A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

If you follow my blog posts you probably know I am working on converting the built in mojoPortal features into WebParts. Actually I'm working on the Personalization and Membership APIs first which is the foundation for getting the most out of WebParts.

Probably not everyone really knows what kind of cool things you can do with WebParts. I just learned about http://www.pageflakes.com/ from someone's forum post at www.asp.net

pageflakes.com uses the ASP.NET WebPart framework. notice how you can drag things around and arrange the page and add or remove content. You don't even have to login to try it. Mouse over any of the module titles on their site and your cursor changes to the drag cursor. Click the Edit link to add or remove content.

In the not too distant future it will be possible to do things like this in mojoPortal. My plan is to make it configurable so that you can have pages the user cannot modify but you can also have pages they can customize

I think that is way cool. What do you think?


Ruben Guinez

re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Thursday, April 20, 2006 3:38:13 AM
We, must suppose that if Mono supports asp.net 2, he will also have support for WebParts?.

It's a cool  site !.

re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Thursday, April 20, 2006 4:04:29 AM
Yes, though the mono 2.0 stack is not working well enough for mojoPortal yet, it is just a matter of time



re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:21:51 PM

Ever since hearing about the concept of web parts during a class I had on SharePoint, I began to see how they could help web site development in general.  I like the ability to lock some things down while keeping other things flexible.  There is a lot of potential and I look foward to learning more about Web Parts as I continue my studies in .NET 2.0.


re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Friday, April 28, 2006 1:10:56 AM
Hi Ira,

One thing to be aware of is that although the sharepoint webparts are a similar thing to ASP.NET WebParts, they are not currently compatible. From what I gather they are working on that and they will be compatible in future versions so that we will be able to use ASP.NET WebParts in sharepoint and sharepoint WebParts in ASP.NET.


Richard Bourque

re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:09:29 AM
Any timeline as to when betas will be available using WebParts?  Or are you waiting for mono to mature enough for .net 2.0.   (Please don't drop mono compatability!  That was the biggest reason I switched to mojoPortal in the first place!)

re: A Good Example of a Site Using WebParts

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 12:57:35 PM
Hi Richard,

mono support is and will remain a high priority feature of mojoportal.

However, I'm not waiting for the mono stack to mature to take advantage of 2.0 .net.  I am doing all new development in the 2.x branch of mojoportal which currently doesn't work in mono and only doing maintenance in trunk aka 1.x

I think it will be late summer of fall before the mono 2.0 stack is mature enough but I'm really just guessing on that.

So the answer is that there will be a 2.x version of mojoportal with webparts in the near future but it may be a while yet before mono users can take advantage of all the improvements going on in the 2.x branch of mojoportal including web parts.

Until the 2.x version runs on mono I will continue to support the 1.x branch of mojoportal which does run on mono but I look forward to getting back to having a single version that runs on all platforms as soon as possible.

I might even have web parts on this site sometime this weekend if things go well but it won't be quite as slick as the pageflakes site in its first incarnation.


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