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  • DevExtreme Mobile, VS Tools and Data Layer - Enhancements (15.2)

    The DevExtreme Mobile framework has a ton of enhancements in the v15.2 release. And the release is available now but first, let’s take a closer look at the enhancements:

    SPA Framework Performance Improvements

    We have significantly improved performance of the DevExtreme SPA framework.

    And we have implemented a caching mechanism to speed-up application loading and initialization on subsequent startups.

    Click on the following images to see the charts in detail. They display the time in milliseconds spent on a particular operation performed using our SPA framework between versions 15.1 and 15.2, and the performance growth for different platforms.

     

    Visual Studio Integration

    A new Cordova Application project template enables you to use all benefits of an Apache Cordova application (capability to build the app for different platforms including Windows 10 and iOS 9) in addition to DevExtreme application features such as designer and view wizards.

    This template is based on a standard Blank App (Apache Cordova) template shipped with Visual Studio 2015 and includes DevExtreme project files, Bower configuration file, and a Grunt task used to update DevExtreme libraries.

    Of course, building of applications for iOS 9 is also supported by other DevExtreme application templates.

    And starting with version 15.2, you can load Phone Gap plug-ins used to build your application from the npm repository. Just add the gap element with the plug in name to the config.xml file and build custom application template.

    New Win 10 theme

    With the Windows 10 theme, you can now create mobile applications that look native on Windows 10 devices:

    Integration with Parse Core library

    DevExtreme data layer is ready to be seamlessly used with the Parse cloud data storage. Now you can utilize all the advantages of cloud storage and the Parse Core library in your DevExtreme apps. The Parse Core handles your entire backend so your team can focus on making an engaging user experience. You don't need to worry about databases, performance, or scaling.

    For interaction with the Parse Core library, we have implemented the ParseStore class, which supports the universal Store interface accepted within the DevExtreme data layer. It enables you to easily bind data stored in a Parse cloud to DevExtreme widgets.

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    Have you tried the DevExtreme v15.2 release yet? I'd love to hear about it. Drop me a line below.

    Thanks!

    @mehulharry


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  • Announcing DevExtreme ASP.NET 5 TagHelpers - Available Now

    I'm happy to announce the availability of the new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers for ASP.NET 5 (MVC 6).

    And we want to hear your feedback about our new TagHelpers! So we're making these 7 new TagHelpers available while the ASP.NET 5 framework is being developed.

    If you're not familiar with ASP.NET 5, then take a look at the many helpful links from this post.

    Preview Version

    We're introducing the new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers as a preview version because:

    1. ASP.NET 5 (MVC 6) has not been released. However, a release candidate is available now.
    2. We're still perfecting and improving our TagHelpers.

    However, the new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers have enough of a feature set that we'd love for you to test drive them and give us your feedback.

    What's included?

    The following 7 major widgets from our powerful DevExtreme library are available as TagHelpers for ASP.NET 5:

    • Grid
    • Chart
    • Pivot Grid
    • Pie Chart
    • Range Selector
    • Scheduler
    • Sparkline

    Demos of these widgets are available here.

    Getting Started

    To get started using the new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers, please take a look this getting started guide:

    DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers - Getting Started

    Then give us your feedback here: Issue Tracker

    Why is this awesome?

    ASP.NET 5 is shaping up to be a great framework.

    And by using the DevExtreme TagHelpers with ASP.NET 5, your end-users will get the amazing DevExtreme User Interface, features, and functionality that they have come to love.

    And it will save you several development hours by using our robust tools.

    The new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers will help you to deliver great web solutions on the ASP.NET 5 framework.

    What is a TagHelper?

    TagHelpers are a new feature of ASP.NET 5 (MVC 6) that allows preprocessing of HTML attributes with server side content. As Scott Hanselman demonstrates, TagHelpers provide cleaner code:

    TagHelpers also replace the concept of Html Helpers in ASP.NET MVC 6.

    Open-Source MIT License

    The new DevExtreme ASP.NET 5 TagHelpers are provided on GitHub with an MIT license. The source is open for you to view, fork, submit pull requests, etc.

    To use the DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers, you will need a DevExtreme license.

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    Have you tried the new DevExtreme ASP.NET TagHelpers yet? I'd love to hear about it. Drop me a line below.

    Thanks!

    @mehulharry


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    Experience the DevExpress difference for yourself and download a free 30-day trial of all our products today: DevExpress.com/trial (free support is included during your evaluation).

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