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~/TGIF – 2 November 2012

02 Nov 2012

TGIF is going to be (an attempt at) a weekly wrap-up of what has happened in the world of SWXBEN, such as the odd OSS contribution, tech news, or something picked up during development.

Twitter Bootstrap

I’m using Twitter Bootstrap as a basis for a couple of web-based LOB applications that are in development. This is a fantastic framework that speeds up development times considerably and version 2.2.1 just came out. Quick tip, I needed a date picker, I found a really easy date picker designed for Twitter Bootstrap and it is a thing of beauty. The markup looks like this:

<div class="input-append date" id="received_date" data-date="2012-10-31" data-date-format="yyyy-mm-dd"> <input class="input-medium" type="date" name="ReceivedDate" value="2012-10-31")" readonly /> <span class="add-on"><i class="icon-th"></i></span> </div> 

It is then initialised like so:

$('#received_date').datepicker({ autoclose: true }); 


I’m also using the Nancy framework for back-end development. This framework is originally inspired by the Ruby-based framework Sinatra, but runs on Windows-based servers. Very cool stuff, especially with Razor templating.

OSS data access layer

I developed and announced an OSS data access layer, which is a single file MS SQL abstraction layer inspired by the likes of Massive. Since the initial development I’ve added cool stuff like built-in INSERTs, UPDATEs and SELECTs. Check it out as part of the Shu-er collection of scripts and tidbits.

Office 365

Last weekend I moved Capricorn Investment Partners from a self-hosted Exchange 2003 server over to Office 365, which is basically Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync hosted in the cloud. Some tips:

Big thanks to Clint from Centre State Computer Maintenance and Petros from Ultimate IT for their help and tips during the setup.

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