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Check Out These Free .NET Controls
SoftArtisans has announced the release
of two Web controls for the MicrosoftÂ® .NET Framework: SoftArtisans POP3
and SoftArtisans TreeView. Along with the controls, SoftArtisans is providing
full source code and technical papers with samples, tips, and tricks.
SoftArtisans POP3 is a POP client Web control
for Microsoft .NET. It allows Web developers to write customized POP3 client applications
in the .NET Framework. Users can retrieve, read, store, or delete e-mail in private
mailboxes. SoftArtisans POP3 provides a method for client machines to dynamically
access e-mail from a server.
SoftArtisans TreeView is a .NET Framework control
that provides navigation for .NET Web sites. This control includes support for data
binding and the use of rich DHTML. SoftArtisans TreeView has customizable rendering
options and layout. Users can dynamically expand and collapse tree nodes in hierarchical,
menu-based, or tabular views. With SoftArtisans TreeView, graphical and XML-based
representations can be customized.
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ASP and ColdFusion Content Management
Ektron Inc. has unveiled eMPower Express
1.2, designed specifically for ASP and Macromedia ColdFusion environments.
This browser-based content management solution is designed for developers who want
to provide content management functionality on a Web site. With eMPower Express,
Web and IT professionals enable non-HTML-proficient business professionals to create,
publish, and manage Web content (including text, images, tables, hyperlinks, and
so on). They also can ensure that necessary IT-side parameters are in place for
Web developers and Webmasters to maintain control over the site's look, navigation,
security, and so on.
Content contributors log into the application
directly from their Web site. They check out a content block (content from a specific
page or section of a page) or create a new content block. Then they use a WYSIWYG
tool to format text, copy and paste from most WindowsÂ®-based applications without
losing formatting, insert objects, check spelling, and more. Content is published
with a few mouse clicks.
The application's administrator uses a single,
browser-based interface to assign users and privileges, and to set controls for
enforcing site-wide standards (fonts, styles, layout, and so on). Features include
user authentication (login/logout, permissions based upon editor and administrator
groups); direct publishing or one-level approval workflow; content change control;
history rollback and reporting features; virtual staging; an Explorer-like folder
control to manage images, files, and hyperlinks; file uploading (any kind of file,
graphic or data); style sheet support; and international language support. eMPower
Express incorporates Ektron's eWebEditPro for browser-based style of content authoring
and editing similar to that found in Microsoft Word.
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Quickly Convert ASCII to HTML
JafSoft Limited has released AscToHTM
4.0 for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 2000. The program
converts plain text files into HTML Web pages in seconds. AscToHTM converts text
files using advanced text-recognition algorithms that detect the document's structure.
It recognizes headings, bullets, lists, indentation, URLs, tables, ASCII art and
The resulting HTML faithfully reflects the structure
of the original document. The program can generate a hyperlinked contents list from
your headings, split large files into a set of linked pages, or place your HTML
in a set of frames. Power users will be able to specify colors, <META> tags,
style sheets, and a myriad of other aspects of HTML production.
For efficiency, your selected options may be
saved in policy files for reuse next time you run the program. The documentation
guides you through the program's many features. Version 4.0 introduces support for
frames generation, copying the HTML generated directly to the Windows clipboard,
and allowing user-supplied HTML fragments to be used to customize the HTML generated
by the program.
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Visual C++ and ActiveX for Mobile Devices
AppForge has announced the AppForge Software
Development Kit (SDK) and AppForge 2.0, which allow developers using
Visual StudioÂ® to write smart applications and ActiveXÂ® controls for use on multiple
mobile and wireless operating systems and computing devices. The AppForge SDK allows
developers to use Microsoft Visual C++Â® to create applications and ActiveX controls
for Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Win32Â®-powered devices using a single code base.
ActiveX controls created with the SDK integrate
with AppForge 2.0, a smart client environment in which developers create applications
that run on a variety of devices and operating systems. AppForge applications can
run whether or not a wireless connection is available.
The SDK contains the files, libraries, and utilities
needed to build and integrate applications and ActiveX controls with AppForge 2.0.
The SDK integrates with Visual Studio and Metrowerks CodeWarrior.
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Job Scheduling and Management
Advanced System Concepts Inc. has announced
the availability of ActiveBatch version 3, an enterprise job scheduling and
management system built for Windows 2000 and Windows NTÂ® that also supports the
execution of jobs and programs on Unix and Open VMX systems. ActiveBatch now supports
events, under the WBEM initiative, so that a hardware or software event can be actionable.
For example, when free space on the server falls below a certain amount, a job is
automatically run to clean up and delete specified files.
ActiveBatch supports over 20,000 unique events,
representing the full range of Windows messaging events. ActiveBatch includes a
full notification and alerting system, which will notify the system administrator
by e-mail or pager when a job fails, succeeds, or runs over. The product also supports
job dependencies, making the running of one job dependent upon the successful completion
ActiveBatch includes a GUI interface with a
command line, and support of the Microsoft Management Console snap-in for the COM-based
administrative interface. All methods, objects, and properties are exposed so that
any object-oriented programming language can be used. All client interfaces are
freely available to be deployed on any number of systems.
Advanced System Concepts Inc.
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Hoboken, NJ 07030
Generate COM+ Code
DevelopMentor Inc. has shipped its new
COM+ Wizard Pack, a set of wizards that generate COM+ code using DevelopMentor's
Gen<X> code generation tool released earlier this year. The COM+ Wizard Pack
simplifies the development of ATL-based components that take advantage of the COM+
runtime services. The COM+ Wizard Pack was developed around the principles described
in the book Transactional COM+ (Addison-Wesley, 2001) by Tim Ewald, a member
of DevelopMentor's technical staff.
The COM+ Pack is the first in a series of solutions
being developed by DevelopMentor's own technical staff with Gen<X>. The COM+
Wizards can insert class-specific data into an ATL server's configuration script
so that the components developed can be automatically deployed in the COM+ Catalog.
The COM+ Pack includes a Pooled Connection Class Wizard that offers better performance
than OLE DB/ADO connection pooling. The DevelopMentor COM+ Wizard Pack includes
two project wizards and four feature wizards.
Because the COM+ Wizards are Gen<X> Wizards,
they can be easily edited for further customization to meet particular project needs.
Information about the COM+ Pack and future Gen<X> solutions written by DevelopMentor
technical staff is available at
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O'Reilly has published .NET Framework Essentials
by Thuan Thai and Hoang Lam. Specifically written for intermediate to advanced developers
using Visual Basic, C/C++, Java, and Delphi, this book will also be useful to those
who are assessing tools for future projects. You can read Chapter 6, "Web Services,"
online at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/
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| Theresa W. Carey is a freelance writer who lives in California. Her byline
has appeared in Barron's and PC World. |
From the September 2001 issue of MSDN Magazine.