Hi again, I’m Clive

11 years after my last “about me” post, it was time to post an update, as a lot has changed. As per introduction, I’m Clive Ciappara, I’m a Full Stack Developer who is passionate about everything Microsoft.

 

After five years working in the iGaming Industry with Betclic, it was time for a change and was offered a job with Codit – a Belgian company using the latest Microsoft technologies whose aim is to help businesses with their integration needs. Currently working on Nebulus – an IOT management system – which is giving me a lot of exposure to different services available on Azure, .Net Core, and WebApi. Continue reading

Improve Website Performance with Lowercase URLs #SEO

At work we are always seeking how to make our websites use fewer resources and perform better. One of the performance increase was found by having Lowercase URLs. From the testing done, it resulted that Lowercase URLs make an average performance improvement of 10%. A big improvement with minimal effort.

How do you make sure that all the URLs are in lowercase? In MVC ASP.Net, you just need to add 1 line of code.

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Create iOS and Android apps using Visual Studio and .NET

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Microsoft today announced some amazing news:

First the big news. Microsoft just launched the preview versions of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. This release includes the “Roslyn” .NET compiler platform, new language features in C#, improved debugging and profiling, and code analysis tools. And the biggest new of all – VS2015 supports “C#, C++ and HTML/JavaScript development targeting iOS, Android, Windows and more.” There’s even a Visual Studio Emulator for Android (see picture below).  I’m drooling! Continue reading

jQuery Tricks Quickie – Select Images by using Alt tags

In jQuery you have multiple selectors to either select single objects or a whole bunch. I needed to select an image by its alt tag, and guess what, there is also a selector for alt tags. You need to do the following:

$(‘img[alt=”My Alt Image”]’)

I needed this so that I could change the class and set the selected image as active, by searching the alt tag as below:

$(‘img[alt=”My Alt Image”]’).addClass(‘.active’);

Something else that might be useful is to revert the active image, to a normal image. Instead of using the alt tag this time you can use the ‘active’ class selector as below:

$(‘.active’).removeClass(‘active’);

Hope this was of help. Buon selectoring 😉

ASP.Net | Read Values from Javascript

Today I started checking out some videos about Windows CardSpace and ASP.Net for logging in and I saw how he used javascript to get client side input and use it in ASP.Net in the C# code.

First you need to create a HiddenField on your webForm and name it TokenField (any name would actually do)

<asp:HiddenField ID=”TokenField” runat=”server” />

To set the Hidden Field value in JavaScript use the following code: Continue reading

Project NINE is ready for Christmas

Project NINE's Malta Christmas Offers

This month’s launching and special Offers are for real. This is our offer to help you start online with a great website and a lower price, and if you book till Christmas, an even lower price. Next is our package:

Our Christmas Offer
With €9/month you’ll get a website with the following pages:
  • Home Page ›› include any company details
  • About Us / Services Page ›› any other information like services that you give
  • Find Us ›› A Map showing your business location
  • Contact Us ›› Can send email directly from the website and receive it in your inbox
You’ll also get the following features:
  • A Mobile Site (as from January) so people can access your website faster from a mobile / smart phone Continue reading

Project NINE | Launching 29th November

Project NINE Web Design

Finally the day has come, for Malta to experience a new concept in web development on www.nine.com.mt. Today we just made our first advert on the timesofmalta.com as till now is going very good.

Clients will have many features for a small price. Stay tuned as we’re going to reveal more before Monday!

Why the word Project?

We chose the word project instead of concept or design for the simple fact that this website will be always evolving. There are so many things that we have ready for it. And we are the type of persons that listen.

Why Nine?

We chose the number Nine as it is a magic number. It’s amazing what  Try this…

– Multiply any number by nine (be it 10, or 15, or thousands or millions).

– Then repeatedly add the digits of the resulting number until it is just one digit

– You’ll end up with NINE

Next are some examples:

2 × 9 = 18 (1 + 8 = 9)

9 × 9 = 81 (8 + 1 = 9)

234 × 9 = 2106 (2 + 1 + 0 + 6 = 9)

578329 × 9 = 5204961 (5 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 9 + 6 + 1 = 27 (2 + 7 = 9)) Continue reading