eWorld.UI - Matt Hawley

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Excentrics World - Server Controls v2.0.6 Compiled against .NET 3.5

December 4, 2007 16:35 by matthaw

Version 2.0.6 of Excentrics World Server Controls, targeting the .NET 3.5 framework has just been released. This is purely a re-compilation against .NET 3.5 framework including the basic binaries and Microsoft Ajax.

This version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx and choosing "3.5" as your framework version. The official build number for this release is the same (2.0.6.2393).



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.6

January 23, 2007 23:54 by matthaw

Version 2.0.6 of Excentrics World Server Controls has just been released targeting Microsoft AJAX Extensions, RTM (didn't know it was released, visit ScottGu's blog post announcing it!) to ensure continued full compatibility as well as a few bug fixes. It should be noted with this release, the control set's compatibility layer will no longer be compatible with any prior versions of Microsoft AJAX Extensions. A breaking change from 2.0.5 to 2.0.6 is that the compatibility layer no longer includes validation controls, following suit with Microsoft AJAX.

The items that were fixed are:

  • Fixed issue where the culture, if not set, was pulling from CurrentUICulture instead of CurrentCulture for the CalendarPopup and TimePicker.
  • Fixed issue where if the culture set for the CalendarPopup or TimePicker was a neutral culture, that it would attempt to resolve a specific culture for parsing of the date & time.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting into the NumericBox in IE with valid text that had whitespace surrounding it would fail.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx. The official build number for this release is 2.0.6.2393.



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.5

December 18, 2006 06:15 by matthaw

Version 2.0.5 of Excentrics World Server Controls has just been released targeting Microsoft AJAX Extensions, RC1 to ensure continued full compatibility as well as some other bug fixes. It should be noted that with this release, the control set will no longer be compatible with any prior versions of Microsoft AJAX Extensions. The items that were added/fixed are:

  • Added disabling auto-complete for the calendar/timepicker textbox.
  • Fixed issue where supplying less decimal characters than the max specified would throw an exception upon postback for the Numeric Box.
  • Fixed issue where readonly was enabled on the Numeric Box and typing over selected text would delete the text.
  • Fixed enabling or disabling the Calendar Popup control via client script multiple times so that the control doesn't display the calendar when clicking on the image.
  • Fixed issue where setting Nullable=True, the visible date was 1/1/1900 on the Calendar Popup.
  • Fixed month/year popup from jumping 10 years down to 5 years since that is what is displayed on the Calendar Popup.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx. The official build number for this release is 2.0.5.2356.



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.4

November 18, 2006 22:12 by matthaw

Version 2.0.4 of Excentrics World Server Controls has just been released targeting just two annoyance bugs that were introduced with v2.0.3. The control set has also been compiled against Microsoft AJAX Extensions, Beta 2 to ensure continued full compatibility - however it'll still function just fine with Beta 1. The bugs that were fixed were:

  • Fixed issue where the *Image types for the CalendarPopup and TimePicker were not being rendered correctly to the client.
  • Fixed issue where the next month link or image was being displayed outside of the calendar.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx. The official build number for this release is 2.0.4.2327.



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.3

November 1, 2006 14:52 by matthaw

I'm happy to announce that Excentrics World Server Controls has hit version 2.0.3. This version focuses primarily on Microsoft AJAX Extensions, Beta 1 support enabling developers to utilize the Excentrics World Server Controls through a compatibility layer. The full change-list is as follows:

  • Full compatibility with Microsoft AJAX Extensions, Beta 1.
  • Added support for applying the ToolTip to the title hyperlink in the CollapsablePanel.
  • Added support for a valid alpha or numeric character within the MaskedTextBox using the character 'x' as the indicator.
  • Fixed issue where setting the calendar width was not applying correctly in the CalendarPopup.
  • Fixed issue where selecting the same date/time would raise client side events in the CalendarPopup and TimePicker.
  • Fixed issue where setting the Page Culture to something other than en-US would not display the calendar correctly in the CalendarPopup.
  • Fixed issue where special day styling was not being applied correctly to weekdays and weekends in the CalendarPopup.
  • Fixed issue with Internet Explorer when the control is contained within a scrollable div in the CalendarPopup and TimePicker.

For information regarding the compatibility mode with Microsoft AJAX Extensions, Beta 1, please view the Read Me document installed with the setup utility.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx. The official build number for this release is 2.0.3.2310.



Compatibility with Microsoft AJAX, Beta 1

October 25, 2006 15:11 by matthaw

With the latest release of Microsoft AJAX, Beta 1 - things have drastically changed requiring a more stricter model which forces controls to register themselves through the ScriptManager versus using Page.ClientScript. This change, unfortunately, breaks just about every control out on the market when being used within the UpdatePanel control (including ASP.NET controls). Changes need to be made to Excentrics World Server Controls to enable full compatibility, and these changes are under-way. More information will be distributed concerning the new compatibility layer being developed as it is completed and released. Until then, if you require the use of UpdatePanel and Excentrics World Server Controls, I would recommend staying on the July CTP.



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.2

September 14, 2006 15:58 by matthaw

I’m proud to announce that Excentrics World Server Controls has released v2.0.2. This has been a work in progress for about a month now with the biggest issue finally resolved, full Microsoft “Atlas” compatibility support! The full change-list is as follows:

  • Full compatibility with Microsoft “Atlas” for all controls.
  • Added ability to enable/disable the CalendarPopup and TimePicker controls via Client-side Javascript API.
  • Fixed validator controls not working with non en-US cultures.
  • Fixed the display of the visible year for non-Gregorian calendars for the CalendarPopup.
  • Fixed issue where setting PopupLocation=Left on the CalendarPopup and TimePicker never actually displayed the popups on the left.
  • Fixed the issue where the CollapsablePanel was not retaining the expanded/collapsed state upon postback.
  • Fixed the NumericBox not posting back when AutoPostBack=True
  • Fixed issue where AutoFillFormat was not applying the mask when reaching a non-alpha/numeric character.
  • Fixed tabbing into the MaskedTextBox by handling it more gracefully now when typing characters.
  • Fixed issue where the multi-text drop down list and list box controls were not binding correctly against the selected value when contained in a DetailsView / FormView.

Along with the v2.0.2 release, there has been a price drop in licensing the source code. The cost is now $75 USD instead of $100 USD. Lastly, some website enhancements have been made, most notably the integration with my weblog displaying the latest 5 entries relating to website news.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx. The official build number for this release is 2.0.2.2264.



Released: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0.1

August 2, 2006 09:06 by matthaw

Unfortunately I had some decently nasty bugs crop up that couldn’t wait for v2.1 of my control set to come out. Because of that, I had to release v2.0.1 that contains the following fixes:

  • Fixed issue where AppendDataBoundItems had no effect when binding against the Multi-Text controls.
  • Fixed issue where posting back a page with the ListTransfer controls are present but not visible throws a NULL reference exception.
  • Fixed issue where determining the scrollLeft and scrollTop in IE was causing improper behavior when the page scrolled. This breaks the scrolling div fix for IE.
  • Fixed issue where disabling the CalendarPopup and TimePicker controls upon a postback with the Image displayed, didn't actually disable the image.
  • Fixed issue where it's possible to receive a NULL reference exception in the CalendarPopup or TimePicker when calling the Clear or Reset methods.

While I don’t normally do quick releases like this, I’d rather have a more solid product in the end. Unfortunately these items were not identified sooner and had to wait until the public took a crack at the RTM bits, but I digress. Official build number for this is 2.0.1.2222.

The updated version can be downloaded by visiting http://www.eworldui.net/Download.aspx



Released to Public: Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0, RTM!

July 30, 2006 22:51 by matthaw

The day has finally come! After many hours migrating (and well, re-writing) my website, I’m happy to announce the official RTM release of Excentrics World Server Controls v2.0! There are still a few known issues logged on my forums that didn’t make the cut, however this official release marks an important part since 2004.

With this release comes a few changes…

  • Some controls have been dropped due to ASP.NET 2.0 native support.
  • There are some breaking changes, which are all noted within the readme file.
  • The 1.9 version is still freely available for ASP.NET 1.0 and 1.1.
  • Source code licensing price has increased to $100. However, this price increase does not affect current source code license owners.

At this time, my forums are currently down due to the upgrade and I’m working with my hosting company to resolve the issue. However, the site has been fully ported & working great under ASP.NET 2.0!

Enjoy the new release community! Download it Now!

Update 1: Forums are up, and now located at http://forums.eworldui.net however I’m now having issues with my main site. Bear with me!

Update 2: Site is finally back up, but currently sending emails are disabled – so don’t try and contact me as I may not respond… stupid ThreadPool…

Update 3: Site should have email capability now, while slow (I hope just slow). Check out Smart Thread Pool if you need a thread pool that will work in hosted environments.



Website Under Maintenance

July 20, 2006 07:43 by matthaw

If you’ve visited my site tonight, you may have noticed that it’s currently down for maintenance. What does this mean? Well, nothing bad of course, just migrating from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 which will hopefully allow me to utilize some fancier features with the new website coming in a few weeks (hint hint). This migration hasn’t been easy as I started off with high hopes from my hoster. 24 hours later I have a working plan - which involves the following steps…

1. Backup my SQL 2000 database
2. Download my SQL 2000 database to my home server
3. Restore my database to my home server (SQL 2005)
4. Backup my database from my home server
5. Upload my database to my SQL 2005 server
6. Restore my database to SQL 2005
7. Execute a script altering the schema from ‘user’ to ‘dbo’ on all objects
8. Point website / forums to SQL 2005 server & hope it all works!

Eight fricking steps, not too shabby considering it’s considered a major migration. I really wish it would have been easier, however my hoster seems to have some issues restoring SQL 2000 databases to my SQL 2005 server, so it must be ‘cleansed’ prior to a restore. Anyway, hopefully things will go smoothly as I’m currently on step 2. Please let me know if you notice any issues, though I doubt anyone will.

Update: Site is now back up with a smooth migration! Now, if only I could tell the difference from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005…





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