As I mentioned in a post last week, Xceed has decided to release their fully-functional, professional-level WPF DataGrid control completely free. No, this isn't a time-limited or "lite" version of the control...it's the real deal. When you consider that WPF version 1.0 doesn't ship with a data grid control at all, you'll realize that an offer like this is very compelling.
First off, I have to mention the impressive XBAP demo experience they call the Xceed DataGrid for WPF LiveExplorer. It's a great way to quickly experiment with many of the DataGrid features. Xceed has done a polished and professional job here. I'm really starting to love XBAPs. And because I now run Windows Vista, it's a single-click, no install experience. I hope that other vendors follow suit (Actipro has done something similar for their WPF Wizard control).
I like the Theme and View flyouts that appear when you change the UI style. It's great to see someone moving beyond the "battlship grey" days and into something that feels designed. The subtle and effective animations are nice too (and they don't get in the way). I also appreciate the grouping feature and the fact that it supports UI virtualization, a non-trivial bit of functionality that makes a big difference when you're working with large datasets.
Thank you, Xceed, for providing a free DataGrid control that helps fill a feature gap in WPF version 1.0. Great job!
I've been "tagged" by fellow Technical Evangelist, Brian Keller, in his recent post. And if I decide to play along, I'm supposed to reveal five deep, dark secrets that nobody knows about me. I try to be pretty open with people, and I've already blogged about a number of things that might qualify for a topic like this:
But, I don't want to be labeled a cop out. So, I'll try to come up with five new, revealing, and heretofore unchronicled items.
Now, according to the rules of the game, I'm supposed to tag a few more people, so here goes: Brian Benincasa, Steve Marx, and Carter Maslan. You're all it!
Is this thing on? Hello? Anybody out there? Oh...hi there...must have been a great party, 'cuz I can't remember anything. No blog posts since December 4th, 2006!? What is that, like a gazillion years ago in internet time? How embarassing. Well, here goes...
Although I haven't had time to give it a spin yet, the folks at Actipro Software have released Actipro Wizard, a WPF-based .NET control. The list of features looks pretty comprehensive, and they cite conformance with the Wizard97 specification. I love the idea of the Live XBAP Demo. This is the first commercially available WPF-based wizard control that I'm aware of.
The good guys at Xceed Software have announced that they plan to make their upcoming WPF-based DataGrid control available for free. Yes, you read that correctly: FREE. Even if you have to convert that to your local currency, I think you'll find that it's an amazing deal. :) I talked to one of my contacts at Xceed and confirmed that this is definitely not a "lite" or time-limited release. It is their full, professional-level WPF DataGrid control. Awesome. Sign-up to be notified when it's available.
Pavan Podila has announced the release of XamlXporter 0.2, a tool that exports your Adobe Illustrator artwork to XAML. Looks like the new version lets you export to either a Canvas or a DrawingBrush. Nice. Pavan has also setup a CodePlex project for those of you who'd like to see how the code works or contribute some of your own.
Last, fellow Technical Evangelists Ernie Booth and Laurence Moroney have assembed a three-part Video Boot Camp for WPF/E. This is a great way to get up-to-speed on this new technology in about an hour:
Oh...and before I forget...Happy 2007!