Nightly news, 6 May 2011

Whew! We shipped WPF Diagrams 2.0! This is a gargantuan upgrade that has left half the Mindscape staff flopping around exhausted in a diagrammatic stupor. Check it out today and don’t forget the special launch discount!

It’s hard to imagine that we could pack anything more into the week but we did ship a few features and fixes for other products. Here’s what’s in the nightly builds this week.

LightSpeed

  • “Very, very experimental” support for specifying composite foreign keys that are a subset of a composite primary key using ForeignKeyFieldAttribute instead of a custom association resolver. We’re not quite sure what “very, very experimental” means but we suggest that you test it only using your most expendable junior programmers.

Phone Elements

  • Removed some duplicate classes that sneaked past the class police.
  • Fixed a bug in NumericDataSource.
  • Fixed a potential design time bug in LoopingListBox.
  • Added support for displaying a single point of data when the visible axis range is 0.
  • Fixed a FormatException in ChartAxis.

Free editions of nightly builds are available from the downloads page, and retail editions from the store. Where you can also buy WPF Diagrams 2.0. At a special launch discount.

Hey, I’m just sayin’.

Nightly news, 15 April 2011

Another week, another outbreak of people hoping to achieve something by changing their Twitter avatars*. Come on people, at least write to the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen. Or better yet, check out all the exciting stuff in the latest Mindscape nightly builds.

Silverlight Elements

Phone Elements

  • LoopingListBox: the built-in ObjectDataSource now supports looping via the IsLooping option

WPF Diagramming

  • Fixed the SelectedElementsChanged event being raised more often than was necessary or even useful

LightSpeed

  • Added support for customising the validation message when a non-nullable association is missing
  • Oracle NUMBER columns with large precisions (and no scale) are now modelled as longs instead of ints
  • Fix for custom association resolvers when all foreign key fields were part of the primary key
  • Fix for an aliasing issue when we had a Count after a long chain of traversals

So there you have it, long chain of traversals fans. Get them while they’re hot — free editions from the downloads page, full editions from the store.

* Cynical opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mindscape Ltd or its directors, except when they totally do.

Nightly news, 8 April 2011

Ever wanted to be part of the Mindscape magic? Now’s your chance! We’re looking for a junior or intermediate designer to do awesome things to our Web site. In the meantime however we continue to present this week’s product fixes and enhancements in classic Purple-o-Vision…

LightSpeed

  • Procedure queries now implicitly specify the procedure name as an aggregate, so you can load optional columns that exist only when querying through a stored procedure
  • DataAnnotationBuilder is now public allowing you to leverage it for ASP.NET MVC validation. SeanX has sample code here — thanks Sean!
  • Fix for using a ninja domain property of an associated entity in a query if the two tables in the traversal had a column name in common, and you were doing a count on that column, and the ninja property was part of a composite expression. Can’t imagine how we missed that one.
  • Fixed an error when ordering on a boolean property in LINQ
  • We’ve improved LINQ support for the conditional operator
  • You can now specify table hints such as NOLOCK (on SQL Server only at the moment)

Phone Elements

  • Fixed an issue with automatic tick mark spacing and category axes

WPF Elements

Silverlight Elements

  • Support for a chart having the same minimum and maximum, such as a bar chart with only one data point
  • Silverlight Elements charting now has the ChartAxis.LabelStep feature from Phone Elements
  • We’ve fixed a bug with the ChartAxis label level feature
  • We’ve also fixed a big in side-by-side stacked bars

As usual all these fixes and enhancements are in the current nightly builds and you can get the free editions from the downloads page or the retail editions from the store.

Nightly news, 1 April 2011

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another round-up of new features and fixes! Here’s what’s new in this week’s nightly builds.

WPF Elements

  • We’ve made it a lot easier to localise the Scheduler control
  • You can now set DataSeries.Visibility to collapse a series on a chart
  • Fix for an error when setting the ItemsSource of a stacked chart in code and before adding the series to the chart

LightSpeed

  • Fix for delete by query aliasing problem in class table inheritance

Phone Elements

  • We’ve made some improvements to axis labelling, including improving the behaviour of LabelLevelCount, a new LabelStep property that allows you to skip labels if they’re getting too close together and default skipping to keep the graphs looking nice
  • Fix for a display issue when using category axes

These changes are in current nightly builds, which you can get from the downloads page (free editions) or the store (full editions).

Nightly news, 25 March 2011

It’s always a good moment when a developer is boasting about how much code they’ve managed to delete this week. Take that, KLOC metrics! But we have managed to recycle a few of the deleted characters — mostly braces and semicolons — into a few quick features and fixes. Here’s what’s new in this week’s nightly builds.

LightSpeed

  • We’ve made some improvements to LINQ projection handling, so that some projections that previously had to run client-side can now run server-side
  • Fix for LINQ Single() operator when projecting an associated entity

Phone Elements

  • We’ve added a TitleVisibility property to the ChartAxis class so you can show and hide axis titles

Silverlight Elements

  • Added a safety check to the DateTimeAxisValueConverter

These changes are in current nightly builds, which you can get from the downloads page (free editions) or the store (full editions).

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