There are situations where you need to pass multiple values for the same parameter to the server, here are some patterns.
Multiple checkboxes to pick the values for the same purpose.
Select columns to show in the table
Select post categories
User can add as much values as he/she likes.
Add new tag
User can remove multiple items from a list.
Remove items from shopping cart
This can be handled by passing many values in one parameter with a common delimiter, or by passing multiple values as the same parameter. Here are examples with the GET method, for the POST it works the same.
Microsoft Word happens to be the text editing application of choice for many of my clients. And they would like to post the content to web, so I still find myself in a situation where I need to export a Word document to HTML.
There is an option to “Save document as Html” in Word that results in big, convoluted, HTML file full of errors. Also, there is a bit of inline formatting where I would like the format to concur to the website formatting instead.
So, a good result would have no or very little formatting, and as simple as possible markup.
In today’s interconnected world, it’s important that online applications support different cultures.
Even if most of us that spend a lot of time online are accustomed to the USA date and number formats, people always prefer to see numbers and dates formatted in a familiar way. People don’t like to think about if the date’s first digit is day or month, or if it’s decimal delimiter or digit grouping mark.
The date 03/02/2010 means completely different thing in Australia and USA – it’s February the 3rd in the former and March the 2nd in latter! (dd/mm/yyyy vs mm/dd/yyyy)
Even if we assume that the common internet user can read the shown format based on the website’s supposed location, localization and internationalization (i18n) could greatly improve readability and usability.
Seems that LINQ to XML does not get near as much attention as LINQ to SQL, but that’s a shame since there is a lot going on here too. The big improvements are in the XML document navigation, working with namespaces and document construction.
As I have already stated, one of my favourite tools that I install right away on a fresh machine is the AutoHotkey. It makes life a bit easier shortening the way to perform common tasks. Among other features, it provides a way to associate keyboard shortcuts with a scripted outcome.
Some new browsers have a Search field (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, f.ex.), it’s located at the top right part of the browser window, next to the address bar. This is a nice little feature, you can select a search engine, type the search terms and submit. Then search engines site is opened with results. Usually suggestions are shown as you type.