Today we released what may have been our biggest product update since the launch of Alpha Five Version 11 last October. It includes many new features with benefits for both Desktop and Web developers.
One of the highlights is a new local Documentation Viewer, which allows fast local access to the documentation even when your computer is not connected to the Internet, and the ability to update the local documentation from the master Wiki when it is connected to the Internet. When using the local viewer, you can filter titles using wildcards, search full text using wildcards, search full text with multiple conditions, and browse the table of contents.
- Grid Component - Proximity Search The Proximity Search Control allows you to easily add a search field to your Grid to find all records within a specified radius of an address (such as 70 Blanchard Rd, Burlington MA 01803) or a partial address (such as Burlington MA). This feature only works with SQL tables that have a Geography/Geometry field.
- Dialog Component - Map Control You can now put map controls on a Dialog component. The map control object exposes methods that allows you to easily program against the map object. For example, you can center the map, add markers to the map, read the position of markers, etc. You could easily bring up a map control from the item selected from the results of a proximity search.Currently the map control uses Google Maps. In the future, if there is sufficient demand, we would like to add support for other map vendors, such as Bing.
- Dialog Component - Chart Control You can now add charts to the Dialog Component. This allows the easy creation of dashboards.To see a list of all chart types that are offered, click here.The basic principle behind defining a chart is as follows.
- First define the data series on which the chart is based.
- A chart can be be based on one or more data series
- To define data series, select the Properties pane and then click the smart field for the 'Data series' property (see below for more details)
- Once you have defined your data series, add a Chart control to the Dialog. You can add as many Chart controls to a Dialog as you want. This allows you to create 'dashboard' type applications.
- To add a Chart control to the Dialog, select the 'Chart' control in the list of available 'Dialog Controls'.
- After you have added the Chart control to the Dialog, click the 'Chart definition' smart field to define the properties of the cha
- Automatically geocode addresses in the data at the same time the record is saved into a SQL database
- Compute a Geography Field from Latitude/Longitude Values
- Define an action to display a message that automatically fades out of view over a certain interval.Fade-out messages are ideal for providing feedback to a user to indicate, for example, that some action has been completed.
- Display a fade-out confirmation message to the user if the data was successfully saved when the user clicks the Submit button in a Dialog
Full details about this update are in the release notes.