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March 2018 - Posts

  • DevExtreme ASP.NET Core Templates Deprecation for VS2015 - v18.1

    Starting with the v18.1 release, the DevExtreme ASP.NET Core project templates will not be available in instances of Visual Studio 2015. You'll need to have Visual Studio 2017 or higher to use these templates.

    Here's why:

    1. In Visual Studio 2015, only the .NET Core projects based on project.json are supported. However, these projects have been replaced with the MSBuild/csproj (see announcement).

    2. The .NET Core Tooling for Visual Studio 2015 is still in the 'preview' stage and will not be developed further.

    Therefore, you will not be able to create new DevExtreme ASP.NET Core projects in Visual Studio 2015. You can still open and work with existing projects. However, for creating new projects, you will need Visual Studio 2017 (or higher).


    If you don't have Visual Studio 2017 installed then you can use the following workaround:

    1. Create a new standard ASP.NET Core application
    2. Then manually add DevExtreme resources

    However, I don't recommend using project.json for new projects.

    There is also a free community edition of Visual Studio 2017 available too.

    Please leave me a comment below if you doing any ASP.NET Core development in Visual Studio 2015. Thanks!


    Twitter: @mehulharry

  • DevExtreme - Access v18.1 Features Today for Early Testing

    While the DevExtreme team is working hard on new features for the v18.1 final release, they've been publishing several pre-releases on GitHub.

    We'd love to get your feedback, so please get involved by downloading, testing, and letting us know your experience.

    DevExtreme v18.1 Pre-releases

    Note: This is pre-release software, so please, consider yourself warned.

    Early Testing

    Many of the v18.1 upcoming features are inspired by existing/reported customer issues. By providing early build access, we'd like to know if our solution will address the problem or if the scope of the problem is bigger than we originally thought.

    Your testing and feedback can help us to change and deliver the final implementation. As you know, the best time to fix or improve source code is before the final RTM release. This way, we can avoid future unexpected breaking changes that may creep in.

    So please get involved because taking part in early testing results provides several benefits such as:

    • Confidence that feature implementation fits your application specifics;
    • Fewer breaking changes after the final release (because we'll include fixes before the next major release);
    • Increase overall product quality;
    • Align team efforts with customer needs;

    How to test?

    If you'd like to test out the features in your application then follow the installation instructions from that release description.

    Look through the releases page (pre-releases are marked with a special red label). The release will have a short "what's new" section.

    Alternatively, you can use the feature list available for alpha testing. Feel free to leave comments, report GitHub issues, or create tickets in our Support Center.

    The DevExtreme pre-release documentation is also available here:

    Note: Some parts of DevExtreme (ASP.NET MVC Controls, Visual Studio Tools, etc.) are not developed in the DevExtreme GitHub repo. However, you'll be able to download our pre-release installations. We'll notify you once we have something to show for these other pieces that are not available via GitHub.

    DevExtreme Roadmap

    To provide transparency with our DevExtreme customers, we'll be publishing a DevExtreme 2018 roadmap on soon. Because the client-side web world is notorious for changing drastically in a short period of time, we plan to update this new roadmap as needed.

    A public roadmap helps you to understand our vision for certain solutions.

    DevExtreme targets several platforms such as jQuery, Angular, React, Vue, ASP.NET MVC, and likely more in the future. DevExtreme is no longer one single repository but several that are developed simultaneously in many public and private repos. Therefore, the roadmap will include links to feature discussion pages (mostly on GitHub) where you can leave your feedback and discuss your questions directly with the DevExtreme developer team.

    To see what's coming out in 2018, then vote on your favorite features, and finally to get updates on our progress, here's what I recommend:

    1. Go to the recently published DevExtreme 2018 Roadmap. This is a styled as a survey to allow you to vote on our proposed upcoming features. Your votes are important to us so please go to the link above and give us your feedback.
    2. Then, check back regularly on the roadmap on the DevExtreme website for updates.

    Subscribe and Get Notified

    The best way to stay current with DevExtreme is to get notifications. There are lots of options that you can choose from too:

    • Subscribe to DevExtreme social networks accounts (we'll announce each pre-release)
    • Subscribe to GitHub Releases RSS feed
    • Use specialized notification services

    Try the latest DevExtreme pre-release version and please give us your feedback, thanks!


    Twitter: @mehulharry

  • Now available - The DevExpress NuGet Package Portal:!

    Check out our new portal for everything related to DevExpress NuGet packages:

    This new DevExpress NuGet portal will give you helpful information like getting started, resolving issues, using NuGet without an IDE, etc.

    Get Your Personal NuGet URL

    We're providing a personal NuGet URL for every registered DevExpress customer login. So if you haven't generated your personal URL yet then click on the 'Obtain Your NuGet Feed URL' button on the this homepage:

    More Platforms Supported

    In 2017, DevExpress provided several NuGet packages (mostly for our Web platforms). Today, we're expanding this offering to include in even more platforms:

    .NET Core & Free Trial

    I'm happy to announce that we're also offering our .NET Core controls via NuGet. Now you can try our .NET Core products on any platform: Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. You can also use an IDE of your choice: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio for Mac, or JetBrains Rider:

    The following support .NET Core:

    If you have a DXperience Universal license then you'll see these .NET Core packages in your NuGet feed. If not, then we have a free 30 day trial available for you, whether you are a customer or not. That means you get access to all the NuGet packages we make available, as a trial for 30 days.

    Note, that if you are a customer without DXperience Universal license then you can try NuGet packages that are not included in your DevExpress subscription currently with this free 30 day trial. And during your trial, you'll have access to our excellent support team.

    Getting started

    I recommend reading this blog post to learn how get your NuGet key.


    We've gathered the most popular issues that our customers have reported and created a helpful FAQ:

    These topics can help you to get started, solve possible problems, and get additional information about DevExpress NuGet.

    Are you using the DevExpress NuGet packages? Please leave a comment below (or email me) and your feedback will help us plan for future releases.



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