate to customers and partners an extremely fast and low-cost method to port line of business (LOB) applications to the cloud using the Visual WebGui Cloud platform, at the WPC in New Orleans this week.

There is more information about the Visual WebGui platform as a cloud solution in the official press release. Click here.

Visual WebGui 6.3.8a was released today

Visual WebGui 6.3.8a was released today as a fix to the following v6.3.8 issues:

VWG-5087 - IE-Button: The right-side border should be rendered in the correct position
VWG-4256 - Button with 21x21 image should not crop image with button size of 25x25
VWG-5091 - OpenFileDialog non-Flash should not throw JS error (while calling parent.Upload_CloseWindow())
VWG-5092 - OpenFileDialog non-Flash should not hang when OK button pressed
VWG-5093 - OpenFileDialog in Flash mode should not throw JS error while Obscuring active
VWG-5090 - OpenFileDialog non-Flash should show frames around the buttons

Click here to download all 6.3.8a versions...

A Visual WebGui Azure Cloud Enabler @ WPC09

Gizmox's Visual WebGui Web & Cloud platform will be presented at Microsoft's WPC in New Orleans between July 13 to July 16 within the Windows Azure booth. Visual WebGui can now enable the development & migration of applications to Microsoft's Cloud computing environment - Windows Azure.

Visual WebGui’s virtualization technology also dramatically reduces customers’ cloud bandwidth and CPU usage, offering a more cost effective runtime environment for native Azure applications.

Brockmann: "Creating Rich Web Applications Gets a Ton Easier"

This is an analysis that was written by Peter Brockmann, President of Brockmann & Company, a high tech marketing consulting company which is featured on the company's website.

"Faster development of a rich media experience for web applications that are secure in operation has been a particularly elusive goal for many enterprise application developers since the debate about thin client and thick clients a decade ago. Until now.

...Visual WebGui brings the ultimate simplicity to the .NET development framework through an enterprise SDK that plugs into popular development tools such as Windows Forms... The runtime server product acts as a web interface to the application and supports DHTML, Silverlight and other presentation standards.

...There should be no doubt that with the interest in cloud computing services and user preferences for rich media applications running on a wider variety of platforms will only exacerbate the concerns about security of enterprise data and the cost of multiple device support which plays well to the Visual WebGui advantage in the marketplace."

Brockmann and Company researches the business user experience and writes about the business impact of communications technologies.

Click gere to read the full article...

Visual WebGui v6.3.8 Released

Visual WebGui Web & Cloud platform version 6.3.8 was released today.

This is a further stabilization of 6.3.x that includes some resolved button behavior issues, as well as features such as Flash 10 uploading compatibility and the ability to configure a virtual directory.

The full v6.3.8 change log can be found here.

Visual WebGui 6.3.8 downloads...

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