There is a lot of new functionality in the WaveMaker 6.5 Milestone release. To help you become familiar with some of the new features, there are some new screen casts. With luck, I’ll have time to add more 6.5 screen casts later.
Adding Properties to PageContainers
One of my favorite features is the ability to put a page in a page container, and add properties to the page container for manipulating the page. This makes it possible to create a single page that can be used in many situations with many properties provided by the parent page. Software reuse and adaptation are important parts of any good development tool, and your pages are now reusable.
The Grid Designer
Another important new feature is the new Grid Designer. Up to now, the dialog that is used to configure your grid’s columns was clumsy and nearly powerless. This has been replaced with a grid designer with new formatters, properties for formatters, new editors and properties for those editors, styling, classing and lots of room to grow. And the fact that the grid will now work on mobile devices is no small thing either.
Please post comments and suggestions on the forums. Hopefully I’ll have time to make a few more screen casts in the future. And never underestimate the value of skimming through the release notes.
WaveMaker 6.5.0 Milestone 1 is released. (If you’re unfamiliar with the “milestone” terminology see the earlier post.) By my count we added:
* 8 major new features
* 28 new properties, methods, and events
* 12 new widgets
* 20 functional improvements
See the release notes for the detailed list and full description of all new capabilities.
Mobile support has consumed much of our attention in WaveMaker 6.5. You notice a new set of buttons in Studio that allow you to easily design for phones or tablets, in addition to standard desktops. Many of the widgets and widget behaviors have been updated to work well on mobile platforms, especially gesture UIs. As well we’ve integrated with PhoneGap so you can deploy apps as native mobile applications.
In every release we strive to improve the usability of WaveMaker. WaveMaker 6.5.0 is no different. In addition to features, we’ve made improvements to the Properties Panel and the Grid Column Editor, Live Views are now embedded within LiveVars, and we’ve added a new section in the forums, specifically for usability. We’d really like to hear your opinions on the usability of WaveMaker 6.5. What do you think of the changes we’ve made? What’s worse? What’s better? What did we get right? What still needs work? Please, please, please, please, please, please give us your feedback.
Did you know that you can quickly and easily apply Studio patches between releases? From Studio’s file menu, choose ‘modify studio’ and then ‘upload studio patches’. ‘Load patches’ will automatically import any patches that have been published for that release. Finally, ‘apply’ the update and you are good to go. Yes, the applied patches are included in any deployments too. It’s that easy.
Since shipping WM 6.4.5, we’ve learned of two pretty important issues, WM-3852 and WM-3855. Both are significant enough that we have added fixes to studio patches. You can learn more about these issues on the forums, here and here.
Here in San Francisco, we are working towards getting the first milestone (fka devbuild) of 6.5 out to the community. With the source code now available on github, we’ve seen many more developers building Studio from source. It is great to see the community getting involved with WaveMaker at that level. To better aid those choosing to head down this path, we’ve made the 6.5 release notes available now instead of waiting until the devbuild, err, milestone is out.
There’s a lot of goodness in 6.5. However, it is really exciting to easily build apps for the tablet so I wanted to share this image of the IssueCloud sample app ported to the tablet. This is going to be good !