• .NET

    Putting Instructional Prompts in Controls

    When asking the user to provide input in any application it can help to give them guidance on what you are expecting.  There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, but one in particular seems to be very effective.  If you have ever used Microsoft PowerPoint you will undoubtedly have seen a screen similar to the graphic below. The instructional prompt effectively conveys to the user where to type a title and subtitle for the slide.  Better yet, the user can ignore these prompts and proceed with other activities in the application.  Live Search Map provides another example of...
    December 28, 2008
  • .NET

    Make your applications look like Office 2007 with the RadRibbonBar

    The ribbon bar was first introduced with the release of Microsoft Office 2007.  It resides across the top of a window and is the primary means of accessing application functionality.  Unlike the classic menu toolbar approach the ribbon bar offers the ability to display functions and commands in an way that you can locate what you need more quickly.  This is in large part due to the context sensitive way that functionality is displayed.  The ribbon bar is a great usability improvement to most applications since functionality is not buried beneath a multitude of hierarchical menus and toolbars.  Microsoft has...
    December 12, 2008
  • .NET

    RadMessageBox for WinForms

    Hello folks. I am sure all of us are enjoying with Telerik’s good looking and reach theming mechanism for WinForms. But in every application there is a need for user interaction and very often it uses some type of question or message to guide the user what he is supposed to do.   I am sure that you have used the default WinForms MessageBox class and its Show method  The standard appearance of this message box, however, does not fit nicely in the slick design of an application built with RadControls for WinForms, and I know how boring it is to implement your own...
    December 11, 2008
  • .NET

    Can your grid control do this? Part II

    .csharpcode, .csharpcode pre { font-size: small; color: black; font-family: consolas, "Courier New", courier, monospace; /*background-color: #ffffff;*/ /*white-space: pre;*/ } .csharpcode pre { margin: 0em; } .csharpcode .rem { color: #008000; } .csharpcode .kwrd { color: #0000ff; } .csharpcode .str { color: #006080; } .csharpcode .op { color: #0000c0; } .csharpcode .preproc { color: #cc6633; } .csharpcode .asp { background-color: #ffff00; } .csharpcode .html { color: #800000; } .csharpcode .attr { color: #ff0000; } .csharpcode .alt { background-color: #f4f4f4; width: 100%; margin: 0em; } .csharpcode .lnum { color: #606060; } In my previous post I told you about the new interesting feature in RadGridView for WinForms - Row Layout customization. I also promised to provide some additional details about this feature, so here they are. The view definition in RadGridView not only changes the row layout, it specifies the behavior and the appearance of the grid. All view definitions implement the IViewDefinition interface and you could create your own definitions, if you wish. To change the default view definition in RadGridView you need just to set the ViewDefinition property: this.radGridView1.ViewDefinition = myViewDefinition; We have included three different view definitions in our Q3 release. They are: TableViewDefinition,...
    November 26, 2008
  • .NET

    Can your grid control do this?

        In “First Look at Silverlight 2” Scott Gu showed how easy is to change the visual appearance of a Silverlight application using the standard features of the Silverlight Grid control: While reading the blog, it occurred to me that it would be very easy to achieve similar effects with RadGridView for WinForms. With the latest version of RadGridView you can change the row layout using different view definitions in a very simplistic and easy way:     Using parts and ideas from Scott’s article, I compiled a small application that gets a list of article from digg.com via web services and shows them in RadGridView...
    November 12, 2008