Last week myself and some co-workers launched a new internal business intelligence application to help us better identify issues out in the field – basically it is a worm (ala television debates) which takes the pulse of people across the Readify business.
Please note this isn’t the live data, we are just doing something to our test SQL server at the moment so I can’t show the real stuff right now (I would if I could – honest).
Anyway, after a few minor tweaks to the HTML in the page (basically adding a container div, a header and content div with special class values) I got the desired effect.
For the observant I am using the Google Charts API exposed to ASP.NET through this neat control written by Chris Pietschmann (when is Microsoft going to ship a charts API so that I don’t have to use Google?). Anyway, once this is done, the magic happens and hey presto, I’ve got WebSlices!
Which means that I can add it to the top of my IE8 window, like this.
I think the Internet Explorer team has done a really great job of making this particular feature brain dead simple which should help drive adoption. I’m always checking this page during the day at the moment so this will allow me to take a quick peak.
If you want to implement WebSlices in your own applications check out these resources.
Got any questions – post a comment!