Archive for February, 2007

BDC Meta Man

Posted by dariosantarelli on February 24, 2007

BDC Meta Man is the first application that provides the ability to create Application Definitions for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) Business Data Catalog (BDC) without writing a line of code.  No programming experience is required to take full advantage of the BDC Meta Man. 
BDC Meta Man makes generating Application Definitions easy due to the many features it offers:
– Visual design tools speed up your development efforts!
– Easily browse through your data sources.
– Visually inspect your application definition and edit any part of it.
– No need to know how to write XML or SQL
– Integrated Shared Service Provider administration web site makes deploying Application Definitions a fluid experience.
– Saves amounts of time and effort


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“How Do I?” with ASP.NET AJAX Videos

Posted by dariosantarelli on February 17, 2007

On this page you will find dozens of videos designed for all ASP.NET developers, from the novice to the professional. If you are new to ASP.NET, you can learn the basics of how to create dynamic web applications with ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, using either Visual Basic or C#. If you have a bit of development experience, you will learn how to employ some of the great new features introduced in ASP.NET 2.0.  If you haven’t watched these videos before, I highly recommend checking them out.  They are short, focused, videos that drill in on a specific topic and are designed to help master common scenarios when using the product.

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ASP.NET 2.0 CSS Friendly Control Adapters

Posted by dariosantarelli on February 11, 2007

ASP.NET is a great technology for building web sites but it would be even better if it provided more flexibility for customizing the rendered HTML. For example, the Menu control makes it simple to add a menu to a web site, but it would be better if it didn’t create <table> tags and was easier to style using CSS. Happily, it’s easy to customize and adapt the Menu control to generate better HTML. Indeed, you can modify any ASP.NET control so it produces exactly the HTML you want. The key is to use something that may be new to you: control adapters. These are little chunks of logic that you add to your web site to effectively “adapt” an ASP.NET control to render the HTML you prefer. The ASP.NET 2.0 CSS Friendly Control Adapters kit provides pre-built control adapters that you can easily use to generate CSS friendly markup from some of the more commonly used ASP.NET controls.
Here are a few links to articles on MSDN about how it works:

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Zope Behind IIS6… SCRIPT WAR!!!

Posted by dariosantarelli on February 2, 2007

Some days ago I started configuring Zope for Plone. When I was ready for deploying, I found a Windows Server 2003 SP1 based production environment with IIS6 as Web Server. I knew there is a script which forwards IIS requests to Zope (much like ProxyPass does for Apache), using Virtual Host Monster to generate correct dynamic URLs, just setting IIS5 to handle 404/405 (Not Found) errors with it.
Well, I didn’t know IIS6 breaks POST methods used in the forms inside Zope/Plone. I bang my head on the screen for a while, after a 6 hour hard-coding session, when I find a discussion in the Zope Community about my problem!!!
At the moment, a proposed “open” solution involves a Java Proxy for host-header analyzing, requesting data from Zope, and returning it back to the client.  
Well, waiting for other solutions, If you want to to speed up your Plone site by integrating it with IIS, you can still purchase Enfold Proxy

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