TinyMCE in ASP.NET UpdatePanel
TinyMCE is a great HTML editor and it is pretty easy to install and configure the editor on a web page. You should just call the init() function while loading the web page at the client’s browser and the target text-area will be transformed into a nice looking HTML editor.
However, we run into some troubles when we tried to use the TinyMCE editor on an ASP.NET page containing server inputs that are handled by the Microsoft’s UpdatePanel control.
WIF SSO and Forms Authentication in ASP.NET
One of the projects on which we are working is a long-lived ASP.NET Web Forms system that is customized for a specific client. It is hosted by another company on a server which is external to the client’s environment and it does not have an access to the client’s internal network. The system is built by using the Form Authentication mechanism to authenticate and authorize the users. The list of users and their hashed passwords is stored into the database and the login functionality works in a classic manner – the credentials provided by the user on the login page are validated against the list of users in the database. If the provided credentials are valid then a new Forms Authentication session is established by calling the standard method FormsAuthentication.SetAuthCookie().
Recently, we had to extend that authentication mechanism by adding a single sign-on (SSO) capability which allows the client to integrate the ASP.NET web application with their internal Active Directory (AD) infrastructure. The requirement was to allow some internal employees to access the ASP.NET web application through SSO, but also keep the exiting database login functionality for the rest of the users who are external and they do not have internal AD accounts.
The ASP.NET web application is hosted on an external server and it does not have a direct access to the secured AD infrastructure. After doing some research, we found that in order to connect the external ASP.NET web application to the internal AD environment we can use a middle service called Security Token Service (STS).
HTML 5 – The Offline Challenge
HTML 5 – The Offline Challenge
Some time ago our team had to add a new feature to one of our web projects. There was a request to add a capability to allow the users to use the application in “offline” mode. It was a great opportunity to dive into HTML 5 and more specifically the “offline” part of it. The new features of HTML5 are pretty interesting, but also “tricky” and this is why I would like to share some of the challenges we met.
First, I would like to say a few words about the technology on which the project is build. That is ASP.NET application which is storing data in SQL Server database. This is not a public application and only authorized users can access it. The system allows the users to go through their business process by entering the information in some structured web forms and at the end it allows them to generate a Word document, which is their final product. The web application is completely client-orientated and there is a huge usage of jQuery and AJAX. The AJAX calls are handled by WCF services. Frankly, this architecture made the implementation of the “offline mode” pretty straightforward.