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GrapeCity Update Includes .NET Standard Template for Xamarin Mobile Development

Visual Studio and .NET component specialist GrapeCity Inc.'s latest update features better data visualization, new project templates -- including a new .NET Standard project for Xamarin mobile development -- and more.

The company provides .NET controls for desktop, Web and native mobile projects with its ComponentOne line, and JavaScript/HTML5 controls written in TypeScript in its Wijmo offering.

One new feature of special interest to mobile developers is a new .NET Standard project template for Visual Studio, as part of the company's ComponentOne Studio for Xamarin.

Introduced in 2016, NET Standard provides a formal specification of .NET APIs that should be available on all .NET implementations, getting a big boost with the release of .NET Standard 2.0 last year.

With ComponentOne Studio for Xamarin 2018 v1, mobile developers can get a jumpstart in developing cross-platform iOS and Android apps based on Microsoft's Xamarin technology.

"We've added a new .NET Standard project template for Visual Studio 2017," the company said in a blog post this week. "This template should help you modernize your Xamarin.Forms projects as the .NET platform continues to evolve."

Other release features spotlighted by GrapeCity include:

  • A new MultiSelect input control that extends ComboBox and adds checkboxes so users can select multiple items from the dropdown. It's available for WinForms, WPF and UWP.
  • New project templates in WinForms, WPF and ASP.NET MVC designed to ease the creation of new projects in Visual Studio. Also, ASP.NET MVC features a new Razor Pages scaffolder.
  • Additional FlexChart charts and features including Pareto chart, axis grouping, options for managing overlapping in axis and data labels, and custom legend icons.
  • The ability for users to execute samples and demos directly from their desktop with the ComponentOne Samples Explorer, along with a full Dashboard Demo for ASP.NET MVC.

On the JavaScript side of things, the company highlighted a new licensing mechanism, along with component enhancements and new functionality.

The company provides more details on all the updates here.

All the new releases are available in a free 30-day trial.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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