News

GrapeCity Updates Components for VS2010

Component maker GrapeCity announced today that it has released updated versions of its reporting and spreadsheet components for Visual Studio 2010. Products updated to add Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 support include FarPoint Spread for Windows Forms 5, ActiveReports 6, Data Dynamics Reports and Data Dynamics Analysis.

FarPoint Spread for ASP.NET already supported Visual Studio 2010 in version 4. FarPoint Spread for ASP.NET 5 adds built-in support for the VS2010 Azure Development Fabric.

“We are very excited about Visual Studio 2010 and the next generation development platform from Microsoft as it aims to simplify the entire development process from design to deployment," said Rick Williamson, general manager of the PowerTools Division at GrapeCity.

Several GrapeCity products had to be specifically reworked to support the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, a subset of .NET that significantly reduces the size of the required download to run compatible applications. The shaved down framework can pose problems for applications written for the full .NET Framework, since these apps may call on resources not available in the .NET Client Profile

Component makers were aware of Client Profile, but many were surprised when Visual Studio 2010 shipped with the .NET Client Profile as the default. That led GrapeCity and others to have to rework their component suites for the streamlined flavor of .NET.

"We had to go through and rip out code from our assemblies and put in different assemblies," said GrapeCity Product Manager Sean Lawyer, who found some positives to take away from the experience. "Going forward our developers will definitely be a lot more disciplined on how they implement their classes so they don't create so many inter-dependencies inside of an assembly. We had to open up a lot of stuff to make it work without having to refactor all of our code."

GrapeCity was founded in 1980 and boasts more than 850 employees. The company in September 2009 acquired spreadsheet component-maker FarPoint Technologies and, a year earlier in October 2008, acquired reporting component vendor Data Dynamics. Most recently, GrapeCity announced a partnership with The Imaging Source, a leading provider of word processing components for .NET. The two companies plan to work together to provide a comprehensive suite of Word and Excel like components to .NET application developers

.

About the Author

Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

comments powered by Disqus

Featured

  • VS Code Python Tool Does Multiple Interactive Windows

    Code cells from Python scripts by default will still be executed in a same interactive window, but developers can now configure the Python extension to run separate files in separate interactive windows.

  • VS Code Java Team Improves 'Getting Started' Experience

    Microsoft's dev team responsible for the Java on Visual Studio Code extensions released a new update that eases the "getting started" experience, addressing feedback from new users who want an easier onramp.

  • Data Prep for Machine Learning: Encoding

    Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research uses a full code program and screenshots to explain how to programmatically encode categorical data for use with a machine learning prediction model such as a neural network classification or regression system.

  • Surface Duo Debut Presents Dual-Screen Dev Challenges

    Microsoft officially launched its new dual-screen Android device, Surface Duo, presenting new challenges -- and opportunities -- for developers to leverage the new form factor.

  • What's New in Blazor Tooling Updates

    Here's a quick look at what four major third-party Blazor tooling vendors have offered lately for Microsoft's red-hot project that allows for web development with C# instead of JavaScript.

.NET Insight

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Upcoming Events