Doing the Timewarp

02 July 2008

I know, I know. You're anxiously awaiting the DXperience v2008 vol.2 beta and all we seem to be doing is releasing new minor releases of v2008 vol.1. [UPDATE: Thu 3-Jul, 6am Mountain time - v2008.1.6 has just been released.]

A bit of background: there was an issue with editing in the ASPxGridView. In essence the wrong values were passed to the server on clicking Update in a particular situation (a detail grid being embedded in an EditFormTemplate). This was pretty much a major issue that had to get fixed as soon as possible.

Rather than cobbling together a quick hack just to get this bug out of the way, the guys on the ASP.NET grid team decided to generalize the whole editing methodology and in the process were able to fix several similar bugs at the same time. Life, as they say, was good. Version 2008.1.5 was prepared and released.

Unfortunately, a new bug had crept in. In essence, we didn't have a test case or even a demo with an editable grid and the auto filter row enabled. The old method of getting the edited values didn't interfere with the AutoFilterRow (or vice-versa), but the new code did. The team quickly issued a Javascript fix that would work around the issue, but everyone felt that it fell into the "cobbling a quick hack" category and that we really should issue a new minor version, 2008.1.6, that really fixed the problem. So that's what we are going to do.

We are currently in the final stages of testing DXperience 2008.1.6 and it should be released within the next 24 hours. The team is, shall we say, paying special attention to testing the new editing implementation.

v2008 vol.2 beta is ready to go. The testing of the major release, at least prior to this change, has been completed. Once we've released 2008.1.6, we'll complete the merging and testing of this new editing implementation and then release. Given that it's now Wednesday and Friday is a holiday (at least in the US), I would have to estimate that the beta for v2008 vol.2 won't be released until early next week.

So, hang in there as we get all this done :).  We're trying to get you the most stable product without it containing a bunch of temporary hacks.

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Dr. Holger Flick
Dr. Holger Flick

I like that you take the time to report about things like this. It also gives me the impression that even if you plan to release the "cool new stuff", you still take care of the versions that are already out first. I had a (brief) encounter with another German software company which totally forgot about their existing customers when a service plan was acquired. It took over 3 weeks until an email was replied to, even with service plan. I complained and was told that work on the new version was priotized. Ironically, they emailed me last week why I had not subscribed to their support plan for another year.

Very good to know, you deal with this differently.

2 July 2008

Hmm...I wonder if the suite and winforms suite should be separated into their own installers some day (for full suite subscribers)?  To fix something on the web side we have to in turn update our winforms projects.  It would also ease the bandwidth and for those with slower connections just to get the fix they don't need monster downloads.  As a DXp Ent customer I would hope to see four installs:

1) DXp Winforms


3) DXp Full Suite Install

4) DXp server install (all files needed on the web server)

2 July 2008

Thanks for the update.  This information is critical to us in the trenches.  1.6 looks like it may fix an error I started to encounter today.

2 July 2008
Geoff Davis
Geoff Davis

'Holidays!', I say 'Holidays!'... What's that then? Is it a new term for working from home? :-)

3 July 2008
Erik Van Boven
Erik Van Boven

Well, these things happen.

Thanks for the quick fix. Your support is great!

3 July 2008
Corrado Gualandris
Corrado Gualandris

please, and I repeat PLEASE, do NOT act like microsoft !!!

that deliver bugged stuff just because he has to release something.

I think, I really think, it's mutsh better to have a well tested release a few weeks later than a "to be patched" version a week before.

We already have a great product and your support is good as well.

SO... take your time to test version before delivery,

AND PLEASE take time to provide us MUCH MORE SAMPLES

they are REALLY usefull.

thanks 4 all. Bye.


4 July 2008

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