Friday Roundup

Friday roundup! Javascript gauges with Raphaeljs, content strategy, Webkit inspector, jquery functions, software development and scientific method

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Dynamic robots.txt with ASP.NET in IIS7

This is an update to my original post Dynamic Robots with ASP.NET 2.0, which was written for IIS6. IIS7 makes this process even easier! Use this approach to deliver different robots.txt files depending on whether you site is being crawled in http or https (or just to present your robots.txt file programatically).

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Solid Cross-Browser Compatible Vector Graphics in Javascript with Raphael

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Web Directions South in Sydney – a conference I’d long heard about but had never had the chance (and good timing) to attend until this year. There were many great presentations there and the one I’d like to introduce you to first is by one brilliant Dmitry Baranovskiy. Dmitry built a javascript library called Raphael which essentially provides a lightweight, cohesive solution for vector graphics across browsers from IE6 onwards, including iPhone and iPad.

Why do you care? So. Many. Reasons.

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DefaultButtons for Asp:Login and Asp:CreateUserWizard

Today, I was tasked with making some Asp:Login and Asp:CreateUserWizard controls work. Specifically, the enter button was acting with an effluence inherent only to Asp.net[1]: it was submitting the search button. After playing with various schemes, I settled upon the following for the Login control: <asp:Panel ID=”pnlLogin” runat=”server” DefaultButton=”lgMain$LoginButton”> <asp:Login runat=”server” ID=”lgMain” /> </asp:Panel> I [...]

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AJAX OnBlur Commits: Cool Vs Usability

I am not anti “Web 2.0“. I have enjoyed seeing the evolution of web applications under its banner, though I find the concept – as intangible as it can be – amusing at times. I have to say, though, that there are certainly instances when I know it has gone too far. I am finding more and more overly AJAX-ified sites which seem to be increasingly focused on how many items on the Web 2.0 checklist they can cross off and less on the usability principles which will give their visitors the smooth and comfortable experience they deserve.

This article really only touches on one example that I have experienced recently: onBlur commits (AJAXified, of course).

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