Because every eveloper needs to have a New Guid generator and .Net info search iGoogle widget ;-). It was time for me to create one!
I had no idea where to start, try searching Google no good results. But after clicking along on iGoogle I found the Google Gadgets developer site. After reading some documents and playing with some examples I found out that it is to easy to create a iGoogle widget. Here is a … step guide to create a iGoogle widget.
In this guide where going to load an external website (http://www.newguid.net/iGoogle_CreateGuid.aspx) in the widget (the most easy way to build a widget).
Go to the Google getting started document and scroll down to the Google Gadgets Editor. Here you can try out some examples or insert your own code.
Insert the following code to the Gadgets Editor
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<ModulePrefs title=”[Widget Title]” height=”100″ author=”[Author Name]” author_email=”[Author Email]” description = “[Widget Description]” screenshot = “[Link to a Screenshot]” thumbnail = “[Link to a thumbnail]” author_link = “[Link to author website]”><Require feature=”dynamic-height”/>
<Content type=”url” href=”http://www.newguid.net/iGoogle_CreateGuid.aspx”/>
Press the Preview tab. You will see that the New Guid widget is already working. The widget just loads the website within an Iframe. The best thing is that you only have to design an build your widget once on your own server. It is a normal page so there aren’t any design limits.
Save and Publish your widget. You have to change all properties (eg. title, author, author_email, etc.) in de code before you save and publish your widget. After you’ve changed the properties you can just save and then publish your widget. You can either publish your widget on your webpage (just by linking to it) or publish it into the Google Directory or both.
Publish your gadget in the editor by going to File > Publish. This button is only clickable if your syntax is correct.
Your gadget will be validated before the real publish. Fix all the issues that show in popup (see image below). And retry.
Like I told you to easy. Ofcourse you can do mutch more with it, but this will do for most of your widgets.
I’ve been using Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) for one of my projects (searchTravelBlog). When I was trying to implement CSE in NewGuid.NET I found some problems doing this.The big issue is that CSE depends on the html FORM element with submit event for posting all the variables from the hiddenfields.
The CSE code from Google looks like this:
<form action="http://" id="searchbox_004900934070880588383:m5qbf6oxe6k">
<input type="hidden" name="cx" value="004900934070880588383:m5qbf6oxe6k" />
<input type="hidden" name="cof" value="FORID:11" />
<input type="text" name="q" size="25" />
<input type="submit" name="sa" value="Search" />
When you copy this code into a .Net page it will not work. This because of the default .Net server form tag.
If you want to use CSE within your .Net page don't use Google's code that generates the search form. Create your own code, just add one Textbox and one Button control to your page.
<asp:TextBox ID="searchQuery" runat="server" size="30" />
<asp:Button runat="server" Text="Search .Net Info" ID="searchButton" OnClick="searchButton_Click" />
In the code behind you add the following searchButton_Click event:
protected void searchButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
StringBuilder redirectUrl = new StringBuilder();
//The URL to your resultpage
//Add your CSE unique identifier
//Add your advertising location code
//The search query
redirectUrl.Append("&q=" + searchQuery.Text);
//Redirect to the resultpage
You can find these values in the hidden values from the default code that Google creates for you.It is important that the values within the redirectUrl are html encoded.
Add the following code to your Page_PreRender so that the searchquery will appear in the textbox.
protected void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
searchQuery.Text = Request.QueryString["q"];
Note: This example doesn't include the branding that Google requires. Please read the branding guidelines here!
When surfing around I found this great range ASP.Net controls. Obout.com offers a great variety of ASP and ASP .Net controls. The controls are Cross-Browser (including Safari and Opera).You can download the obout Suite for .Net 2.0. The suite contains the following controls:
Two colors menu
Slide Panel (with Slide menu)
TabStrip (with Easy Menu)
Context menu (with EasyMenu)
Toolbar (with Supper button)
State Selector (with Combobox)
There are loads of examples on their website. So go check it out!
For a customer of Evident Interactive me and my team build an administrative application. Now 220 pharmacies do their finance administration with this application. The application supports: input from pharmacies, work-flow, reports and data exchange to Twinfield.
My role in the project was Lead-developer the project team had a size of 4 developers.
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