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Breaking Changes for DXperience v2009.2

I'm just going to get this under the wire since DXperience v2009.2 is scant days, nay hours, away from being released, but you can peruse the list of Breaking Changes for this release here. The list is automatically updated from our internal support application so you might see some changes in this brief hiatus before the actual release.

Published Aug 19 2009, 05:01 PM by
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Matthew Roberts

Julian, I love the term "Breaking Changes" which, in turn, is a pun for me because it causes my code to break when DX changes are applied. It's all go though because we really need this doco in order to move forward with the upgrade. Cheers!

August 19, 2009 8:48 PM

Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

Matthew: Yeah, breaking changes are an evil necessity. We don't like them, our customers don't either, but sometimes it's the only way to move forward. Sigh.

Cheers, Julian

August 19, 2009 10:48 PM


Sure is a lot of them this time!

But then again, many of them are for WPF controls, whose are still in beta in 2009.1... another large set of (not so) breaking changes comes from skins, which I believe most of us uses so we don't HAVE to worry about looks, at least not "by pixel", and yet another set is about already marked as obsolete methods and properties removal.

Take out those three sets and... suddenly it doesn't look so bad.

Really I think DX does a decent job at making major upgrades as painless as possible. :)

August 20, 2009 8:29 AM

Guido Volkmann

Nice list! (like every time) But where are the breaking changes of XPO. Does anybody work on things promised siince 2008?

Best regards


August 20, 2009 10:06 AM

Mike Calvert

Guido:  This is a list of breaking changes, not all changes.  I am thoroughly impressed with DevEx keeping up with the change requests we pile onto them.  Good job guys :)

August 20, 2009 11:42 AM

Jean-Luc Praz

I am wondering how long it takes between the time a  new release is planned and its release ? I can't wait for the multi select on  ListBox

August 20, 2009 2:03 PM

Mehul Harry (DevExpress)


Thanks. Maybe we'll put the changes in collapsible panels. Smile (Kidding, of course).

August 20, 2009 2:08 PM

Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Hi Jean-Luc,

Thanks, yes, the multi-select is very cool. Wait till you see the online demo.

Oh, with 3 major releases per year, we have few months between the releases to implement new controls, features, etc. It can get tight with so many teams and technologies but that's the fun of software development. Smile

August 20, 2009 2:14 PM

Abdurahman Almatrodi

Hi to all

I hope that you solved the problems with RTL such Arabic and Hebrew. Unfortunately, some of the problems are critical (Such as Exporting to PDF) to us and still not solved while it is dated for long time www.devexpress.com/.../AB11239.aspx

Hope.. Only!

August 24, 2009 8:32 PM

Mario Howard

Hi Julian,

I spent several hour last night  (24th) checking for the release of version 2009. 4 since you wrote on the 19th that the release was "scant days, nay hours, away".

This was because I had an appointment scheduled today (25th) with my developer who does not have unlimited bandwidth at home where he works most of the time.

I can handle all the delays!

What I find totally unacceptable that information about delays is published on social sites such as Twitter and not on the DX forum.

I have NO intention whatsoever to get involved with Twitter, Facebook etc.

1. Most professional organisations block these sites since they are of no professional value.

2. I think it is already hard enough to deal with email spam and general information overload.

3. I absolutely cannot imagine where you and your colleagues find the time in your professional activity for Facebook and twitter communications besides your professional and valued posts by email and on blogs.

Please stop this multiplication of "useless" information channels or at least give priority to the professional ones such as your website and email.

I do not know what I would do to my employees if they would spend time on social sites during their working hours ?!?


August 25, 2009 3:41 PM

Abdurahman Almatrodi

Hi again

This is my first time to test the new RichText. Really, it was disappointed. I can't even write a complete word in Arabic.

I think DevExpress needs to adopt a new Strategy regard this issue.


August 26, 2009 1:34 AM

Matthew Roberts

I don't mind DX exploring multiple channels like social networking (facebook) - clever marketing I say - because now I can become a fan of DX and indirectly tell my friends about it! It's also a clever way of pushing blogs to me rather than keep me searching for new RSS feeds that regularily spawn.

August 27, 2009 2:40 AM

Thomas Grusche

Would be great if not only publish breaking changes, but also hot to fix them.

August 28, 2009 2:49 AM

John Phillips

I am very disappointed in this new upgrade to ASP Gridview and Editors.. It has broken most to the tables (collapsing almost all that do not have a fixed width),  disabled date edit on many pages, and changed text-aligmnet in tables on buttons.

It happens on IE 8.0 and 7.0 .. XP and Vista.. on several hundred pages...

Nice to have new features, but if they break everything.. what is teh sense in upgrading?

August 31, 2009 11:52 AM

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