Tag: web

Lowercase URLs in ASP.NET MVC (VB)

There are a lot of acronyms in this title, but the bottom line is that I must say I am quite impressed with the changes that have been made to ASP.NET with the addition of their MVC extension. It takes away most of the awkwardness of ASP.NET’s web forms and leaves the rest of the quite robust application pipeline. However, in my time playing with it so far there was one issue I had.

A little background for my non-technical readers: ASP.NET is the web based application environment created by Microsoft which runs on Windows servers. Basically it is an alternative to writing web applications in PHP, Java, Ruby or any number of other popular options. Most of you know that my preference has generally been PHP. I’m not adverse to most of the alternatives, but that was the environment I started with oh so many years ago and it stayed with me.

The term MVC stands for Model, View and Controller. It is a concept in software engineering for the architecture of a program where you separate the presentational elements (view) from the business/domain logic (model). In between the two you have the interaction control (controller) which determines what model bits go with what view bits and generally just keeping everything in order. Generally this separation of concerns is considered to be a Good Thing™. Despite that, the lines are often blurred. There are many ways to maintain this separation, but systems (for the web anyway) which claim proper MVC status tend to go about it in similar ways. One popular system which uses this paradigm is Ruby on Rails. Traditionally ASP.NET did not really provide an MVC setup (I won’t go off on their traditional system now), so this is a pleasant departure. However, like I said: I had an issue.

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February 28, 2009

Mobile weather

I’m on a mobile computing kick since getting my BlackBerry. So to that end, I have written a mobile friendly weather site. I know that there must be a dozen good weather applications which push weather info to the device, but being a web geek, this is my entry. It only works for Canadian regions covered by Environment Canada, and I only have a few listed, but in theory any of the EC stations should work.

April 24, 2008


Bermuda: 15°C
Halifax: 0.3°C

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The most common way to get usability wrong is to listen to what users say rather than actually watching what they do. — Jakob Nielsen