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  • Support for XBAP: sometimes you have to call it quits

    XBAP? Betcha can’t remember what it stands for, let alone use it. The reply to the first point is XML Browser Application, and to the second part frankly not many people do use it.

    Scenic Mountain Sunset with Ski TrackThere are several reasons for the lack of love I suppose. Since it’s a special kind of browser app, it needs to operate in Medium Trust to be the most effective, and yet even IE9 balks at running them (you have to confirm that you really, really want to run this particular app, which kind of defeats the object). The Medium Trust limitation (along with other security limitations) means that we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get round these narrow-scenario restrictions instead of providing broader-scenario features. Even with these workarounds, some of our controls still don’t work in an XBAP environment.

    It is equally galling when there are two very well supported channels for creating rich internet applications: ClickOnce and Silverlight. We use ClickOnce ourselves for our internal applications, and it works very well indeed in that environment. And, despite all the doom and gloom and unfounded rumors about where Silverlight is going, it is still the premier method for creating rich-internet applications.

    All this is leading to the fact that we have officially retired our XBAP support in 11.2. We recommend using ClickOnce for your WPF applications, or transferring over to Silverlight. Remember with DXv2 we have control parity between WPF and Silverlight.

  • VCL Subscription 11.2 released! With 64-bit Delphi XE2 support!

    Yeah, it’s time to break out the exclamation marks! We just released the second major version of our VCL subscription for 2011 and it includes support for Delphi XE2 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and C++Builder. Since RAD Studio XE2 is the best IDE we’ve seen from Embarcadero, you really have no excuses now.

    If you login to your account page on devexpress.com, you’ll be able to download it immediately. Remember: if you have purchased a subscription and it’s active, this major upgrade is free!

  • Silverlight controls for DXv2 11.2

    As I stated in one of my most recent and (most heavily commented) blog posts, we made the decision to target Silverlight 5 for our Silverlight controls in v2011 vol 2. Now, that may or may not have been the right decision to make, but make it we did. Since Microsoft didn’t release Silverlight 5 until 9 December, two weeks after our release, this meant that our initial release for DXv2 was without one quarter of the platforms we support. This was bad for you, our customers, as well as for us.

    All that will be academic pretty soon since we shall be releasing DXperience v2011 vol 2.6 tomorrow morning, Thursday 22 December. This release will contain the full set of Silverlight controls.

  • Seasons Greetings from your friends at DevExpress

    Xmas tree as light paintingI’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone here at DevExpress to wish all our customers and their families the very best of the holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year.

    It goes without saying, perhaps, but you are instrumental to DevExpress’ own success. We just couldn’t do this without you, and we thank you for being on this wild ride with us. Keep buckled in though because 2012 promises to be even more turbulent (WinRT, anyone? How about HTML5 and client-side controls?), but rest assured DevExpress will be alongside, helping out with robust flexible controls, frameworks and tools for your continued success.

    Happy Holidays!

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