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ASP.NET grid multiselect
At a very high level -- I am writing an ASP.NET GUI for administration of an existing DCOM server.
More specifically -- what I'm trying to display to the user is a collection of items, and about half a dozen actions performable on them. Mostly users just want a display, but when they do an action they are likely to do it to many or even all of the items at once. (Scope wise -- I'd expect the number of items to be somewhere between 0 and 200.) Based on usage, I want to use more space displaying item information, providing sort options, etc. and minimal space doing actions on items.
Mentally designing, this conjured up something like a single control panel and a scrolling table with each row an item, with the first column in each row being a "selected for action" checkbox. Like...a webmail app. (Yeah. This analogy is working for me. So normal operation looks something like: Spam, spam, spam, not spam, spam, delete selected. Get more info about this non-spam here, move to different folder. Back to main screen, refresh for hours with no human input. Repeat.)
Problem -- no clue how to properly structure that. Well, honestly, not really sure where to start at all, nevermind what "proper" would look like. I find myself in the deeply frustrating position of having 2004-era (well, I won't flatter myself, but 2002 at least) web design skills but only 1995-era web programming skills. Which I'd very much hoped this assignment would update, but it's just such a *huge* gap. So I'd also appreciate suggestions of useful keywords, best practices links, book recs, or anything on a conceptual level that might help me switch gears from thinking C++/COM to thinking ASP.NET...
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Okay, saved myself on this one eventually. Anyone else with the same question, here's some references:
Both writing about something more advanced than I wanted... I hate it when my questions are in that sweet spot between total n00b enough to be in the manual and what a techie considers interesting enough to write about.
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
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