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Sunburst Chart Roadmap: What would you like to see?

This year, we saw lot of new additions to the C1Studio suite – from UWP platform support to new controls like FlexChart for WinForms, WPF and UWP; Sparkline and GanttView for WPF; FlexReport for UWP, WPF etc. While we continue our efforts in bringing in something new for you, we also constantly work on evolving the existing and new controls by adding features that can make them better. In this post, we'll look at new plans for our FlexChart control introduced this year – specifically, the Sunburst chart.

Redesign the Periodic Table as a .NET Sunburst Chart

In the world of data visualization, standard techniques like Tables, Bars and Pies have always been the conventional choice. However, you may want a more unconventional option so users can visualize large amounts of complex data easily, clearly and efficiently. In this blog, we'll look at how we can turn the Periodic Table into a Sunburst chart, bringing a new paradigm to modern data visualization.

More Adaptive Techniques with Content Views and Master Detail

In my previous blog post I covered the basic tips for building adaptive Xamarin.Forms apps for tablets and phones. In this post I'm going to complete the discussion with two very adaptive-friendly components that make app development fun - ContentView and MasterDetailPage.

Migrating LightSwitch To HTML5: A look at ASP.NET Core Scaffolders and Code Generators

Microsoft recently announced that Visual Studio 2015 would be the last version to support LightSwitch and advised developers not to start new development using this platform. This has left many LOB developers looking for a stable, well-supported platform to replace LightSwitch, and moving from LightSwitch to HTML5 is one of the most suitable paths.

Building with C1Studio controls in Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio Team Services (formerly Visual Studio Online) has become increasingly popular among enterprise development teams. With Azure integration, Git, agile, and continuous integration wrapped up in a hosted solution, I can see how eager any development team would be to use the service.

Tips for Building Adaptive Xamarin.Forms Apps

An adaptive UI adapts its layout to the needs of the user. You may adapt your UI for several reasons like the user’s role, or experience, but most of the time you will change an app’s layout or features when it runs on different sized devices.  You’ve probably heard of responsive apps on the web. Adaptive UIs are basically the same thing.

Plotting Hierarchical and Flat Data in a .NET Sunburst Chart

Continuing with our Getting Started with .NET Sunburst Charts... series, let's dig deeper and understand more about the data that you can visualize with Sunburst chart.

LightSwitch in Maintenance Mode: What does that mean for you?

Last week, Microsoft released big news in the world of LightSwitch: Microsoft has recommended that users not begin new application development with LightSwitch, as Visual Studio 2015 is the last release including the platform. Visual Studio 2015 will be active until October 13, 2020. As one commenter put it: "LightSwitch is dead, long live LightSwitch!"

Silverlight, HTML5, and the future of .NET: A Chat with Bernardo de Castilho and Burton Roberts

GrapeCity CTO Bernardo de Castilho (father of the FlexGrid) and longtime ComponentOne Studio customer Burton Roberts chat about Silverlight, HTML5, and the future of .NET.

White Paper: Understanding ASP.NET Core MVC TagHelpers

ASP.NET Core MVC’s TagHelper feature provides a readable, HTML-like markup that enables developers and web designers to collaborate more closely and efficiently. In this white paper we’ll walk you through the basics of TagHelpers, from concepts to custom development.

Silicon Valley Code Camp – 2016 .NET, JavaScript, Azure and more!

I attended the 11th anniversary of the Silicon Valley Code Camp this year on October 1st and 2nd in San Jose California. When I speak around the country and get into a discussion about community driven conferences like Code Camp’s, I encourage whomever I am talking to that they should attend this Code Camp just once, since it’s the largest in America (maybe the world) and is my favorite one.

Now Available: Team Licensing for C1Studio and Ultimate!

GrapeCity’s Ultimate control suite with .NET, JavaScript and Xamarin controls is now available with team licensing. ComponentOne Studio’s .NET control suite also features the team packs, which include five licenses with Platinum support.

Visual Studio 17 RC: First Look from GrapeCity Developers

Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2017 RC today at Connect! We've updated this post to reflect the name of the new version of Visual Studio. (November 16, 2016)

How to use Speech Recognition with Xamarin.iOS

Apple has introduced a few interesting new features in the iOS 10 APIs for working with speech including a new Speech API and SiriKit. The Speech API especially provides a compelling way to incorporate speech recognition into your application. Xamarin has ported all of these new APIs to their platform giving you the ability to try these new features our and incorporate them into your app. In this article we'll examine how you can integrate speech recognition into your Xamarin.iOS application by guiding you through creating a speech driven FlexGrid with the ability to filter based on a spoken word.

Crowd-Sourcing Solutions: How Would You Improve Your City?

A great story on WESA-FM's tech segment entitled Building Better Cities One Application at a Time got me thinking--what apps would I build to make Pittsburgh a better city? GrapeCity's in the heart of Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, and the story focused on Code for Pittsburgh, the city's Code for America group that helps pull government into the digital age.

Label Reports

You can create reports with data arranged in columns and rows to print on label sheets. Let's take a look at how to do this with each type of report.

Getting Started with .NET Sunburst Chart for WPF, WinForms, and UWP

As we continue leading the way on the latest data visualization trends, we're happy to announce the addition of a .NET Sunburst chart, a modern chart that lets you visualize hierarchical data beyond the classical bars and circles. Sunburst is the newest chart available with our FlexChart chart control.

Examining Microsoft's new .NET Standard

Microsoft is currently in the midst of pushing a major change to the .NET platform in it's new .NET Standard Library. The .NET Standard simplifies development for any of the .NET platforms (including the .NET Framework, .NET Core, and Mono/Xamarin) by providing just one unifying base class for their myriad platforms.

Spread Windows Forms Designer and Sparklines

You can use the Spread Windows Forms designer to quickly design a sparkline.

How to Add ComboBox to a Grid Cell in FlexGrid for WPF and UWP

One of the frequently asked questions about FlexGrid control is how to add ComboBox to a grid cell. FlexGrid features a special class that allows you to do this automatically.