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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/

  • Performance Improvements for ASP.NET Page and Tab Controls (coming soon in v2010 vol 2)

    ASPNET Page and Tab Controls with Semantic RenderBoth of the ASP.NET Page and Tab Controls are getting performance improvements in the next release, DXperience v2010 volume 2.

    We changed the rendering of our ASP.NET Page and Tab controls. These controls now use semantic rendering. And combined with advanced CSS styles results in a significant decrease of HTML output, improved performance and a reduction in the server’s workload.

    Semantic Render Advantages

    The primary advantages of using Semantic HTML Rendering are:

    • Performance is increased because the amount of HTML output is reduced.
    • Accessibility is improved because screen readers understand semantic HTML.
    • SEO is improved because search engines prefer semantic HTML.

    New RenderMode Property

    A new property, called RenderMode, has been added to support Semantic rendering. The property allows you to choose between:

    • Classic – by default. The control uses rendering based on tables.
    • Lightweight – The control uses the new rendering based on divs and lists HTML elements. Therefore, the control generates semantic and lightweight HTML code.

    Performance

    We ran some performance tests to compare the 2 rendering modes and here’s the improvement numbers:

    Page_Performance

    Test notes: Test was performed in Internet Explorer with the default theme with 7 empty tabs in both Page and Tab controls.

    DXperience v2010 vol 2 Release

    This upgrade is part of the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release which should be out in a few weeks.

    This ASP.NET Page and Tab control performance enhancement is another in the some of the performance features we’ve added with each release.

    Are you excited about the improved performance of the ASP.NET tab and page control? 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/

  • Video Interview with Jeff Atwood aka CodingHorror.com

    Check out this great video interview with the Jeff Atwood who writes the fantastic blog at codinghorror.com:

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    Jeff was kind enough to sit down after his session at the 2010 Silicon Valley CodeCamp. The video is filled with some great quotes like this one:

    If you can’t come up with at least one interesting thing to talk about every day, you’re not trying hard enough! The world is just full of fascinating stuff. – Jeff Atwood

    To understand the context of that statement and hear more, watch the video. In it, Jeff discusses:

    • his popular blog CodingHorror.com
    • StackOverflow.com - his business venture w/Joel Spolsky
    • the tyvek wallet
    • why continual learning is important
    • his internet fame
    • StackOverflow
      • Issues and the other related sites
      • What made StackOverflow so popular?
      • Site is more popular than his and Joel’s blogs
    • His HTML 5 talk
      • HTML 5 local storage
      • Safari and browser cookies issue
    • Responsible advertising
      - Yes, DevExpress advertises on StackOverflow :)
    • Other HTML 5 use cases
    • Advertising and user experience
    • Mobile browsers
      • Why is it’s hard to fully support mobile browser for StackOverflow?
    • Where does his blog ideas come from?
      • Communities and subcultures FTW!
      • He's a google fanatic
      • Internet rubber necking

    If you’d like to reach him then contact him via:

    Thanks Jeff!

    I recommend you watch the video then check out his work at codinghorror.com and stackoverflow.com.

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    Build Your Best - Without Limits or Compromise

    Try the DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Extensions online now: http://mvc.devexpress.com

    Read the latest news about DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Extensions

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

  • ASP.NET File Manager w/Upload Support - New Control (coming soon in v2010 vol 2)

    The ASPxFileManager control is available now. Download it now and enjoy.

    Check out the new ASP.NET File Manager control coming soon in the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release. This new control allows your end-users to browse, manage and upload files to your web server:

    ASPNET_File_Manager_Demo

    ASP.NET File Manager and Explorer

    The new control is called the ASPxFileManager and it gives you file manager and explorer like capabilities in your ASP.NET websites. 

    Simply pick a sub-folder that you'd like to allow your end-users access to in your website. Then your end-users can manage those files and folders themselves.

    ASP.NET  HTML Editor Visual Image Selector

    The ASPxFileManager was created to address the need for a visual image selector for our ASP.NET HTML Editor, the ASPxHtmlEditor.

    Features - Manage Files, Folders & Upload!

    The ASP.NET File Manager controls gives you these great features built-in:

    • Display folders and files structure (like a TreeView)
    • File list is updated using Ajax Callbacks
    • Customizable layout (based on the Splitter control)
    • Create, rename, move, delete folders using internal toolbar
    • Rename, move, delete files using internal toolbar
    • Upload files using internal upload control
    • Search files using internal input field
    • Capability to select a file
    • Keyboard support

    New Control

    The new ASPxFileManager control will be part of the ASPxperience Suite in the DXperience v2010 volume 2 release.

     

    Are you looking forward to this powerful and versatile ASP.NET file manager control? 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/

  • Video Interview w/jQuery team member Jonathan Sharp from HDC 2010

    Check out this video interview with jQuery team member, Jonathan Sharp:

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    I met Jonathan at the recent Heartland Developers Conference 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. In the video, Jonathan and I discuss:

    • His HTML 5 keynote at the Heartland’s conference
    • Leveraging HTML 5
    • What does HTML 5 mean for ASP.NET devs?
    • How did the jQuery and Microsoft relationship began?
    • Why is HTML5 important to learn?
      • Browser vendor unity
    • When is HTML 5 going to take over?
    • HTML 5 adoption time frame?
    • Cool HTML 5 features
    • HTML 5 experience vs Adobe Flash on the iPhone
    • Resources to learn more about HTML 5
    • jQuery on mobile devices

    Jonathan is the President of appendTo and works with some smart devs like Elijah Manor. You can find him on twitter at http://twitter.com/jdsharp.

    Thanks Jonathan!

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    Read the latest news about DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Extensions

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

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