# Thursday, 11 October 2012

Have you heard about the Succinctly Series? Syncfusion has produced a number of free e-Books on various subjects ranging from source control to jQuery to HTTP.  I highly recommend you pick up these free books. You’ll have to register but it’s worth it. This is an unsolicited review. Smile

So far I’ve read the Knockout.js Succintly, ASP.NET MVC 4 Mobile Websites Succinctly, PDF Succinctly and JavaScript Succinctly. They are great beginner books and very quick reads especially if you are beyond the basic level. They average around 60 pages per book with 150 pages being the biggest I’ve seen.

They seem to be rolling out a new book every few months. So far they have:

Knockout.js Succinctly

C++ Succinctly

ASP.NET MVC 4 Mobile Websites Succinctly

LightSwitch Succinctly

Javascript Succinctly

HTTP Succinctly

PDF Succinctly

Git Succinctly

jQuery Succinctly

Happy Coding! Smile

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# Thursday, 19 April 2012

I’m developing an ASP.Net MVC application with Knockout 2.0/2.1rc.  I’m using modernizr (2.5.3) and css3pie (1.0 beta 5) to get CSS3 and HTML5 support on as many browsers as I can.

On a particular view I am using imageless add/delete buttons. I’m using Knockout to dynamically add and remove items from two tables.

I had to use css3pie to help make the buttons work in IE 6-8 with this line for the add button:

/* no fix currently for radial gradient in IE6-8... using linear instead.*/
-pie-background: linear-gradient(-90deg, #1b9918,#1b9918 65%,transparent 65%, transparent); 

and for the delete:

-pie-background: linear-gradient(-90deg, #da7d83, #da7d83 50%, #ca444e 50%, #ca444e);

When I apply the binding in KO (.applybinding), the buttons disappeared in IE 8.  At first I thought something was wrong in modernizr but after some testing I realized it was only IE 8 that was failing.  That got me thinking about css3Pie. After some searching around on the internet I found this post. The final response gave me my answer:

I have the same problem with a native ko templates, if I use "foreach" without a container element. Also, I was trying to use PIE.js instead of PIE.htc - but without success. For templates like data-bind="template: { name: 'itemTmpl', foreach: items }" css3pie works fine. Try to refactor templates using a container element. May be it is workaround solution.

I was using an anonymous/inline template:


When I changed the code to use a named template:


IE6-8 began working again.

According to the forum post, this may be an issue with KO 2.0.  I didn’t try it on an older version of KO but I did with KO 2.1rc and had the same results.

Happy Coding! Smile

Posted 04.19.2012  #    Comments [0]  |