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  • Video: Zen Coding - Free CodeRush Plugin

    Check out this new CodeRush plugin from Rory Becker that helps you write HTML faster.

    After Rory and I saw the ‘Zen Coding’ editor plugin, we wondered if it’s possible to get that functionality from CodeRush in Visual Studio. So Rory used his awesome CodeRush plugin skills and created the DX_ZenCoding plugin.

    Watch the CodeRush Zen Coding plugin video here:

    Video: CodeRush Zen Coding plugin

    Free

    The DX_ZenCoding plugin and other 3rd party CodeRush plugins that Rory and others have created are free!

    Download – Install – Feedback

    Download the DX_ZenCoding plugin from these links:

    Be sure to give Rory feedback on how you’d like to see this plug-in grow.

    Thanks Rory!

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  • SQL Sentry–Powerful SQL Server Tool Leverages DevExpress WinForms - Video Case Study

    Check out this slick SQL tool from SQL Sentry that leverage many of the DevExpress WinForms controls.

    SQL Server Monitoring, Performance, & More

    Jason Hall from SQL Sentry demos the products and also shows which DevExpress products have helped them get that nice user interface:

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    Best Of DevConnections

    I met the team from SQL Sentry at the recent DevConnections 2010 conference. They’re very nice and smart bunch who went out of their way to say ‘Thank You’ for helping them win one of the DevConnections awards.

    Wow! Thank YOU SQL Sentry for the choosing DevExpress and showing us your awesome SQL tool.

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    Watch the video demonstration with Jason Hall from SQL Sentry. Then drop me a line below with your thoughts on this tool.

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Watch The 'Ask DevExpress' Webinar Online And Help Answer One Question

    The ‘Ask DevExpress’ Webinar is over and I want to thank you for attending and asking great questions.

    Watch the recorded version of the ‘Ask DevExpress’ webinar here:

    WatchDevExpressWebinar

     

    What Are Your Plans?

    In the webinar the DevExpress President, Ray, was on hand to answer your questions and concerns.

    Now he’s got one question for you that will help you and DevExpress better plan for the future:

    What are your development plans?

    Therefore, what technologies, challenges and plans do you face?

    Share with him directly by emailing him at: RayN@devexpress.com

    And thank you for your support!

     

    Register For Future Ask Webinars

    Keep an eye for these future webinars which will also include DevExpress management and team leads:

    Register for upcoming Webinars

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • How To Create A Google Like Captcha Control In ASP.NET

    Want to get that same great look that Google’s Captcha has? Check out how easy it is to set up the ASPxCaptcha control to get that same look and feel:

    ASP.NET Captcha - Google Style

    How?

    Here’s 3 easy steps for the ASPxCaptcha:

    1. Set a CodeLength property to 10
    2. Set the ChallengeImage's BackgroundColor property to 'Transparent'
    3. Set the ChallengeImage's ForegroundColor property to '#43B468' (you can also dynamically change the ForegroundColor on PageLoad to get different text colors just like in Google's Captcha).

    Here’s the ASPX markup:

    <dx:ASPxCaptcha ID="captcha" runat="server" CodeLength="10">
        <ChallengeImage ForegroundColor="#43B468" BackgroundColor="Transparent" BorderWidth="0">
        </ChallengeImage>
    </dx:ASPxCaptcha>

    Customer Request

    One of the readers of this blog, John, emailed me and asked:

    Mehul, In your blog re ASPxCaptcha, you show the green Captcha characters similar to Google's version. How did you do that? Would like to try it. Thanks, John

    Thanks for the question John! I’m sure this post will help others too.

    Appearance and Customization

    The ASPxCaptcha is made of 3 key functional sub-elements:

    1. ChallengeImage – An image displayed to the user
    2. RefreshButton – A button to change the image and generate a new code (in case it’s too difficult for the user)
    3. TextBox – To enter the code displayed in the ChallengeImage

    Each functional element has a wide range of properties for customization.

    CodeRush’s Helpful ColorPicker

    Here’s another reason CodeRush is super helpful in ASP.NET.

    The handy new Color dialog in CodeRush which pops up a dialog that let’s you choose your own color:

    CodeRush Color Dialog

     

    Part of ASPxEditors Suite

    The ASPxCaptcha control is part of the ASPxEditors Suite which comes with either:

     

    Try the Google look with your ASPxCaptcha. Then drop me a line below with your thoughts. Thanks!

     

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  • Don’t Miss This Webinar! - Ask The DevExpress Teams Anything!

    Don’t miss the ‘Ask DevExpress’ webinar coming soon in less than 24 hours!

    Ask Management & Team Leads

    Ask the DevExpress management and team leads anything you want to directly on the webinar. And I mean anything!

    Amanda will be hosting and all the important people in the company will have your undivided attention.

    So register now:

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    I’ll be on the call and I hope to see you on there as well.

    Thanks!

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Video: Tim Heuer - Silverlight is not dead - DevConnections 2010

    Check out this video with one of Microsoft’s Silverlight Program Managers, Tim Heuer.

    Recently, there’s been some confusion about the future of Silverlight. In fact, Julian our CTO, has an interesting post that generated a lot of feedback.

    So I caught up with Tim at DevConnections and he was kind enough to help clear up the confusion about Silverlight and discuss some other topics:

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    YouTube versions here: Part 1 and Part 2

    In the video, Tim discusses:

    Thanks Tim!

    Watch the video, then drop me a line below on your thoughts about Silverlight vs HTML 5.

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Video: Steve Evans on Cloud Computing and Networking For Developers

    Check out this video with Directory Services MVP, Steve Evans.

    I met Steve at the recent Silicon Valley Code Camp and asked him to talk about the IT Pro side of development:

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    Watch the video to hear Steve discuss:

    • His talks on networking which cover:
      • Name Resolution
      • Port Connectivity – telnet, nmap
      • Packet Tracing
    • Is IPv6 here yet?
      • What services rely on IPv6
    • IIS For Developers
      • IIS 7.5 UI
      • Why is the ASP.NET runtime no longer installed by default?
      • Security improvements in IIS
      • Should devs use IIS during development?
    • Cloud computing
      • Amazon vs Microsoft Azure
      • Cost model and differences
    • He’s a smart IT Pro
      • But not a hardware geek!?!

    Thanks Steve!

    Learn more about Steve on his website: serktools.com

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  • Thank You - DevExpress Wins 7 Readers Choice Awards

    Thank you for voting in this year’s Visual Studio Magazine (VSM) Reader's Choice awards. The results were published earlier today and we are proud to announce that with your support, DevExpress completely dominated the awards.

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    To quote Visual Studio Magazine:

    This year saw the addition of several component categories, reflecting increased activity in Silverlight and RIA development, mapping and GIS, and a number of other areas. We also added categories reflecting the increasing use of tools for team-based and data-centric development. The goal is simple: To recognize the tools and components that are important to developers today and will remain vitally important going forward.

    A few clear winners emerged from our balloting this year, most notably Developer Express, which hauled in seven Readers Choice Awards. Like other successful component makers, Developer Express has expanded beyond components, with tools like CodeRush and eXpress App Framework.

    We’re humbled and want to extend our deepest thanks to all of our loyal customers.

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

     

  • ASP.NET HTML Editor - Improved Toolbar (coming soon in v2010 vol 2)

    The ASP.NET HTML Editor, ASPxHtmlEditor, has improved it’s toolbar items list in the Item Editor Dialog.

    To see the issue, let’s first take a look at the Items Editor dialog from the previous version 2010 volume 1:

    10. 1Html Editor Items Editor Dialog

    In the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release, you’ll have a simpler dialog. The DevExpress ASP.NET team has abstracted and simplified the Item Editor’s dialog to look like this:

    10.2 Html Editor Items Editor Dialog

    Specific items are properly nested under their categories and easier to find:

    10.2 Html Editor Items Editor Dialog

     

    Details Matter

    These user interface enhancements will help you at design time to speed up development because you not need to search through the items list as much.

     

    The enhanced ASP.NET HTML Editor’s Item Editor dialog is part of the upcoming DXperience v2010 volume 2 release. Are you looking forward to this enhancement? Drop me a line below with your thoughts. Thanks!

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  • ASP.NET HTML Editor Performance Improvements (coming soon in v2010 vol 2)

    PerformanceCheck out these performance upgrades to the DevExpress ASP.NET HTML Editor, ASPxHtmlEditor. These ASPxHtmlEditor improvements will be part of the next major release, DXperience v2010 volume 2.

    Performance Improvements

    Smaller HTML Render Size

    • The ASPxHtmlEditor's render size is reduced because it now uses a lightweight menu for the toolbars.
    • Also optimized is the embedded Spell Checker. It now loads on demand.

    How much faster is that? Take look at the difference from the previous version. That is nearly a 42% increase!

    ASPNET Editor Performance

    Scripts Optimized

    The JavaScript files have also been optimized for initialization. This means:

    • The loading time is now reduced
    • Height corrections during loading are less noticeable
    • Percentage width/height evaluation - The editor's size is evaluated faster during loading and browser window sizing if the width and/or height is set in percent (e.g. Width="100%")

    Embedded Forms In Assembly

    The ASP.NET HTML Editor and Spell Checker now embed forms, in a pre-compiled state, within their respective assemblies. You no longer have to copy the forms in your website now.

    This change is result from customer feedback because most customers do not want to customize forms and therefore do not need to have a copy of them.

    The change means:

    • Faster design-time opening (because forms don't extract to the website automatically)
    • And faster page loading (because forms shouldn't be compiled by the ASP.NET in the runtime)

    Smart Tag Help

    To help you customize forms, we've provided a Smart Tag help in design-time that extracts the forms to your website.

    SettingsForms Property Block

    Oh, the ASP.NET team has also created a Settings block for the ASPxHtmlEditor and ASPxSpellChecker. It’s called the SettingsForms and it allows you to set custom Form paths. The SettingsForms allows you to have different customized forms for different ASPxHtmlEditor and ASPxSpellChecker instances now.

     

    Are you looking forward to the ASPxHtmlEditor Suite improvements? Drop me a line below with your thoughts. Thanks!

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    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. 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. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

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