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DC Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

Torq Software decided to allow web access to the internal systems so that they can be accessed by more field agents and clients via the internet with a manageable impact on the processor and bandwidth usage footprint.

The team chose Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform and soon enough discovered how easy it was to start developing Visual WebGui screens due to the fact that it uses the same GUI designer technology that was already used to develop the Windows Forms version of the application.

It was relatively easy to develop the screens for the application as the existing Windows Forms UI was used as a guide. Even though Visual WebGui was still in a beta form, the overall development was simple and quicker than expected. "Not having to learn ASP.NET in its entirety meant that we could leverage our existing knowledge for most part to produce an effective application" Said Apolon Ivankovic. Deployment turned out to be relatively easy as well and only required the team to learn the basics of IIS deployment.

To read the entire showcase click on the following link:
Debt Collection Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

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…

Game Programming Languages - Which one to Learn?

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Today I ran across an interesting post about the best language to use for game development. The writer of the post already programs in Java and ActionScript for web game development and this post is about what language is best for desktop game development.

This topic is interesting to me as I used to do a lot of game programming in C++ (I had a few games published before I was 21, so I love the topic). Recently, I have gotten back into game development and will have a couple of web games (written in ActionScript) coming out in the next few months. Once I'm done with these games I'm planning on making a first person shooter style game (probably using C++, but I haven't fully decided), so this post is very useful to me.

Below is an excerpt from the post.

My research so far for a new language/platform so far is here below.

C++/Game Engines(Torgue e.t.c)

Pros

  • Potentially cross platform development
  • Multipurpose language (Can develop desktop applications with QT and other UI packages)
  • Mobile game development for Iphone.
  • Plenty of resources and open source game  engines
  • Faster in terms of speed than competitors e.g Java games

Cons

  • Steep learning curve with other game engines
  • Relatively complicated to start with
  • Game distribution channel problems incase of indie development

C# (XNA)

Pros

  • Relatively easy to learn
  • Windows and Xbox 360 ready deployment
  • possibly cross platform application development with mono (open source port of C#)
  • Web development with Microsoft ASP.NET (Not sure if I want to go in that direction)
  • Possible iPhone development using Unity3d (http://www.unity3dd.com) (not open source)

Cons

  • XNA is locked to the windows platform
  • Decent materials are still very scarce for the XNA platform

Python

Pros

  • Relatively easy to learn
  • Plenty of materials
  • Cross platform development
  • Usable for application development both for the web and desktop
  • Used as a scripting language in other gaming platform
  • General purpose scripting language.

Cons

  • Fewer game engines (Even lesser documented engines)
  • Could be slower than C++ or C#
  • Distribution channel for indie game development is lacking
  • Virtually no support mobile game development

You can read the full post here.

So, start learning the language of your choice and start making cool games! If you have made any cool games you can let us know about them in the comments or you can write your own post on this blog with your free Ajaxonomy account. If your post is interesting we just might promote it to the home page.

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.

Rich Internet Applications Platform

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.

VSLive Wrap-up

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VSLive was an overall great conference and I thought I would just write a quick wrap-up of the conference highlights. Below are the top items that happened at the conference.

  • Internet Explorer 8 is coming out very soon with quite a few changes, so you had better check your site on it now.
  • Visual Studio 10 will have a very clean user interface and should be available around September.
  • Silverlight is getting better and may give Flash some competition after a few versions if the plug-in gets more support (it will probably come packaged with IE8 which will help its acceptance).
  • MVC.NET is a pretty good and easy to use Model View Controller platform that will be out of beta very soon.
  • Microsoft Surface is very cool, but needs to come way down in price (currently it costs $10,000). Microsoft hopes to get it down to $2,000 soon, but I think they need to get it around $1,000 to get wide usage of it.

That’s just a quick rundown of the highlights that I took from the conference. There where many sessions that I wasn’t able to go to as there where usually four other sessions going on when I was at a session, so others may have some different highlights, but these are my highlights. VSLive is a very good conference and if you are a developer that works with Microsoft technologies, I would recommend this conference (although, if you are looking for another fun Microsoft conference go to DevConnections [last year I went to the on in Las Vegas and it was a lot of fun]).

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