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Ruby on Rails 2.3 Released

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The Rails team has released version 2.3 of its popular and ground-breaking web application framework for Ruby.

Features:

  • Support for Ruby 1.9.1. Caveat: not all the data adapters and plug-ins have moved to Ruby 1.9 yet, so migrator beware.
  • Templates: customize your default Rails skeleton with your favorite set of plug-ins, gems, initializers, etc.
  • Full Rack integration. CGI is now a thing of the (proxied) past.
  • ActiveRecord gets support for nested attributes, nested transactions, batch processing (find_in_batches), dynamic scopes, and more.
  • Action Controller gets smarter rendering, a file rename (application.rb to application_controller.rb), HTTP Digest Authentication Support, more efficient routing, and more.
  • Introduced Rails Metal, a way of bypassing the controller for speed (it is a subset of Rack middleware).
  • Renewed support for Rails Engines allows the sharing of re-usable application components.
  • Support for nested forms.

A full list of all the changes in 2.3.2 (the final version of 2.3) is here.

As usual, you can install via Gems: gem install rails

Web enabling data warehouse solution with Visual WebGui

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published.
Web enabling Data Warehouse Solution made possible with Visual WebGui.

"Visual WebGui reduces the complexity of web development to a minimum. The fact that the developer no longer needs to think like a web developer saves a huge amount of time and allowed the application to be market ready in a very short time." said Joerg Stieg whose company TIP management AG ported its data warehouse solution's configuration and planning tool UI to the web and redesigned the HCe® Web front-end.

"Creating such a feature-rich application in this very short time would have been impossible without Visual WebGui." Joerg Stieg

Go to the full case study.

Having Fun with Pligg - Installing

Last time I told you that I was setting up a Pligg site for my new video game site, wastingtimegames.com. This is second in a series of posts where I will explain how to get a working customized Pligg site.

To install Pligg you will first need to download the files from pligg.com. The most current release is 1.0.0 RC2. Once you download the .zip file you will need to unzip all of the files into a folder.

To get the rest of the software installed you will just need to follow the below directions, taken from the Pligg readme file.

  1. Create a mysql database. If you are unfamiliar with how to create a mysql database, please contact your web host or search their support site. Please pay careful attention when creating a database and write down your database name, username, password, and host somewhere.
  2. Rename settings.php.default to settings.php. Do the same for /libs/dbconnect.php.default.
  3. Upload the files to your server (please note that your server will need to be running PHP 4.3.0 or higher).
  4. CHMOD 755 the following folders, if they give you errors try 777.
    • /admin/backup/
    • /avatars/groups_uploaded/
    • /avatars/user_uploaded/
    • /cache/
    • /cache/admin_c/
    • /cache/templates_c/
    • /languages/ (And all of the files contained in this folder should be CHMOD 777)
  5. CHMOD 666 the following files
    • /libs/dbconnect.php
    • settings.php
  6. Open /install/index.php in your web browser. If you are reading this document after you uploaded it to your server, click on the install link at the top of the page.
    • Select a language from the list.
    • Fill out your database name, username, password, host, and your desired table prefix.
    • Create an admin account. Please write down the login credentials for future reference.
    • Make sure there are no error messages!
  7. Delete your /install folder.
  8. CHMOD 644 libs/dbconnect.php
  9. Open /index.php
  10. Log in to the admin account using the credentials generated during the install process.
  11. Log in to the admin panel ( /admin ) and you will then be presented with information intruducing you to Pligg.
  12. Configure your Pligg site to your liking. Don't forget to use the Modify Language page to change your site's name.

Once you are done with these steps you'll have a basic Pligg site running. Next time I'll explain how to change the language features and install modules.

A single developer completes a full Help Desk Ticketing System completed in only 8 months

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase was published on visualwebgui.com.
A full Help Desk Ticketing System completed with 1 developer in only 8 months by Golden West Technologies.

Visual WebGui provided the platform to build Help Desk Ticketing System solution that actualized the requirements and met the challenges as a cost effective alternative to other RIA platforms. The drag and drop page development experience was an enormous benefit. This compared to the hours it would take to build the same pages with traditional ASP environments. “Visual WebGui claims of 90% reduction in development time and providing the bridge between desktop and web technologies were substantiated through the design, development, and deployment of our help desk software solution.“ Brian Butterfield

Brian Butterfield added that “There is no other software platform on the market today that can give traditional desktop application developers the ability to transition that knowledge and experience directly to a web development environment – providing an unprecedented development experience.”

Unlimited design & customization capabilities in Visual

I would like to introduce a new development code named “theme designer / control designer”. The new designer simplifies the way to create custom controls and themes in a Visual WebGui application. Up until now, Visual WebGui RIA Platform/Framework provided extreme productivity and simplicity with the out-of-the-box client side behavior / look and feel, but when advanced customization was needed, it called for a different level of development. Since most customers will require customization of various aspects of the UI, we have decided to work on creating a theme designer that would simplify the customization of the UI.

I think I don’t need to elaborate on the business value of customizing the application to be tailored to the customer's needs, and until we provide a rock solid solution for this problem, I personally will not sleep at night…

Hide MySpace Friends and Comments on Your Profile

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Most of us have a MySpace page (although many people have switched to Facebook for its cleaner design and less spam) to make friends and keep in touch with people you already know. Have you ever made friends with someone (or perhaps they are someone you know) that continues to put offensive comments on your profile or perhaps you just don't want others to see your friends when they view your profile.

Well, over at bibokz.com they have some code snippets to put in your profile that will hide comments and/or friends.

The below code will hide your friends.

<mce:style type=”text/css”><!– 
td.text td.text table table table, td.text td.text table br, td.text td.text table .orangetext15, td.text td.text .redlink, td.text td.text span.btext {display:none;}
td.text td.text table {background-color:transparent;}
td.text td.text table td, td.text td.text table {height:0;padding:0;border:0;}
td.text td.text table table td {padding:3;}
td.text td.text table table br {display:inline;}
–></mce:style><style type=”text/css” mce_bogus=”1″>
td.text td.text table table table, td.text td.text table br, td.text td.text table .orangetext15, td.text td.text .redlink, td.text td.text span.btext {display:none;}
td.text td.text table {background-color:transparent;}
td.text td.text table td, td.text td.text table {height:0;padding:0;border:0;}
td.text td.text table table td {padding:3;}
td.text td.text table table br {display:inline;}
</style><a href=”http://www.bibokz.com/2009/03/myspace-code-that-hide-friends-and-comments/” mce_href=”http://www.bibokz.com/2009/03/myspace-code-that-hide-friends-and-comments/” target=”_blank”>Myspace code that hide friends and comments</a>

To get the code to hide friends and comments or just comments click here.

Case Study: Informatec saves over 50% developing its telephony Call Account Management System with Visual WebGui

A new case study is published on the www.visualwebgui.com showcases section:
Informatec saves over 50% developing its telephony Call Account Management System with Visual WebGui

"Using form visual inheritance, we quickly developed about 50 end-user forms in 2-3 months with 3 developers while the original estimation using traditional ASP.NET was over 6 months. Visual WebGui is an amazing time and budget saver" Sergio Gomes.

The case showcases Brazilian company Informatec's Hotbill Call Account Management System that was developed and deployed using Visual WebGui in less than half the expected overall project duration.

Informatec looked to replace its existing application UI with a new end-user interface which would be more suitable for today's corporate world. Therefore, Informatec needed to create a new application which can provide all users with a quick access to application via a web browser from anywhere, with minimum client software and hardware requirements. It was also important that the new interface is user friendly and intuitive and includes at least the same functionality of the existing application, while performance especially with database access should be improved.

You can read the complete case study and view the demo application here.

Rich Internet Applications Platform

Gizmox is Introducing the new Visual WebGui control and theme designer

Gizmox CTO Guy Peled posted an announcement about the new Control and Theme Designer expected to be released in the near future in which he describes in details the needs for such tool and the solution that is now being developed. The new designer simplifies the way to create a Custom control and theme to a Visual WebGui application.

Read the Introducing the new Control Designer and Theme Designer... article
on Guy's renewed blog.

UK’s largest independent care provider builds a new web based monies system with Visual WebGui

"Using the WebGui approach meant that in spite of our small team we could quickly create an industry leading solution in house according to the requirements which resulted in significant cost savings." Ewan Walker, Craegmoor IT Team Leader

This new case study published on www.visualwebgui.com showcasing Craegmoor's in house conversion and enhancement of their desktop existing MS Access client monies application to a web based solution.

"Using the Visual WebGui technology to enhance the existing desktop MS Access based tool, provided the new solution with access through a standard Web browser which requires no plug-ins or other client-side software, virtually eliminating installation and IT support time. The improved application speed and response has resulted in an end user satisfaction and an overall improved process management which increased client and customer confidence as the full integration with legacy applications removed the need for reconciliation between systems and work in line with agreed business practice.

Visual WebGui Rich Internet Application Platform migration tool allowed the Craegmoor IT team to create an industry leading solution in house quicker and more cost-efficiently than with any other solution. The in house development not only saved the IT team development expenses but also means that maintenance should cost less and the response to any changes in legislation can be very quick."

The full Case Study is available here:
UK’s largest independent care provider builds its new web based system with Visual WebGui

Visual WebGui 6.3.1 development environment versions Released

Gizmox released Visual WebGui RIA Platform/Framework developement environments' version 6.3.1.
This is a stabilization of 6.3 and another step towards a release version. The new version brings a significant enhancement in cross-browser support with full compatibility for Netscape and added support for popular browser like Chrome, Safari and Opera.

All 6.3.1 downloads can be found here.

This is the change log for version 6.3.1

Change log
VWG-4038 - Browser support added (alpha level) for Chrome, Safari and Opera.
Netscape is fully supported.
VWG-3820 - Users can now install any of the VWG installations only if they have Administrator permissions on that machine.

Bugs fix
VWG-4030 - TextBox with databinding was not updated when bound datasource changed from field with data to empty.
VWG-3976 - ContextMenu was not shown in FireFox.
VWG-2913 - When image was larger than PictureBox and set to Zoom it did not rendered properly.
VWG-3718 - ComboBox displayied the word null when item was blank.
VWG-3944 - Databound DataGridView bug when entering value of first column in newly added row fixed.
VWG-3963 - ListBox did not fire Click event in FF3.
VWG-3877 - Combobox dropdown is opend on enter with tab and not on leave.
VWG-3958 - ScheduleBox WorkEndHour property setter fixed.
VWG-3901 - TableAdapters and DataSets are shown on component tray (bottom of designer).
VWG-3830 - Dragging scroller above controls which contains editable IFrames in FF fixed.
VWG-3938 - Navigation keys did not function in text boxes under FF.
VWG-3816 - Focus transfer from bound TextBox to Button doesn't work on Tab key press fixed.
VWG-3898 - When opening a ComboBox dropDown the scrollBar covered the text on the left.
VWG-3825 - VWG Documentation registration fixed.
VWG-3887 - MouseEventArgs.X and Y in ListView MouseDown event are not set with true value.
VWG-3886 - ListView.Click events SelectedItem is set now to the right item.
VWG-3792 - UniqueIdExtender is availble in design time and the CUID is available in generated HTML code.
VWG-3890 - In 'Add Inherited Control' wizard, WebGui.Forms Assembly controls were missing.
VWG-3832 - Tab pages images design time bug fixed.
VWG-3818 - Label Text was cut and did not go to next line for labels with defined width.
VWG-3847,3841 - DataGridview - add new row to a Binded DataGridView throw an Exception.
VWG-3849 - TextBox.Text == string.Empty problem fixed.
VWG-3845 - Watermark textbox throw a JS error on focus in IE.
VWG-3885 -OpenFileDialog did not fire FileOK event in FF3.
VWG-3826 - Standalone .CHM fixed and used as a standalone help file.
VWG-3838 - SplitContainer did not retain it's SplitterDistance when form was saved.
VWG-1996 - Timer intervals bug after opening dialog window fixed

Visual WebGui AJAX Framework

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