• 20 Feb 2013

    Using AJAX Update Panels

    An UpdatePanel can be used to enable partial-page postbacks within an ASP.NET page.  The contents of the UpdatePanel, which need to be encased in a ContentTemplate element, will be sent back to the server whilst the rest of the page will remain unchanged.  The data returned from the postback will then be rendered to the page using updates within the DOM (Document Object Model).

    As long as the page contains a ScriptManager control and an UpdatePanel control partial-page postbacks can happen.

    An UpdateProgress control can be added to an update panel to make it so loading symbols can be used to show when a partial postback is happening, thereby informing the user that an update is in progress.  The required loading symbol (of other HTML elements to be displayed) need to be placed within a ProgressTemplate element within the UpdateProgress control.

    There are several advantages to using UpdatePanels, the main ...

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    • Software Applications
    • Software Design & Development
  • 20 Feb 2013

    Auto Spell Check

    Recently, I was asked to implement an auto spell check functionality for a client’s ASP .Net application.

    There are third party custom spell checkers available already; however they come with a high price tag. After doing some research and with the guidance from my seniors, I came across the ‘Telerik Rad Spell’. Initially, by looking at the Telerik documentation and live demo, it just looked fairly straight forward to use but in order to get it to work according to our client’s requirements, a lot of changes had to be made.

    As mentioned above, the initial usability of the ‘Telerik Rad Spell’ for simple applications is quite straight forward. All you have to do is register the Telerik assembly and add a script manager in your .aspx page as in the following line:

    <%@ Register TagPrefix="telerik" Namespace="Telerik.Web.UI" Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" %>

    <telerik:RadScriptManager runat="server" ID="RadScriptManager1" />

    Once the assembly has been added, you are free to use ‘Telerik Rad Spell’ anywhere ...

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    • Software Applications
    • Software Design & Development
  • 19 Jul 2012

    Free Your Data

    excel file in use

    Outgrown Access or Excel? Can't find the data you need quickly? Can't report on the data easily? Or was your colleague working on it and locked the file?

    Sounds familiar to us.  All businesses have these sorts of problems. What starts out as a small system turns organically  into a huge store for business-critical information and the spreadsheets or emails don't cut it any more. Suddenly something has to be done to extract the data easily. Often complex formulas and little software fixes make the solution work in the short term however it doesn't give your business any room to grow and certainly won't get any better as time goes by. So what exactly do you do?

    Well you may want to grow, at the very least be more profitable. By systemising data previously stored in Excel spreadsheets, Outlook emails or Access databases you can have a solution built to your ...

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    • Software Applications
  • 13 Apr 2012

    Why so Blue?

    I still remember the first time I used Instagram. The retro vibe inspired me, the whole exclusivity feeling, the ability to show that I was part of that small group of people that could achieve such a great transformation into my pictures, was a great feeling.

    Suddenly it wasn’t just me posting those unique pictures on Facebook, the feeling of exclusivity was gone, but I was still excited about the whole retro vibe until Social Network pages were overloaded with those types of pictures. Suddenly the retro vibe wasn’t different and inspiring anymore, it turned into just common pictures.

    Thinking about it isn’t that the same feeling that everybody once experienced when using a social network for the first time? 

    In the beginning it is great, everything is new, the learning curve, the new feeling. Everything is great until you start to see the same things, from the same people, ...

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    • Software Applications
  • 23 Jan 2012

    Outsourcing IT Services Within The UK

    Many UK companies are now considering outsourcing IT services within the UK. Some of them are doing it in addition to their offshore outsourcing developments, while others are simply supporting the economy by involving themselves with local suppliers. In the previous blog I was discussing about advantages & disadvantages of offshore IT Outsourcing. A few days back we interviewed some of our clients regarding their experience with offshore and onshore outsourcing providers. This blog will include some of those interview responses.

    One of our clients Steve said “Driving from Surrey to Maldon is much cheaper than taking a flight to India. Sometimes we need to bring the developers onsite to show them what our other applications are like and what quality and style we prefer. We need to give them proper training before handing over the responsibilities. Companies which are relatively smaller like mine could never afford to do it ...

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    • Software Applications

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