News about Windows controls, particularly the WinForms data grid

21 January 2009

More news form the DevExpress Annual Summit, where we’ve been discussing the WinForms controls. (To be exact, I’m not including the Frameworks, nor charting or reporting in this.)

As I’ve hinted at before, we’ve been making some great strides in implementing a whole slew of minor, yet important, suggestions provided by you, our loyal customers. This will be the major theme for v2009 vol 1: fit and finish, stability, polishing off items the TBD list, and so on.

Date Filtering in XtraGrid 9.1 The XtraGrid is probably the largest recipient of all of this feature love. The team has implemented some great functionality, which we were introduced to in a quick demo. The nicest new bit of UI was for filtering a date column: In the current version the is accomplished with a long list of dates, which you’ll readily admit is an awful way to allow end-users to select a date or a range of dates. For v2009 vol 1 this has been replaced with a pop up that looks like the pop up you get in Windows Explorer when you are trying filter on a date. You get a calendar control and you get a set of simple quick options (“today”, “yesterday”, “last week” and so on so forth). A great boost to the user experience.

For the remainder of the year, we’ve also decided to concentrate on user feedback, especially your suggestions, and solving those. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be any new major pieces of functionality, but that we’re not ready to talk about them at the moment. We have several paths to follow: the aforementioned user feedback, improving the interoperability with our own XAF product, improving the usability of the controls (one of Mark Miller’s tasks at the moment is a review of our own controls for usability issues), and so on.

Stay tuned.

10 comment(s)
Linton

Looks good. I like the "A long time ago..." option. I'm hoping this indicates that these time-frames can be defined via code: For example, I'd need "Next Quarter", "Fiscal Year to Date", etc.

21 January, 2009
Crono

That is SO great!

21 January, 2009
Neal

Yeah, look at Quicken/QuickBooks on date preset options.

21 January, 2009
CESAR F. QüEB

Sure!... Nice and useful feature

21 January, 2009
Nate Laff

Awesome feature! Can't wait! This will be available in XAF though, correct?

21 January, 2009
Larry Pope

Looks good, I hope the same type of multiple options applies to columns bound to a LookUpEdit.  FYI, Earlier is spelled wrong in the "Earlier this week" option.

22 January, 2009
Eric Harmon

Julian,

Looks great!  I'm sure someone will see and fix this, but there's a typo in there - "Eariler this week" should read "Earlier this week"

22 January, 2009
Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

All: Yeah, the tribulations of showing screenshots of pre-beta software Smile: we haven't spellchecked it all. Thanks for the reports. (Note that I was lucky to get this screenshot, the WPF guys wouldn't release one of theirs.)

Linton: Dude, you hit the nail on the head there. We're adding the facility for defining the date ranges, etc.

Cheers, Julian

22 January, 2009
Travis

Yeah, the ability to set, in code, pre-defined date ranges and lists of dates would be real nice.  i.e. "Last Quarter" (range), or "Last 3 Fridays" (list).

22 January, 2009
Trevor Westerdahl

Very nice indeed!

I just noticed the last option: "A long time ago"

Hmmm... ???

How does that work? Is that some developer having fun (I.e. A long time ago... in a galaxy far, far, away)?

Or... Is that real and somehow gives the user an easier way to select an old range?

26 January, 2009

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