• .NET

    Register for new WebCast today (really)

    I am happy to announce that I will be doing another WebCast with Joe Stagner at Microsoft this Thursday, May 31st at 9:00 AM PST (Noon EST). After the massive success of our last WebCast (which is still available for download), we arranged to make another appearance in the "Live from Redmond" WebCast series to address a common ASP.NET developer scenario. The WebCast, titled "Do-it-yourself forums", will show you how you can use RadGrid, RadTreeView, RadEditor, and RadAjax "Prometheus" (the version based on ASP.NET AJAX) to build a simple forum application in less than 60 minutes. If fact, here is a brief...
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    New Best Practice: Ajaxifying UserControls

    One of the features added to RadAjax "Prometheus" in the recent service pack was a new control called the RadAjaxManagerProxy. This control enables you to easily Ajaxify controls in your UserControls without worrying about adding multiple RadAjaxManagers to a page.BackgroundMost RadAjax developers would probably say that Ajaxifying UserControls is one of the more difficult aspects of adding Ajax to an ASP.NET application. Even with good documentation, it is difficult to decide whether you should add an AjaxManager to each UserControl or handle all UserControl Ajax settings programmatically from a parent container. The big drawback of the later option (which is usually the...
  • .NET

    Extending Sitefinity's blogging tools (WebCast)

    One of the fun new features of Sitefinity 3.0 is its out of the box support for adding blogs to your website. The Blogs module is one of five included with the first release of Sitefinity 3.0 (the others being Lists, News, Polls, and Generic Content) and it has all of the basic tools you need to quickly start a blog (such as post list and single post view).If you've been using a different blogging platform and you are considering switching to Sitefinity (like I am doing with Telerik Watch), you find there are some blogging tools that don't exisit in...
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    Adding Google Gadgets to Sitefinity

    With the official release of Sitefinity 3.0 yesterday, a whole new world of easy web development has been opened-up for ASP.NET web developers. Sitefinity allows you to forget about "basic" website plumbing (like user management, caching, and site management) and instead focus on adding content and modules to your site that are unique to your business. Using Sitefinity as a starting point, you can have a powerful, easy to manage site up and running in a day instead of a week (or more). One of the easiest ways to extend the functionality of Sitefinity is by creating UserControls (the plain 'ol .ASCX variety) that...
  • .NET

    Top 15 Optimization Tips and Tricks

    While we do a lot to help you optimize RadControls in your applications, the Telerik community also does a great job of sharing optimization tips and tricks. One of the best list of optimization tricks ever produced by the community has recently surfaced on the Telerik forums. Some of these ideas are specific to optimizing the RadControls, but many of them are great optimization techniques for ASP.NET in general. So without further ado, here are the "Top 15 Telerik Community Optimization Tips & Tricks" (in no particular order): Make sure browser caching is enabled Many RadControls must...