ASP.NET WebForms and MVC Roadmap 2020 - Your Vote Counts

ASP.NET Team Blog
10 December 2019
As always, we thank you for your continued support and for placing your faith in our ASP.NET products and web technologies.
We are in the process of finalizing our 2020 roadmap for ASP.NET WebForms and MVC. To create the best possible set of features/products in 2020, please take a moment to review the following and share your thoughts/opinions with us.

Note: Please remember to review the following blog posts for information on other DevExpress web development technologies:
Web Reporting
JavaScript (Angular, React, Vue, jQuery)
ASP.NET Core – coming soon

ASP.NET Gantt Control

We expect to officially launch our ASP.NET Gantt control in 2020. We hope to extend its capabilities with the following features:
  • Localization support
  • Touch device support
  • Integrated toolbar
  • Current Time Maker that indicates the current date and time within the Gantt region
  • Custom colors for Task nodes within the Gantt area
  • Customizable Context Menu
  • Customizable Task Details dialog (used to edit tasks)
  • Data validation support

ASP.NET Diagram Control


Like our Gantt control, we expect to officially release our ASP.NET Diagram control in 2020. New features will include:
  • Localization support
  • API to manage changes to the Diagram’s data model
  • Template-enabled custom shapes
  • Improved Diagram UI with an additional workspace inside the control
  • Improved user experience including mobile device support
  • Image shapes
  • Support for dash, dot, and other types of lines for shapes and connectors
  • Custom toolbar items
  • Auto-creation and shape connection once a connector is generated
  • Drawing- related performance enhancements
  • Context menu
  • Support for touch-first devices

ASP.NET RichEdit

We expect to add WYSIWYG client-side PDF export to our ASP.NET Rich Edit control in 2020.

And Much More…

As you know, we currently ship over 200 ASP.NET WebForms controls and MVC extensions. Throughout 2020, we expect to introduce new capabilities to our most important WebForms and MVC products (such as our Data Grid, Pivot Grid, etc). Help us prioritize our efforts – tell us what’s most important to you by answering the following two questions:

We will publish our official 2020 Roadmap in early January. Until then, feel free to post 2020-related comments below.

Blazor

Considering Blazor for an upcoming web project? Be sure to review our Blazor 2020 Roadmap to learn more about our upcoming plans.
19 comment(s)
Customer120741
Customer120741
Suggestion: You have a good set of comprehensive UI controls for WEB apps. It would be a valuable addition if you can provide a Winforms "like" drag and drop pixel-perfect designer to Devexpress webforms and blazor components whereby a developer can design WEB UI in a similar style of Winforms. Currently one has to play around HTML and CSS to render good UI and if this task is done automatically behind the scene then it will be a lot more easy to work with web apps (For idea & motivation kindly see www.WISEJ.COM). One can simply write code against the events (in C#/VB.net) without bothering about javascript. The concept of WISEJ is very novel. If a similar feature is added to devexpress webforms/blazor components then it will be a valuable addition and will help ease the development of a data-intense app like ERPs. A feature like desktop UI, MDI, WYSIWYG designer, etc.

Regards,
Hitesh

10 December 2019
Jack Tomlinson
Jack Tomlinson

I would like a control that I could place on a Web-Form that would display a smart PDF form that the user could complete on line and then extract the data to a dataset


I would also like the ability to store the layout of your Aspx Form Layout control in the DB so that I could customize for various customers



11 December 2019
James Mayer
James Mayer
Hi,


Put a knowledge based article up with the code you used to configure the control that I am typing into EXACTLY...

If this already exists drop me a email where I can find it.

Regards,


11 December 2019
James Mayer
James Mayer
Hi,


Put a knowledge based article up with the code you used to configure the control that I am typing into EXACTLY...

If this already exists drop me a email where I can find it.

Regards,


11 December 2019
Nic Carreira
Nic Carreira
A responsive step wizard control would be very useful.
11 December 2019
Peter Annandale
Peter Annandale
Looking forward to using the MVC control to convert my Winform's project
11 December 2019
Philip Leong
Philip Leong

Report designer barcode module, possible to show 2D or 1D barcode during design time?

ASPxFileManager should allow upload and download whole folder.


11 December 2019
Customer38463
Customer38463
Excel-like slicer support would be really nice.
11 December 2019
Paolo B.
Paolo B.

Hello,

it would be very useful to add CalDAV synchronization support to the ASPxScheduler component.

11 December 2019
Aleksandr S.
Aleksandr S.
Expression editor (from reporting/dashboard) as a standalone control (like you have done with the filter editor). With a possibility to offer custom functions and a possibility to convert expressions to Lambda and maybe even to Excel.
11 December 2019
Dave Knowles
Dave Knowles
We love DexExpress
12 December 2019
dev@mallard
dev@mallard

As per Customer120741....Microsoft have moved away from VS designers, there is a market for you to extend visual studio - you could bring the canvas back! check out webflow.com

12 December 2019
Tony Nunn
Tony Nunn

I'll second the request for ASPxFileUpload to handle whole folders.

A layered canvas control would be good, particularly one that allows the display of ArcGIS style maps, plus the ability to upload and plot shape files.

Incidentally, on your surveys above, perhaps you should have included a fourth option "I have no immediate requirement for this functionality but might be interested in using it in a future project.".

13 December 2019
Stephen J White
Stephen J White
I'll go ahead and chime in and say that I'd be interested in seeing something similar to what the other two mentioned regarding a WYSIWYG editor for views in ASP.NET that works for Blazor or ASP.NET Core. I am not going to expect you to implement it DevExpress, since that is a tall order (I remember asking the Blazor team about it a while ago and Daniel Roth said that it is something he'd like to see in Blazor himself, but he said it would not be for a long time since designers are very complex applications). Still, I think if anything, you'd probably have a leg up over your competition in that regard. Currently the only modern .NET designer I have seen for web is WiseJ, which if you look into, is kind of akin to your XAF suite, but it uses web sockets / signalR for the web side instead of web forms. Perhaps you could take it one step further and use one that designs both winforms/wpf and blazor? Again, just a thought, I don't expect anything to come of this any time soon. 


Back to the features at hand on here - the MVC Flow Diagram control looks great. I hope you can have something like it in Blazor server side down the road (since it is definitely a control/widget my company could really use!). Either way, I'm really excited to see you guys have this control for ASP.NET! :D 
16 December 2019
Chris Holland
Chris Holland
A Bootstrap TreeList control is desperately needed
18 December 2019
George Hebert (WSI)
George Hebert (WSI)
Please add multi-row header bands to the MVC tree list.  I have been waiting patiently for years for this functionality and would appreciate some movement on it.
18 December 2019
Bernd F.
Bernd F.

We would love to have the 'track changes' feature for the rich text editor in the web.

Our business requirement is as follows:

We use the rich text editor as an editor in our XAF application for formatted fields of our business objects. Our customers usually want to do a review for the texts that they entered, e.g. a supervisior checks all texts for certain business objects that were entered by another user. With the help of 'track changes', the supervisor could suggest changes directly in the formatted field and the user could accept / decline them.


Another feature for the rich text editor related to our XAF application would be to have the option of displaying minimal menu items (e.g. a couple of simple formatting options) initially to increase performance and to display the whole menu ribbon when the editor is maximized / expanded. 

This would help us because we use multiple rich text editors in some DetailViews and the complex ribbon menu increases the loading time and also takes a lot of screen space.

13 January 2020
Markus Hoevermann
Markus Hoevermann
+1 for track changes... (Ok, Bernd and me are colleagues in the same company). However, this is one of the few features that the rich edit control is still lacking before it makes us completely happy!
13 January 2020
Vladimir Frizen (DevExpress)
Vladimir Frizen (DevExpress)
Hello,

I greatly appreciate it that you found the time to share your thoughts with our team. In this release, we are mostly focused on Gant and Diagram. We also plan to release several enhancements in other ASP.NET components. So, I forwarded them to our R&D team for detailed analysis.


 

15 January 2020

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