Although you could implement your own RESTful WCF Service in Sitefinity, there is a gem Microsoft dropped into the MVC 4 Beta. I am referring to Web API: a framework that makes it easy to build HTTP services that reach a broad range of clients, including browsers and mobile devices. ASP.NET Web API is an ideal platform for building RESTful applications on the .NET Framework.”
Polling AJAX is tricky. If the next interval triggers before the last AJAX request is complete, your app is doomed!! This creates a domino effect where your queue for requests fill up faster then it can complete. Your queue will NEVER finish… similar to an infinite loop.
Now that Internet Explorer 9 has cooled off the press, we can alas rejoice that all new PC’s and mobile devices are supporting HTML5! This brings a new era that aims to refactor the web in a whole new way. As you will see, HTML5 provides us code slimming techniques that make our HTML source code much more easier and functional.
The mobile revolution has created a plethora of new platforms and languages. It
is rare to see old technologies successfully reaching new grounds together. A good
example of this is .NET MVC and jQueryMobile. The blends of Razor, HTML, CSS, and jQuery make mobile a very familiar territory, a package that makes things quick, easy, and beautiful!
Getting an absolute path from a relative one has been made very easy and pleasant by .NET. Just feed the relative path to the “Page.ResolveUrl” method and that’s it! One thing that was left out by .NET though is how to get an absolute URL from a relative path? With social networks on the rise, passing around your links has become more important than ever. There are many ways to do this, but all have their drawbacks. I will show you a static method that I use that solves just about all cases.
In my previous post, I showed how to build a mobile web app using jQuery Mobile. Its use of HTML5 data attributes and CSS classes made it pretty straightforward, especially if you are used to building regular websites. The architecture of your mobile website would have to be based on the server-side though, whether this be ASP.NET MVC, PHP, Ruby, etc. Then I came across Sencha Touch which changes this mentality to a more progressive approach… client-side applications!
The task at hand is more complicated than it sounds. Normally you would just generate a button in Paypal and paste the form code to your website. If it were only that easy. Try doing this in any ASP.NET website and you will run into a big problem… no nested forms allowed!
With mobile getting all the love lately, I thought I would give back to the desktop community. I showed how to build a mobile web app using Sencha Touch 2 and MVC. Now I will do the same with a desktop web app using Ext JS.