Developers rely on DevExpress to provide the controls they need to build stunning desktop, Web and mobile apps. The newly released DevExpress Universal 14.1 adds an HTML5 client-side data grid control, new Windows Forms (WinForms) Outlook-style controls, new chart types, and the beta version of an ASP.NET report designer. There are also new demos showing developers how to use the new controls and how to build apps with the same look and feel whether they’re using WinForms, ASP.NET or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

“No matter which platform you choose, we have controls for it and we show you how to use them,” said DevExpress CTO Julian Bucknall. “If you’re using two or more platforms and you have to create the same application with the same UI on all, we can help you do that as well.”

New Controls and Control Enhancements
As always, DevExpress continues to add functionality to the control sets for each platform, giving developers even more ways to build fluid and responsive applications that deliver exceptional user experiences.

WinForms Outlook-Style Navigation Controls. DevExpress extended the capabilities of its WinForms Navigation components to fully support the Outlook 2013 user experience. The navigation links can be displayed at the bottom of the page so developers can use the space within the primary app container for module-specific functionality.

HTML 5 Client-Side Data Grid. Developers using the DevExtreme HTML5 JavaScript mobile framework to create phone apps have been asking for an HTML5 JavaScript Data Grid, which DevExpress Universal 14.1 delivers. DataGridJS is easy to use and customize, works on traditional desktop and touch-enabled devices, and is lightweight to deliver the best possible performance.

“Since we’ve been known for our data grids since the very beginning, we decided it was time to build a pure client-side grid,” said Bucknall. “In other words, a data grid widget that is standard HTML5, lots of JavaScript, and includes all of the functionality you’d expect in a grid, such as moving columns around or sorting by column, grouping, and things like that. And then throw in infinite scrolling and paged data binding.”

Unlike ASP.NET grids, it is a pure client-side grid.

“People are no longer afraid of client-side stuff,” said Bucknall. “While people still like and use the ASP.NET ASPxGridView control, it requires a lot of server code to be written and executed for the grid to work. If you’re not using ASP.NET, that’s a problem, so this opens up a whole new market for people who don’t need .NET or even have .NET on the server. All our JavaScript widgets are completely server code agnostic.”