Our new dashboard feature was presented at our annual conference, Project Flow 2011, to rave reviews! Project managers and executives who use our web-based software once had to scour through several charts and reports to see the information they need for the day. However, with the new dashboard design, most of the essential information can be seen on one screen.
The charts are generated using a 3rd Party add-on called ChartFX.Net from SoftwareFX. I used jQuery to populate the widgets with data. jQuery was also used to display enlarged widgets in a modal dialog box. All the widgets were generated with ASP.Net code.
*update: The dashboard feature was officially released to clients on Dec 13, 2012.
The most commonly used feature of our web-based software is officially granted a patent today. I was one of three developers who worked on this feature. My responsibility was to come up with the UI design and develop it. The summary on the patent says,
A method on a computer for providing critical chain-based project management is disclosed. The method includes receiving at least one project plan for a project comprising a plurality of task and calculating a task priority for each...
The summary goes on and on… in other words, I created something very complex and we don’t want anyone else stealing our ideas.
*update: If you want to read the entire summary, I now have a framed plaque with the patent to show you! Yay!
web-based customer portal
The Realization technical support team needed a way to streamline their processes with customers using a web-based application. They occasionally conduct workshops and learning sessions and needed a way for our clients to register for these classes. The IT team also needed a way for certain clients to be allowed to download files and software releases. It was my responsibility to come up with a design and take it to completion.
I created this web application using ASP.Net with SQL Server as the database. The application administrator section allows the admin to add/remove workshops, upload files for users to download, and set the user’s permissions.
Realization Customer Support Portal
In addition to migrating Realization’s web-based project management software from ASP to ASP.Net, we also upgraded our charts from ChartFX to ChartFX.Net. ChartFX.Net gave me the ability to put in gradient colors and shadow borders. However, it lacked a smooth scrolling data grid. Once again, I improvised by using HTML to overlay the chart with my custom-made, smooth scrolling data grid.
What happens when you create a chart that’s unique and uncommon yet gives you very useful information? You patent it, of course. Realization got a patent for this chart with my name on the list of patent holders!
This is a very unique area chart with scattered points. The points indicate a project’s due date completion status. If the project is in the red area, the project is in danger of not completing before the target due date. If the project is in the green area, then you’re safe.
I made this chart using the ChartFX component. It comes with configuration options such as zoom, project labels, label locations, red/green/yellow area settings.
The chart is an image, the data grid is html
SoftwareFX’s ChartFX component is very useful in displaying so many different charts and in so many different ways. However, the current version of ChartFX lacks the ability to display a grid of data alongside with the bars in the chart. Instead of whining and crying about it, I came up with a solution.
Using HTML, I overlayed a grid on top of a chart and I was able to display the grid of data, coinciding with the chart’s bars. With some improvisation and hard work, this idea worked like a charm.
*update: The newer version of ChartFX, ChartFX.Net, now comes with a grid data, but doesn’t work very smoothly. I created another version of this chart data grid for the .net version with scrolling data.
This chart was made with only HTML!
What do you do when you need to make a report with bar charts, columns of data, panning dates, expandable sub-rows, and absolutely with no plugins are allowed? You do it in HTML, of course. This… was my task.
Realization’s Concerto application is a web-base project management software that is packed full of configurable options, so much so it’s impossible for a normal human being to remember them all. There are configurations to change every text, to set the default sorting criteria, the columns to show on a particular report, the columns to show on a print preview screen, the default filter selections, and so on. You get the point.