Jul2008
16

BlogEngine.NET - BookShelf Widget

by nmgomes

In order to complete my migration from 1.3 to 1.4 version I needed to replace the books control I had with a widget that do the same.

After a fast Google search I found no widget with such functionality.

Armed with lots of confidence I decided to create a new widget, the BookShelf widget, to meet my exact needs:

  • display the book thumbnail image
  • show the book name and book author name

The previous book control has been gently made available by John Dyer, and I simply didn't worry about the layout, I used the old one with minor changes on binding.

books books_edit

This widget is obviously editable since I want to manage the books in the shelf, so I create an edit interface where its very simple to add, edit and remove books.

As a final note, I can simply reaffirm that work with widgets is very simple and straight forward.

Download, try it, and naturally let me now if it meet your needs too.

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Filed in: BlogEngine.NET

Jul2008
13

BlogEngine.NET - Improved LinkList Widget

by nmgomes

I've been using BlogEngine.Net 1.4.0 since last week. It wasn't easy to migrate and keep the blog stable. To keep things working I made 3 updates (1.4.06, 1.4.0.8 and 1.4.0.12) in one week.

Finally on Friday I decided to update my theme to make use of widgets. This was my I first draw back ... my blog uses two sidebars and the BlogEngine.NET only suport ONE WidgetZone on the page.

I took almost the complete weekend to override this limitation and create an improved version of the widget framework that supports multiple WidgetZones.

I still have some issues to solve, such as the Drag'n'Drop of widgets, but all the rest is completely working and I currently using it on this blog. More on this will came soon.

After solve the WidgetZone issue I found out that the available widgets weren't enough to accomplished my needs, so, I decide to improve the LinkList widget.

I needed to:

  • add support for rendering the class attribute to the anchor Html elements (see the sidebar Meta section)
  • add support for rendering an HyperLink (see the sidebar My Profiles section)

I can only say that it was really simple to create or extend an widget.

I submitted this changes on LinkList widget as a patch on BlogEngine.Net (ID 1504), and perhaps Mads adds them in some future release.

Meanwhile you can get the code here

Filed in: BlogEngine.NET