Blog: Posts from May, 2010

Posts from May, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010PrintSubscribe
Choosing Page Data Layout

Web Site Factory web applications offer several page layouts. Each layout offers its own method of presenting data on a single page.  The most popular master-detail  data layouts of pages are described below.

Tabbed layout

View live demo of tabbed master-detail layout at

Detail tabs show up only when you select a master record. Tabs disappear when a new record is selected or an existing selected record is deleted. The most compact layout. The lowest impact on the database.


Classic layout

View live demo of classic master-detail layout at

Detail tabs will show at the bottom of the screen when you select a master record. This type of layout is probably familiar to most end users. Selection of a master records causes at least one detail query to execute.


Stacked Layout

View live demo of stacked layout at

Detail data views will show at the bottom of the screen when you select a master record. All detail data views are visible simultaneously. We have improved the detail query execution to better detect master record selection, which improves overall performance of pages with master-detail layout. Selection of a master record will cause all detail views to refresh. Detail views will disappear if you start creating a new master record or loose the current master record selection.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010PrintSubscribe
Intelligent Master-Detail, Grid Templates, etc.

The new update has been released.

The following enhancements were included:

  1. Code generator will automatically detect presence of Visual Studio 2010 and use included Web Developer Web Server to run generated ASP.NET projects. This feature allows using the code generator on computers with the new Visual Studio 2010. If both, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 are installed then the newer web server is launched. Note that the applications are still generated as ASP.NET 3.5 web sites. Support for ASP.NET 4.0 is expected to be available in June of 2010.
  2. Master-detail support has been enhanced with Auto Hide feature. The JavaScript client library of Web Site Factory applications will automatically hide detail records if a master view does not have a selected record.  This will effect classic, stacked, and tabbed page layouts automatically created by the code generator.  The first two master-detail layouts will display only a grid of master records up until a selection is made. The tabbed layout will hide the detail tabs until a user makes a selection of a master record.
    The user interface elements that present the detail records will also disappear if a user is creating a new master record or if a selected master record has been deleted.
    The new library will also eliminate server requests if the master view has refreshed without the selected key being changed. This significantly improves overall performance of the generated ASP.NET+AJAX web sites. 
    Intelligent master-detail data presentation eliminates hours of complicated coding and make presentation of complex data layouts easy within the boundaries of a single web page.
  3. Grid views now support three types of custom row templates. If controller Customers has a grid view with id grid1 then the JavaScript client library will be looking for templates with the following names: Customers_grid1, Customers_grid1_selected, and Customers_grid1_new.

    The first template will be used to format the row in edit mode. The second template will be used to format the selected row. The third template will be used to format the new row. Learn more about custom grid templates at /blog/2008/09/custom-templates-for-ajax-grids-in-data.html.

We will post video tutorials explaining these features on our YouTube channel.

Friday, May 21, 2010PrintSubscribe
Configuring Mail Settings

Q. Can you tell me in which component, file, etc is it that I configure the mail host that should be used to send out the password reminders.


You can configure mail settings of your application as follows:

  1. Run Code OnTime Generator and select your project.
  2. Click Next button a few times until your reach Web Server page in the project wizard.
  3. Paste the text from the sample below into Web.Config modification instructions field. Make sure to use your own SMTP server settings as values.
  4. Generate your project. The section will be integrated into Web.Config file of your project whenever you generate the project next time.

InsertAfter: /configuration/connectionStrings
      <smtp deliveryMethod="Network" from="">

Note that InsertAfter instruction will insert the XML snippet just after the connectionStrings section in Web.Config configuration file of your application.

You can learn more about configuring mailSettings at

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