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  • ASP.NET WebForms & MVC: GridView Batch Edit (What's new in 13.2)

    Check out the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView's excellent new editing feature in the latest 13.2 release:

    GridView Batch Editing

    DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Batch Editing

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Grid (ASPxGridView) control allows you to modify a batch of grid data on the client side and send it to the server in one request.

    Benefits

    Batch Edting allows your end-users to work in the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView control with ease. They can edit all the records using the keyboard only without moving their hand to reach for the mouse. And once they're finished, the can review, cancel, or save their changes.

    The DevExpress ASP.NET GridView also gives your end-users a great preview of what records have been changed before they're saved back to the server. And, like many DevExpress controls, you can choose the color that signifies an edited cell.

    Note: If the end-user chooses another action like sorting while they're batch editing, the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView will ask them if they want to lose their changes. So your end-users will get a helpful notification and can choose to continue editing or choose a new action.

    ASP.NET WebForms & MVC

    The GridView Batch Editing feature is available for both ASP.NET WebForms and MVC platforms.

    How To Use

    To enable the batch editing functionality, set the Mode property to 'Batch'. In this mode, the grid data contained in a page can be edited using in-line editors. The modified cells are colored in green. All changes are maintained on the client side until the Save changes link is clicked. You can cancel all changes by clicking the Cancel changes link.

    If a grid contains modified data, it displays a confirm message before a grid callback or postback is performed.

    In this demo, use the Edit mode combo box (“cell” or “row”) to specify the control element used to edit the data. The Start edit action combo box (“click” or “double click”) allows you to specify the action that should be used to begin editing grid data.

    Online Demos

    WebForms: DevExpress ASP.NET GridView Batch Editing Demo

    MVC: DevExpress ASP.NET MVC GridView Batch Edting Demo

    Download the latest version of DevExpress ASP.NET today and try the slick new batch editing feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView.

     

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  • ASP.NET WebForms & MVC: Token Box Control (What's new in 13.2)

    Check out the new DevExpress ASP.NET Token Box control that's part of the DevExpress 13.2 release:

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Token Box (ASPxTokenBox) editor provides your end-users the ability to auto-complete values from a predefined list. An end-user can select a value from the dropdown window list or type it manually:

    What's a Token?

    If you look up the definition of Token on google then you'll see many definitions:

    However, in context to the TokenBox control, I prefer to think of a token as a symbol. Therefore, we display the selected item from dropdown with a colored box around it. This box now indicates to the user the choice they've selected from the dropdown. It's become the symbol of the words and numbers that represents the selected item. And the token box also contains an X mark at the right to allow the end-user to easily remove it the selected item. This visual cue is a different way to display selected items but I believe it gives the users a nice user interface when they can easily see their selected items.

    You can see examples of the token box style input on popular websites like Gmail's To field:

    And Facebook's messages:

    And now, you can get this slick functionality and look in your ASP.NET web projects with the DevExpress ASP.NET TokenBox.

    ASP.NET MVC & WebForms

    This new data editor is available for both the ASP.NET WebForms and MVC platforms. These are both part of the DevExpress 13.2 release.

    Features

    The new Token Box control gives you many great features and themes, including:

    • DataBinding - You can databind the Token Box editor easily using a datasource on WebForms or Model Binding on ASP.NET MVC.

    • Themes - All the DevExpress themes are fully supported by this control.

    • AllowCustomTokens - allows you to control whether the end-user can create custom tokens or they must choose tokens from the dropdown list.

    • ShowDropDownOnFocus - controls the dropdown window visibility when the editor gets focus.

    • IncrementalFilteringMode - allows your filter the dropdown as items are typed into the window.

    Getting Started Video

    Watch the short ASP.NET Token Box Getting Started video below to see how easy and powerful this new control is.

    ASP.NET WebForms:

    ASP.NET MVC:

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  • ASP.NET: SharePoint 2013 Support (What's new in 13.2)

    Take a look at the new DevExpress SharePoint 2013 Demo site:

    DevExpress ASP.NET and SharePoint 2013

    http://sharepoint.devexpress.com/

    The new demo is great too. It's cleaner and we've improved the navigation. On the left side, you'll find the DevExpress ASP.NET NavBar (ASPxNavBar) control integrated there. Give it a try now.

    SharePoint 2013 supported

    Beginning with the DevExpress 13.1 release, SharePoint 2013 is supported by all the DevExpress ASP.NET controls. Including the two SharePoint specific WebParts (List GridView and HtmlEditor):

    DevExpress ASP.NET SharePoint 2013 Web Parts

    New SharePoint 2013 features in 13.2

    We added support for SharePoint 2013 in the first release of 2013 (13.1). But we wanted to wait to announce it because we've added a lot more features in the 13.2 release:

    1. The new SharePoint 2013 Demo portal! - We completely redesigned this demo and the new site gives you a great example of DevExpress ASP.NET integrated into SharePoint 2013.
    2. Design time support - DevExpress ASP.NET controls fully support design time in SharePoint projects. See also: Visual Web Part Creation
    3. ASPxHtmlEditor and SPxHtmlEditorWebPart:
      1. Improved visual interface in the list pages
      2. Controls are hidden on SharePoint wiki pages
    4. SPxListViewWebPart - DevExpress ASP.NET GridView SharePoint WebPart:
      1. Document Library support - (Document libraries are collections of files that you can share with team members on a Web based on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. For example, you can create a library of common documents for a project, and team members can use their Web browsers to find the files, read them, and make comments. Users with Microsoft Office can check out and edit the files as if they resided on a local or network drive)
      2. Support SPFieldLookup - (A lookup field takes its value from a field in another list. The list that provides data for the lookup field is called the lookup list. To get a reference to the lookup list, access the SPFieldLookup object's LookupList property. To determine which field in the lookup list is providing information, access the LookupField property)
      3. Support SPChoiceField and SPFieldMultiChoice - (SPFieldChoice - allows you to select one or more values)
      4. Support SPFieldUser (Similar to SPFieldLookup)
      5. External Field Support (This column lets you combine a column of data from an external data source with other columns in a native list or library. Because an external data column is added to a native list or library, all related list or library features work, including versioning, approvals, check-in and check-out, and file attachments )
      6. New context menu with different access rights
      7. New web part settings panel
      8. Localization

    More Samples

    DevExpress ASP.NET and SharePoint 2013 - Display Form

    We've added even more great samples of DevExpress and SharePoint integration to show you what's possible:

    There's even more samples of DevExpress and SharePoint integration:

    Download Samples - Get any of the samples from the site directly and try it with your SharePoint portal (of course you'll need DevExpress ASP.NET products). And if you have any issues, please let our excellent support team know and they can help you.

    SharePoint 2010, MOSS 2007

    Starting with version 13.1 (v2013 vol 1), DevExpress ASP.NET controls only support SharePoint 2013.

    Why?

    DevExpress base/ASP.NET products migrated to .NET Framework v4+ with version 13.1 (v2013 vol 1). SharePoint versions prior to SharePoint 2013 are no longer supported (as of 13.1), because they require/operate under ASP.NET v2 (.NET v2) runtime.

    If you're using any of the following versions then you'll need to use DevExpress ASP.NET controls that prior versions of 13.1 (v2013 vol 1):

    • WSS 3.0
    • MOSS 2007
    • SharePoint 2010

    What's new in Microsoft SharePoint 2013?

    To learn what's new in Microsoft SharePoint 2013, I recommend the following resources:

    The new SharePoint.devexpress.com site is a fantastic example of how you can integrate any of the 90+ powerful DevExpress ASP.NET controls and SharePoint 2013 to provide a great experience for your end-users.

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  • ASP.NET: MVC 5 Support (What's new in 13.2)

    Great news for ASP.NET MVC developers: DevExpress MVC Extensions support ASP.NET MVC 5!

    The Microsoft ASP.NET team recently released the ASP.NET MVC 5 version of the framework. And the over 50 DevExpress MVC extensions are fully supported in ASP.NET MVC 5!

    Versions: 12.2.14, 13.1.9, and 13.2

    ASP.NET MVC 5 support is included with DevExpress versions 12.2.14, 13.1.9, and 13.2. However, the DevExpress MVC Wizard supports MVC 5 only in 13.1.9 and 13.2 versions of our library.

    New MVC 5 Assembly

    There's a new DevExpress.Web.Mvc5.v13.2 assembly. When using DevExpress MVC extensions with ASP.NET MVC 5, this new assembly is required. If you use the DevExpress wizard to generate a new MVC 5 project, it will automatically include this new reference.

    Why the new MVC 5 assembly?

    This is different than previous versions because ASP.NET MVC 5 introduced a breaking change: Currently, MVC 5 requires full trust. The official MVC 5 site specifies the required rule: “Remove any trust levels other than Full”.

    DevExpress MVC Advantages

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Extensions offer you many advantages when working with ASP.NET MVC, including:

    Over 50 extensions - Native MVC extensions that provide you functionality, beauty, and performance.

    File New Wizard - The DevExpress file project templates save you a lot of time when creating a new MVC project that will use DevExpress MVC extensions. Learn more here:

    Insert Extension Wizard - We've integrated a very useful wizard inside of Visual Studio that helps you to create new DevExpress MVC extensions, model bind them, and thus save you time. Check out this video to see it in action:

    And there's a ton of other great advantages like cross-browser support, beautiful themes, localization, and more. Learn more here.

    What's new in ASP.NET MVC 5?

    MVC 5 brings some interesting new features:

    • One ASP.NET
    • ASP.NET Identity
    • Bootstrap
    • Authentication filters
    • Filter overrides
    • Attribute routing

    Learn more about these features here: ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview Release Notes

    Helpful links

    Watch the DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Getting Started videos to see how easy and powerful they are:

    To learn more about Microsoft ASP.NET MVC 5:

    Thanks.

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  • ASP.NET: Spreadsheet Control (What's new in 13.2)

    Wait, what? An ASP.NET Spreadsheet control? Yes, it's true, DevExpress are introducing a new web-based spreadsheet control that provides all the features you'd expect: fast, powerful, with a beautiful functional user experience. Your users will believe they're actually editing their Excel files in their browser.

    Introducing Spreadsheet (Preview)

    We're introducing the new DevExpress ASP.NET Spreadsheet control as a preview in 13.2. And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here's an image of it in action:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Spreadsheet control

    We're releasing it as a special preview edition. Why? Because it's a big ambitious control that we're still perfecting. However, the new ASP.NET Spreadsheet control has enough of a feature set that we'd love for you to test drive and give us your feedback.

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Spreadsheet control is also known as the ASPxSpreadsheet control within Visual Studio and our documentation.

    Features

    The new ASP.NET Spreadsheet control ships with the following features:

    Automatically Generated UI

    This is, in my opinion, it's best feature. Easy as 1,2,3 (pun intended).
    1: Drag and drop the control on to your form.
    2. Add a line in the pageload to specifiy which excel file to edit.
    3. Run and get an instantly beautiful and functional excel user interface.

    Automated Formula Calculation Engine

    Formulas are one of the most commonly used features of spreadsheets. With ASPxSpreadsheet, you can easily insert and calculate formulas just like Microsoft Excel.

    A formula is a string expression that begins with an equal (=) sign and can contain constants, operators, cell references, functions, and names.

    However, it is a preview version. This means that not every feature is supported yet. For example, touch for mobile devices is not yet supported. Rest assured, that when the control is released, touch and other key DevExpress ASP.NET control features will be supported.

    Load, Save, & Open in Microsoft Excel

    The new DevExpress ASP.NET Spreadsheet control is powerful. Just consider this workflow that the ASPxSpreadsheet control provides for an end-user:

    1. Load a Microsoft Excel file from your website.
    2. Modify it on your website.
    3. Save the changes and download it locally.
    4. Open and keep working in Microsoft Excel.

    Built-in Spreadsheet Functions

    The ASPxSpreadsheet's built-in functions cover a wide range of categories - from basic mathematical operations, such as simple addition and subtraction, to complex engineering and statistical calculations. This can meet even the most demanding requirements. The provided function categories include:

    • Financial
    • Statistical
    • Engineering
    • Logical
    • Text
    • Date & Time
    • Lookup & Reference
    • Math & Trig
    • Informational

    The built-in functions are listed within the Formulas tab of the ASPxSpreadsheet's automatically generated Ribbon. In this tab, functions are divided into groups for easy access.

    Cell References and Formatting

    A formula can contain references to other cells or cell ranges within the same or different worksheets. The following references are supported:

    • Relative, Absolute and Mixed References
    • Cross-Worksheet References
    • 3D References
    • Structured References
    • External References

    Data Merging

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Spreadsheet control allows you merge data by using a spreadsheet template that is loaded into the ASPxSpreadsheet and programmatically populated with data taken from an xml file. The template presents the predefined report layout and contains specific aggregation formulas. The data is retrieved from an xml file and merged with the corresponding worksheet cells into an integrated report. As a result, a worksheet represents a complete report calculated automatically.

    Charting

    Charts are used in spreadsheets to make it easier to understand large quantities of data by visualizing the relationship between different data series.

    The ASP.NET Spreadsheet allows you to easily insert a professional-looking chart that displays the details you want. A comprehensive set of 2D and 3D charts is provided to address a broad range of business needs with ease.

    To create a chart, select a series of data within a worksheet and click on the required chart type within the user interface Ribbon's Insert tab. The data can be arranged in rows or columns - the ASP.NET Spreadsheet automatically determines the best way to plot the data on the chart. For plotting charts, the ASP.NET Spreadsheet uses the powerful charting functionality of the DevExpress ASP.NET Chart Control.

    You can move a chart to any location on a worksheet by dragging the chart. You can also change the size of the chart for a better fit.

    Pictures

    The ASP.NET Spreadsheet allows you to insert pictures into a worksheet. Pictures might help you illustrate your data or decorate a data report with graphics.

    Worksheet Management

    The ASP.NET Spreadsheet allows you to populate a worksheet programmatically. The API of the IWorkbook object (accessed via the ASPxSpreadsheet.Document) is used to create data within cells and to perform the required calculations.

    Large Excel Files Support

    The ASP.NET Spreadsheet control provide Virtual Scrolling of the rows that let's you load a large excel file and easily navigate through it without making your user interface feel sluggish. And it provides this using the callbacks so your end-users won't experience full page refreshes. This feature is similar to the DevExpress ASPxGridView's Virtual Scrolling.

    Responsive UI

    The new ASP.NET Spreadsheet control is also responsive! This means that once you set the Width to 100%, then the Spreadsheet control will resize with your browser. And the Ribbon control inside of the Spreadsheet control will expand and collapse as necessary. Take a look at the new Ribbon control here.

    ASP.NET MVC - Planned

    ASP.NET MVC support is planned and will appear in a later major release.

    A Great Ribbon UI Toolbar

    Microsoft Excel makes great use of the Ribbon control. And because we've introduced the DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control, we've also incorporated this into the ASP.NET Spreadsheet control. This gives you the native look and feel of Microsoft Excel but with wide reach of the web because it can run on multiple browsers and it supports touch for mobile tablets too!

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  • ASP.NET MVC: 7 New Extensions! (What's new in 13.2)

    Check out the 7 new ASP.NET MVC extensions that we're introducing in the next major release, 13.2:

    1. FormLayout

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC FormLayout extension delivers a comprehensive form design feature set. Use the FormLayout to easily create form layouts of any complexity by combining the order and hierarchy of the provided layout elements. To create a well-designed form capable of editing Model class instances, simply add the FormLayout to the View and bind its layout item to the Model class fields.

    Much like the DevExpress ASP.NET WebForms Layout engine, this new MVC extension supports the following features:

    • Data Binding
    • Seamless Integration with DevExpress Data Editors
    • Support for Third-Party Components
    • Help Text Rendering
    • Tab and Group Box Containers

    2. Grid Lookup

    A highly requested extension will now be available in 13.2. The GridLookup editor combines the functionality of the DevExpress DropDownEdit and GridView extensions for ASP.NET MVC to allow end-users to easily select values from a drop-down grid containing lookup items. The GridView extension is seamlessly embedded into the editor's drop-down window, providing the editor with a powerful customizable data-processing and data-representation functionality.

    Like the DevExpress ASP.NET AJAX Grid Lookup, this new MVC extension supports the following features:

    • Multiple record selection
    • Advanced filtering options
    • Binding to large Datasets
    • Support for item templates

    3. ImageGallery

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC ImageGallery extension displays image collections using a tabular layout with dynamic layout adaptation, an integrated pager and a built-in image slider.

    • Loads images from a folder
    • Automatic thumbnail generation
    • Touch gesture support
    • Responsive layout
    • Endless paging support - more images are loaded when scrolling the page or by clicking the 'Show more items' button
    • Template support

    4. Rating

    The RatingControl extension is used to visualize end-user ratings. It also provides end-users with an intuitive interface to rate content by allowing them to select item images ("stars" by default) that represent the user’s rating.

    This new MVC extension replicates the features of its WebForms counterpart and includes the following options:

    • Customizable titles for each extension item
    • Customizable number of items (stars)
    • Customizable item fill if the extension value is a fractional value
    • Customizable item images
    • Read-only mode support

    5. TokenBox

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Token Box editor provides the ability to auto complete values from a predefined list. An end-user can select a value from the dropdown window list or type it manually.

    6. Ribbon Control

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Ribbon extension helps you introduce the look, feel and behavior of a ribbon based UI in your application.

    Learn more here.

    7. Custom Color Picker

    Ok, this is technically not a new MVC extension but we've added some great new functionality to it. And seven is a much better number than six. :)

    The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC ColorEdit extension allows end-users to set a color of web elements with ease. You can type the value directly into the editor's text box, select a color from the color palette in the editor's dropdown window, or use the optional color picker to select a custom color. End-users can specify colors by typing directly within the edit box by using longhand or shorthand hexadecimal notation (HEX) for RGB color values (#f0f, #D8D8D8, etc.), or by using standard HTML color names ("red", "green", etc.), which are then automatically converted to color codes.

    Best MVC Suite

    DevExpress offers over 50 MVC Extensions now. These native ASP.NET MVC extensions help you deliver a beautiful and functional user interface for you ASP.NET MVC websites.

    Download a free and fully-functional version now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • ASP.NET WebForms and MVC: Ribbon Control (What's new in 13.2)

    Check out the new DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control for WebForms and MVC in the upcoming 13.2 release:

    Ribbon History

    The Ribbon metaphor was popularized by Microsoft when they included it with the release of Office 2007:

    With the release of Microsoft Office 2007 came the "Fluent User Interface" or "Fluent UI", which replaced menus and customizable toolbars with a single "Office menu", a miniature toolbar known as "quick-access toolbar" and what came to be known as the ribbon: Multiple tabs, each holding a toolbar bearing buttons and occasionally other controls. -Wikipedia

    And DevExpress customers have been requesting a web version for many releases now. I'm happy to tell you that the new DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control delivers a stunning UI and great functionality that you'd find in a rich Ribbon control.

    It's Responsive!

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control is responsive:

    Responsive - DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon Control

    In the animated gif above, the ribbon is covered by ASPxPopupControl to demonstrate the ribbon responsive layout.

    Features 

    And, you can also set up these properties:

    - AllowMinimize – specifies whether or not a ribbon control can be minimized. When this functionality is disabled, the minimize button is not displayed.
    - ShowFileTab – specifies the file tab visibility.
    - ShowTabs – specifies the tab header visibility.
    - ShowGroupLabels – specifies the group label visibility.

    Adaptive Layout support

    DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon - Adaptive layout

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon also provides an adaptive layout functionality. When a ribbon control has insufficient space to display all its items, groups with more than one item are collapsed, and each collapsed group displays an expand button.

    Ribbon w/ Moderno Theme

    And the new Ribbon control looks great in the newest DevExpress theme: Moderno.

    DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon Control in Moderno Theme

    Data Binding

    Data Binding - DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control can be populated with information taken from a data source using the DataSourceID or DataSource property. While binding, the control automatically creates tabs, groups and items; and retrieves their property values from the corresponding data items.

    You can specify the data source fields to which the tabs, groups and items properties are mapped using the TabDataFields, GroupDataFields, and ItemDataFields properties, respectively.

    Additionally, ASPxRibbon provides specific events related to data binding that can be handled according to your application logic.

    - TabDataBound – allows you to customize the settings of an individual tab immediately after it is bound to data.
    - GroupDataBound – allows you to customize the settings of an individual group immediately after it is bound to data.
    - ItemDataBound – allows you to customize the settings of an individual item immediately after it is bound to data.
    - DataBound – occurs after the control data binding is complete, and allows you to customize the control.

    Templates

    DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon - Templates

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon (ASPxRibbon) control also supports ASP.NET templates which allow you to customize a control's appearance and layout. You can create templates for two elements: file tab (FileTabTemplate) and item (Template).

    In the image above, the FileTabTemplate property is used to replace tab text with an arrow image that invokes a popup menu.

    Menu Emulation

    This example demonstrates how the ASPxRibbon control can be customized to implement the look and feel of a menu. For this purpose, all items are displayed large in size (the Size property is set to Large). The following properties are used to hide ribbon elements.

    - ShowFileTab – specifies the file tab visibility.
    - ShowTabs – specifies the tab header visibility.
    - ShowGroupLabels – specifies the group label visibility.

    Client-Side Events

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Ribbon control provides you advanced client-side event support. Client-side events are triggered in response to specific actions or events on the client. You can create client-side code for the following events:

    - ActiveTabChanged – fires after the active tab is changed.
    - FileTabClicked – fires after a file tab is clicked.
    - CommandExecuted – occurs after an action is executed on a ribbon item (e.g., an end-user clicks a button or changes an editor value).
    - Init – occurs on the client side after the control is initialized, but prior to its display in the browser.
    - MinimizationStateChanged – occurs when the ribbon minimization state is changed.

    Available for WebForms & MVC!

    The new ASP.NET Ribbon is available as a WebForms control:

    Ribbon for ASP.NET WebForms

    And as a native ASP.NET MVC extension:

    Ribbon for ASP.NET MVC

    Thanks!

  • ASP.NET: Moderno Theme (What's New in 13.2)

    A stunning new ASP.NET theme is coming out in the next major DevExpress release, 13.2:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Theme - Moderno

    Moderno – Light & Sexy

    This new theme is sexy. Yes, there I said it. It’s a sexy theme that feels light and fast.

    What’s with the name?

    We named it Moderno because it uses modern CSS3 techniques to draw many of the elements. And also because it has a clean modern look like our Metropolis themes.

    CSS3 – Less Images

    CSS3 is the latest standard for CSS which provides benefits over older versions.

    Benefits like borders, the ability to create rounded corners without images. Drawing boxes and shadows. With the other themes that do not use CSS3, we use images to draw many of those same great UI elements. Learn more here.

    The new Moderno theme takes advantage of CSS3 to provide a clean, beautiful, and light theme.

    More Padding

    The padding sizes are bigger in Moderno so that the theme looks great on mobile devices too. And DevExpress ASP.NET controls have supported touch on mobile devices since 2011.

    Check out the DevExpress ASP.NET GridView in Moderno:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Theme - Moderno - GridView

    I’m a big fan of this theme. And once you try it on your web projects then you will be too.

    When only the best will do.

    From interactive Desktop applications, to immersive Web and Mobile solutions, development tools built to meet your needs today and ensure your continued success tomorrow.

    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.

    Download a free and fully-functional version now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • ASP.NET: Icon Library (What’s New in 13.2)

    Check out the slick new set of icons that we’re including for you in the next major release, 13.2:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Icon Library

    A new ASP.NET Icon Library is available for you to use with DevExpress ASP.NET controls.

    Easy Setup with IconID

    And, it’s integrated directly with our controls so you can easily choose and setup the icons. We’ve added the IconID property to many of our controls. For example, here’s the DevExpress ASP.NET Navigation bar control with the Items.Image.IconID property:

    iconid

    When the dropdown for the IconID is clicked, an editor dialog is displayed where you can easily choose an icon.

    The IconID property is available for all images in our controls because we’ve added it the ImageProperties class.

    Also, if an image is supposed to be disabled and you use the IconID, the disabled icon will be shown automatically when needed.

    Pro Icons: Sizes & Color

    The set of icons are professionally designed and we’ve pulled them from our fantastic and popular set of WinForms controls.

    The icons available in two sizes: 16x16 or 32x32

    And they’re available in color and gray scaled.

    DevExpress ASP.NET Icon Library All

    Look for the new Icon library and the IconID property in the next major release, 13.2, thanks!

    When only the best will do.

    From interactive Desktop applications, to immersive Web and Mobile solutions, development tools built to meet your needs today and ensure your continued success tomorrow.

    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.

    Download a free and fully-functional version now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Join DevExpress @ free LA Code Camp on November 9th & 10th

    Here’s 4 good reasons to go to the SocalCodeCamp at the University of Southern California (USC) campus this weekend:

    1. It’s free!
    2. Learn new technologies from lots of great sessions, including my 2 sessions listed below. Smile
    3. The DevExpress crew will be there so come drop by our table to say Hi.
    4. Free candy!! Yes, we’ve some got some goodies left over from Halloween.

    DevExpress is happy to sponsor this event, which will help you learn about new technologies and meet fellow developers.

    Directions/Logistics: Code Camp Los Angeles, November 9th & 10th @ USC

    My Sessions

    There’s ton’s of sessions but be sure to come by the 2 talks that I’m giving on Saturday morning:

    Easy/Robust/True cross-browser web testing with TestCafé

    Mehul Harry

    8:45 AM - Saturday, November 09, 2013

    Testing | Mobile | HTML5

    Location: WPH 206

    Come check out how you can run functional tests in any browser that supports HTML5. Run tests on remote computers, mobile devices, multiple browsers, multiple machines in parallel, and even tests in the background. And, you can write the tests in JavaScript. It even runs on different operating systems: Windows, Linux, or Mac machines.

    Write once, deploy to multiple mobile platforms

    Mehul Harry

    10:00 AM - Saturday, November 09, 2013

    Mobile | JavaScript | HTML5

    Location: WPH 206

    Creating mobile apps is tough enough. Now try supporting a native look and feel for the top mobile platforms (iOS, Andorid, Windows 8). This session will show you how HTML5 and JavaScript can create cross-platform and native-style apps with ease. You'll see PhoneJS, ChartJS, and PhoneGap in action.

    Come by my session if you want to see some of the slick new HTML5 technologies and products that DevExpress has been working on. Also, I’d love to meet you in person and get your thoughts on our new products.

    Details

    Here’s some details that you’ll find useful:

    SATURDAY:  Day 1 of 2  (November 9, 2013)
    Address to USC for those that are using GPS is:  (please use this address with the zip code and not the address from the usc website. it will take you to a mailbox on the other side of campus)
    639 W. 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089
    I've attached the map of USC which shows the gate, parking lot, classrooms and registration area for Code Camp. 
    Entrance Gate:  Enter through Gate 5 off of Jefferson Blvd and McClintock Ave.   
    (If you're coming from downtown, drive south on Figueroa Street and Turn RIGHT on Jefferson Blvd.  Turn LEFT on McClintock Ave into Gate 5)
    Suggestion:  Buy a 2 day parking pass so you can bypass the line on Sunday.  Park in Parking Structure A and follow the signs (map to the registration area)

    Set up for registration - 7:30 AM
    We suggest arriving by 7:30 AM to set up and "meet and greet" with attendees during registration and prior to the kick off meeting. 
    We will have tables and chairs ready for you near the registration area.  We will also have coffee and donuts for the early birds.
    Saturday Lunch – 11:30 AM
    Lunch will be provided by our generous sponsors so no need to leave campus.

    Geek Dinner: 6:00 PM
    Geek dinner is a hosted event for attendees of code camp and special guests. 
    This will be held at Casey's Irish Bar and Grill.  There is parking available half a block for $7 after 5 PM.  These open lots are MUCH cheaper than parking in the office building space. 
    Look for the green awning and walk downstairs for dinner, drinks and socializing with attendees, speakers and sponsors.  

    Casey's Irish Bar and Grill
    613 S. Grand Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    SUNDAY: Day 2 of 2 (November 10, 2013)
    Parking and Gate entrance is the same as Saturday.

    Set up for registration - 7:30 AM
    We suggest arriving by 7:30 AM to set up and "meet and greet" with attendees during registration and prior to the kick off meeting. 
    We will have tables and chairs ready for you near the registration area.

    Sunday Lunch – 11:30 AM
    Sunday lunch will be provided by our generous sponsors.
    Final Session will end at 4:30 PM on Sunday.  Followed by raffle and giveaways. 

    When only the best will do.

    From interactive Desktop applications, to immersive Web and Mobile solutions, development tools built to meet your needs today and ensure your continued success tomorrow.

    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.

    Download a free and fully-functional version now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

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