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Company employs ~100 Engineers both engineering and IT specialists. TP Engineering is focused on plant reliability optimization (manufacturing companies) and has 15 years of experience in engineering field.

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Computer managed maintenance system. Software package that maintains a computer database of information about an organization’s maintenance operations. This information is intended to help maintenance workers perform their jobs more efficiently and help management make informed decisions.

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CMMS packages offer a wide range of capabilities and cover a correspondingly wide range of prices:

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At that time (roughly 2007) Devexpress had a good history of providing VCL components for Delphi, which most of our programmers had experience with. So Devexpress XtraGrid became a natural choice.

At stage 2 of the project – similar situation occurred, but the competitors in our case were Microsoft Entity Framework (EF) and XPO. Microsoft Entity framework was still weak, and XPO provided a much more extensive solution (for example – one couldn’t create a nonpersistent property in an EF class). The same happened with the eXpressApp Framework (XAF).

One thing worth noticing – is that XAF provided a unique combination of tools packaged together to provide a working solution. For my knowledge – there’s no single framework out there – providing a full working solution out of the box, leaving only one task for the user – that is define the class structure. Everything else – has some default values (not that I’m saying they’re good – but they’re working).

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As the projects where done a few year ago (2007- 2008) DevExpress components, and mainly XtraGrid suite played a major role in the developed Win Forms solution. XtraGrid was used for all the Data operations in the Software. Inserting, Updating, Presenting/Viewing Data – all was done in the grid. The only task was to configure it right, so it would be convenient for the user.

Stage #2 – provided a different challenge – unifying 5 projects into a single solution. This is where XAF saved the day. It allowed us to create a working solution in a matter of hours.

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Martynas Daučiūnas