gui toolkits ala

gui toolkits ala

Post by Terry Cato » Thu, 14 Oct 2004 11:41:52

I have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about windowing toolkits (I've
been able to successfully stay away from UI design/coding so far), but I do
know that there has to be better alternatives to what we're using at work,
so I figured I'd do a little research in my spare time. We currently have a
poorly designed, unstable set of classes built on top of the ObjectiveGrid
toolkit from Stingray Studio. Granted, this isn't the fault of Stingray, as
this toolkit seems to be powerful and well suited to writing a spreadsheet
or something, but for what we're doing (presenting data name/value/unit
triplets to the user), I think it's overkill.

Anyway, I believe both the docking architecture and the layout of the
property pages of VS.NET 2003 are exactly what we are looking for. Does
anyone know how this is done? Is it possible using stock MFC? Or if there
are any easy-to-use 3rd party tools available to achieve this? Thanks,


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I've got a couple of developers working on an app using Visual
Studio .NET 2003. I've got a graphics person that needs to be able to work
on the aspx pages. This person is using Dreamweaver (if that makes any
difference). The source files for the app are kept in SourceSafe. I want
the graphics person to be able to pull the app out of SS and work on aspx
pages. He can get the files on his system, but if he tries to navigate to a
page (via http/a browser) I get errors that a class can't be loaded,
located, etc. I suspect the problem is, since he doesn't have VS, the cs
files aren't being compiled into a DLL in a bin directory as VS does
automatically for you.

So, the question really is, how can my graphics person pull the source files
out of SS and ultimately run the site? I thought that IIS (via the ASP.NET
engine) would compile them automatically for you, but that doesn't appear to
be happening. Does he have to manually (i.e. via the command line) compile
the app? Any help would be much appreciated.


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