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Design for Developers

A few years ago I had the opportunity to sit down with a designer possessed of a rare talent. We were both part of the same team and he was creating some UI elements that I was to wire up. As I sat there (in awe) watching him work I realized that much of his considerable skill was rooted in fundamentals not unlike the art of programming. Of course, there are design skills that are intuitive that can’t be "learned." But, that can also be said of the logical clarity found in a really elegant data model or a brilliant inheritance tree. I am certainly no designer, but I have observed the more creative among us for several years and have gained some insight into their world. In this article I’ll share some basic principles that can help raise your design acumen and improve the experience of your users.

SYS-CON MEDIADesign for Developers

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Performance Optimization of ASP.NET Applications on Client-side

With the advent of new web applications with rich user interface, there is a lot of processing on the client side. Most of this processing is done using scripting languages like JavaScript, etc. Lot of new frameworks are in the market ranging from the ones doing simple manipulation of DOM to the most complex of templates for data and charts. Not only web 2.0 applications like Facebook, myspace are using this technology extensively, but line of business applications are also moving towards this model. Ajax technology provides users with a whole new experience which is very close to desktop applications.

New browsers are concentrating on this model as well with the introduction of new faster JavaScript engines. Chrome’s interface is done in a way that gives the impression of a stand-alone application running on top of desktop instead of an application opened in a browser.

This new model has given rise to many challenges in terms of performance of web applications. Client side frameworks and other resources like custom JavaScript files, style sheets, images, etc. are downloaded on the browser and if not managed properly, can really affect the performance of an application.

This article is more oriented towards how to improve performance of ASP.NET Ajax applications on the client side.

CodeProjectPerformance Optimization of ASP.NET Applications on Client-side

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Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

When Netscape started the Mozilla browser, it made the conscious decision to support W3C standards. As a result, Mozilla is not fully backwards-compatible with Netscape Navigator 4.x and Microsoft Internet Explorer legacy code; for example, Mozilla does not support as I will discuss later. Browsers, like Internet Explorer 4, that were built before the conception of W3C standards inherited many quirks. In this article, I will describe Mozilla’s quirks mode, which provides strong backwards HTML compatibility with Internet Explorer and other legacy browsers.

MDCMigrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

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Creating an Outlook Navigation Bar using the ListView and Accordion Controls

Matt Berseth explains how to create an Outlook like navigation pane in ASP.Net with a combination of an Accordion Ajax Control and the ListView control.
Nice example of how the new Ajax controls in the ASP.NET Ajax Control Toolkit can extend the user experience of regular ASP.Net applications with a minimum of code.

One of the designers on our UI team requested a screen mockup with a page layout that is similar to your typical email client. The page is divided vertically into 2 panes. The left pane contains a 2 level hierarchy of categories and subcategories. As the user selects different subcategories the designer wants the right pane’s content to be updated with the corresponding information. Just like Outlook, the designer wants the subcategories to be displayed within expanding and collapsing panels.

Matt Berseth: Creating an Outlook Navigation Bar using the ListView and Accordion Controls

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How To Minimize Your Javascript and CSS Files for Faster Page Loads

Over the last 11 years I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to improve client websites with an eye for minimalist interface design and code. While the minimalist design esthetic is not the choice for every client the notion of less code and faster load times always goes over well. Today, many of web applications I design and code for have a plethora of Javascript and CSS files. Fortunately, there are many options to solve this rather simple problem. Compression, obfuscation and bundling are all great options.

Below you’ll find a list of the sites I’ve visited to learn more about Javascript and CSS compression. Please let me know through email or a comment if you know of any other great compression resources, and I’ll be glad to post them. Most of the descriptions below are taken from the developers of the example. Thanks, Max.

Max KieslerHow To Minimize Your Javascript and CSS Files for Faster Page Loads

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Google Code Revamps with jQuery

This is a very nice example of how the open technologies of jQuery and Google API’s can be combined to create very powerful websites.

We have revamped Google Code, the site which is the home to developers, and open source hosting. A ton of work went into cleaning up the UI integrating and unifying content, and simplifying.
The site uses jQuery for a lot of its work, and also eats a lot of dogfood.

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Cutting Edge: AJAX Application Architecture, Part 1 — MSDN Magazine, September 2007

MSDN Magazine – Cutting Edge: “AJAX Application Architecture, Part 1 & 2”

Cutting Edge: AJAX Application Architecture, Part 1 — MSDN Magazine, September 2007:
AJAX to the Rescue
The AJAX Architecture
What’s an AJAX Framework?
ASP.NET AJAX Extensions
A Look at Partial Rendering
Anatomy of an AJAX Postback
Optimization Techniques for Partial Rendering
Weighing Partial Rendering

Cutting Edge: AJAX Application Architecture, Part 2 — MSDN Magazine, October 2007:
Logging In with AJAX
Flavors of Services
What Do AJAX Services Return?
Security Concerns
Services in ASP.NET AJAX
ASP.NET AJAX Services and SOAP
Invoking AJAX Services
Building the User Interface
What It All Means