Intranet articles and tips, Introduction
For those people who were interested in some application in tour section and who would like to get more informations, I've prepared a few articles. I'll pay attention of such code, which I regard as interesting and useful also for other intranet developers. Articles are intended for reasonably advanced developers. I will concentrate rather on tips and code samples then complete listing.
In the first topic of this section I would like to describe some of my personal experience with development intranet applications and with tools, which I use for intranet programming. You do not have to spend too much money, you can start practically without any investment.
Next topic is web server MS IIS setting and description how to indentify your users. I regard Single Sign On as entire basis of efficient intranet. If you are using log in forms yet, do not skip this article.
Different methods of drawing graphs are described in several articles. You can find there some practical experience, CSS and HTML code samples, so that you could use this in your own web applications. First of all I'll pay attention to bar graph, that are rendered in all modern browsers and for big part of cases are not only sufficient, but also suitable and convenient.
It is not possible to draw some graphs without using of vector graphic. This is needed when more curves have to be drawn in one graph, or in case of more complicated graphic shapes. I have been using vector graphics since IE4 already, where it was possible to draw vector by the help of Activex Structured Graphic Control (SGC). Later on I passed over on using Vector Markup Language (VML), which is specific to MS only. At present I experiment with SVG graphic. Because there is no integrated universal solution of vector graphic for all types of browsers yet, I leave out this subject for the future.
You can not build intranet without tables and forms. Table formatting, appearance adjustment by the help of CSS, row cursor, long text cutting, form design by the help of CSS, in-line forms, form data validation. These are planned topics, to which I want to pay notice in several next articles.
Code samples are focused on HTML, which is sent to the browser. I will not deal with server script here. In my opinion correct, human readable and valid (X)HTML code is much more important, than whether code is generated by the help of ASP, PHP, or another's popular platform.
If will you test code samples from this site, remember to switch IE browser to the standard XHTML mode as it is indicated in following example. You will avoid problems with quirk IE mode, which renders some tags in a different way.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html> ...