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Knee deep in ASP.NET (XboxFriends.com)

I've just completed my round one work on XboxFriends.com moving to ASP.NET and bridging the gap between the WinForms world and the WebForms world.  I've still got a lot of TODO: items, but at least what's up there now looks more like a semi-professional site than the two hurried together pretty much static pages that were there.

I'm really glad that ASP.NET 2.0 will feature a form of visual inheritance... not having that in the current version is really disappointing!  Now I can get back to my WinForms comfy chair (where there is visual inheritance). ;-)

For those interested, take a peak at some of the exposed features available in the next version of XboxFriends.  Here's a quick rundown of some of the features:

  • Site broken up into logical sections.
  • Taking advantage of web components for the header, footer, navigation (shared pieces) - allowing me to have a consistent UI.
  • Integrated the BannerGen Xbox/MSN blog banner ASP.NET application within XboxFriends.com.
  • View list of games with number of owners, currently playing and recently played (last 30 days).
  • View list of gamertags (will probably be removed at some point in favor of a more robust search mechanism).
  • Online profile that can be shared with your friends not running XboxFriends.
  • View game play history in the profile.

If you do take a peek, be sure to let me know what you think.

Special thanks to Stephen Swienton form answering answering a couple of ASP.NET questions.

Published Friday, October 22, 2004 2:22 AM by CorySmith
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# re: Knee deep in ASP.NET (XboxFriends.com)

Friday, October 22, 2004 12:12 PM by Jason Bock
The gamer search doesn't allow you to search for an individual gamer tag. That would be nice.

# re: Knee deep in ASP.NET (XboxFriends.com)

Saturday, October 23, 2004 9:54 AM by Cory Smith
It's definately on the list of things to do. That section will turn into a true search with various criteria to select from (including Gamertag).

As a trick until that feature is finished, you could use the ViewProfile.aspx URI, replace the id=[somevalue] with gamertag=[somegamertag]. If successful, you'll see the profile... if not, it redirects to the home page.
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