Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Hover Panel GeneXus User Control
Fabian Bonilla sent me information on the Hover Panel GeneXus User Control he developed for GeneXus to solve the issue we were talking about in a previous post.
The results are exemplified in the image to the left here and it's as easy as having a web panel and adding the Hover Panel control into a GX Form and setting some simple properties viewed in the image to the right here as well, such as the image name for the original image to expand, url of the object that will do the bubble expansion and title and positioning information.
Fabian seems to have considered very well the next steps for his control which are to use relative positioning of the bubble, design improvements on the bubble and extend to other types of controls beyond images.
On this same subject, Gabriel Medina sent me documentation on his GXWebResources KB, another approach to similar subjects including a bubble implementation very similar to the Hover Panel Control and Ajax Tabs that worked really cool. This KB will become very handy specially for 9.0 developments as Rocha might go more with the user control extensions.
I'm super busy these days with couple GeneXus projects and multiple non-GeneXus ones, including Adobe (ex-Macromedia) Director Xtras implementation talking to hardware and software that keep it fun as well so I couldn't really play with extensions and user controls yet as I'd like to. We're currently using GeneXus 9.0 and we decided to go with Flash instead of ajax and DHTML as our resources profile made it easier go that way and the graphic result we got was closer to what we wanted. We'll re-evaluate in some time as using Flash has its advantages and its drawbacks soon to be discussed here ;)
Anyway, I loved this little user control and its simplicity as well as the GX community response.