Nightly news, 10 June 2011

Short week down here (gawd bless yer, ma’am), so short blurb to introduce a short list of the fixes and features in this week’s nightly builds. Usual rules apply: free and trial versions from the downloads page, retail editions from the store. Enjoy!

LightSpeed

  • Fix for nulling a foreign key not removing the entity from the parent’s children collection
  • Fix for changes not being tracked when nulling a one-to-one association
  • Fix for order by’s not being aliased correctly when there is a sequence numbering alias applied because a parent instance of a table is in scope.
  • Fix for association change tracking not being reset during SaveChanges
  • Added option flag for removing deleted entities from the unit of work after the delete has been committed
  • You can now specify the same grouping key multiple times with different functions applied to it

WPF Elements

  • Fix for a possible negative width error in rose charts

Silverlight Elements

  • Fix for a possible negative width error in rose charts

Phone Elements

  • Fix for a possible negative width error in rose charts. (Did you guess?)

WPF Diagrams

  • SelectedElementsChanged was not always being raised when using marquee select
  • Fix for XML serialisation in cultures that use a different numeric format from the invariant culture

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Note: This sale has now ended.

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Polar charts now available for WPF and Windows Phone

Last month we announced that we’d added a bunch of cool polar charts to Silverlight Elements. We’re pleased to announce that these are now available for WPF Elements and Phone Elements as well!

The polar charts package includes rose charts (the polar equivalent of bar charts), stacked rose charts, radar charts, scatter charts, polar line charts and many more! You can read more about the various kinds of polar charts here.

Want to give them a try? Grab the latest nightly builds from the downloads page (trial editions), or if you’re a customer you can get the update from the store. Happy coding!

Nightly news, 20 May 2011

Lots of updates in the nightly builds this week, so let’s cut to the chase.

WPF Diagrams

  • Ongoing improvements to the zoom-to-centre feature
  • Fixed a potential issue when data binding the Diagram and Formatter properties

LightSpeed

  • Fix for database synchronisation failing if you quoted the database name in the SQL Server connection string
  • Fix for column names on value object fields causing the prefix to be ignored during Update Database
  • Added support for server-side entity projections so that subsequent traversals can be performed server-side
  • Added LINQ support for Convert.ToInt32 method

Phone Elements

  • You can now use DataSeries.Visibility to collapse individual data series
  • Fixed an error when setting the ItemsSource of a stacked series before adding it to a chart in code
  • DataSeries.SelectedDataPoint can now be used as a binding source
  • DataSeries.SelectedDataPoint is now cleared when necessary
  • Added DataSeries.SelectedDataPointChanged event
  • StackedBarSeries can now create side-by-side stacked bar charts
  • Now includes an initial drop of the polar charts from Silverlight Elements. You should consider this experimental for now!

Silverlight Elements

  • Fixed an error when setting the ItemsSource of a stacked series before adding it to a chart in code
  • DataSeries.SelectedDataPoint can now be used as a binding source
  • DataSeries.SelectedDataPoint is now cleared when necessary
  • Fixed event handlers still being hooked up after a series was removed from a chart
  • Added ChartAxis.MinimumRange property
  • Minor updates to polar chart mouse events
  • Added visual states for polar bars
  • Added selection modes for polar series and PolarChart control
  • Numerous performance enhancements

WPF Elements

  • Added Enter key handling for AutoCompleteBox
  • Added DataSeries.SelectedDataPointChanged event
  • Fixed event handlers still being hooked up after a series was removed from a chart
  • StackedBarSeries can now create side-by-side stacked bar charts
  • Added ChartAxis.MinimumRange property
  • Numerous performance enhancements
  • We proudly note a commit comment consisting solely of the character “!”, nicely rounding off Victor Hugo Tribute Week here at Mindscape HQ

Whew! Get ’em before Jason collapses from exhaustion — free editions from the downloads page, retail editions from the store!

Nightly news, 13 May 2011

Another week, another pile of documentation to write! Fortunately, the code mills are still grinding away, bringing you another week’s worth of features and fixes through the nightly builds.

WPF Diagrams

  • Force based layout algorithm now supports layout algorithm info
  • Fix for cursor visuals sometimes misaligning to the grid when zoomed in
  • Improved integration with the Visual Studio designer property grid
  • Changing the Zoom property programmatically or through binding now zooms around the centre of the viewport
  • We’ve added some shiny new demos. Very snazzy. Check them out.

LightSpeed

  • Filtering a view no longer causes Visual Studio to think the diagram file has changed
  • Improved logging of code generation exceptions for the benefit of those people who go round deleting their templates. No names, no pack drill
  • Fix for an issue with Distinct().Count() when counting a projected member of a joined table
  • Added support for traversing associations via a through

Phone Elements

  • Smallest and largest data point now always displayed even when sampling charts with very large numbers of points
  • Fixed an issue where the legend item template was not applied when adding a data series to a chart in code rather than XAML
  • “Tiny bug fixes.” Hey, that’s what it says. (My favourite commit comment this week, though, just says “?” but I think that’s just a Victor Hugo tribute.)

WPF Elements

  • Fixed an error when adding a data series to a chart in code rather than XAML
  • Added ChartAxis.TitleVisibility property
  • Improved handling of ChartAxis.LabelLevelCount for zooming and panning
  • Added ChartAxis.LabelStep property
  • Added support for displaying a single point of data when ActualMinimum equals ActualMaximum
  • Minor stripiness tweak to ChartGrid
  • Fixed a FormatException in ChartAxis
  • The “tiny bug fixes” from Phone Elements

Silverlight Elements

  • Fixed an error when adding a data series to a chart in code rather than XAML
  • Fixed an issue where the legend item template was not applied when adding a data series to a chart in code rather than XAML
  • Added ChartAxis.TitleVisibility property
  • Fixed a FormatException in ChartAxis
  • DataSeries.Visibility can now be used to collapse individual series on a chart
  • Let’s hear it one more time for the “tiny bug fixes”

Free editions of nightly builds are available from the downloads page, and retail editions from the store.

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