DevExpress ASP.NET Scheduler Enhanced! - (coming soon in v16.2)

06 December 2016

The DevExpress ASP.NET Scheduler control is getting some big enhancements for the v16.2 release.

As much as we’ve tried over the years, a good scheduler control is not as simple or light as a button. There’s just a lot more “stuff” to take care of and display. Consequently, at the beginning of 2016, we decided that it was high time to start improving our scheduler control's appearance and performance.

I'm happy to say that we've achieved both and your end-users will be delighted.

1. UI Enhancements

Let's start with UI enhancements because they're the first thing that you'll notice. For v16.2, the DevExpress ASP.NET Scheduler control features:

  • A new lightweight layout for appointments
  • Updated color scheme for appointment resources
  • Appointment selection status is now indicated by the appointment’s opacity for modern web themes
  • Time cell background color has been modified for modern web themes. White is used for work time cells. Light Gray is used for free time cells. You can also specify which portion of a grouped view to fill with resource color: time cells, resource headers or both

These UI enhancements look great, check out the Scheduler with these upcoming changes:

To see the difference, compare these two images of v16.1 (left) and v16.2 (right):

2. Performance w/client-side rendering

The performance of our scheduler has also been enhanced significantly with use of client-side rendering improvements:

  • The Scheduler's client receives required data in JSON and updates its view accordingly across all end-user operations that do not require updates to the Scheduler’s layout (e.g., navigation between dates or resources).
  • Client-side rendering speeds up web app execution because it reduces the amount of markup produced on the server.

We've tested the difference and you'll be pleased to know that overall performance and feel of the DevExpress ASP.NET Scheduler control has increased. Check out these charts to see the measurements:

Scheduler – Render size of two controls w/o appointments

Scheduler – Appointment update time

Scheduler – Change date time

Scheduler – Active view change time

3. Time Ruler & Day Header Highlighting

With this release, our ASP.NET Scheduler Control can now highlight coordinates of the currently selected time interval within its time ruler and day headers:

https://community.devexpress.com/blogs/aspnet/16.2Release/ASPScheduler162/TimeRulerAndDayHeaderHighlighting.gif

What do you think of the DevExpress ASP.NET Scheduler control's enhancements for v16.2 release? Drop me a line below.

Thanks!


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