What's New in v2008 vol 2
Prior to this release, XAF provided a scheduling module only for WinForms. With v2008 vol 2, an ASP.NET scheduling module is now available.
XAF v2008 vol 2 introduces new PivotChart modules - for WinForms and ASP.NET. These modules allow end-users to analyze data by using a combination of DevExpress XtraCharts, XtraPivotGrid and ASPxPivotGrid controls.
To take advantage of this UI in your applications, simply add a built-in Analysis business class and PivotChart module to your application. Analysis Detail View contains a special Property Editor that allows end-users to slice and dice data using a pivot grid, and then display results in a 2D or 3D chart.
PivotChart modules support all features of the XtraPivotGrid and ASPxPivotGrid controls - filtering, top value display, hierarchical value arrangement on the axes, grand and group totals, etc. WinForm application users can also make use of the XtraCharts Wizard to modify their charts.
Previously, if you wanted to generate a report based on currently selected records or the currently opened Detail View, you would have to write custom code. In v2008 vol 2 this has become a part of XAF’s built-in functionality.
Now, any report can be marked as valid for in-place reporting. You can then add a new "Show in Report" action to the required List and Detail Views. This action will display a list of marked reports and thus allow end-users to generate an instant report based on currently selected data.
Preview Reports in ASP.NET applications
Previously, only exporting Actions were available in ASP.NET reports created with XAF. These Actions allowed you to save a report to an MHT, PDF, RTF or XML file. With the release of v2008 vol 2, end-users will get a new UI provided by the XtraReports Suite – including a toolbar that provides rich data navigation and report management capabilities.
To generate a Microsoft Office 2007 style UI, simply add this new module to your application.
If needed, you can customize the default Ribbon Templates using the Application Model.
New Features of the GridListEditor and ASPxGridListEditor
New Item Row
Previously, the only way to create a new object was to invoke a Detail View. Now, the GridListEditor supports the XtraGrid's New Item Row feature, thus allowing end-users to enter new data directly into grid cells.
Inline List View Editing
Previously, XAF allowed inline editing of List Views in WinForms applications only. We've eliminated this limitation in v2008 vol 2, so that web application end-users can now make use of ASPxGridView's inline editing capabilities.
Medium Trust Support
eXpressApp Framework now supports the Medium Trust security level, making it easier to deploy to different web hosting environments.