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Widgetize Your Website!

Posted on: 8/11/2010 3:01:56 PM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 
If you think that cutting and pasting some code into your website is a lot easier than building your own website APIs, then Widgetbox just might be the thing for you.

As the name suggests, Widgetbox lets you “widgetize” your website by creating a universal interface for some of the most popular applications like your Facebook status updates, tweets, new blog posts, and your YouTube videos. You can also embed things like Google Gadgets and your own multimedia files anywhere you want on your website.

And like Google Gadgets, there are many designers developing and sharing their own widgets. Here’s a Super Mario game, just to give you an idea of what is out there:



You can also find a tarot card reading widget, countdown timer, and home maintenance tips – just about anything you could want, you can find!

If you don’t find it, you can always build your own fairly easily (depending on your coding experience). Widgetbox provides a basic Developer’s Guide to help you get started. http://docs.widgetbox.com/developing-widgets/getting-started/widget-developer-guide/

Widgetbox offers a fairly easy way to add dynamic, constantly-updating content to your website – the perfect complement to your DMXReady applications.

Find our more at their website:

 
 

Creating an Automatic TinyURL Using Classic ASP

Posted on: 7/16/2010 12:43:23 PM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 

Sure enough you’ve seen some of those nifty TinyURLs out there, like: http://tinyurl.com/39tv4tp

This saves you from long, unwieldy URLs that span the length of your web page – or even longer. The only drawback was that you have to hand-code each one, manually creating the TinyURL and then adding it into your web page. 

Well, here’s a bit of code that will let you do it all automatically. First, you have to name and assign values to the variables. Cut and paste this code into the head of your page (or, better yet, your header.asp template if it exists):

function asp_tiny_url(strUrl)
Dim UrlCheck,strPageUrl,strTinyVal
strPageUrl = "http://tinyurl.com/api-create.php?url=" & strUrl
set UrlCheck = Server.CreateObject("Msxml2.ServerXMLHTTP.3.0")
UrlCheck.Open "GET", strPageUrl, false
UrlCheck.Send
strTinyVal = UrlCheck.responseText
Set UrlCheck = nothing
asp_tiny_url = strTinyVal
End Function 

Line 3 is the main part of this script, calling the TinyURL API and passing the current page URL to the TinyURL engine. It then receives the new URL (Line 7). Then, anywhere on the page, you simply call the variable with this line of code: 

Response.Write (asp_short_url("http://www.yourfullpageurlhere.com"))

You can also automate the whole process so that you don’t have to physically enter the current page name (if you so choose). For more information on that, check out:


 
 

Save, Sync, and Share Your Files with Dropbox

Posted on: 6/12/2010 9:29:55 AM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 
Dropbox lets you save, sync, and share your files.The average person now has more than one “computer.” A desktop, a laptop, a smart phone, maybe even an iPad, all designed to make it easier to work on the go.

The problem is that your files don’t always go with you. Sure, it’s great to be able to work on that file from your laptop – if you remember to transfer it from your work computer. Flash drives work well, and even emailing the file, but again you have to rely on your own memory. For many of us, that’s the weak link in the chain!

Dropbox has welded that weak link for you. Dropbox acts almost like a virtual drive, allowing you to backup, store, and sync your files with an online file server. Simply move your file to a special folder on your computer and it will automatically save to your private and secure online Dropbox. Then, no matter what you use to edit that file, it will automatically backup to your Dropbox as well so that you are always working with the same file. No remembering to backup to a flash drive, no emailing a file – it’s all done automatically for you!

Dropbox takes this one step further by allowing you to share files with those people you designate. Share Microsoft Word docs, photos, Dreamweaver files – whatever type of file you want. You also have full control so you can “unshare” as well.

Best of all, it has a free 2GB Dropbox option, perfect for light use. Paid versions allow you to store and share up to 100GB of content. Backup your files remotely, sync with your own mobile devices, and share with others.

Check it out at: www.dropbox.com

(Note: DMXReady is in no way affiliated with Dropbox, and receives no compensation from them for this review. We just think it’s a great and handy tool that we wanted to tell our customers about!)

The DMXReady Team
 
 

Easy AJAX for Classic ASP

Posted on: 6/4/2010 1:48:49 PM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 

AJAX for Classic ASP“Do you think ASP is old and not up to date? Hold on...”

That directly from ajaxed, a company that gives you a basic framework for adding AJAX to your Classic ASP pages. By downloading the free ajaxed program and installing on your website, you can create some of your own nifty effects like calling a server-side procedure or using page parts.

Just more proof that there really are people out there still supporting Classic ASP.

Check it out for yourself!

http://www.ajaxed.org/

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Classic ASP Top Ten Tips

Posted on: 5/28/2010 9:11:28 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 

Top Ten Classic ASP Tips

 

From the “oldie but a goodie file” – here’s a Top Ten list of Classic ASP tips. As the article mentions, these tips may not be “top ten” anymore. However we think you’ll find at least a couple of gems here.

 

Check it out:

http://www.devx.com/asp/Article/16414

The DMXReady Team

 
 
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