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OT: Add a search provider to IE manually

I wanted to add a custom search provider to IE to raise funds for a charity. It wasn’t obvious how to do this until I found the EnhanceIE site and their SearchBuilder. Simple to use and appears to work with IE7 onwards.

The site is basic but what it offers works.

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:47 PM

WebPlatform.org - Your Web, Documented

WebPaltform.org is an open, free, crowd sourced reference on web technology.

“The latest information on how to use the technology that runs the web – HTML, CSS, JavaScript and more”.

It’s still a work in progress and you can contribute if you wish to.

The CSS section is nearing completion and others are well on the way.

Worth bookmarking for regular use.

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:24 PM

A website needs to adapt or die…..
This somewhat dramatic title headlines a good article from CoffeeCup laying the arguments for responsive design on the table. Their ‘Responsive Layout Maker’ app is also worth looking at, linked to from the article above. There are a number of on-line layout generators, plus Adobe Edge Reflow CC (currently in Preview) which is the nearest equivalent, but this looks like an excellent, affordable tool. For another earlier article putting the same argument in a more serious style see this from the Intel ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2014 5:18 AM

Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly
Syncfusion have just released another E-book in their ‘Succinctly’ series, for Windows Phone 8 Development. You can download all their books for free at http://www.syncfusion.com/r... Note that you’ll have to register if you haven’t already been there before. They are all well written and easy to follow ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:25 AM

Using ‘includes’ in ASP.Net Web Pages
There’s no immediately obvious way to use an include on an ASP.Net Web Page and most of the time you will probably do everything you need using a layout page. I recently had an application where I used some code at the top of each page, many not based on the site template, to check for user authentication and a number of user roles. This code changed several times with customer needs and it seemed having an include for the code would be a better solution. After hunting around I found it was possible, ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2014 11:55 PM

Web Matrix Razor Documentation
Having been using Web Matrix recently for a live project I found myself hampered by the lack of documentation on the Razor syntax and the objects/methods/properties it has. Fortunately I eventually found two references that were a great help. The ASP.NET Web Pages (Razor) API Quick Reference (Updated February 2014) This had some information on the AppState and PageData classes that I’d not found elsewhere. ASP.NET Razor Helpers API Reference (October 2010) The ASP.NET Web Pages (Razor) Troubleshooting ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2014 10:18 PM

15 Useful and Lesser-Known Firefox Add-Ons
Since Microsoft removed so much useful functionality in the IE11 Developer Tools (although to be fair they did add some great ones too) my prime development browser has become FireFox. The latest versions also start up faster than Chrome, which might have been my other choice were it not for it’s sluggishness. Amit Diwan, writing on SitePoint, lists 15 lesser know Firefox add-ins which are well worth looking at. The one that initially took my eye was the Fangs Screen Reader Emulator, which renders ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:57 PM

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