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First Experiences with Agile, Kanban boards, and Source Control

This article discusses the concepts I learned in my first sprint including the Agile SDLC, task management with KanBan boards, and source control with TFS.

Xuni 2016 v2.5 Update Available

Xuni 2016 v2.5 is now available with several enhancements and bug fixes. This article documents the various changes in the update.

How to use the GrapeCity License Manager Add in

This blog explains how you can use Xuni 2016 v2.5 with the GrapeCity License Manager Visual Studio add in to license your Xamarin solutions.

Confirming Changes in the Report Portal

In this section, we'll log into the Report Portal and view the report that we modified in Editing Server Reports. Also, we'll check out the report history and how to revert to a version of the report from before our changes.

Introducing Fitness Explorer

As a fitness enthusiast and technology geek I've been using the Google Fit Android app to heavily track and record my fitness activities. With it's proprietary low battery step counting service it keeps track of my steps on my phone, without a fitness tracker! Google Fit is great, for recording my fitness activities that is. But when I need an quick and easy aggregated view of my fitness history it was difficult to easily find this information in Google Fit. This is why I created the Fitness Explorer app during my summer internship at GrapeCity, to get a instant dashboard of my fitness history for the day, week, and even the month!

Disappearing Designer

In certain circumstances, the ActiveReports designer that integrates with the Visual Studio IDE does not display. Here are the possible causes, and how to fix the issue.

Editing Server Reports

Continuing from our previous topic on Connecting the Designer to the Server, we have the stand-alone report designer open, and we are logged in as Jennifer.

Video: Get Started with FlexChart for UWP - Add and Configure UWP Charts

Create beautiful, flexible data visualizations with FlexChart for UWP. This 3-minute video walks you through adding and configuring a chart to your Windows 10 apps, including:

Getting Started with FlexReport for UWP

In July, we released the new FlexReport for UWP, and today we'll take you through the steps needed to create and show a FlexReport in a UWP app using SQLite database, and also look at the few differences from the WinForms version of FlexReport.

PDF File Cannot Be Found

We often get questions about the following error when trying to download a generated PDF on the web:

Connecting the Designer to ActiveReports Server

This section describes how to use the stand-alone version of the report designer included with the developer version of ActiveReports.

Set N Rows per Page

With ActiveReports, you can specify the number of rows to render (including empty ones) on each page of your report. How you do it depends on the report type you're using.

Hide Duplicate Values

With ActiveReports, you can hide duplicate values of a record. How you do this depends on the type of report you are using.

How to Create a Custom DropDown Control in Xamarin.Forms

In the Xuni 2016 v2 release we included several new input controls such as AutoComplete, MaskedEntry, ComboBox, and DropDown. In this blog post I'll show you some of the basic features of DropDown and how to create a custom DatePicker control.

Customize Chart Data Points with Conditional Formatting and Custom Symbols

One of the most common chart requirements is to customize the appearance of the data points—the individual values that are plotted on the chart. The representation of data points (known as symbols) varies depending upon the chart type being used, so customizing a data point in a Column/Bar chart would imply customizing the appearance of the columns/bars. Similarly, customizing a data point in LineSymbols/SplineSymbols/Scatter chart implies customizing the appearance of circular/square shaped symbols at that particular point.

A deeper look at the Medal Tracker architecture

This article examines the Medal Tracker architecture and dissects how it uses web services, caching, and Xuni to make a compelling experience.

2016 Rio Summer Games Medal Tracker

The 2016 Rio Olympics are now well underway, and GrapeCity the occasion is commemorating by providing a Medal Tracker web app using our sister product Wijmo. For Xuni, we've developed a Xamarin.Forms sample that has many of the same features.

ActiveReports: Solving problems since 1998

I recently hosted a webcast titled "ActiveReports: Solving problems since 1998!" The idea behind this was to showcase some of the features that our current customers have found most useful. I can tell you all the great things about ActiveReports, but it's better to show you the features that our customers have said solve their problems on a daily basis. And that's exactly what we did! We had two amazing sessions with an awesome group in the audience. Throughout the presentation, my co-organizer, Bhupesh Malhotra, was typing away answering the many questions we were getting, which shows that the content was being well received. We had great participation, great questions, and great feedback. Utilizing live polls, we gathered that the audience members were mostly developers and the majority of them had been long-time users of ActiveReports. So we tailored the presentation to suit them. For those who were new to ActiveReports, or to GrapeCity as the producer of ActiveReports, we started off with a brief introduction to what ActiveReports is, what the main features are, and why our customers choose us over our competitors. One such example I mentioned in the webcast was a customer I had spoken with the previous week. His company was worried about the stability of the product and of GrapeCity. I mentioned that GrapeCity has been in business for over 30 years. ActiveReports has been around for the last 20 years. Over those many years, we have come to know and understand reporting and the industry very well. We have an amazing global team of support agents, developers, and managers that stand behind the product. We are dedicated to our customers and their reporting needs. You can't ask for a more stable company or a more stable product! After the introductory slides, we quickly jumped into the demos. From a long list of features , I chose to showcase a few of the more popular ones:

.NET Native and UWP Edition

.NET Native is a precompilation technology for building and deploying UWP applications. It is available in Visual Studio 2015, and it's also a part of app store submission process.