The Raiser’s Edge API is somewhat of an antiquated beast. It is very powerful in as much that it allows you to do almost anything that you can do in the application itself. However it is old and uses an old technology (COM). One area where this is shown clearly is its use of collections. Almost all modern languages and frameworks (.NET, Java, php, etc) are zero indexed. This means that if you have an array the first element is accessed at the zero position.
Recently I was looking through the Zeidman Development website. I followed a link back to this blog. IDLookup was our first product and at the time the a hot new technology had sprung onto the internet. Without a decent screencast recording application (I now use CamStudio), I decided to work with this simple yet very effective web application called ScreenToaster. Despite the funky name it was straight forward to use and did a great job of putting together the demo.
When I checked the other day my IDLookup demo was nowhere to be found. I immediately headed over to ScreenToaster only to find that the site had indeed disappeared. What is more they had taken my screencast with them. Well it was anyway time for an update to show off the latest and greatest functionality so it is back. This time I hope I have chosen a site that will be around a bit longer…
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I have been developing some updates for The Mergician. There are some nice additions coming soon including clean up of duplicate attributes and appeals following the merge. However one item that has been added is the request to select a record as the primary constituent if it has a NetCommunity Login associated with it. Read the rest of this entry »
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