Pharaohs Charity Hockey Game

The Pharaohs are lacing them up for the MDA (Muscular Distrophy Association) for the 4th annual charity hockey game. This year’s game will take place on March 19. We’ll be facing off against the Metro FOOLS once again at the Mount Lebanon Recreation Center. Puck drops at 6:00pm. $7 for adults, $3 for the kids.Come see Banzor on ice for a good cause!

4th Annual Lacin Em Up for the MDA

4th Annual Lacin Em Up for the MDA

Putting the V in MVC

If you haven’t already heard, Wijmo started as an ASP.NET project. When we wanted to completely rebuild our ASP.NET tools, we looked to jQuery UI as our client-side framework. So now that we have Wijmo, it’s time to show you how to use it in ASP.NET MVC!
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a session at MVCConf. The session I gave was called “Putting the V in MVC”. Here is the abstract taken from the schedule:

MVC gives us total control over markup in ASP.NET. Or in other words, you better learn how to turn HTML into something pretty. Luckily, there is a great framework to help us out: jQuery UI! We will take a look at using jQuery UI to do exactly that. We will start with simple HTML markup and transform it into interactive widgets with very little code. jQuery UI widgets add style and behavior to otherwise drab markup without changing its semantics. We will also look at Wijmo, a new toolkit that extends jQuery UI. Wijmo brings over 30 widgets to jQuery UI from Menus to SVG Charts, 18 of which are Open Source. Both jQuery UI and Wijmo can take your Views from boring to brilliant in ASP.NET MVC. After this session you will be ready to start putting the V in MVC!

The Ultimate View

The gist of the session was to propose a new way of creating rich UI in MVC (The Ultimate View). The idea is to use simple HTML markup and then enhance it with jQuery UI and Wijmo. Some benefits from this approach are:

  • Take control over your markup
    • Clean & lean HTML
    • Maintainable markup
  • Highly interactive UI
  • Easily integrates jQuery.ajax()
  • Themeroller support

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Putting the V in MVC

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Code

Download the sample app to follow along. It is an ASP.NET MVC 3 web app using the Razor View Engine. You will see how simple it is to use Wijmo in MVC and how clean the Views are when doing so.

Props

MVCConf blew me away! It was a huge success (over 10,000 attendees) and completely run by the community. I have to thank everyone who made it possible. I would also like to thanks MVCConf for letting me give a session. So a big round of applause for:

If you are interested in learning about how successful the online conference was check out the wrap up blog.

Building UI with jQuery and Wijmo

We just finished up a Webcast on Wijmo! This session demonstrates how to use jQuery, jQuery UI and Wijmo to build killer User Interfaces. We walk through everything from making a simple Menu to building a dashboard with Charts and Grids.

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Building UI with jQuery and Wijmo

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Code

This file container a couple of HTML files that are used in the session. Feel free to follow along.

building-ui-with-wijmo.zip

Pond Hockey in Pittsburgh

This weekend I went out with Pat McGhen and some fellow ice hockey players to play pond hockey at Canonsburg Lake. It was an awesome experience to play outdoors in the snow on a frozen lake.

Walking out on Canonsburg Lake

Walking out on Canonsburg Lake

Shoveling snow off our rink

Shoveling snow off our rink

Our beautiful new rink

Our beautiful new rink

Banzor ready for some hockey

Banzor ready for some hockey

Game on

Game on

Pat in his glory

Pat in his glory

Banzor on ice

Banzor on ice

The crack

The crack

Theming jQuery UI Like an Aristocrat

Here are the slides from my session at jQuery Conference in Boston.

Theming jQuery UI Like an Aristocrat

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Feel free to fork Aristo on github:http://github.com/banzor/Aristo-jQuery-UI-Theme

If you are interested in jQuery UI Widgets, make sure to signup for the Wijmo Beta.
And if you enjoyed (or hated) my session I would like to hear about it. Please take a second to rate me on spreakerrate.

jQuery Conference Boston

I have been having an amazing time here at jQcon. We have been working our asses off to get Wijmo ready to launch. Today we showed a demo to the jQuery UI team and a couple of the core devs. They seemed to like the project alot and decided to add us into the keynote! I will be showing off all of our hard work on Wijmo tomorrow morning during the keynote and officially announcing the beta program. I might even announce a little something being on github too… Just sayin’

This has been a great show so far and I have met some absolutely brilliant developers here. I am so glad we came to launch Wijmo here and I couldn’t be more proud of our work.

I am logging off to help the team move our website to Media Temple before its too late. Good night and see you at the keynote!

I am Banzor


For those of you wondering who Banzor is, my name is Chris Bannon. I am the Product Manager for Wijmo at ComponentOne. When I am not working or using the Web, you can find me with the Fam.

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