• 22 Feb 2013

    That DAM System...

    What is a Digital Asset Management System?

     It allows you to centralise and manage your digital assets in the most efficient way. It enables an organisation to centrally store them in a secure environment and access files as and when they need them.

    As an organisation grows it gets harder to control digital files. Time is often wasted dealing with requests for images, logos and other files.

    Resources get scattered across CDs, hard discs, USB's  and network drives. Resulting in poor version control and branding issues.

    What makes a good implementation different from others?

    If thorough business analysis is undertaken at the start, key processes, metadata, categories, permissions, formats, etc will all have been considered. These elements are key and capturing the correct workflows is essential to guarantee success.

    Implementing a digital asset management system is no mean feat, because it largely involves many stakeholders across a business. It also ...

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  • 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

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