Some nice things coming from Israel

by Ishai Hachlili 3. February 2008 17:54

ok, this doesn't have much to do with developement but I just got an email about the Israel Web Tour 2008 and thought some of the companies on ir are pretty interesting.
The tour is basicaly several startups from coming over to the sillicon valley to find investors/partners (they've done it a couple of years ago with FixYa and some others).

Here are some I like:
ClickTale - Their products lets you track what users do on your sites by adding a simple javascript. They track actual mouse movements and they play it back as videos, so you see what each visitor actually did on each page and not just which pages they visited.

8 Hands - This software allows socialites to manage their many sites (myspace, flickr, facebook, etc...) from one place, plus you can easily share things like flickr photos with other friends who use the software.

5 Min - They call it Life Videopedia. It's basically 5 minute videos that answer different questions, mostly guides (how to player guitar, fitness videos, etc...)

And, not from this tour but it's from Israel, Wix
Wix is an online tool that lets you create flash animations easily without knowing how to develop flash and by using a very simple UI.
I got to play around with the beta and I think it's pretty cool, probably better for posting cool message on myspace and other similar sites and not for building flash for your own sites.


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Javascript debugging with visual studio on vista hangs

by Ishai Hachlili 2. February 2008 10:02

Can it be that I'm the only one having this problem? that's what I though until I found another developer who already submitted a bug report to microsoft.

I'm debugging some javascript using Visual Studio 2008 Team System and all of a sudden the IDE hangs, as well as the browser and webserver.
There's no way to get out of it, all I get is a message that asks me if I want to switch back to VS or wait for it to be available, but it won't, no matter how long I wait (I did leave it over night once), so I have to kill the process, it's the only way.

The problem is, this happens in different situations and I can't see any connection other than it's javascript debugging.

This happened to me a couple of times with VSTS 05 on vista, but with 08 it happens a lot


if you're developing on XP, DON'T upgrade to vista, this problem might happen on XP as well (never did to me) but I know vista/vsts/ie7 don't like working together too much.

 and another small issue I have with javascript debugging. VS requires the option to enable debugging in IE7, this means that whenever there's a javascript error in a site I'm browsing to I will see the "do you wish to debug?" message. I didn't know so many sites have bugs, don't people test their sites? a lot of bugs have to do with blocked pop ups.
This is really annoying, and it won't be less annoying to change this option everytime I start/finish debugging something.

The real problem is when opening pages in new tabs, if you open more than one page, and both pages have an error, IE7 just hangs and I have to kill the process. and when you kill the process, the history is lost, so go find that site you were on.

Maybe IE8 will solve this problem, I know that it's coming soon (by MS timetable, that probably means 6-12 months) but a patch to VS would be nice, so it can enable/disable debugging in the browser it opens when I select "view in browser" or start the app

I did submit this feature request to MS


and now, back to debugging, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a hang free session

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My favorite grid

by Ishai Hachlili 11. October 2007 07:13

When working with AJAX to create a better UI, I like using javascript controls instead of .Net server controls inside update panels.
The Asp.Net GridView is great for normal server-side generated pages but it's not right for client side UI.
I needed a control that allows creating the grid on the client side and supports client side sorting and column drag & drop.

I found this control which does the basic sortable table with drag and drop but it missed some key features.

After a lot of customization, I now have a control that supports links and string formatting on the client side.
I am currently working on clearing up the code and separating it from other features of our system so I can release it (watch this space...)

so if you need a nice little grid view that you can easily customize to your needs, I would go with the WebFX control, I couldn't find any other control that's close to it and this one is free.

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Ishai is the founder of Smart Trivia, Inc. where he builds trivia games for smartphones using MvvmCross and Xamarin. He's also running the Silicon Valley Mobile/Cross Platform .Net Meetup and helps other companies build mobile apps using Xamarin as a consultant

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