Monday, March 14, 2011

MySQL, IIS Express 7.5, Search Bar Improvements

The latest release of Code On Time generator includes significant new features and bug fixes.

Major Features

  • Code On Time generator now fully supports MySQL. Generate sophisticated web applications with native membership support, amazing end user capabilities such as live Excel data feeds, RSS, and on-the-fly reports.
  • In an effort to simplify product installation and to offer up-to-date development experience we have integrated support for IIS Express 7.5 in the web application generator. Code On Time generator will automatically use IIS Express to run and test generated applications. IIS Express can be installed on any Windows computer starting with XP and can run side-by-side with the production version of IIS bundled in many versions of Windows.
  • Search bars are now enhanced to support the new Search property of data fields. The search bars will no longer display “Hidden” data fields in the field options. The following values of the Search property allow precise control of the search bar behavior:
    • Default – if the field is no hidden then it is allowed to be displayed in the search bar options. Up to three fields are automatically presented on the search bar by default.
    • Required – the field must be presented on the search bar and cannot be left blank. If at least one field is marked as Required or Suggested then only required and suggested fields are displayed in the search bar.
    • Suggested – the field is automatically presented in the search bar when a search bar is activated.
    • Allowed – the field is allowed to be displayed in the search bar. This value may be useful to expose the “hidden” fields in the search bar.
    • Forbidden – the field is not allowed to be displayed in the search bar even if the field is present in the grid / data sheet / tree view.

Bug Fixes and Minor Improvements

  • The application will correctly hide the tab in a form if there are no visible categories.
  • Method SqlText.Execute has been renamed to SqlText.ExecuteScalar
  • SqlText class has been enhanced with several static methods that make it easy to execute an SQL statement with parameters. The name of the methods are Execute, ExecuteNonQuery, and ExecuteScalar. For example,
    object[] values = MyCompany.Data.SqlText.Execute(
        "select CompanyName, ContactName from Customers where CustomerID = @CustomerID", 
    will return Company Name and Contact Name of a customer with ID = “ANTON”.
  • An exception raised when registering an activation code has been fixed.
  • Table of Contents user control now adjusts targets of TreeNode elements if the URL is of a page is spelled as “_blank:….” or starts with any other standard browser window name.
  • Business rules now support “array” filters. If you enter a view filter as “CustomerID in @CustomerIDList” and implement property CustomerIDList as an array or any enumerable property then the application will expand the filter into “CustomerID in (@p1, @p2,@p3)” if the property is returning three values.
  • Code generator will automatically remove read-only flag if detected when generated the project protected by a source control system.
  • Membership Business Rules were refactored. All methods are now virtual and can be overridden when needed.
  • The bug with conflict detection when read-only fields are present in a view has been resolved.
  • Mandatory boolean fields now automatically display first option “(select)” instead of “N/A”.
  • If the property ItemsStyle of a mandatory boolean field is set to “CheckBox” then field will correctly render as a check box.
  • The speed of metadata processing when generating a project for the first time or when refreshing the metadata to reflect changes in the database is now significantly improved.
  • Export as CSV  will use the List Separator of the client UI culture instead of a fixed “comma” character.
  • If a form view has more than one column then the form will automatically take enough of real estate of the screen to fit the contents of the form into available space.
  • All boxes displayed in the search bar now feature an additional CSS class signifying the purpose of the box. The classes are Summary, TaskList, About, and See Also. This makes it possible to permanently hide the boxes from the UI when needed.
  • An exception is no raised if there is an error in the code formula. Previously the application silently ignored the runtime error making it difficult to detect the problem.
  • Summary box automatically trims words that are too long to fit in the side bar. This was frequently happening to email addresses and other “long” text sequences with spaces.

Coming Soon

Many new exciting features are coming soon.

  • Data Sheet view will be available in Premium and Unlimited editions of the product to provide a spreadsheet-style data entry.
  • Data Pivot capability will allow creating powerful data entry views with side-by-side presentation of categorized values.
  • Dynamic Access Control List will be available soon in Unlimited edition. Enterprise class dynamic security system will be available to control access to data on a user and role level without modifying application code.
  • Support for Sybase SQL Anywhere is being prepared for release.
  • Date Time Picker will be automatically displayed when data format string of a field is G or g.
  • New “Purpose” property will be introduced in the fields to allow specifying the business purpose of the field, such as Modified On, Created By, Membership User Name, Phone Number, etc. The code generator will automatically create the necessary business rules to support the expressed purpose of the field.
  • Azure Factory code generation project is being finalized and will be available to create applications working with Microsoft SQL Azure.
  • Extended support for file uploading is finally coming to conclusion. It will be possible to capture File Name, File Size, File Content Type, and to redirect file storage / retrieval to an external location. Azure Factory applications will use this capability to store uploaded files and annotations in Azure tables.
  • Tree View will complement Grid View, Data Sheet, Form, and Chart.

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