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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.

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Posted by Ronald Anthonissen on

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.

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Posted by Ronald Anthonissen on

Opera: Web Standards Curriculum

As the most standards-compliant Web browser, Opera is dedicated to promoting Web standards across the globe. Web standards make the Web available to anyone, on any device, anywhere in the world.

Opera has created the Web Standards Curriculum (WSC) in association with the Yahoo! Developer Network. This tutorial course takes students from complete beginner to having a solid grounding in standards-based Web design, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript development. The course is supported by top companies and organizations such as the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and Yahoo!.

Split into more than 50 focused articles, students can follow the curriculum from start to finish or simply read articles that interest them the most. Each article contains essential theory, practical examples, and exercise questions. The first 41 articles are now published, and roughly ten ones covering JavaScript basics will follow ASAP, to complete the course.

Why should you incorporate the Opera WSC into your curriculum? Web standards in a Web site promote efficiency, ease of maintenance, accessibility, device compatibility, and search optimization. The Opera WSC features the most up-to-date practices in Web standards. Best of all, the course is free, requiring no expensive textbooks.

OperaWeb Standards Curriculum

Posted by Ronald Anthonissen on

Rich IntelliSense for jQuery

A while back we updated VS2008 IntelliSense to not fail when referencing jQuery. However, getting IntelliSense for chained calls and rich summary/parameter hints still required adding special comments to a few thousand lines of jQuery. If you didn’t have the time, you could download such a file from friendly members of the community such as James and Brennan.

Visual Web Developer Team BlogRich IntelliSense for jQuery

Posted by Ronald Anthonissen on

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