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Take Your Kid to GrapeCity Day!

It's been another swell celebration of Take Your Kid to Work Day, with several proud parents bringing their kiddos in to experience the world of GrapeCity and computer software. Resident IT guy Trevor Piotrowski kicked off the morning with the thing kids love best: destruction. After walking the assembled through all the different components--hard drive, motherboard (which elicited some giggles), DVD, RAM--the kids set about pulling them apart.

Using Storyboards with ComponentOne Xamarin Edition

In this article we take a look at visually designing latouts using Storyboards in Xamarin iOS with the ComponentOne Xamarin Edition Beta.

Three Ways to Use FlexChart

While many of the examples you'll see in the FlexChart demos and documentation are geared toward quarterly sales reports and dashboards, you can take your charts out of the financial sector. Any section of your business that needs to report on results will find FlexChart useful, but a Marketing department might make heavy use of Line, Bar, and Pie charts. These charting options can help track the effectiveness of any departmental strategy in the long-term, and the effectiveness of a single campaign in the short-term.

Build 2017, here comes GrapeCity!

If you were one of the lucky folks to snatch up Build 2017 passes before they sold out, I hope you'll stop by the GrapeCity booth on the expo floor. I'll be there, handing out our famous socks and answering basic questions about ComponentOne Studio, Wijmo, Xuni, ActiveReports, and Spread.

Using Lightweight Solution Load and Code Style Configuration in Visual Studio 2017

As you most likely know, Visual Studio 2017 was launched on March 7 with many great new features. In a recent Q&A, Microsoft Technical Evangelist for Developer Experience Robert Green says that his two favorite new features are the Lightweight Solution Load and the custom code style configuration. Let's look at each of those features.

How to Use Funnel Charts to Summarize Data in Apps

The ComponentOne Studio FlexChart's addition of Funnel chart—an excellent tool for summarizing data—enables your users to quickly visualize stages in a linear process. Most often it's used to show sales processes to pinpoint potential problem areas, but we'll see in this blog that the uses can be extended far beyond sales. Any funnel consists of the higher part called head (or base), and the lower part is referred to as the neck. The values displayed are in progressively decreasing proportion and amount to 100% in total.

Lookup Function

Data sources for business applications reside in different data systems like CRM, Accounting and Financial, HRM, SCM, Ticket Management, Inventory Management Systems, and a host of others depending on the industry.

Introducing the ComponentOne Xamarin Edition (beta)

The ComponentOne Xamarin Edition beta has been released! It brings a number of changes and enhancements over Xuni controls. Major additions like UWP support and enhanced controls round out this beta release.

Spread Studio V10 SP1 Release

Spread Studio V10 SP1 has now been released. This release adds support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and fixes many reported issues. Here is a list of the resolved issues:

Video: Get Started with Funnel Chart for WinForms

ComponentOne Studio's FlexChart features a Funnel Chart in all available platforms. This video walks you through how to add the funnel chart to your WinForms applications.

Understanding Fibonacci Tools with FinancialChart

ComponentOne Studio's FinancialChart control comes with built-in support for four types of Fibonacci tools that can be applied to a price or an indicator. These tools helps to analyze trends in the price chart and predict the next price. When the price goes up, they act as resistance levels, and vice-versa.

Video: Get Started with MultiRow Data Grid for ASP.NET MVC

MultiRow Data Grid is a data grid that displays cells in a stacked format, reducing the need to scroll right to view additional columns. While it’s not a familiar spreadsheet format in North America, it’s very popular in Japan, and makes a lot of sense once you understand how it works.

HTML5 Viewer Enrichment

We're really excited about the ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 1 release. I think you'll like what we've done to improve the HTML5 viewer. In addition to adding user-requested tweaks and fixes, we've added several brand new features: SVG rendering, frozen row and column headers, and chart tooltips. Here are details on these features.

StackOverflow's 2017 Developer Survey: Loved and Dreaded Languages, Tabs and Spaces

At GrapeCity, we look forward every year to the results from StackOverflow's excellent developer survey. The research is invaluable to help us develop our roadmaps, understand where developers are headed, and what they're thinking about. Here are a few highlights from my first glance at the StackOverflow Developer Survey Results.

Runtime Interactions in WPF Gantt Chart

The new WPF Gantt control, GanttView, supports all the major Gantt chart needs--predecessors, dependencies, constraints, time-scales, etc. It also provides 17 built-in runtime dialogs so your users can seamlessly interact with the project management tool, and you won't need to write a single line of code.

Spread Windows Forms and the Waterfall Chart

A Waterfall chart is a popular visualization tool that you can now use in Spread for Windows Forms, a Visual Studio .NET control. Spread for Windows Forms also supports many other chart types. You can see a list of the many product features on our web site at http://spread.grapecity.com/spread-studio/.

Introducing MultiRow Data Grid for ASP.NET MVC

As often happens with our ASP.NET MVC Edition, we've recently introduced a new control that launched in Wijmo Enterprise several months ago. MultiRow Data Grid is a data grid that displays cells in a stacked format, reducing the need to scroll right to view additional columns. While it’s not a familiar spreadsheet format in North America, it’s very popular in Japan, and makes a lot of sense once you understand how it works.

Video: Get Started with InputPanel for WPF

InputPanel, a popular WinForms control that acts like a complete data-entry form, is now available in WPF and UWP. InputPanel manages the design, layout, appearance, and behavior of multiple input components. Here's a two-minute video that walks you through how to get started in WPF.

What's New in ComponentOne Ultimate: v1 2017!

It's March 15, and that means it's time for GrapeCity Developer Solutions' first major release of 2017!

Enhance Transaction Logging with FlexGrid, a WinForms Data Grid

Enterprise applications need to keep track of history to effectively review or audit data. Most of these applications prefer to employ transaction logs for maintaining their history. In data-driven applications like spreadsheets, these transactions could be a direct result of any change in the data. Here, by maintaining a chronological ordered list of transactions in FlexGrid, ComponentOne Studio's WinForms data grid, you can record how and when state(s) of your application change.