Allowing Your Users to Sign Up for Your Site

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Saturday, November 01, 2003 10:58:44 AM in: Web General
If you have a copy of the book Beginning Dreamweaver MX, I am sure you are familiar with the project TheSoccerSite. For those not familiar with the project, TheSoccerSite is a Web site where soccer fans around the world go for up-to-date information about soccer events. In 7 Chapters, Server- and Client-Side programming, using ASP, HTML, JavaScript and a Microsoft Access database were introduced. One of the features of the site was a login mechanism to protect the admin section from unauthenticated and unauthorized users.

However, with the current implementation of the login mechanism, you would have to add new users to the database directly. To do this, you'd need to download the database, add the user and then upload the database again. Fortunately, Dreamweaver has a few handy Server Behaviors that make adding a new user to the database very easy.
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Book Update

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Thursday, October 30, 2003 9:49:05 AM in: Imar's Blogs
Pffff, my part of the book Beginning Dreamweaver MX 2004 is done. Last weekend I sent in the latest versions of my Chapters, so as far as my contribution is concerned, the book is done.
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New Article About Forcing the Save As Dialog in a Browser

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Wednesday, October 22, 2003 6:04:28 PM in: Imar's Blogs
Yesterday I published a new article that answers a very frequently asked question: "How can I force the browser to present the Save As dialog, instead of having the file opened by the browser?" I published it in the ASP category of the Articles section, because it was a bit too long for a FAQ. You can find the article here.
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Howto Force the Save As Dialog in the Browser

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Tuesday, October 21, 2003 9:20:50 PM in: Web General
Your Web browser is set up to handle all kinds of documents. For example, when you open an .html page from a Web site, the browser knows it should parse this file, and display its rendered contents onscreen. The same is true for images; when you click on a link that directly links to an image, the image will be displayed in the browser.

This default behavior may not always be what you want. In some scenario's, it's useful to have the user download and save the file, instead of displaying it in the browser. This is a common requirement for files like images, Word documents, spread sheets and so on. This article will demonstrate you how you can force the client browser to present the Save As dialog, so your users can download the file and save it on their local hard disk.
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Delay in Site Updates

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, October 20, 2003 7:16:02 PM in: Imar's Blogs
I am currently working very hard to finish my new book, Beginning Dreamweaver MX 2004. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it; the book is going to be great.
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Added the About My Books section

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Thursday, October 16, 2003 9:34:14 PM in: Imar's Blogs
Today I added page called About My Books to the About section of the site menu.
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Added an About Section

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:45:31 PM in: Imar's Blogs
I added an About section to the Site Menu. Currently it features just an About This Site but I'll add About Me and About My Books sections shortly.
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Added a Search Facility

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Tuesday, October 07, 2003 8:03:57 PM in: Imar's Blogs
I have added a first version of a "Search Engine" to the site. It's a bit buggy, doesn't have too much features yet, but I am planning to expand it over the next couple of days / weeks.
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Added a Compact Framework Article

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, October 06, 2003 8:58:00 PM in: Imar's Blogs
I added a short article on embedding images in assemblies for the Compact Framework. The same principles apply to the normal framework, so check it out if you want to know how to embed and retrieve images from your .NET assemblies.
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Howto Use Embedded Images in a Pocket PC Application

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, October 06, 2003 8:49:23 PM in: .NET General
Pocket PC applications, just like ordinary Windows applications, often use images for all kinds of purposes, like Toolbar buttons, backgrounds, or just to spice up the User Interface. If you want to be certain that the images you're going need are always present on the device, you can embed them in the assembly, so they are always available. This article will explore the steps you need to perform to embed the image in the assembly, and how to retrieve the image again at runtime.
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