I am sure that most of you have heard about or have had a chance to use
Google Maps. It's a great service and I was really impressed by the
responsiveness of the application and the ease with which users could drag
and zoom maps from a Web browser. It has in many ways heralded the arrival of
development in the days to come.
What makes the service even better is the availability of the Google Maps API
(Application Programming Interface) as a free Beta service. The API allows
developers to embed Google Maps in their custom applications. It also allows
them to overlay information on the map and customize the map to their needs.
As I write this article there are quite a few sites that utilize Google Maps,
and more and more of them are appearing by the day.
The API by itself is pretty straightfor... (more)
Ever since the advent of the Internet, Web applications have lagged behind
desktop applications in terms of interactivity and responsiveness. One of the
biggest drawbacks in the conventional Web model has been the cycle of
inactivity between the user request and the server response. Reducing this
period of inactivity has been the point of focus for any developer who wants
to improve the responsiveness of Web applications and raise the user
experience to levels offered by desktop applications.
Since the advent of Web development, Web developers have sought a way to
provide a consistent look and feel across the Web application. This pursuit
has resulted in different custom solutions. With the introduction of master
pages in ASP.NET 2.0, Microsoft has finally brought the support to the
framework level and has given the developers what they have been asking for.
Master pages, as the name suggests, allow the developer to define the layout
in a single page and easily apply the layout to multiple pages across the Web
site, thereby ensuring a consistent appearance. This artic... (more)
The introduction of ASP.NET in 2002 signified a big change in Microsoft
server-side technologies for building Web sites. It represented a shift from
the interpreted Active Server pages (ASP) to compiled ASP.NET pages. The
compiled ASP.NET Web applications were much faster than the interpreted ASP
applications and presented the developer with a variety of advantages, one of
them being dynamic compilation.
Dynamic compilation allows ASP.NET to automatically detect changes, compile
the changed files, and store them for future use. It also ensures that the
applications are up to dat... (more)
XAML, pronounced "zammel," stands for Extensible Application Markup Language,
which made its first appearance during PDC 2003, when Microsoft unveiled its
next version of Windows, known as Longhorn. XAML is a part of the new Windows
API, codenamed Avalon, which in turn is part of Longhorn. Avalon presents a
major jump in the user interface capabilities of Windows and promises ease of
use for the developer and a much richer user interaction for the end user.
Avalon is said to have support for advanced 2D and 3D vector graphics. In
this article, I will take a look at what XAML is, ... (more)