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Announcing Syncfusion support for WebMAP

Posted by John Browne on Sep, 24, 2018 @ 08:09

Today we're all pretty excited that Syncfusion has announced support for WebMAP, which means if you have Windows Forms apps using their controls you can now easily map them to the web versions when you migrate the entire app to ASP.NET Core and Angular 6.

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Topics: Syncfusion, WebMAP

VBUC 8.1: First step to Azure DevOps

Posted by John Browne on Sep, 10, 2018 @ 08:09

Today we feature two announcements: one from an established global leader in development tools and the other one is from Microsoft.

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Topics: Azure, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion

WebMAP: changing the Kendo theme

Posted by John Browne on Jun, 21, 2018 @ 13:06

In our last blog post, we looked at how to change the styling of individual elements in our migrated Angular application. Just a reminder in case you haven't been following along, this is a simple hello world app migrated from Windows Forms to HTML and ASP.NET Core with WebMAP5.

Find the selector, edit the css file, and rebuild it. You can change the global styles.css file or individual css files for each component.

Or, as we will show in this post, you can change the whole kit and caboodle.

Progress Kendo UI has a full set of web components for Angular. And it happens to be our reference implementation for WebMAP

Kendo UI has three themes that are available: the default theme, which is what we implemented, a Bootstrap theme, and a material theme. Today we'll take our little hello world app and switch it to the hyper-cool material theme.

To set the stage, here's what our hello world app looks like using the default Kendo theme (which is the WebMAP default):


It's not bad, but there's room for improvement. Let's get busy.

Installing the Kendo UI material theme

Th is is easy-peasy. Open up the angular folder in Visual Studio Code, get a terminal, and install using NPM:

npm install --save @progress/kendo-theme-material

Once the theme has been installed, you can verify it by looking in node_modules\@progress\kendo-theme-material\dist where you should find the all.css file, a minified version of the styling for the theme. If you want to see what the theme does, the Kendo UI documentation has great examples.

Ok, all we have to do now is include the theme in our app and rebuild it. 

In our .angular-cli.json file we need to change the styles from kendo-theme-default to kendo-theme-material, like so:

All that remains is to execute an ng build command in the terminal and the front end code will be changed to the new theme. 

Here's our app running in material theme:

Themes are a great way to jumpstart a complete re-do of the look and feel of an app. And, of course, you can always go into the global styles or individual component styles to override something you want to change. We covered that recently. And of course, having done this for our "hello world" applet, I wanted to try it on our more red-blooded demo app--Salmon King Seafood. Here's a quick screen shot of the opening form with the material theme applied:

I had to tweak some styles a bit because not all the fonts looked great. Somehow we lost our background color, but that would also be an easy fix. We do get the coolness of the 3D buttons and form fields, so this is a nice upgrade. It's also a nice reminder of how easy it is to upgrade the look and feel of an app once it's correctly architected for the web.

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Topics: WebMAP, Web Application Development

Modifying a WebMAP5 app

Posted by John Browne on Jun, 13, 2018 @ 15:06

We recently updated our WebMAP architecture posts to reflect the significant improvements that WebMAP5 makes in generated app code (compared to previous versions). If you haven't seen them, this is a good time to check out the details here, here, and here.

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Topics: WebMAP, application modernization

WebMAP app architecture part 3

Posted by John Browne on Jun, 06, 2018 @ 13:06

Before we jump into the last installment, let's briefly review what we leaned in part 1 and part 2. If you're just jumping into this here, you probably want to go back to the beginning and read from there.

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Topics: WebMAP, Web Application Development

Best of Build Day 3

Posted by John Browne on May, 09, 2018 @ 17:05

Instead of boring old words today I just decided to show you some Build 2018. So check out the completely unedited video. And congrats to our XBox winners. We went a little crazy and gave away three, not two.

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Topics: #MSBuild

Best of Build Day 2

Posted by John Browne on May, 08, 2018 @ 17:05

Tuesday May 8 dawned foggy with a promise of clear blue skies later. There was no fogginess in Microsoft's announcement of .NET Core 3, however where they are doing  a lot of work to make older technologies like WPF and Win32 play nice on Windows 10. They even got Paint to run on on .NET Core 3 without access to the sources. So that implies that implementing this on your old code could be as easy as replacing some libs.

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Topics: #MSBuild

Best of Build 2018 Day 1

Posted by John Browne on May, 07, 2018 @ 17:05

Build is Microsoft's annual homage to dorkiness and it's here in full glory. The de rigueur attire is a teeshirt with some kind of nerdy slogan or product (acceptable alternatives include beer but only craft beer), jeans, and a backpack apparently stuffed with the owner's entire worldly goods. 

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Topics: Build, #MSBuild

Introducing WebMAP5

Posted by John Browne on May, 06, 2018 @ 20:05

When I first joined Mobilize.Net--actually before I joined Mobilize.Net, since I was interviewing for the job--and I heard the business model was tools to do code conversion,

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Topics: WebMAP

Solving the legacy database problem

Posted by John Browne on Mar, 01, 2018 @ 06:03

Not every legacy app has a database connection but I've yet to see one of any size or value that didn't.

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Topics: CONNX, data modernization