DevExpress Universal v15.1 has been released

If you are a customer with an active subscription, you should already have received an important email from us: that Universal v15.1 has been published to the Download Center and it’s ready for you to, well, download.

If you have been watching our community site here over the past couple of weeks, you will have realized that this is a release that is packed to the gills with new controls, new features, new improvements across the board, for all the .NET platforms we currently support. And of course we should not forget CodeRush and DevExtreme either. In essence, if your basis for development is Visual Studio, this release is almost overwhelming.

This whole week we have been also presenting live webinars on the new features, four down and two to go. Thank you to everyone who has attended the four so far – they’re on our YouTube channel if you want to watch them again or for the first time – and thank you if you’ll be there tomorrow and next Tuesday for the two remaining ones.

(Of course, if you’ve reached this point and are wondering about our VCL Subscription, rest assured we have not forgotten. Now that .NET is “out of the way”, we shall be talking about VCL starting next week. Stay tuned.)

UI Controls for Desktop, Web and Mobile: DevExpress v15.1

Normally at about this point in these announcement blog posts, I like to point out those features that have most impressed me about our new release. This time, I’m finding it most difficult indeed to limit the bullet list. For example, there’s:

  • The WPF report designer CTP and the new smooth document viewer
  • The pivot grid and scheduler in DevExtreme – like, wow!
  • The new Excel export engine (and the new Data Access engine, come to that)
  • High DPI support in WinForms and WPF – and, mirabile dictu, the RTL support in WinForms
  • Conditional formatting of data everywhere, it seems
  • The ASP.NET Runtime chart designer
  • The dramatic (as in order of magnitude) speed increase for the PDF document processor

And, so on, so forth. As I said, a really impressive release. The teams have really outdone themselves this time, so imagine how much more they’re going to have to do to impress us for v15.2 (cue the CTO evil laugh).

So, please do navigate over to the Download Center and grab the latest installer. You will not be disappointed. As always, if you do have some feedback for us, the support team are ready and waiting for your messages.

It’s Microsoft TechDays next week. Where? The Hague!

Thursday and Friday next week (that’s the 28th and 29th May to you), DevExpress will have a booth at Microsoft TechDays at the World Forum in Den Haag. We were there last year as well and liked it enough to come back this year as a Silver Sponsor! Present will be Don Wibier and myself doing the technical stuff – essentially a repeat of the Techorama dynamic from last week – and John Martin will be in charge of giving out the swag. And, well, in charge of us two also. Seriously, it was great fun last year and we’re excited to be back!

So, if you’re going to be there in The Hague, please do come over to the DevExpress booth. We’ll be happy to talk about our current product line and show off what’s coming up in v15.1. Also, given the recent news out of Build, you’ll get an excellent opportunity to ask us what we think about the possibilities for new features that face us in the second half of the year. You know: Windows Universal Apps, Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET 5, etc, etc. Plus, remember that Don can speak Dutch like a native (because he is)so you can chat away with him and I’ll just stand there with a fixed smile and hand you a t-shirt. Mind you, Don is presenting a couple of sessions (“Breaking Bad: you CAN make Fast Web Pages” on Thursday at 15:00, and “Consuming Azure Mobile Services in a JavaScript App” on Friday at 13:30), so I’ll be taking charge of the booth during those hours.

Oh, and Rachel tells me that we will have a raffle as well, maybe even one each day. So you just have to come to the booth and grab a ticket. Maybe you’ll be the winner!

See you Thursday!

DevExpress TestCafe v15.1 now shipping

If you are a frequent visitor to the Download Portal on devexpress.com, you may already have noticed that we have published a new version of TestCafe, version 15.1. I am proud to announce that this is indeed the case: TestCafe v15.1 has been published and is now shipping.

TestCafe_v15_1_NowShippingTestCafe is the automated testing platform for next-gen web applications. Not only that, but unlike other web-testing solutions, you don’t have to install awkward plugins into your browsers in order to do testing; that’s so 20th century. TestCafe provides your QA teams with the tools to start testing any web app in any browser that supports HTML5. Even better, TestCafe is OS-agnostic: the browsers can be running on Windows, Mac, Linux, or mobile OSes like iOS and Android.

Over the past few months, we have been soliciting feedback from customers and testers on what they liked about TestCafe and what they thought was missing. Consequently, the responses have driven our enhancements to the product in v15.1 and I feel that the team has outdone itself with this release.

Automated Screenshot Capture (ASC). From v15.1 you can add the capability to capture a screenshot of the web app as part of a test. So, as a very basic example, you can capture the web view if an error occurs in the test: sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Enhanced Test Result View, Export Results. Sometimes just seeing the results of your tests isn’t enough, you need to analyze them in more detail. We’ve therefore improved the usability of the Results page by adding the ability to sort, group, and filter the results of your test runs. Not only that, but you can export the results of your tests in JSON, JUnit, or NUnit formats.

Extensive Assertion Failure Reports. The new Results tab includes additional information about assertion failures: the test code line that failed, the differences between actual and expected values, and even a screenshot using the new ASC feature.

Failing on a JavaScript Error. TestCafe now includes the ability to fail a test should a JavaScript error be detected in the page.

All in all, TestCafe v15.1 is a very worthwhile release. If you are already an active customer and using it right now, go to the Download Portal and get it. You certainly won’t regret upgrading. If you are designing and implementing web applications, consider the testing phase of your project and evaluate TestCafe right now.

Techorama: what an awesome conference!

Last week, Don Wibier and I manned the DevExpress booth at Techorama, what I’d characterize as the premier developer conference for Belgium. It was in a delightful little town as well: Mechelen, just north of Brussels. Even better, Techorama was in a local multiplex cinema, Utopolis – it was weird seeing posters for movies on the walls for a conference.

Canalside in Mechelen

The organization of the conference was superb: 800 attendees, 50-odd speakers, a dozen exhibitors, WiFi that worked and wasn’t underpowered, and no problems worth mentioning. It was lucky, shall we say, that Don is a native Dutch speaker: the majority of attendees, I’d guess, were Flemish or Dutch and I only had the odd occasion to practice what little French I have left. It helped of course that we had swag to help the conversations along; such as t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, laptop stickers. We even raffled off a couple of portable bluetooth speakers.

Don in the DevExpress booth at Techorama

And what conversations we had! Don managed to get in some demos – yes, actual demos of the product! The most popular topics were undoubtedly ASP.NET and DevExtreme, although many of the customers we met (and we met many) confided into using mainly WinForms in their projects. There was also a healthy interest in Universal Windows apps, a topic we shall be talking about in some detail very soon (perhaps even sooner than you think).

Don demoing at the DevExpress booth

All in all, over a fairly intense couple of days, we managed to speak with most of the attendees, I’d say; some even more than once. It’s great to see such passion about developing software and such excitement about what the .NET (or Visual Studio) future brings. Thanks – dankjewel! – to all who came to say hi: I shall certainly recommend we come back next year.

Saint Rumbold's Tower and Cathedral

Wacky moment of the trip: this is Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral with its iconic unfinished tower, visible for miles around. In Dutch, that’s Sint-Rombout, which is also the name of a well-known brand of coffee – Rombouts. Confused, moi?

In a week’s time it’s Microsoft TechDays in The Hague, Netherlands. More double Dutch for me!

Techorama 2015 at Utopolis Mechelen, Belgium – we’ll be there!

Techorama 2015 is a developers’ conference in Belgium, so what’s not to like? It’s in Mechelen, which is, according to Google Maps, some 30 km north of Brussels (and only 21.1 km from the airport) on May 12 and 13 (that’s next Tuesday and Wednesday to you).

This is a new conference for us, and we’re sponsoring it as a Gold Partner. To make sure the booth is run properly, our Euro-Events Executive Organizer (pronounced “eee-aw”) Rachel insisted that both Don Wibier and I man it, and this we will do to the best of our ability. We have been selected, shall we say, because we are ace at giving out swag. Plus, Don can speak Dutch like a native (because he is) and I can speak French like a bad tourist (because I am), so we’ll fit right into the Belgian bi-language norm. Only in cases of extreme difficulty will I switch into English (like, pretty much immediately).

So, if you’ll be there, please do come over to the DevExpress booth. We’ll be happy to talk about our current product line and drop several hush-hush hints about what’s coming up in v15.1. Also, given the news out of Build last week, you’ll get an excellent opportunity to ask us what we think about the possibilities for new features that face us in the second half of the year. You know: Windows Universal Apps, Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET 5, etc, etc.

And if you’ll not be there? Well, you’ll miss out on all that. And on the swag.

See you Tuesday!

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