Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mobile Database Apps for iPhone/iPad/Android, Visual Studio 2013

Code On Time release 8.0.2.0 introduces an updated Universal Mobile/Desktop Client in the apps created with Premium and Unlimited editions. The new mobile client offers editing capabilities and Responsive Web Design. The same exact app will take a full advantage of the client mobile device and offer the most efficient method of presenting data. Continue reading for full release notes after the screen shots.
See the live mobile demo at http://demo.codeontime.com/northwind/pages/home.aspx?_mobile=true.
These are the screen shots of iPhone 5s with the product list and a single product in an edit form.
Mobile client rendering of a product list in the app created with Code On Time app generator.  Mobile client rendering of an edit form 'editForm1' in the app created with Code On Time app generator.
Modern tablets feature high resolution screens. iPad Air with portrait orientation in shown in the screen shot below with the display of the same product list. List items are wider and a fixed context sidebar is automatically visible on the right-hand side of the screen.
Mobile client rendering of a product list in iPad Air with visible context sidebar in the app created with Code On Time app generator.
This screen shot shows the product list in iPad Air with landscape orientation. The context sidebar has been undocked to offer three columns of list items.
Mobile client rendering of a product list in iPad Air with landscape orientation in the app created with Code OnTime app generator.
Don’t forget that apps created with Unlimited edition also support Desktop client devices. See the desktop version of the demo at http://demo.codeontime.com/northwind/pages/home.aspx?_mobile=false.
Mobile client rendering of a product list in iPad Air with landscape orientation in the app created with Code OnTime app generator.
Application framework automatically detects the type of client device and hooks either mobile or desktop client library to rendered application pages ensuring the most friendly presentation.
The following features and bug fixes are included in this release:
  • Updated mobile client library with full editing capabilities and Responsive Web Design.
     
  • Production release of jQuery Mobile 1.4 is the foundation of the mobile client library.
     
  • Visual Studio 2013 is now supported.
     
  • Windows Azure SDK 2.2. is now supported.
     
  • Client library supports "lookup-details-hidden" tag to hide "arrow" that allows view object details from lookup fields.
     
  • Thumbnails of images are now rendered on transparent background. Previous releases where rendering images with white background and thin gray frame.
     
  • Web.Config.Release and Web.Config.Debug transformations are now supported in Web App Factory and Azure Factory apps.
     
  • Application page builder will prevent creation of duplicate pages and configure the first foreign key field as Filter Source field if multiple FK fields are referencing the same controller.
     
  • Import processor passes the name of the temporary file to ImportProcessorFactory to allow overriding and correction of the submitted import file.
     
  • Import processor will automatically bind records imported into child data views to the primary key of a selected master on any level of hierarchy.
     
  • Thank you Ed Blum for contributing "nl-NL" enhanced localization.
     
  • Method DataViewExtender.AssignFilter will accept an array of values for Include and Exclude filters.
     
  • Removed extraneous ")" from the project build file that was preventing Web App Factory from generating the Login page.
     
  • Spansh style of "a.m./p.m" designator is using "space" in the middle on Window 8.1. The client library will correctly parse time.
     
  • Legacy apps without /project/features/framework/@scriptOnly set to "true" in DataAquiarum.Project.xml file will not try to render Mobile Client.
     
  • Desktop client correctly positions Calendar in all browsers.
     
  • Desktop client correctly processes selected lookup values in FireFox.
     
  • Desktop client does not apply the URL command parameters to object Details when a user clicks on an arrow.
     
  • Removed "x" button in IE10 and above in desktop apps.
Next release is planned for January of 2014. There will be numerous enhancements to the mobile client to further narrow the gap between Desktop and Mobile features. Here is a partial list of things we are working on:
  • Blob upload/download.
  • Confirmation data controllers
  • Multi-field copy and context fields in lookups.
  • Dedicated presentation for Auto Complete, Check Box, and Check Box List lookup styles.
  • Filtering capabilities.
  • Mobile version of Advanced Search Bar.
  • Display of aggregates in context sidebar.
  • “Tabular” display of data lists.
  • Multiple-selection of list items.
  • Conditional visibility of categories and fields.
  • Conditional read-only fields.
  • Calculated fields.
We are also preparing to showcase http://cloudontime.com. We have done tremendous amount of work to bring built-in dynamic page creation, workflows, blogging and support forum capabilities to the apps created with Unlimited edition of Code On Time. Stay tuned.

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