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DevExpress Newsletter

5 November 2009
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Message from the CTO

We're all beginners at some stage

In writing my chapters of Professional DevExpress ASP.NET Controls, I suddenly realized that there is really no way anymore to know everything about the OS, the platform, the run-times, or the language we use in our daily work. Sure, way back in the days of MS-DOS 6.22, you stood some chance of knowing most of it, but nowadays, especially as we're now learning more and more about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4, there's no possibility to make the time to learn it all, let alone say you know it.

Given that axiom, surely it makes sense that, if we are to use some fancy new tech in our app, we should spend some time in learning about said tech? For example, I hadn't actually written a web app that used AJAX before I wrote that part of the book. I could have just gone to our devs, thrown my weight around (it is considerable) and ordered them to make me an app or two and tell me how they did it, chop chop, but I decided to drop out and learn what it was all about through reading the documentation and writing some silly little throwaway apps.

Too often we don't do that, and too often we get irritated that something doesn't work the way we expect. Like everyone, I'd love for all software to be so intuitive that you don't have to crack open the help, but that utopia is very much in the future. Heck, even some iPhone apps aren't that intuitive.

The ability we should be cultivating within ourselves, then, is the ability to research, to experiment, and to learn about new software and not just take it on trust that we know innately how it works. This is the new job aptitude of the 21st century.


Julian M Bucknall, CTO
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Contents

DXperience v2009 vol 3 ? Beta Engines Are Revving
CONTEST: Name that DevExpress Tool
DevExpress Training Events ? Selling Out Fast
“I don't care what the weatherman says...” I have XPO!
Tradeshow Travels ? TechEd Europe and PDC
Richard Morris Gets with the Borland Program
The DevExpress Channel Tutorials for Silverlight
Top 5 Support Issues

DXperience v2009 vol 3 ? Beta Engines Are Revving

We've gathered in all the code, we've labeled it in the version control system, we're proofing the demo text, we're testing everything, and within the next week we should be releasing the DXperience v2009 vol 3 Release Candidate to all of our DXperience customers. So if you're ready and anxious to try out the new version, you have the weekend to ready your VMs for testing it with your code.

To whet your appetite a little more and get you on track for the next release, check out the latest sneak peeks for your delectation:

* Sneak peek: Fun with colors and themes in WPF
* Sneak peek: More fun with colors and themes in WPF
* Sneak Peek: Enhanced ASP.NET Themes DLL Performance
* Sneak Peak: CSS Sprites Make Your Websites Faster
* Sneak Peek: custom tooltips with ASP.NET scheduler
* Sneak Peek: Drag-n-drop, dialogs, more formats with the rich text editor in WinForms

CONTEST: Name that DevExpress Tool

Sometimes ideas come to our development team so fast that they just don't have time to give them all names before moving onto their next conquest. We didn't want to let our latest WPF tool sail by without giving it a great name. But we're going to take a new approach. We want you to name it.

Check out how you can win prizes and claim fame and glory for your genius:

* What's in a WPF name? Why don't you tell us!

DevExpress Training Events ? Selling Out Fast

After a tense wait the details are finally here! Our Las Vegas training session is up and running, and you can register for your seat right now! And as if that wasn't good enough, Oliver has planned a further four European dates for those of you who missed out on the Amsterdam session. He'll be hitting London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Paris.

Places on our first training course sold out within 48 hours - don't delay, book today!

* Las Vegas ASP.NET training now open for registration
* European Training Roadshow 2010

“I don't care what the weatherman says...” I have XPO!

Vendor real world applications are all well and good but they always seem to use imaginary scenarios and test data. Wouldn't it be great if you could see controls in real, real world applications?

As ever, Gary is breaking the mould and trying something a little different. In the first post of this 2-part series, he's showing how to sample weather data on an hourly basis, and then use XPO to store that data. Take a look and tell us what you think:

* XPO ? Charting Local Weather Conditions #1

Tradeshow Travels ? TechEd Europe and PDC

Our guitars are tuned, our swag is primed and Rachel has bought an industrial-sized packet of throat lozenges for Gary and Oliver, just in case … we're not taking any chances! It's tradeshow time and hopefully we are coming to an event near you! We've got prizes, we've got laughs and we've even got some surprises still up our sleeves. Come and join us!

We want you to come prepared for a great two weeks of conferencing. Bring your t-shirts, bring your DevExpress-based apps and find us in our booths. We'll be ready and waiting for your stories.

* Microsoft TechEd Europe: DevExpress Contest Time!
* Video: Rock the Code Outtakes

Richard Morris Gets with the Borland Program

What's wholesome, satisfying and ready to jump off the shelves? Borland, that's what. No, not that Borland! But thinking of chocolate covered shortbread has somehow diverted Richard's attention to thoughts of Delphi 2010.

Join this curious collision of Delphi and mouth-watering consumer delights on Richard's latest blog:

* Borlands' latest product is pure genius!

The DevExpress Channel Tutorials for Silverlight

The team behind the DevExpress Channel works hard to cover all the features available in every DevExpress component. From WinForms to WPF, ASP.NET to IDE Tools, our videos provide the technical guidance you'll need to successfully develop great applications using DevExpress products.

And now, we are changing gears and focusing on our Silverlight components, bringing you new tutorials that demonstrate how to use and implement the different features of the controls.

To watch our Silverlight training videos, head over to the DevExpress Channel:

* DevExpress Silverlight Videos

Top 5 Support Issues

Here's this week's top 5 list:

* AgDataGrid - Conditionally apply a style to a grid cell
* ASP.NET - The general technique of using the Init/Load event handler
* ASPxScheduler - Print a scheduler using the Reporting mechanism (step-by-step guide)
* XtraRichEdit - Convert between different formats without creating an editor instance
* CodeRush - Enable a feature previously disabled via the "What Happened?" window
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