Sneak Peek: What's Coming in NetAdvantage 12.1

Jason Beres / Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We are getting close to the 12.1 release date.  We are past code complete and are hard at work testing, writing docs and creating samples.  We have a lot of great stuff coming in 12.1, a lot of code has been written in the last 4 months since 11.2, and even better it’s all based on what you’ve asked for.  In this post, I’ll talk about the new controls & features in:

  • Windows Forms
  • ASP.NET
  • HTML5 / jQuery / HTML5 Mobile
  • Windows Phone
  • XAML Line of Business
  • XAML Data Visualization
  • LightSwitch

 

In each product, we’ve added new features and controls based on what you’ve asked for.  We are continuing to invest in Windows Forms (always a top question – we have not dropped support or teams here by any means), and we are still breaking ground in the high performance capabilities of our XAML Grid, Chart and Map controls.  In this release you’ll also see new HTML5 controls for mobile devices, as well as new HTML5 features and controls in our market leading, high performance HTML5 jQuery based Grid and Charts.  In honor of Windows 8 and Windows Phone, we’ve rounded out Touch Support on the XAML controls, and we’ve added new amazingly beautiful Metro style themes.  We’ve also designed and developed a new add-in based on one of our most highly requested features – XAML Theming.  You’ll be able to do this with the new Color Tuner Visual Studio Add-in.

Keep in mind, the usual disclaimer applies – we are in full testing mode right now, so there is a chance something may CTP (or very worst case get cut) based on quality.  In that case, I’ll update you when we launch.  If you want to talk about any of the features, shoot me an email at jasonb@infragistics.com.

One more thing … RTM is slated for mid-April.  We plan on code-freeze in 4 weeks, installer testing in the following week after code freeze, and a small buffer in case we need it until the mid-April RTM.

NetAdvantage for Windows Forms

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • Syntax Parser
    • Syntax EBNF Parsing Engine (CTP)
  • Gantt Control
    • Print Preview / Printing support
  • WinGrid
    • External UI for column filtering
    • External Summary Calculations
    • Export dropdown lists to Excel
    • Custom Empty Message string / object
    • AfterRowFilterChange event returns the Rows Collection
  • Excel Component
    • Named Table Reference
    • Cell format updates
    • Get Cell by Name Reference
    • Updated Format support to new Color Model
    • Filtering on Exported Table
    • Load Excel file without losing formatting
    • Ability to change default font
    • Auto-sizing of columns

 

NetAdvantage for ASP.NET

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • WebDataGrid
    • Cell Merging
    • Multi-column Footers
    • Excel Style Filtering
  • WebHierachicalDataGrid
    • Cell Merging
    • Multi-column Footers
    • Multi-column Headers
    • Excel Style Filtering
  • Excel Component
    • Named Table Reference
    • Cell format updates
    • Get Cell by Name Reference
    • Updated Format support to new Color Model
    • Filtering on Exported Table
    • Load Excel file without losing formatting
    • Ability to change default font
    • Auto-sizing of columns

 

NetAdvantage for jQuery

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • UI Enhancements
    • Touch support across controls for mobile / tablet experiences
    • Metro style theme for Windows 8 and Desktop applications
  • Control Enhancements
    • MVC Validation support
    • High performance templating engine
  • Grid control
    • Virtualization for Hierarchy & Outlook Group By modes
    • Hierarchical Grid Outlook Group By
    • Hierarchical Grid Row Selectors
  • HTML Editor
    • WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  • Charting
    • Aggressive source compression
    • Dynamic feature loading
    • Category Date Time Axis
    • Axis Label Templating
    • Motion Framework
    • Category Series
      • Area
      • Spline Area
      • Bar
      • Column
      • Line
      • Spline
      • StepLine
      • Waterfall
    • Range Category Series
      • Range Area
      • Range Column
    • Financial
      • Financial Price Series
      • Typical Price Indicator
      • Absolute Volume Oscillator Indicator
      • Average True Range Indicator
      • Accumulation Distribution Indicator
      • Average Directional Index Indicator
    • Polar
      • Polar Line
      • Polar Area
      • Polar Scatter
    • Radial
      • Radial Column
      • Radial Line
      • Radial Pie
    • Scatter
      • Scatter
      • Scatter Line
  • Geographic Mapping
    • Aggressive source compression
    • Dynamic feature loading
    • New Geographic Map Control
      • OpenStreet Map Imagery
      • CloudMade Map Imagery
      • Bing Maps
      • Scatter Area Series
      • Shape Series
      • Symbol Series
      • Polyline Series
    •  

NetAdvantage for Windows Phone

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • Grid
    • Sorting
    • Filtering
  • Charting
    • Spark Bar
    • Spark Line
    • Spark Area
    • Spark Win / Loss
    • Point Chart

 

XAML Line of Business (Silverlight & WPF)

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • UI Enhancements
    • Touch Support for scrolling, selection
    • Metro Theme across all controls
    • Color Tuner (Theming) Add-in for Visual Studio
  • New Controls
    • Syntax Parsing EBNF Engine (CTP)
    • Syntax Editor (CTP)
    • Gantt Control (CTP)
  • New Frameworks
    • Undo / Redo Framework
  • Silverlight & WPF xamGrid
    • Date Picker Column
    • Tabs support for Custom Templates
    • Custom Filter Dialog
    • Support for Implicit Data Templates
    • Undo / Redo Support
    • New Column Types
      • MultiColumnCombo
      • Spark Bar
      • Spark Line
      • Spark Area
      • Spark Win / Loss
  • WPF xamDataGrid
    • Custom UI for External Sorting, Filtering & Aggregation
  • WPF xamRibbon
    • End User Customization Dialog

 

XAML Data Visualization

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta support
  • UI Enhancements
    • Metro Theme across all controls
    • Color Tuner (Theming) Add-in for Visual Studio
  • New Controls
    • Geographic Map
      • Contour Line Series
      • Shape Control Series
      • Polyline Series
      • Symbol Series
      • Shape Series
      • Shape File (.shp) Converter
      • Triangulation
      • Triangulation ITF Files
  • Pivot Grid
    • Template Column
    • Highlighted Rows State Template
    • Dynamic Field Lists
    • DataManager Lockable Sub-components
    • Restrict Sub-component Fields
    • Field Chooser
    • Filter Dialog (Top n%, Bottom n#, etc)
    • Define calculative rows & columns and calculated measures
  • Data Chart
    • Spark Bar
    • Spark Line
    • Spark Area
    • Spark Win / Loss
    • High Performance Scatter (millions of point, milliseconds)
    • OLAP Axis for Pie Chart
    • OLAP Axis for Bar Chart
  • Barcode
    • Hide human-readable text property
  • Pie Chart
    • OLAP Axis
    • Percentage Labels

 

LightSwitch

  • Pivot Grid

 

So that’s where we are today, it’s a pretty massive feature release across all core controls.  In between all of these new features and controls, we also had to full regression test Visual Studio 11 Beta and fix bugs found on our end and Microsoft.

I think you’ll really love the Metro Themes, Color Tuner and Touch across the controls, as well as the continued focus on performance scenarios in the Grid, Charts and Map controls across all platforms.  If you are looking for features but don’t see them in the list, shoot me an email at jasonb@infragistics.com, everything we build is based on your feedback!