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Create a Chart for Your Website

Posted on: 1/7/2009 9:59:55 AM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 
Looking for a fast and easy way to put a chart into your website? Google Chart might be the application for you!

Create pie charts, bar graphs, even what they call a Google-o-meter to create visuals from complex data, and to add color to your website.

Some coding is required, but Google offers in-depth instructions to help you create your own charts in minutes.

Check it out for yourself:
http://code.google.com/apis/chart/

Happy Charting!

The DMXReady Team


 
 

Create Your Own Template Pages Using ASP

Posted on: 1/2/2009 10:41:29 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
Back in the early days of graphic HTML editors, designers were blown away when FrontPage introduced templates.You could change one item on the template page, and it would update in every "child" page created from that template.

This is actually quite easy to do using ASP as well. For example, DMXReady Site Engine Manager uses six separate ASP inserts to achieve the exact same effect. Make a change to the footer.asp file, save and upload, and all pages with that footer.asp file will be automatically updated.

Here's a basic overview of the process:

  1. Create your "template" page.
  2. Cut and paste the code from each unchanging section of the page into its own file. For example, you can create a header.asp file, navbar.asp, sidenavbar.asp, footer.asp, etc.
  3. In your template page, use Dreamweaver to include these files (Insert > Server Side Include)

Note that each section file (e.g. footer.asp, etc.) should not have HTML, HEAD, or BODY tags. These will already be present in the template page; adding them to the section pages may confuse the browser and cause unexpected results. Of course, save your template page and all pages created from it with a .asp extension.

To visualize this better, it may help to view the DMXReady Site Engine Manager architecture map. Simply go here, and scroll down to the graphic.

The DMXReady Team

PS - Happy New Year!
 
 

How to Not Reinvent the Wheel When It Comes to Creating Website Applications

Posted on: 12/12/2008 9:13:11 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
When DMXReady started building ASP applications, certainly one of the goals was to create a fully-functional, out of the box solution. But ultimately, the idea was to create a stepping stone for web designers, an "application template" for those who wanted to create their own website solutions.

Think about it. Why start coding from scratch if someone could hand you a good head start? All the basic things like database connectivity and functioning script would already be installed. All you need to do is make the changes you need to get your desired results.

As DMXReady added more applications to the library, more possibilities opened up including software "mash ups". For example, you could combine Mailing List Manager, Registration Manager, and Secure Login Manager to create an online members site. This saved even more development time and/or cost.

Today, it is possible to modify all of DMXReady's existing application to create website solutions, or even build your own Private Label line of software. Take Online Notebook Manager, for example. With slight modifications, you could sell it as an Online User Guide, a course syllabus, an employee handbook, and more. Again, by working from the application template, you can reach your end goal faster and easier than building from scratch.

So don't reinvent the wheel. Have an idea for something that could make your website or that of your clients more productive? Check out the DMXReady product line for your head start! And if you're not comfortable making the changes yourself, our Professional Services can help you get the job done.

The DMXReady Team
 
 

How to Find Out Information About Your Visitors Using ASP

Posted on: 12/2/2008 11:17:38 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
ASP allows you to find out some useful information about your website's visitors. For example, you could find out their IP address, what browser they are using, and more.

This information can help you tailor your content to certain users. For example, if you find out that the vast majority of people visiting your website use Microsoft Explorer, you can optimize your pages to ensure they look best in that browser.

Try this for yourself. Using Dreamweaver (or any HTML editor), create a new page in your local site, and add the following script to the body of that page:

<%@language="VBScript"%>
<%
Response.Write "My IP Address is: " & Request.ServerVariables("REMOTE_ADDR")
%>

Save as an .asp file, upload, and view. Your page will have a single line that looks something like:

My IP Address is: 255.255.255.255

How It Works

Using the Request object, you are finding out the remote address ("REMOTE_ADDR") of the visitor accessing your server. In fact, there are many different server variables that you can access, from browser type and security type to cookie settings. For a full list, go to this page at W3C Schools.

Happy Scripting!

The DMXReady Team


 
 

What Do You Know About ASP?

Posted on: 11/19/2008 9:51:35 AM under ASP » Resources 
 
The fine people at W3C Schools has put together a quiz to test your knowledge about ASP. Although it is a "just for fun" quiz, it can help you identify what you don't know about ASP. And W3C Schools is definitely a good place to find those answers.

Check it out here:
http://www.w3schools.com/asp/asp_quiz.asp

The DMXReady Team
 
 
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