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  • New: ASP•NET Image Slider with built-in Slide Show feature (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Check out the new SlideShow feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET Image Slider:

    DevExpressASPNETImageSlider_SlideShow

    New Settings

    We’ve added several new settings to make it easier for you to enable and manage the slide show capabilities of the ASPxImageSlider:

    image

    The ASPxImageSlider.SettingsSlideShow property provides access to the following properties:

    · AutoPlay – specifies whether or not the slide show is initially enabled.
    · Interval – specifies the time interval between changing images.
    · PausePlayingWhenMouseOver – specifies whether or not the image playing stops when mouse is over control.
    · PlayPauseButtonVisibility – specifies the Play/Pause button visibility.
    · StopPlayingWhenPaging – specifies whether or not the image playing stops when end-user change images manually.

     

    Hero Graphic Webinar

    I recently did a webinar about “Hero Graphics” and how you can use the Image Slider to create a hero graphic. Check out the video and blog post here:

    Use an ASP.NET Image Slider Control to show a Hero Graphic (aka banner image)

    In that webinar, I used JavaScript to simulate a similar slide show effect. And I’m happy to say that this feature is now available directly from the Image Slider control.

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  • New feature: ASP.NET Memo Field supports Max Length (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Memo field now helps you to limit the number of characters typed into it:

    DevExpressASPNETMemoMaxLength

    Server check

    A nice feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET Memo control is that it will check the length on the sever side. This way, someone cannot fraudulently try to change the limit on client-side.

    While it’s possible to use JavaScript to validate form data entry, this approach can’t be totally relied upon (JavaScript may be disabled, and form data may not be trustworthy if the client has been affected by a nefarious script). Server–side validation is a much safer option, and could be used, among other things, to check that the amount of data submitted isn’t too long. – SitePoint

    Uses Browser

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Memo control will try to use the default browser behavior for enforcing the MaxLength limit. Otherwise, it will default to using an internal script, if necessary.

    Why set a limit?

    Setting a limit is a usability feature (for a famous example, think of Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets). This way, if your website visitors are typing a phone number or postal code, then you can help them by indicating the maximum number of characters they can enter.

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  • Extend the ASP•NET Image Slider to make your own Video control (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Check out this video playback control that was made using the versatile DevExpress ASP .NET image slider control:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Image Slider Templates - Video Gallery Sample

    How? Templates, ftw!

    The animated gif above shows the DevExpress ASP.NET Image Slider control’s new templates support. ASP.NET Templates allow you to extend the control by defining your own HTML that you want to use within a control. So, in the above sample, we’ve created a couple of divs and some custom CSS to make a slick video playback control.

    If you’d like to see the template’s HTML code, click the image below:

    image

    Specifically, we’ve add support for ItemTemplate, ItemTextTemplate, and ItemThumbnailTemplate.

    Learn more about the Image Slider control here:

    - ImageSlider: A New Touch-Enabled ASP.NET Image Slider and Gallery Control
    - Use an ASP.NET Image Slider Control to show a Hero Graphic (aka banner image)

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  • New ASP.NET Image Gallery Control (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Check out the new DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery Control coming out in the first major release of DXperience in 2013:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery Control - Responsive - Desktop Browser

    An Image Gallery is a great way to present a set of images from your website. And the DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery control provides 3 great features to help you:

    1. Responsive page layout
    2. Touch, Slide Animation, & More
    3. Easy to use (Folder binding)
    4. Data binding to data sources

    Responsive

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery control provides support for a responsive page layout. The same layout above in the desktop FireFox browser is shown on the iPad and iPhone below:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery Control - Responsive - iPad Tablet Browser

    DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery Control - Responsive - iPhone Mobile Browser

    And because it’s responsive, it will adapt to other devices too like Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.

    Touch, Slide Animation, & More

    The Image Gallery also provides great usability. For example, when viewing an image, an image navigation bar is automatically displayed when hovering the mouse over the image:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery Control - Responsive - Great Controls

    Touch is also fully supported for all major devices on iOS, Android (v3.0+), and Windows 8.

    The same great slide animation that you’ve seen on our Image Slider control is also available automatically for the Image Gallery control too!

    In fact, many of the Image Slider features are available on the Image Gallery too.

    Easy to use (Folder binding)

    To start using the DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery control, just set the SettingsFolder.ImageSourceFolder property, then the images are scaled and thumbnails are created automatically.

    Data Binding

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Image Gallery control can be populated with image information taken from a data source and it can also be bound to a data source using the DataSourceID or DataSource property. While binding, the control automatically creates image items and retrieves their property values from the corresponding data items.

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  • Metropolis Blue: A new ASP.NET theme (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Check out the new “Metropolis Blue” theme coming our in first major release of DXperience in 2013:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Metropolis Blue Theme - Calendar

    DevExpress ASP.NET Metropolis Blue Theme - Grid View

    The new Metropolis Blue theme is variant on our current Metropolis theme which we introduced in late 2012:

    Metropolis: A stunning new theme inspired by modern Windows 8 UI & Office 2013 (v2012.2)

    What’s new about Blue?

    The new Metropolis Blue theme’s main difference from Metropolis is the blue instead of orange that you can see here.

    We provided this theme because customers like the Metropolis theme a lot and wanted a different color.

    SharePoint 2013 Blue

    The blue color is the same one from SharePoint 2013. This way, you also get a theme that is similar to SharePoint 2013.

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  • DevExpress ASP.NET GridLookup supports Null Text (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Starting with the first major release for DXperience in 2013, you’ll be able to set null text for the DevExpress ASP.NET GridLookup control.

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridLookup - Null Text

    Just like the DevExpress ASP.NET Combo Box, the ASPx GridLookup will also support Null Text because GridLookup actually uses both the DevExpress Combo Box and GridView controls to provide the very useful GridLookup control.

     

    ASPx GridLookup Null Text

    Set the NullText property of the ASPxGridLookup control and you’re set:

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridLookup - Null Text

     

    Learn more

    Check out these blog posts and videos about the ASPxGridLookup to see how you can incorporate it in your ASP.NET web projects.

    DXperience? What's That?

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  • Getting Started with DevExpress ASP.NET–Build a WebForms App in minutes

    Check out these great getting-started tutorial videos for the DevExpress ASP.NET product suite.

    DevExpress ASP.NET Getting Started Video Tutorials

    Build and deploy in minutes

    By watching these videos, you’ll learn the complete basics of how-to:

    1. Create a new web project (with layout)
    2. Drop a DevExpress ASP.NET control
    3. Setup the control from the designer and the source view (Databind, Themes, & more)
    4. Deploy the solution

    And all of the major DevExpress ASP.NET controls are covered:

    image

    You will smile :-)

    When you learn how easy it is to get started with DevExpress ASP.NET, you will smile because you’ll be ready to create and deploy fast, beautiful, and powerful ASP.NET web applications.

    One of the biggest hurdles in adopting any new user interface technology is during the early phases when you may not be familiar enough with the library to even do the simplest of operations, like configuring the controls or databinding. So, myself, a few devs, and our excellent video production team have created the best set of “Getting started” videos in DevExpress history to help ease you into getting the most of our ASP.NET products.

    Try it yourself

    First, watch the videos. Then, try it for yourself in your Visual Studio with DevExpress installed. That is the best way to learn.

    We’d love to hear your feedback so please let us know. Thanks!

    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/

  • DevExpress ASP.NET Combo Box supports Null Text (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Starting with the first major release for DXperience in 2013, you’ll be able to set null text for the DevExpress ASP.NET Combo box control.

    What? What’s this NullText?

    NullText is grayed out text inside of an editor that gives your website visitor a hint as to what they should or could input:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Editors NullText

    ASPx ComboBox NullText

    Here’s the DevExpress ASP.NET Combo box control with the Null Text property set to "Start typing here…”:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Combo Box NullText

    To use this great little feature, simply set the NullText property on the control:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Editors NullText Property

    Or through the source code:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Editors NullText - Source

    Define NullText

    It may seem odd to call this feature Null Text,  instead of Hint Text, Default Text, or something else. But read this definition:

    The NullText property value is displayed in the edit box when the editor's edit value is set to null or System.DBNull.Value.

    Then you’ll realize:

    1. Programmers were involved in this definition.
    2. Programmers are never wrong. Smile

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  • ASP.NET GridView Filter Template (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    Customize the filter row any way you choose with the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView in our first major release of DXperience for 2013.

    New Filter Template

    The DevExpress ASP.NET GridView has added a new template for the Filter Row. The Filter Row allows your end-users to filter the GridView easily and quickly. For example, in the grid image below, I’ve filtered it to find all the produce that has been discontinued:

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Filter Row

    Visual Studio Designer Support

    When you’re configuring the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView in Visual Studio, you can use the smart tag and select "Edit Templates”. Then you’ll see the list of available templates for editing:

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Filter Template

    Once you select the “FilterTemplate”, the designer will allow you enter just about anything you want. That’s why ASP.NET Templates are so useful! In the grid below, I’ve added an Image and Text to the Filter Row for the Command Column. But I could enter just about anything else here like another control for filtering.

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Filter Template Editing

    And the final result is a stunning grid with the exact output that I was looking for:

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView with Filter Row

    Source View Support

    If you don’t like the designer, you can use the Source View too:

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Filter Row Source

    The Most Templates Evah!

    The DevExpress ASP.NET GridView is incredibly versatile: it provides the largest set of templates for extending any ASP.NET Grid control.

    Take a look for yourself by downloading a free trial: http://www.devexpress.com/Home/Try.xml

    Part of 2013.1 Release

    The DXperience v2013.1 release will be available to everyone in June 2013 from devexpress.com.

    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/

  • ASP.NET GridView - Endless Paging (coming soon in v2013 vol 1)

    The first release of DXperience for 2013 is almost here! In June, you’ll get to try it in your own development.

    And here’s one of the first major features that you’ll encounter in this v13.1 release:

    Endless Paging

    Endless paging? What's that? Simply put, it's the ability of the Grid or DataView control to automatically load new content as you scroll or page down though the data. Take a look this short YouTube video to learn more:

    New DevExpress ASP.NET feature for 2013.1 release

    Mobile Touch Supported

    This feature is especially great when you use the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView or DataView through a mobile browser like iPad’s Safari, Microsoft Surface’s IE10, or Google Chrome on Android tablets.

    Touch events are supported by most DevExpress ASP.NET control for all 3 of the major vendor’s (Apple, Google, Microsoft) tablet devices.

    Examples: Facebook, Twitter

    Examples are all over the place on the social network sites: think of Facebook.com, or Twitter, or Pinterest, anywhere where there is a lot of data and you don't want to the halt the user experience by loading it all (even if it were possible or necessary).

    Part of 2013.1 Release

    June 2013, is when the DXperience v2013.1 release will be available to everyone via devexpress.com.

    Save time and money...

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    Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

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