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  • Better Organized ASP.NET Themes for v2010 vol 2 Release

    Here’s a small bit of news about our ASP.NET themes in the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release.

    Reduce For Consistency

    Many of the smaller ASP.NET controls like the Round Panel, Site Map and Cloud Control had small one-off themes. We’ve removed several of these smaller themes because:

    • These one-off themes were outdated and looked unusual
    • These one-off themes didn’t allow you to customize the whole website
    • These one-off themes didn’t use any CSS styles, they used the less-favorable inline styles
    • Not all of the DevExpress ASP.NET products supported these themes. Most didn’t need to since many great professional and modern themes like Office already existed
    • These one-off themes were not widely used

    So, for consistency, we've removed several themes which were supported by only a few ASP.NET controls (I.e.: round panel, site map or cloud control).

    4 New Themes

    Good news! We introduced 4 new modern themes which are supported by all of our controls.

    These include the three new Office 2010 (Blue, Silver, Black) themes and the new DevExpress Theme that matches our upcoming new demos. Watch the recent “What’s new in DXperience ASP.NET v2010 volume 2” webinar to learn more about the new demos and themes.

    DevExpress ASP.NET Office 2010

    Use Old Themes

    If you wat to, you can continue to use the old themes. Simply use the project converter tool to upgrade your project’s .skin files.

    However, in doing this, the old themes’ images will be unpacked and therefore not use the theme assembly. Of course, you can upgrade to one of the many new themes too and get the benefits of the theme assembly as well as modern look.

     

    Adding a new theme for ALL of the DevExpress ASP.NET products usually means a lot of changes. In fact, even adding a new feature to one product means that all the ASP.NET themes may be affected. This change will ensure you that the provided themes will be consistent, clean, professional and work across all the popular browsers. Thanks!

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  • ASP.NET Controls - Setup Right-To-Left

    Check out the ‘Setup Right-To-Left’ video for the DevExpress ASP.NET controls.

    And it’s very easy to do, simply set the RightToLeft property to true and you’re done.

    Watch the video to learn more:

    ASP.NET Controls - Setup Right-To-Left

     

    Drop me a line with your thoughts on the new Right-To-Left support of the DevExpress ASP.NET products. Thanks!

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    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • ASP.NET File Manager - Getting Started

    Learn how to use the new ASP.NET file manager control, the ASPxFileManager by watching the ASPxFileManager’s Getting Started screencast.

    The new ASPxFileManager allows your end users to work with files on your web server easily. You control their the ability to edit, create, delete files and directories, as well as, upload files.

    ASP.NET File Manager - Getting Started

    My recommendation to quickly get started with the new ASP.NET File Manager:

    1. Watch the screencast
    2. Try it yourself. Use the DXperience v2010.2 release and try the simple scenario in the video
    3. Receive praise from your end-users for your fantastic website functionality

    Please drop me a comment below with your thoughts on the new ASPxFileManager control. Thanks!

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    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • ASP.NET Grid LookUp - How to Setup Data Binding and Multiple Selection

    Check out this short 5 minute ASP.NET Gridlookup video that show you how to data bind and setup multiple selection:

    New ASP.NET Grid LookUp Control

    The new ASPxGridLookup control is part of the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release.

    The ASPxGridLookup editor combines the functionality of the ASPxDropDownEdit and ASPxGridView controls to allow end-users to easily select values from a dropdown grid containing lookup items.

    The ASPxGridView control is seamlessly embedded into the editor's dropdown window, providing the editor with a powerful customizable data-processing and data-representation functionality.

    Learn more here: New ASP.NET GridLookup Control (coming in v2010 vol 2)

    v2010.2 RC Available Now

    The DXperience v2010 volume 2 release candidate is available now to DXperience subscription license holders. Download from your client center account now.

    Then drop me a line below with your thoughts. Thanks!

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Video: Zen Coding - Free CodeRush Plugin

    Check out this new CodeRush plugin from Rory Becker that helps you write HTML faster.

    After Rory and I saw the ‘Zen Coding’ editor plugin, we wondered if it’s possible to get that functionality from CodeRush in Visual Studio. So Rory used his awesome CodeRush plugin skills and created the DX_ZenCoding plugin.

    Watch the CodeRush Zen Coding plugin video here:

    Video: CodeRush Zen Coding plugin

    Free

    The DX_ZenCoding plugin and other 3rd party CodeRush plugins that Rory and others have created are free!

    Download – Install – Feedback

    Download the DX_ZenCoding plugin from these links:

    Be sure to give Rory feedback on how you’d like to see this plug-in grow.

    Thanks Rory!

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    Install CodeRush by downloading the free lite version here: CodeRush Xpress

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  • SQL Sentry–Powerful SQL Server Tool Leverages DevExpress WinForms - Video Case Study

    Check out this slick SQL tool from SQL Sentry that leverage many of the DevExpress WinForms controls.

    SQL Server Monitoring, Performance, & More

    Jason Hall from SQL Sentry demos the products and also shows which DevExpress products have helped them get that nice user interface:

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    Best Of DevConnections

    I met the team from SQL Sentry at the recent DevConnections 2010 conference. They’re very nice and smart bunch who went out of their way to say ‘Thank You’ for helping them win one of the DevConnections awards.

    Wow! Thank YOU SQL Sentry for the choosing DevExpress and showing us your awesome SQL tool.

    SqlSentryTeamAward

     

    Watch the video demonstration with Jason Hall from SQL Sentry. Then drop me a line below with your thoughts on this tool.

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Watch The 'Ask DevExpress' Webinar Online And Help Answer One Question

    The ‘Ask DevExpress’ Webinar is over and I want to thank you for attending and asking great questions.

    Watch the recorded version of the ‘Ask DevExpress’ webinar here:

    WatchDevExpressWebinar

     

    What Are Your Plans?

    In the webinar the DevExpress President, Ray, was on hand to answer your questions and concerns.

    Now he’s got one question for you that will help you and DevExpress better plan for the future:

    What are your development plans?

    Therefore, what technologies, challenges and plans do you face?

    Share with him directly by emailing him at: RayN@devexpress.com

    And thank you for your support!

     

    Register For Future Ask Webinars

    Keep an eye for these future webinars which will also include DevExpress management and team leads:

    Register for upcoming Webinars

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    DXperience? What's That?

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  • How To Create A Google Like Captcha Control In ASP.NET

    Want to get that same great look that Google’s Captcha has? Check out how easy it is to set up the ASPxCaptcha control to get that same look and feel:

    ASP.NET Captcha - Google Style

    How?

    Here’s 3 easy steps for the ASPxCaptcha:

    1. Set a CodeLength property to 10
    2. Set the ChallengeImage's BackgroundColor property to 'Transparent'
    3. Set the ChallengeImage's ForegroundColor property to '#43B468' (you can also dynamically change the ForegroundColor on PageLoad to get different text colors just like in Google's Captcha).

    Here’s the ASPX markup:

    <dx:ASPxCaptcha ID="captcha" runat="server" CodeLength="10">
        <ChallengeImage ForegroundColor="#43B468" BackgroundColor="Transparent" BorderWidth="0">
        </ChallengeImage>
    </dx:ASPxCaptcha>

    Customer Request

    One of the readers of this blog, John, emailed me and asked:

    Mehul, In your blog re ASPxCaptcha, you show the green Captcha characters similar to Google's version. How did you do that? Would like to try it. Thanks, John

    Thanks for the question John! I’m sure this post will help others too.

    Appearance and Customization

    The ASPxCaptcha is made of 3 key functional sub-elements:

    1. ChallengeImage – An image displayed to the user
    2. RefreshButton – A button to change the image and generate a new code (in case it’s too difficult for the user)
    3. TextBox – To enter the code displayed in the ChallengeImage

    Each functional element has a wide range of properties for customization.

    CodeRush’s Helpful ColorPicker

    Here’s another reason CodeRush is super helpful in ASP.NET.

    The handy new Color dialog in CodeRush which pops up a dialog that let’s you choose your own color:

    CodeRush Color Dialog

     

    Part of ASPxEditors Suite

    The ASPxCaptcha control is part of the ASPxEditors Suite which comes with either:

     

    Try the Google look with your ASPxCaptcha. Then drop me a line below with your thoughts. Thanks!

     

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  • Don’t Miss This Webinar! - Ask The DevExpress Teams Anything!

    Don’t miss the ‘Ask DevExpress’ webinar coming soon in less than 24 hours!

    Ask Management & Team Leads

    Ask the DevExpress management and team leads anything you want to directly on the webinar. And I mean anything!

    Amanda will be hosting and all the important people in the company will have your undivided attention.

    So register now:

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    I’ll be on the call and I hope to see you on there as well.

    Thanks!

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    DXperience? What's That?

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  • Video: Tim Heuer - Silverlight is not dead - DevConnections 2010

    Check out this video with one of Microsoft’s Silverlight Program Managers, Tim Heuer.

    Recently, there’s been some confusion about the future of Silverlight. In fact, Julian our CTO, has an interesting post that generated a lot of feedback.

    So I caught up with Tim at DevConnections and he was kind enough to help clear up the confusion about Silverlight and discuss some other topics:

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    YouTube versions here: Part 1 and Part 2

    In the video, Tim discusses:

    Thanks Tim!

    Watch the video, then drop me a line below on your thoughts about Silverlight vs HTML 5.

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