HELP! It’s all new!

ASP.NET Team Blog
23 June 2010

HelpInSemaphoreWe just launched a new documentation website!

The DevExpress online help documentation website got a big makeover for the DXperience v2010 volume 1 release.

The redesigned help website features a number of useful improvements for you.

help.devexpress.com

The online documentation is now available at the following 2 URLs:

The online documentation is also integrated in to the DevExpress search engine:

For Visual Studio local help, download the help installation files at the bottom of the DXperience download page.

Benefits

The new documentation website uses the DevExpress ASPxSplitter control in the base design:

New DevExpress documentation website

This change brings several benefits for you:

  • Visual Studio 2010 Format – The new layout matches the new look and feel of Visual Studio 2010’s help system
  • Same as local help - – The online documentation is now the same as the local installed documentation
  • No IFrames – By removing the iframe and using the ASPxSplitter, you’ll notice that:
    • URLs are updated when clicking between help topics
    • the splitter allows you to resize the 2 navigation and content areas
    • uses callbacks – the help content pane on the right side is updated using an Ajax callback

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The new documentation website is built with just 3 DevExpress ASP.NET controls:

  • ASPxSplitter
  • ASPxTreeList
  • ASPxHyperLink

In Beta ?!?

You’ll notice at the top right of the documentation website the red ‘beta’ label:

DevExpress Help: Beta Version

There are a couple of minor issues to be resolved like a known issue with the IE8 back button. Rest assured that the documentation team is working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Feedback

The new website brings you several benefits, however, it’s still a work in progress. So if you have suggestions on how we can improve it then please leave a comment below.

Thanks!

18 comment(s)
Saif Khan
Saif Khan

Mucho, Mucho faster....totally! I hope it stays that way.

23 June, 2010
Martin Praxmarer - DevExpress MVP
Martin Praxmarer - DevExpress MVP

Where is the new DevExpress Website Mehul?

23 June, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Saif Thanks.

@Martin, just putting the finishing touches on the new site. It's coming soon. :)

23 June, 2010
Steven Rasmussen
Steven Rasmussen

My only comment would be to have a search box above the navigation menu where you could search only the help files (just like the new VS Help).  Yes, I know about the DevExpress search box in the top right but this searches the entire site.

-Steve

23 June, 2010
Martin Praxmarer - DevExpress MVP
Martin Praxmarer - DevExpress MVP

Mehul,

i hear that nearly a year now ;)

23 June, 2010
Luis Madaleno
Luis Madaleno

Excellent!

24 June, 2010
daniel weisel
daniel weisel

This is great!

Can you please provide a small example of how you did it, so that I can implement it in my application as well?

Thanks  :-)

24 June, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Steve, Thanks, I'll talk with the docs team about the suggestion.

@Martin, It will definitely be this year! Smile

@Luis, Thanks!

@daniel, I'll see if we can get sample version for a future video or blog post.

24 June, 2010
Mike F
Mike F

Looks great Mehul.  Like Daniel, I'd also like to see an example of how this was created.

24 June, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Good news! Printing supported on http://help.devexpress.com ! Give it a try!

24 June, 2010
Brian O'Sullivan
Brian O'Sullivan

Hi Mehul - Looks great. Like Daniel, i too would like to see an example of how this was created.

26 June, 2010
Michael Thuma
Michael Thuma

Looks good and is fast

26 June, 2010
RONNIE MURPHY
RONNIE MURPHY

Is Silverlight help going to be added soon?

26 June, 2010
Wago
Wago

That's what I call "Online Help".

Fantastic!!

26 June, 2010
Reinhold Erlacher
Reinhold Erlacher

Could you filter the search box by the node selected on the right?

27 June, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Michael and @Wagner, Thanks!

@Ronnie, Yes, the Silverlight documentation is being updated and will be added in the coming weeks.

@Reinhold, Not exactly but you can use the DevExpress search to narrow the search by product and keywords (it searches help docs too): http://search.devexpress.com

28 June, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Reinhold,

You can also search the page using the browser's built-in search using CTRL-F which will search that page and/or topic.

Hope that helps.

28 June, 2010
Ian Tuck
Ian Tuck

Any chance there will be documentation like this for the VCL components?  Feeling really left out, and I *know* I'm not taking as much advantage of the components as I ought to be.

5 August, 2010

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