Create a Sortable HTML Table with JQuery and TableSorter

One of the more useful features of ASP.NET's GridView control is that users can sort the information in the table they are seeing by any number of fields. To allow this sorting to happen, ASP.NET sends a post-back to the server and the web server re-renders the page with the GridView re-sorted in the order requested. Now, there's a way to display a … [Read more...]

How to Validate Forms with JQuery

Just about everyone who's ever made a web-application knows that you generally can't trust your users to enter data correctly into a form. Some of them will ignore important fields, others will type in data that couldn't possibly be right. Some will try to choose two character passwords and others will enter in a long string of text when all you … [Read more...]

JQuery Date Picker: One Step Torwards Making Forms That Work

While attending Microsoft Mix earlier this spring, I stumbled upon a book called "Making Forms That Work", which was written by Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney. The book focused on building web-forms that aren't intimidating and that people will actually fill out. One of the focuses was making sure to use the right controls for the right … [Read more...]

How to Crop Images in ASP.NET with “Web Crop Image Control”

When researching various web-based imaging cropping tools, I've found that there are a lot of good looking JQuery, MooTools, and other JavaScript based solutions out there, but there's not a ton of good server-side support. The one ASP.NET control I found that I really did like was "Asp.net 2.0 Web Crop Image Control". It's actually an ASP.NET … [Read more...]

Make an AJAX-like Multiple File Uploader with Uploadify

I'm currently working on an file manager that will be integrated with the content management system software that we developed. In doing this, I've been looking for a solution that would allow users to upload multiple files at once, does so in a very easy to use way and shows a progress bar. For this project, I don't really need to interact with … [Read more...]

How to Create a JQuery File Browser with JQuery File Tree

While looking at various tools that might aid in the development of an ASP.NET based file manager, I came across a JQuery based tool called jQuery File Tree. Typically we would think of a file browser for a web-server that would be something that's almost uniquely server-side, but jQuery File Tree does a nice job at putting a front-end on what … [Read more...]

Using JQuery? Let Google Host It

In the last decade, Google has given us a lot of amazing free services, and web developers haven't been left out of the party. For a while now, Google has been hosting popular JavaScript libraries on their CDN (content delivery network) and letting any website make use of them for free. On face, you might not think that having Google host one … [Read more...]

Building a Simple Image Rotator with JQuery

I was recently working on a new website for an adult fellowship group at my church and one of the tasks I had was to create an image rotator that had various bible verses on it that would transition every few seconds. Since the site was Joomla-based, I initially searched for a free plugin that would do the trick. I did find one that would do the … [Read more...]