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Some of you may not know about the HTML <button> tag. It is part of the W3C Standard for HTML 4.01 (http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/interact/forms.html#h-17.5) and has an additional feature that is not available with the ordinary <input type="button"> tag: the ability to add structured content to a button, such as images.
You can see an example here:
Otherwise, it supports all of the normal properties for an HTML element, like an <input> it must be contained in a <form> and may include the name and value attributes, which are sent on form submits.
It is supported on IE 5+, Opera, Firefox 2+, Safari and Chrome.
I've made changes to the list of software I regularly use. Here is the updated version;
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite SP1
- Microsoft Enterprise Library 4.1 and Untiy 1.2 (logging, database access, exception handling, inversion of control and dependency injection and validation)
- JetBrains TeamCity 4.0.2 (continuous integration server)
- Oracle Data Access Components 220.127.116.11.21 for Oracle 11g (Oracle database provider)
- GhostDoc 2.1.3 (tool for documenting .NET source code)
- SDC Tasks Library 2.1.3155.0 (build tasks)
See my previous list at: http://weblogs.asp.net/ricardoperes/archive/2008/08/13/configuration-items-list.aspx
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is a nice refresh, I particularly like the CSS editing capabilities and I think it is more stable and fast than previous versions. I also like the ability to debug Microsoft source code, it was about time!
In Enterprise Library 4.1 I use Unity a lot. I don't know how it compares to Spring.NET for IoC and dependency injection, but I like what I have. However, I don't like the fact that I must add by hand (or by using an extension) the Policy Injection configuration, I think it should do it out of the box, and I also don't like the lifetime manager mechanism... I will post about these in the near future.
Regarding TeamCity, I think it is much better than CruiseControl.NET, mostly because I don't have to edit by hand the XML configuration files, but I think it is also more powerful, and has direct integration with NUnit and FxCop, as well as with MSBuild.
I just noticed that ODAC comes with session state providers, profile providers and membership providers, which can replace Microsoft's versions, which only work with SQL Server. Nice!
SDC Tasks is simply great! It comes with much more tasks that MSBuildTasks, for example. It has virtually everything I need for my builds, for example:
Ability to get input from the user
Ability to send e-mails
Integration with IIS
Active Directory access
and so on...
Finally GhostDoc allows documenting my source code, including inserting comments from inherited classes and interfaces.
Great news! Microsoft has released a collection of free charting controls for both ASP.NET and Windows Forms! The only inconvenience is that they only work with .NET 3.5 (is it really an inconvenience? :-)), but they look great and offer the most commonly required functionality, at no cost.
Related links are:
Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=130F7986-BF49-4FE5-9CA8-910AE6EA442C&displaylang=en
Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework Documentation download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=EE8F6F35-B087-4324-9DBA-6DD5E844FD9F&displaylang=en
Microsoft Chart Controls Add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D69CE13-E1E5-4315-825C-F14D33A303E9&displaylang=en
Samples Environment for Microsoft Chart Controls download and documentation: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mschart
Windows Forms/ASP.NET Chart Control forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/MSWinWebChart/threads/