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April 2008 - Posts

  • You've voted and we're stunned!

    I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you out there for voting in the asp.netPRO Magazine Reader's Choice awards. We submitted our ASP.NET tools in eight separate categories. Today, I learned that we have won nine awards in all! Not only did you help us win every category we'd entered, but you'd also helped carry DXperience over the finish line for the Best Product of the Year award!


    Best Add-In   CodeRush for Visual Studio .NET  
    Best Charting & Graphics Tool        XtraCharts Suite  
    Best Component Set   DXperience  
    Best Grid   ASPxGridView  
    Best Navigation Suite   ASPxNavBar  
    Best Online Editor   ASPxHTMLEditor  
    Best Printing/Reporting Tool   XtraReports Suite  
    Best Scheduling/Calendar Tool   ASPxScheduler  
    Product of the Year !!!   DXperience  

    The community that has built up around here has also amazed me. So, thank you very much! Jeff put together a little video collage for you. And stay tuned, because there’s more coming.


    And now a few words from the CTO...

    Yeah, we're saving on bytes and hence money in our Community Server database by me appending my thoughts to Mehul's post. Well, you know, the champers does need to be purchased, suitably chilled, and then most boisterously quaffed.

    When Ray phoned me with the news I couldn't believe it. "Won?" said I. "Yes, won." "All of them?" "Yes, all of them." "Not second place, or honorable mention, or thanks for showing up, or anything like that?" "Are you an idiot or something?" he said, "we came first. That's what 'won' means." "Oh, won. Right you are then." was my final riposte, which as you can see was pretty pathetic. It's taken a little time to sink in, but I'm still a bit gobsmacked by it all.

    As Mehul said, we came first in every single category we entered, all eight of them, and then in addition we carried off the Product of the Year award. And obviously we couldn't have done it without you, our loyal customers, voting en masse for the products you use every day. And guess what? We're not finished with them: we have lots of new features and new functionality and new products to bring to market. This industry is not a static one and we as a company, from top to bottom, have to continually innovate, surprise and entrance you, and just get on with the sheer hard work of being even better and having even more desirable products in a month's, three months', a year's time. So, if you don't mind, enough with the celebrations, but we've got a job to do.

    Oh, is that my glass? Cheers!

  • How to optimize the ASPxMenu control

    The support team just released a great knowledge base article which shows how to optimize the ASPxMenu control. In this article, you'll learn how to reduce the render size of the ASPxMenu and improve your website's speed. There are several tips and suggestions on topics like ViewState, gutters, animations, submenus, shadows and more.

    Here are some sample stats that show how page size can be reduced by using these tips:


    Check out the entire article for some great tips on how to reduce page size when using the ASPxMenu control:

    KB18089: How to optimize the ASPxMenu control

    Then drop me a line here and let me know your experience with the suggestions.

  • Case Study: Miguel Castro, MVP, Chooses Developer Express

    We just published a very cool case study with none other than Miguel Castro. Don't miss it if you get a chance to see him present at a developer event like VSLive. Miguel is a brilliant guy and a great speaker.

    Miguel is also an MVP, speaker, founder/owner of SteelBlue Solutions, and genuinely nice guy. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing him speak, you can catch him on DotNetRocks or dnrTV talking about custom controls.

    Yes, that's right, custom controls. Miguel has a deep understanding of how to create custom controls. So when he decided to create his own product, CodeBreeze, he chose to use Developer Express components. Why?

    "Developer Express has the most extensive collection of Windows controls I've ever seen in a component suite. In fact, there are so many that you almost look for features to add to your application just so you can use more of the controls in the suite. I had experience with other DevExpress products in the past and always thought very highly of their competence in this arena." -Miguel Castro

    Read the full Case Study and learn how Miguel built CodeBreeze with the help of Developer Express:

    CodeBreeze User Interface


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