Similar to Excel-like grid discussed in previous article this technique helps you to achieve similar goals. Instead of bringing up the whole edit page you can click that single field you need to edit, change its value and see your changes posted to the database automatically.
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Some applications may require to provide users with quick editing capabilities. While Inline Edit does just that entering inline edit mode for multiple records can be painful. It would be much easier is some or all fields appear as edit controls when page is loaded.
While PHPRunner/ASPRunner.NET/ASPRunnerPro do not have such functionality built-in it's fairly easy to implement it in your project. In this sample project we'll show how to make fields ProductName, UnitPrice and Discontinued editable automatically. For now we only support text boxes and check boxes. Data is saved automatically once you leave the text box or check off check box. To see that data is actually saved in the database simply reload the page.
You can also see how server-side validation works. Enter Unit Price that is less than $20 and move to the next field to see it in action. Record won't be saved until you enter $20 or more price value.
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In recent Using Google Docs Viewer to preview documents online article we reviewed the use of Google Docs Viewer for document preview purposes. While this is a viable approach two main concerns arise:
- dependency on third party service
- security issues
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The latest version of Runner family products comes with several improvements in mapping area like support of Bing and OpenStreet maps, maps in dashboards, custom map markers etc. In this article I want to show a couple more mapping features that you can use in your apps, heat maps and clustered maps.
Both those features can help you visualize large amounts of mapping data. It gives your users a better insight on your data. For instance, those maps tell you that if you are a taxi driver in NYC, your chances to pickup a passenger are higher if you are nearby Trump Tower.
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Great news! PHPRunner 8.1, ASPRunnerPro 9.1, ASPRunner.NET 8.1 released. Grab your copy now.
Mobile template v2
New purchase $50
Upgrade from previous version of Mobile template $25
Here is the list of new features in this update.
Free-form design mode
You are no longer required to use HTML tables to arranger fields on Add/Edit/View forms. Turn on free-form mode and drag-n-drop fields and labels where they need to be. This mode is available on Add/Edit/View pages and also on List page in vertical mode.
This is an example of List page edited in free form mode.
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Google Docs Viewer provides an excellent option to preview Office documents online. No need to download them to end user machine, no need to have any Office software installed. Supported formats are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PDF.
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PHPRunner 8, ASPRunnerPro 9 and ASPRunner.NET 8 added an option to use multiple database connections in single project. This article explains how you can access data from multiple databases in your events.
Method 1: using DAL functions
Some web applications like forum or Q&A website may benefit from the list of active users displayed somewhere on the page. In this article we'll show how to add such functionality to PHPRunner application. ASPRunnerPro/ASPRunner.NET code to follow.
We need to remember that sometimes in web application we can not determine if user is still active or left his computer or even closed his browser. What we actually going to do is to find the list of users that performed some action on the website in last 10 minutes.
We assume that login table is named users and username field is username. We are going to add one more datetime field to the login table named lastaccess.
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Fairly often we want to split long forms into several steps letting users fill a few fields on each step. Besides making a long form easier to fill out for your users you can also save partial results between pages.
Here is how this can be done in PHPRunner, ASPRunnerPro and ASPRunner.NET.
Lets assume we have Cars table with about 20 fields and we want to split Add/Edit pages into three steps.
1. Create two custom views
Create two custom views (Cars1 and Cars2) based on Cars table
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Most popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, LinkedIn etc provide an API that allows to retrieve or post data programmatically. API examples come in many programming languages and PHP is usually one of them. In this article we'll show how easy is to add API calls to your PHPRunner project.
Lets start by adding Twitter posting functionality. We'll be using a lightweight twitter-php library for this purpose. Similar libraries exist for other languages as well.
1. Setup a developer account with Twitter.
A quote from twitter-php usage page:
Sign in to the http://twitter.com and register an application from the http://dev.twitter.com/apps page. Remember to never reveal your consumer secrets. Click on My Access Token link from the sidebar and retrieve your own access token. Now you have consumer key, consumer secret, access token and access token secret.
Continue reading Using third party API in PHPRunner apps. Playing with Twitter. »