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Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to group validation rules by a business type in Model Editor

If you want the same UI as in the screenshot below:


implement a few code lines in YourSolutionName.Module/Module.cs file, as follows:

using DevExpress.ExpressApp.ModelEditor;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Validation;
using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Model;

namespace MainDemo.Module {
    public sealed partial class MainDemoModule : ModuleBase {
        public MainDemoModule() {
            InitializeComponent();
            ModelEditorGroupingHelper.Instance.RegisterNodeGroupPathDelegate(
            typeof(IModelValidationRules), node => DefaultGroupPathCalculator("TargetType.Name", node));
        }
        public string[] DefaultGroupPathCalculator(string propertyName, IModelNode modelNode) {
            string groupName = "";
            object propertyValue = ModelEditorGroupingHelper.Instance.GetPropertyValue(propertyName, modelNode);
            if(propertyValue != null) {
                groupName = propertyValue.ToString();
            }
            return ModelEditorGroupingHelper.Instance.SplitGroupPath(groupName, modelNode);
        }
        //...
    }
}

This is just one example of the Model Editor nodes grouping customizations that you can achieve with the ModelEditorGroupingHelper  API.

I remember our loyal customer Mario Blataric doing magic using this helper for his specific project needs (multi-level grouping of Actions by Controllers and their namespaces/functional blocks). If you have similar needs in your project, feel free to contact our support team so we can help you make your life easier.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ImmediatePostData attribute support in XAF Mobile v17.1.7

I am happy to inform you that starting with version 17.1.7, XAF Mobile (CTP) supports ImmediatePostDataAttribute. You can see how it works in action using our https://demos.devexpress.com/XAF/MainDemoMobile/ demo in the Payment object's View. 


You are welcome to download the latest version and test this feature in scenarios you are interested in. As usual, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Do not hesitate to submit tickets in our Support Center.

NOTE: Automatic updates will not work for non-persistent calculated reference properties due to an OData specificity.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ways to migrate old XAF reports to the ReportsV2 module


The old Reports Module is obsolete, though it is still shipped with XAF to provide compatibility with legacy XAF applications. While we do not urge or request that our clients migrate their existing solutions to the new ReportsV2 module immediately (since the former module is valid and can be used in existing apps), we do recommend using the new Reports V2 Module  module for new projects. You can also use ReportsV2 and the previously available Reports modules within the same application if you want to maintain use of existing reports along-side of new reports generated with XAF's ReportsV2 module. 

Take special note that supporting the old module required and continues to require our resources (which are taken from new features), because dealing with the new IDEs/.NET versions is costly (not to mention changes in the underlying components). It was thus far not critical for our team to think about the removal date at this stage, but we will see how it goes in the future. So, you must definitely plan this migration for the future, but it is not that urgent. When we decide on the date with our management, we will surely communicate these plans to our customers in advance before their projects stop compiling.


To switch to the Reports V2 in your existing application, follow one of the approaches detailed below: https://www.devexpress.com/kb=T515516

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Simplifying the use of ASPxGridListEditor with XPO classes that have composite keys


Starting with the 17.1.4 version, you can use the built-in StructTypeConverter<T> for composite or compound key properties to enable some built-in DevExpress.Web.ASPxGridView functions in ASPxGridListEditor (e.g., inplace editing and the selection column), which would be missing without a type converter.


This converter can be applied to a struct (Structure in VB.NET) representing your complex key using the standard TypeConverterAttribute:

[TypeConverter(typeof(StructTypeConverter<CompoundKey>))]
public struct CompoundKey { ... }


You can view the full example by the documentation link above.


Despite this minor improvement making the lives of certain XAF users easier (and reducing our support costs too), I must emphasize that we do not recommend using composite keys in new apps. XPO supports such keys for legacy databases only and their use imposes some limitations on the default XAF functionality. You can learn more about this from How to create a persistent object for a database table with a compound key


FreeImages.Com/Kirill Levin

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Minor improvements to the Web editors for image and reference properties

Starting with version 17.1.6, we simplified access to the internal upload control of the ASPxImagePropertyEditor, because several users wanted to tweak it. Here is the KB Article showing how to access ASPxImagePropertyEditor's ASPxUploadControl and customize it to set the maximum file size and allowed file extensions for the uploaded images:






Starting with version 17.1.6, we added the static DefaultViewModeBehavior property and the ViewModeBehavior property to the ASPxObjectPropertyEditorBase class (the base class for ASPxLookupPropertyEditor and ASPxObjectPropertyEditor used for reference properties).

To globally disable or show links, we recommend using the static ASPxObjectPropertyEditorBase.DefaultViewModeBehavior property instead of the former ASPxObjectPropertyEditorBase.ShowLink property. For instance, you can do this in the YourSolutionName.Web/Global.asax.xx or WebApplication.xx files:

static MainDemoWebApplication() {
            DevExpress.ExpressApp.Web.Editors.ASPx.ASPxObjectPropertyEditorBase.DefaultViewModeBehavior 
                = DevExpress.ExpressApp.Web.Editors.ASPx.ObjectPropertyEditorViewModeBehavior.ShowLabel;

If it is necessary to disable or show links in a specific situation, you no longer need to inherit a custom property editor from ASPxLookupPropertyEditor; just get access to the required PropertyEditor (see Access Editor Settings) and set the ViewModeBehavior property to the ShowLabel or ShowLink value. 


How to implement the CreatedBy, CreatedOn and UpdatedBy, UpdatedOn properties in a business class

I would like to promote a KB article, which may be interesting for users who are just getting started with our application framework. This information is actually not new and it was already available in the FAQ and Reference sections of our online documentation as well as the support knowledge base.


I must emphasize that there are actually many ways to implement such auditing properties, and your current code may differ from what we show. For instance, one may declare it as "internal  set {...}" or use the PersistentAlias attribute. Just do not be at all concerned. 

You are welcome to share your own implementations in post comments - maybe we can vote for the most concise and beautiful code, eh?:-P


Friday, September 1, 2017

Focusing the newly added grid column in the Column Chooser dialog of the WinForms GridListEditor

Has anybody noticed this small improvement in XAF v17.1.5 (added as per this customer request)?
If not, check out this video to see what I am referring to:



Hopefully, this will help eliminate extra time when scrolling and searching for your end-users, especially if there are many-many columns.


We've not yet enabled this by default in DetailView and look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

Friday, August 18, 2017

How to: Save and share custom view settings


An often scenario is when an end-user changes certain View settings (columns and editors' layout, filters, etc.) and wants to share these customizations with other users. The XAF core team has prepared an example demonstrating how to allow users to create new View Variants, persist them and load shared variants from the application database.


You can download the example source code and read the detailed description at

Your feedback is needed!
Should you face any issue using this solution or difficulty implementing it in your project, please describe your own scenario of sharing View settings. We will research this information to make the functionality better. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Survey (~1min): Default location of the Reset View Settings Action - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!!!

This command is provided by the standard ResetViewSettingsController and resets all the user customizations of the View's model. It may be helpful when your client customized a lot and was stuck getting things to normal. Due to this scenario the command is available in the main menu toolbar or ribbon by default (+additionally duplicated in context menu in WinForms).



However, we wanted to hear the XAF community thoughts on this default design after receiving several user requests in this regard (examples: onetwo, three). As of now, we have no easy capability to know real usages and customizations of XAF Actions in end client apps, so we would greatly appreciate it if you participate in this and coming surveys. Thanks for your help in advance.

https://dxsurvey.com/published?id=45965fae-dfc7-48ac-af26-aee17d2c3ec4

In fact, we already asked our user preferences when this feature was in development, but did not receive much feedback back then to hide this command from the main menu by default.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tracing - How to exclude loaded assemblies from the eXpressAppFramework.log file

Just a small tip for XAF developers who have never needed or liked this large "Loaded assemblies" section written into the eXpressAppFramework.log file at startup or every time an exception is thrown:



Friday, July 14, 2017

Controller creation performance optimization v17.2 Preview - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!

Starting with version 17.2, we've further optimized the process of creating Controllers that should positively affect forms loading performance and thus overall end user experience, especially in very complex detail forms.  In addition to List Property Editors (learn more about v17.1 improvements in this regard), Detail, Object and Lookup Property Editors, DashboardViewItem and popup windows created in a special way were supported. We are publishing this KB article prior to the 17.2 release to collect early user feedback and improve the overall stability:





If you are an active v17.1 subscriber and want to test this feature with your real world applications on a virtual machine (or another suitable test environment) prior to the official release, please leave a comment to this KB article or rather create a separate private ticket, so that we can verify your account and provide you with a v17.2 preview installation privately.

We would appreciate your thoughts and feedback once you've had the opportunity to try this new feature in your upgraded v17.2 project. Please report any issues and suggestions in our Support Center. Thanks for your help in advance!






How To: Use Google, Facebook and Microsoft accounts in ASP.NET XAF applications (OAuth2 authentication)


XAF security team has prepared a small demo illustrating the use of  OWIN OAuth 2.0 Authorization Server. Users can log in with their Google, Facebook or Microsoft accounts.


You can download the demo source code from DevExpress Support Center:
https://www.devexpress.com/Support/Center/Example/Details/T535280/

Technical details and instructions on how to use this approach in your existing applications are available in the example description in Support Center.


Your feedback is welcome!
We would greatly appreciate it if you try this example and share your feedback here in comments.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What happens when the current user is deleted (by himself/herself or another user) while still using the application?

Deletion of the user who is actively using the app is NOT handled by our security module at the moment (e.g., NullReferenceException and other errors may occur). That is mainly because this operation is very rare, and so far we have not received real-life scenarios from our users where this could be useful. Moreover, deleting by accident is already prevented by showing a confirmation message by the standard DeleteObjectsViewController > DeleteAction.

Refer to this Support Center ticket for more considerations and possible custom solutions.


Your feedback is needed!
Even though we do not provide ready solutions for this specific scenario, we will be more than happy to learn more about your experience in this regard to consider improvements to our product for the future. If you needed to handle such scenarios on your own, please elaborate more on your real-life requirements and implemented solutions. Thanks in advance.


FreeImages.Com/Kirill Levin

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What's New in XAF Help 17.1.3 and 17.1.4

In this post, I would like to provide an overview of the most important additions to XAF documentation introduced after the 17.1 release.


Monday, June 26, 2017

AuditTrail - How to show the change history for the current object in a separate form instead of a nested ListView

I wanted to draw your attention to the scenario and solution in our Support Center, which were found helpful by at least 4 other XAF customers using XPO for data access. As you know, by default, we offer our users a solution based on the nested ListView, which is automatically generated when you declare a collection property like this one:

    public XPCollection<AuditDataItemPersistent> AuditTrail {
        get {
            if(auditTrail == null) {
               auditTrail = AuditedObjectWeakReference.GetAuditTrail(Session, this);
            }
            return auditTrail;
        }
    }


The solution I am promoting allows you to keep the layout less complex and invoke this rarely used or quite advanced feature from a small PopupWindowShowAction showing a ListView:


It will be interesting to hear about your preferences in this regard. Please let me know in comments. Thanks!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to display another web site or custom HTML inside IFRAME embedded into an XAF View

I would like to share links to the solutions for ASP.NET WebForms apps allowing you to display arbitrary HTML content in XAF Views. For instance, one may want to use it to display HTML emails in a DetailView or load a complete third-party web site. Take special note that these custom solutions are NOT based on the built-in HTML Property Editor Module and its ASPxHtmlPropertyEditor that uses the DevExpress ASPxHtmlEditor control.

The T178588 ticket describes a very basic solution for displaying a static URL within a DetailView.
The T180499  ticket provides a more complex solution where HTML content is loaded dynamically from a business class property.



Both solutions are based on a very popular way to integrate custom controls in XAF - custom View Items. A custom ViewItem is often preferred over a custom PropertyEditor when you just need to display data without editing and other capabilities. Of course, you can choose from more integration options based on your exact business requirements: Concepts > UI Construction > Using a Custom Control that is not Integrated by Default.

It would be great to hear about whether you experienced similar scenarios and which solutions you are using for them in your Web app. Please let me know in comments to this post. Thanks.

P.S.
While we are at it, it is worth noting that we do not support displaying an XAF Web app inside an IFRAME element by default.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Performance tuning of the saving/validation process using the PersistenceValidationController events

Regardless of how good and sophisticated your development tools are, real production use often imposes research and solving speed issues. In this tip, I will talk about tuning the Validation Module to do its best when saving a master object exposing  large collections of aggregated data. 

By default, aggregated objects are considered to be an integral part of a master object, and thus, they should be validated together with the master object, which may take significant time if you have hundreds or thousands of complex detail records. The entire detail collection will be loaded and validated in this instance.

The good news is that XAF is very flexible and has a customizable framework that provides many ways to intercept this validation process. 

Linking XAF security roles and Active Directory Security Groups by name

We have recently created a new help topic devoted to one of the popular scenarios our users described: How to: Assign the Same Permissions for All Users of an Active Directory Group. This topic demonstrates how to map XAF security roles to AD groups. When a user logs on for the first time, existing roles with names matching the user's AD group names are automatically assigned. If the user membership in AD groups was modified, the associated roles collection will be updated accordingly on the next logon. Take special note that the corresponding XAF security roles with required permissions and matching the names of AD groups must be created first!

This article also required for us to avoid confusion with the AuthenticationActiveDirectory component name, because it does not support Active Directory Security Groups out of the box.  What this component does is just allow logging by the currently logged Windows user automatically or without the logon form.  To initialize the created XAF security user record, the AuthenticationActiveDirectory authentication uses the WindowsIdentity.Name property of an object obtained via the static WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent method to get a user name in the DOMAIN\USERNAME format.

I want to point out one implementation aspect that might be unclear: why did we create a AuthenticationActiveDirectory descendant instead of handling the CustomCreateUser event, which looks simpler? The main reason for using the descendant is that with it, the synchronization of XAF security roles is easier to implement when AD groups are updated.

I hope you find this example helpful. Please let us know in comments if you experienced a similar scenario and describe how you are currently handling it. Thanks in advance!


Addition to the VisibleInXXX attributes family for controlling available types and fields in the application UI

With v16.2.6 and v17.1.3DevExpress.Persistent.Base > VisibleInReportsAttribute  can be applied to a business class property as well. When the VisibleInReports attribute is applied to a business class property, it specifies whether or not the target property is visible in the Report Designer field list.




BTW, with the introduction of the Dashboards ModuleVisibleInDashboardsAttribute was added as well. I hope you did not miss it as well.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The recommended approach to hiding the 'Protected Content' columns and Property Editors is improved - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!


I have recently updated the HideProtectedContentController code in the How to: Hide the 'Protected Content' Columns in a List View and Property Editors in a Detail View topic. The main change is that the HideProtectedContentController now checks if a visibility state for the target UI element is customized by existing Conditional Appearance rules before applying its own customizations.

void appearanceController_CustomApplyAppearance(object sender, ApplyAppearanceEventArgs e) {
    if(e.AppearanceObject.Visibility == null || e.AppearanceObject.Visibility == ViewItemVisibility.Show) {
        // ...
    }
}

This prevents possible conflicts with existing appearance rules.

If you are using the HideProtectedContentController code in your projects, we would greatly appreciate it if you try the updated code and share your feedback here in comments.

Please note that HideProtectedContentController may make a negative impact on the application performance in complex scenarios.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

XPQuery changes regarding non-persistent properties in v17.1

In version 17.1, we have improved error detection in XPQuery when non-persistent properties are used in it. Previously, such queries didn't work (either failed with various exceptions or worked incorrectly) and thus there were hidden errors in your programs. Now, we throw an exception that describes which non-persistent properties are used in XPQuery to help diagnosing these errors. If such properties are used intentionally, consider implementing them using PersistentAliasAttribute or adding the ToList method call to explicitly process these properties on the client side.

Refer to the https://www.devexpress.com/kb=T523335 KB Article for examples and more details.

FreeImages.Com/sanja gjenero

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

XAF ASP.NET WebForms - Beware of the FormatException (Input string was not in a correct format) when clicking a record in a popup ListView

I want to draw your attention to the T514321: ASPxGridListEditor - FormatException is thrown when selecting an object in a lookup ListView shown from an aggregated collection issue, which is already fixed in XAF for v16.2.7/17.1.4

If you came across a similar issue (check the call stack), the highlighted thread contains the hotfix installation for v17.1.


Tip:
When you experienced an exception in DevExpress code, I recommend you locate its callstack and search for one or several topmost method names in our support database, because this behavior might be reported by someone else: https://search.devexpress.com/?q=ASPxGridViewContextMenu.SelectObject&m=SupportCenter


In addition, I recommend checking the Known Issues sections in our What's New documentation:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How to hide the New Action from the main menu, but still have it available inline as the New Item Row feature of ListEditor

I would like to promote a Support Center article on the subject, which I heavily updated with new code examples and implementation considerations after receiving a similar customer request yesterday.
As I found later when searching our support database, many users wanted this specific customization in nested ListViews, mainly not to overload end-users with a separate root DetailView in this inner context. I must say that I saw similar reasoning for MasterDetailMode = ListViewAndDetailView too (for this scenario, we offered a solution like this one).


I personally prefer the 2nd solution from this article, but I must admit that both solutions could be simpler, ideally. Please let our team know if you experienced a similar need and clarify exactly where and why as well as how you are solving it now. With that, we will be a better position to consider further improvements. Thanks in advance, guys!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Improved ASPxGridListEditor performance when selecting records in the grid control


Starting with version 16.2.7, we improved the selection behavior of ASPxGridListEditor. Currently, ASPxGridView does not re-render itself when selection is changed. 

See screenshots of the Network tab in Chrome Developer Tools (F12) that demonstrates how the size and time of a response in the Opportunity_ListView of the XCRM demo is reduced. The size and time of a response is reduced about 4 times and 35% respectively.

v16.2.7, 17.1.3+












v16.2.6 and lower



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Web - How to preserve the FullTextSearch Action filter after opening details for a record and returning back to ListView

I want to repost an interesting ASP.NET WebForms scenario and a solution for it I provided to a customer yesterday. Watch this video to see how this works:



If you are interested in having something like this, check out this Support Center thread for a relatively simple Controller.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Questions on managing the Application Model settings in the database - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!

We are reviewing usability of the mechanism responsible for storing and managing Application Model differences in the database (aka ModelDifferenceDbStore), and hence wanted to ask you to tell us about your practical experience with it.

In order to do this, please consider these questions:
1. Differences for which levels are you currently storing in the database and how well does this work for you (shared, user, or both)?

2. Have you required customizing differences stored in the database for already deployed production apps? If so, clarify the following points:
2.1. Was this customization done for shared or user levels?

2.2. List the exact use-case scenarios that needed such customizations (e.g., a client screwed up a View layout and could not reset it back to normal)?
2.3. Which solutions and how often did you use for this customization (e.g., direct database updates, editing raw XML after enabling the Administrative UI inside the app, etc.)?
2.4. How well did your current solutions for different customizations work for you so far and what could be improved in them and why?


3. Have you considered the opportunity to customize shared or user differences using the Standalone Model Editor, which visualizes the actual differences in XML content as a nodes tree? If so, clarify the following points to help us better understand the behavior you expect from such a feature:
3.1. Do you need to customize differences for shared, user or both levels?
3.2. Taking the severeness and effect of this operation over all application users, do you think that a logon form should be shown before someone can perform this customization for security reasons? Or, how do you plan to prevent a power user from obtaining the Standalone Model Editor tool binaries and running it locally for this or even harmful purposes?


We would greatly appreciate your answering these questions or providing any other information that would help us see how the current feature works for you and what can be improved further. 

Please provide answers here in comments or rather in the Support Center to track them easier: https://www.devexpress.com/support/center/question/create
Thanks in advance.


FreeImages.com/Ronit Geller

Monday, May 15, 2017

Default XAF configuration options and feature toggles

In short post, I would like to promote the Default XAF configuration options and feature toggles knowledge base article, which lists configuration options and settings that are specified in code generated by the most recent Solution Wizard version. In most cases, these options are feature toggles used to enable new features and functionality without affecting the existing applications behavior.

FreeImages.com/John Munsch

If your XAF application is created using an older version of the Solution Wizard, you can review the KB article and enable required features manually.

With v17.1, for better discoverability and more convenience, the Solution Wizard will set the default options in a common place - the InitializeDefaults method called in the YourSolutionName.Wxx/WxxApplication.xx files. This call is wrapped in a region and contains a link to the aforementioned KB article, which will be updated in the future.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

XAF ASP.NET WebForms v16.2 - Beware of the ArgumentException (An item with the same key has already been added) in Web Dashboards

I want to draw your attention to the T511396: Web Dashboards - ArgumentException - An item with the same key has already been added issue, which is already fixed in XAF for v16.2.7
This error can occur if the application model contains different BO Models with the same Caption and is visible in dashboards.

If you came across a similar issue (check the call stack), the highlighted thread contains a simple temporary solution (make captions different or remove the VisibleInDashboardsAttribute from classes that are not required in dashboards)  + hotfix installation.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

How to copy or clone an existing report

Today I've updated a related Support Center article where I listed several possible ways of accomplishing this task. 

I would appreciate it if you describe in comments which approach # you are using yourself or describe your own solution, if it is not listed there. Thanks in advance!

FreeImages.com/Alexander Kalina

Friday, April 21, 2017

Documentation updates with regard to ways to resize windows in XAF

We have recently updated our online documentation in this regard, so you may be interested to check it out:
    Task-Based Help > How to: Adjust the Size and Style of Pop-up Dialogs (WinForms)
    Task-Based Help > How to: Adjust the Size and Style of Pop-up Dialogs (ASP.NET)

Attentive readers could notice that the PopupWindowShowAction.CustomizePopupWindowParams event arguments now provide the new Size and Maximized properties that can be used to specify the popup window size from a platform-agnostic module in certain cases (check the end of both articles above for more details on the limitations).

Of course, these code solutions can be further improved based on your business requirements. For instance, if you want to provide a developer or application user with the capability to specify sizes in the Model Editor, you can extend required View node types (e.g., IModelView) with the Width and Height attributes in the Application Model and then modify the aforementioned code to read these attributes respectively. Refer to the eXpressApp Framework > Concepts > Application Model > Extend and Customize the Application Model in Code article for more details.


Please tell me about your experience with these solutions or about anything you would love to improve in this regard. Thanks in advance.

FreeImages.com/Carolina Rodríguez

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Frame.GetController method may return null when the XafApplication.OptimizedControllersCreation property is set to True

With XAF v17.1Solution Wizard sets the XafApplication.OptimizedControllersCreation property to True for newly created XAF projects (existing projects will not be affected). 

To avoid possible null reference exceptions in nested List Views, always check if the Frame.GetController<ControllerType> method result is not null when the OptimizedControllersCreation property is true. The latter option is required to get faster loading of DetailView when it contains a lot of nested ListView items (learn more...).

Our online documentation was already updated to describe this optimization specificity and add these null-checks everywhere; e.g., check theses examples: onetwo. KB articles, Code Examples and popular Support Center tickets are not yet updated, but we hope to do this with time as well. Should you find missing checks in our learning materials, please contact us.

FreeImages.com/Christian Kitazume

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ASPxColorPickerPropertyEditor - New ASPxColorEdit-based editor for color properties


With XAF v17.1, you can consider using the new DevExpress.ExpressApp.Web.Editors.ASPx.ASPxColorPickerPropertyEditor class for representing color properties. It is enabled by default only in newly created XAF v17.1+ projects (existing projects will continue using the previous ASPxColorPropertyEditor). 






This is a small feature, but it is still worth mentioning here because we received several user requests for it. Finally, we wanted to go away from the custom tailored editor we used (it was created many years ago before ASPxColorEdit) and this was a good task for a junior developer☺.

What about you? Are you using this editor in your apps? If so, please tell us more about your typical uses.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Web Layout Manager improvements and important changes in XAF v17.1

In the 17.1 version, we have improved the scenario of loading the ASPxPageControl tab content when XafApplication.DelayedViewItemsInitialization equals True and the Conditional Appearance module is involved. So, if you encountered missing or not fully loaded tab contents in this configuration, and had to previously adjust the application-level DelayedViewItemsInitialization or View-level DelayedItemsInitialization options to avoid this behavior (learn more...), starting with v17.1, it is possible to revert these options to True by default. 

Take special note that these improvements required us to introduce some changes, which may affect a very small group of users who created and registered custom layout group templates in WebLayoutManager. Frankly speaking, this was needed for very advanced scenarios (we could locate only a few cases in our large Support Center database), so we expect that the majority of XAF users will not be affected by these changes. Anyway, if you feel or know that you could have been affected, refer to the Web Layout Manager improvements and important changes in XAF v17.1 KB Article for more details.


BTW, have you ever created custom layout item and group templates for WebLayoutManager?:-) If so, please share your use-cases in comments. I am asking because it is quite possible that we already have better solutions for you (e.g., expandable/collapsible layout groups are already supported out-of-the-box)!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The latest XAF v16.2.6 hot fix build for missing collections in the filter editor and a few other issues

I wanted to draw your attention to the subject because the official v16.2.6 contained a few trending issues which were not covered by our automated tests till now:

http://downloads.devexpress.com/Share/DXP/170410/DevExpressComponents-16.2.6.17100.exe

Thankfully, we could provide quick fixes for them and also increased the number of unit and functional tests. Anyway, we apologize for all the inconvenience they might have caused you and your business.

The issues that can attract your attention most of all are:
T500881 - An exception thrown from a popup dialog unexpectedly terminates the whole application execution when debugging in Visual Studio

T498474 - Filter Editor - Collection properties are missing in the property list when DataAccessMode = Server or InstantFeedback after migrating to v16.2.6

Let me know if you experience any difficulties with this hot fix build.



BTW, consider checking the Known Issues section in our What's New documentation if you encounter an issue with our products, because we always inform our customers of such issues + there you can see reports from other clients. I hope you find this information helpful for the future.


Friday, April 7, 2017

More secure password generation algorithms for built-in security system classes are available in XAF v16.2 and v17.1

We have offered new options for those of you who need to deploy apps to production environments with the FIPS policy enforced (e.g., government desktop computers or highly secured web servers). XAF APIs now support FIPS compliant algorithms for more secure user passwords encryption and images hashing. 

Please refer to the article below for more details and let me know what you think of it:




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Improving UX with Grid List Editors by disabling ALL unsupported operations for non-persistent columns in server modes (XAF v16.2.6) - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!

In server modes, grid controls perform operations like sorting, grouping, filtering, etc. on the data store side to guarantee the best performance. Thus, columns bound to non-persistent properties (their values exist only in the client memory at runtime) cannot be used for such server-based operations and can cause exceptions (learn more...). Some of them can be detected only in the end application after navigating to a problematic grid at runtime.


With XAF 16.2.6, to prevent these situations, we have improved column creation logic in our Grid List Editors for Windows and the Web. In particular, we have disabled all server-based operations (sorting, filtering, grouping) for non-persistent properties in the ASP.NET WebForms ASPxGridListEditor and WinForms GridListEditor when DataAccessMode = Server or InstantFeedback. 

Technically, it means the following:
    1) The grid's Find Panel does not take non-persistent properties into account.
    2) The grid's Filter Editor does not display non-persistent properties in the properties tree.
    3) The grid's Auto Filter Row feature is not available for non-persistent columns.
    4) Grid column headers for non-persistent columns do not allow end-users to filter, sort, group.


See this video recorded from the WinForms version of our MainDemo:


Take special note that in XPO, calculated non-persistent properties defined using PersistentAliasAttribute or CalculatedAttribute can still be used without problems for server-based operations as previously. The only PersistentAlias attribute scenario, which may still not lead to disabled server-side operations, is when you have an aliased reference property and a grid column with a complex property path like:
YourPersistentAliasReferenceProperty.SomeNestedProperty1.SomeNestedPropertyN.
Such properties will be treated as regular non-persistent properties for now or you can disable our improvement using the feature toggle below.
For EF, calculated properties defined using CalculatedAttribute are still unsupported and treated as regular non-persistent properties mentioned above.

I do not need this behavior. How do I disable it?
With v16.2.7 (or, after installing this hot fix), you can set the PreventServerSideOperationsForNonPersistentMembers property of the DevExpress.ExpressApp.Editors > ColumnsListEditor  class to False in the overridden OnActivated method of a custom ViewController for a required ListView. Refer to the following example:

[C#]
using DevExpress.ExpressApp; using DevExpress.ExpressApp.Editors; namespace MainDemo.Module.Controllers { public class S31714_FeatureToggle : ViewController<ListView> { protected override void OnActivated() { base.OnActivated(); ColumnsListEditor columnsListEditor = View.Editor as ColumnsListEditor; if(columnsListEditor != null) { columnsListEditor.PreventServerSideOperationsForNonPersistentMembers = false; } } } }
[VB.NET]
Imports DevExpress.ExpressApp Imports DevExpress.ExpressApp.Editors Namespace MainDemo.Module.Controllers Public Class S31714_FeatureToggle Inherits ViewController(Of ListView) Protected Overrides Sub OnActivated() MyBase.OnActivated() Dim columnsListEditor As ColumnsListEditor = TryCast(View.Editor, ColumnsListEditor) If columnsListEditor IsNot Nothing Then columnsListEditor.PreventServerSideOperationsForNonPersistentMembers = False End If End Sub End Class End Namespace