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Wednesday, October 18, 2017PrintSubscribe
OAuth Wizards, RTF, DNN Integration, Enhanced Quick Find, New Folder Structure, and more.

Code On Time release 8.6.6.0 brings about a new folder structure, RTF support in Touch UI, OAuth registration wizards, built-in integration with DotNetNuke, enhanced Quick Find with history and auto-suggestions. User interface of the generated apps has also changed in subtle ways.New features of Code On Time 8.6.6.0

Keep reading to find out what’s new!

Native Client Apps

The release sets up the stage for the upcoming Native Client Apps (NCA). NCA is a hybrid app composed of HTML,  JavaScript, CSS, and native platform-specific executable that can be installed on a mobile device. NCA makes HTTP requests  to the sever-side components of the application to read-write data. Apps generated with the release 8.6.6.0 have a folder structure compatible with the platform-specific executables designed and developed by our team.

New folder structure of apps created with Code On Time release 8.6.6.0

Folders css, fonts, images, js, and pages are transferred as-is to the mobile device upon installation of the app directly from the server deployment. Various application framework components were added and enhanced to support self-updatable NCA executables.

Presently Code On Time generator produces apps composed of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and server-side code written in C# or Visual Basic. Apps are hosted on a Microsoft IIS web server and can be accessed via modern web browsers from mobile and desktop devices. Starting with the release 8.7.0.0 (see notes at the end of the post) we will introduce generation of Native Client Apps for distribution via Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Window App Store.  Also Chromium-based native Windows Apps will be supported for Windows 7 and all other compatible versions of Microsoft OS as alternative to Windows App Store.

Theme Enhancements

The release intoduces numerous subtle Light theme enhancements. The toolbar is now a little taller. The selection indication colors are borrowed from the theme accent. Feedback response is expressed via background color changes.

New “Dark” theme will become available soon to double the theming choices. We are also considering configurable “dark” theme variations to allow custom “main” themes.

All future themes will share the same color accents.

Simple Search With SuperPowers

Quick Find has been greatly enhanced to offer search history, auto suggestions, and field level search.

Auto-suggestions in Quick Find of apps created with Code On Time

Enter the first letters of the field name separated with a colon symbol from the search sample to limit the search scope.

Field-level search in the app created with Code On Time and Touch UI

RTF (Rich Text Format)

Built-in Rich Text editor without any external dependencies is now available in Touch UI. Simply set the Text Mode property of a data field to Rich Text to enable displaying and editing of formatted content.

Built-in Rich Text Editor in a Touch UI app build with Code On Time

“See All” to Fullscreen

Summary data views will open in “fullscreen” mode when “See All” option is selected. This screenshot shows a summary view of suppliers.

Summary view of records in an app with Touch UI

A fullscreen infinite “grid” of suppliers without paging is displayed when the user taps “See All” in the right top corner or when the user taps on the pager area.

Infinite view of records in the app created with Code On Time

Previously a modal view of data items was displayed instead.

User Avatars

App administrators can now upload user photos directly into the built-in conent management system of the app. First enable CMS for your project. Next ;ogin as administrator and navigate to Site Content. Upload a custom image and set its name to the name of the corresponding user and leave .PNG or .JPG extension. Set Path to sys/users. If the user logs out and logs in again, then the image is automatically displayed on the app toolbar.

Uploading a user photo into Content Management System on an app created with Code On Time

The same mechanism is automatically engaged upon Single Sign On (SSO) with Facebook, Google, Windows Live, DotNetNuke, etc.

Automatic Focus and Modal Fullscreen

Developers are now able to set a focus on an arbitrary field in a form by specifing focus-auto tag. The field will be focused in edit/new mode.

Frequently requested feature to display forms in “fullscreen” mode is now a part of the framework. Developers can specify modal-fullscreen tag on the form view to accomplish this effect.

A fullscreen editForm1 view in edit mode with the automatic focus on the second field is shown in the screenshot.

A fullscreen form view with the focus automatically set on the second field in an app created with Code On Time

CMS + OAuth Registration

Content Management System now supports OAuth Registration wizards to enable easy registration of external OAuth providers in the apps to enable SSO and optional communication services. Custom wizard forms are now available for Facebook, Google, Windows Live, Microsoft Graph, SharePoint, Identity Server, and DotNetNuke.

Open Registration Authentication for Microsoft SharePoint is displayed below.

OAuth registration form for Microsoft SharePoint integration of an app created with Code On Time

You will find implementation of the OAuth Wizards under ~/js/surveys/cms folder. Take a look to see how the wizards are working and build your own surveys.

We will be adding more custom editors for CMS content to enable easy runtime configuration of data controllers, pages, access control rules, workflow register, and much more.

Cloud On Time Connector for DotNetNuke

An app created with any edition of Code On Time can now be integrated with a popular content management system DotNetNuke. DNN allows easy deployment of customer-facing web portals built with Microsoft.NET. 

Just a few lines of code are now included in every generated app to allow easy integration with DotNetNuke portal instances. The portal administrator must install the free module Cloud On Time Connector for DNN available on our website. The application administrator will have to configure the app for integration. Integration with DNN is discussed in details if you follow the links.

We have also developed a collection of video tutorials to provide step-by-step guidance for the process of integrating DotNetNuke and apps created with Code On Time.

Watch a brief intro to learn how to rapidly build database forms, reports, apps for DotNetNuke portals. Use the links above to find the full details and instructions.

 

Applications generated with Unlimited edition can also be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint Online (Office 365) in a similar fashion.

You may not need a full featured portal as the front end for your app, but be assured that the technology making integration with DNN and SharePoint possible has singificant implications. Soon you will be able to use Code On Time to build your own apps that act as providers of identity information such as users, roles, and various custom data properties. It will be possible to create custom business applications that outsource user/role management to the identity provider app via OAuth. Apps acting as identity consumers will not have a built-in user management and will defer authentication and authorization decisions to the identity provider application created with Code On Time.  This will greatly simplify user management and enhance application security when large collections of apps are developed. This mechanism is the core component of the upcoming Cloud Edition of the v9, the next generation app builder of mobile and desktop apps. The new Cloud Identiy component of generated apps will become the default universal option for “Authentication and Membership” instead of ASP.NET Membership.

See Also

The following bug fixes, enhancements, and new features were introduced:

  • Light theme has been enhanced to use the “grey” background for visual response on click/touch with additional accent colors from to indicate the “selected” state of the elements of user interface.
  • There is no gap between modal pages and screen edge if the screen width is less than 480px.
  • Rich Text Formatting is now available in Touch UI when the Text Mode of a data field is set to Rich Text.
  • Read Only When expression works correctly when the field is specified in the Copy property of the lookup field.
  • List/Grid/Cards display a text-only tooltip limited to 300 characters.
  • Fixed. Model Builder sets up the sort expression of the baseline data controller view grid1 according to the order of the fields.
  • Enhanced rendering on Windows 10 tablets and horizontal touch-scrolling in grid view style.
  • Property Visible When of tabbed categories works correctly in Touch UI with container-level data views and DataView fields in forms. Tabs in forms will continuosly respond to changes to the fields used in Visible When expressions. Tabs of container-level data view fields will respond only to the initial values of the master row.
  • Switching between tabs will maintain the scroll position in forms even when the tabs reveal a small amount of content to prevent “jumping” effect.
  • Forms templates created by the framework at runtime will not include data-visibility attribute on field and category elements unless there is a Visible When expression on the corresponding object of the data controller.
  • JSON serialization of dates now uses String.Format method instead of DateTime.ToString to prevent culture related exceptions for some date values.
  • Globalization scripts are now included explicitly in the framework file set under ~/js/sys/culture folder of the app. If only the en-US culture is supported in the app, then the folder does not exist. New culture files are automatically generated when globalization settings of the project are changed. Calendars Hijri and UmAlQura are incuded directly in the corresponding globalization script as needed.
  • Controller MyProfile now includes culture-specific translated resources.
  • Added German membership translations - Thank you Peter Teutsch.
  • Fixed the double selection of auto-complete with the mouse in Touch UI on Mac OSX.
  • Fixed issue with custom session state with "DELETE * FROM..."
  • OAuth login using token in cookie and auto login causing redirect loop has been fixed.
  • Added check to fix issue with EnsureFieldValues when no values are submitted (Export, Download, etc).
  • Added JSON serialization support for the fields of type “Date” to work the same as “DateTime”.
  • Application framework now implements GetIdentity, GetManifest, GetManifestFile to support the native client apps.
  • Tag focus-auto will cause the form to set the focus on the corresponding data field in the form in new/edit mode on devices with a mouse pointer.
  • Tag modal-fullscreen will cause the form view to open as “fullscreen” modal view when the screen width allow “modal” presentation.
  • Ensured that the field outputs use the proper model name when available, instead of column name.
  • Added default user roles to user accounts created by external authentication.
  • Added new OAuth Registration Surveys to SiteContent.
  • Password recovery is denied if user has "Source: \w" in the comment (i.e. came from SSO source).
  • SiteContent is now sorted by FileName, Path.
  • Disabled ASP.NET request validation. Added RequestValidationService class as a replacement.
  • Client Framework now HTML-encodes the entire request. The server-side framework HTML-decodes the request to prevent HTML injection on HTTP level.
  • DotNetNuke integration via OAuth and Cloud On Time Connector for DotNetNuke is introduced in the apps. DNN tokens are now persisted in the database. OAuthHandler can now set email separately from the username.
  • Classic UI: Mandatory dropdownlist/radiobuttonlist/listbox will display NULL option if the field value is null. This will force the user to make a choice.
  • Touch UI: "N/A" text is not displayed in mandatory dropdownlist/radiobuttonlist/listbox when the field with null value is activated. Instead the placeholer is displayed in the empty input text box.
  • Fixed. Operation "$lastweek" missing from RowFilterOperations.
  • It is now possible to use culture-specific “comma” in decimal values on iOS devices when entering numbers.
  • Fixed left sidebar shifting with glyphicon icon.
  • New methods added to SiteContentFile: WriteAllBytes, WriteAllText, Exists, Delete.
  • User pictures (avatars) can now be saved in CMS as "sys/users/[UserName].(jpg|png)".
  • Quick Find now supports auto-suggestions, history, and field-level search. Improved search results for "search anywhere" and "search in field".
  • Universal Input: Refactored for speed the implementation of "change" function that monitors lookup input.
  • Ensured application name is "/" for apps using ASP.NET membership.
  • Publish will re-ask permissions if expired or incorrect.
  • Fixed. “Required” Tooltip shows up incorrectly when the field is on an inactive tab.
  • Search On Start works in Summary mode.
  • New tag search-on-start-simple will force search to be displayed in "simple" mode instead of "advanced". Advanced is the default mode for "Search On Start".
  • Client framework ignores HTTP error codes < 0 frequently causes by user navigating away when a data request is still in progress.
  • Ensure date picker closes after selection if no time component in Touch UI.
  • Context Values are passed as External Filters to enable additional server-side analysis and filtering similar to https://codeontime.com/learn/data-controllers/fields/context-field/implicit-lookup-filters-with-filter-expression.
  • It is now again possible to specify literal values on the right side of mappings in "Context Fields" expression in Touch UI.
  • Application Framework: Legacy security attribute legacyCasModel of "trust" element is restored to enable better performance of Report Viewer on more secure Windows Servers.
  • Folder structure of generated apps has changed:.
    • All javascript goes under ~/js with /js/sys and /js/daf folders.
    • All touch CSS goes under ~/css.
    • Lowercase pages, reports, controls.
    • Method sm_ResolveScriptReference has been removed from Site.cs(vb), and instead sm.AjaxFrameworkMode = Disabled for both ASPX and HTML projects.
  • Renamed import-1.0.0.0.js to touch-import.js. Included jQuery 2.2.4 into release.

Next

Monitor our roadmap 2017 updates over this weekend to see what is coming next (Native Client Apps for mobile devices, Chromium-based client for Windows, Offline Data Processor, etc.)

    Monday, July 17, 2017PrintSubscribe
    July 2017 Hotfixes 2

    Code On Time release 8.6.5.0 introduces the second collection of July hotfixes described below:

    • Added support for ReportViewer 2016.
    • Trust Origin URI specified for Report Viewer 2016 to ensure reporting DLLs loading correctly after being copied to another machine.
    • Windows Live OAuth Handler wrong redirect URI fixed.
    • App generator “User Interface” option now has "Touch UI + Classic" option. When "Touch UI" is set, no Desktop themes will be generated.
    • URL Hashing in HTML implementation is now fixed.
    • New projects will not permit “space” characters in the name.
    • Reports Viewer version is now a variable stored in the project file.
    • Fixed issues with Report Viewer version not detecting when generating from Project Designer.
    • Home page of the app generator displays the descending order of projects
    • Older ReportViewer references are removed from the VS project file.
    • ReportViewer DLL files are copied to the “bin” folder only when v14 is used.
    • Added MSGraphOAuthHandler implementation.
    • "Login with Microsoft" button appears on login page when MSGraph config entry is present in the site content.
    • Fixed exception in BusinessRules.UserId implementation raised when user is not logged in.
    • Added "IsEmpty" and "IsNotEmpty" to row filter operations. New options can be used in “soft” filters set on the server.
    • Fixed DotNetNuke Factory project compilation issues.
    • Touch UI: Fixed. Multi-select checkboxes are not cleared after Batch Edit.
    • Touch UI: New “Select All” option is displayed when more than one option is available for selection in a basket.
    • Touch UI: Keyboard navigation in the list scrolls the page when item is not visible.
    • Touch UI: Key “Right” goes to the lookup page after selecting “See All”.
    • Touch UI: Last focused field is recorded in the touch.lookup() method to correctly restore input focus when the lookup view is canceled.
    • Touch UI: Blank lookup field shows a popup when scrolled into view.
    • Touch UI: Removed excessive blank space in front of Add Item in empty basket.
    • Touch UI: Calendar is opened in correct position if the date input field has been scrolled into view in IE.
    • Updated app generator to use correct version of MSBuild for VS 2017, 2015, 2013, with MSBuild4.0 as fallback.
    • Touch UI: Command separator is displayed in popup with items for AutoComplete/Lookup.
    • Action with command name Select works correctly after command Update.
    • Fixed issue with Active Directory loading ASP.NET membership provider with no connection string.
    • Dropping/pasting controller view onto page will set the view as well.
    • Ensure "standalone database" checkbox is checked when membership dialog is loaded.
    • Fix for "asp_CheckSchema" exception with custom membership.
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017PrintSubscribe
    July 2017 Hotfixes

    The flowing fixes are implemente in release 8.6.4.0.

    • New Feature: Property CausesCalculate of dataview fields is triggering Calculate event with the trigger set to the field name after any command executed on the rows of the child data view. Learn to create DataView fields in Episode 5 and Episode 7 of To-Do App tutorial.
    • Fixed. Error "$ not defined” is raised when activating project models and settings in the app generator on some machines.
    • Fixed. Specifying $quickfind or $quickfinddisabled in Search Options of a data field will break advanced search. This properties are designed for server-side optimazation of quick find feature but were causing incorrect behavior of Advanced Search screens.
    • Fixed. Clicking on thumbnail for non-image BLOBs will not open file in the new window
    • Fixed. Check boxes do not render in read-only mode in forms.
    • Changed custom JS loading to read only from "~/js/custom". Release 8.6.3.0 has linked any files in the ~/js folder to the main combined script.
    • Fixed. Collapse/Expand tooltips are not displayed on chevrons in categories.
    • Fixed. Map of suppliers crashes with a system alert when address has not been resolved correctly.
    • Fixed. Advanced Search / Filter controls will correctly display a filter applied by sidebar calendar.
    • Fixed. Mouse selection of dates in the calendar will set up the cursor at the end of date input field.
    • Fixed issue with Calendar and Mini Calendar corrupting advanced search.
    • Fixed. It is now possible to create models for Oracle and other database engine when only one data schema is present.
    • Fixed. Removed unncessary parameters created IsNotNullFilterFunction and IsNullFilterFunction that were causing an exception in Oracle-based projects.
    • Removes all role providers for Oracle projects in Web.Config.
    • Fixed. MySQL Membership/Role providers are cleared.
    • Fixed. Theme selector correctly previews themes in Free edition.
    • Membership connection string handling is fixed.
    • Fxied. Correct membership connection string is selected when membership is Custom.

    We expect to release one more maintenance update this month. It will introduce a few features that are missing in Advanced Search 3.0 – “deep” search and history. History is expected to be displayed in both Search box and Adavanced Search forms.

    Another feature of the upcoming maintenance update is enhanced RTF editor. 

    Maintenance update will also introduce a new folder structure and naming for JavaScript and CSS files. We are moving things into ~/js and ~/css folders. Old folders ~/touch and ~/scripts will be removed. This is being done in a preparation for the native client generation. This is also the reason why we will replace XML format of data controller files with JSON. This is a big change that will not affect anything in the app. Application will perform internal transformation of JSON files into XML, so no behavior of the apps will be changed. JSON format of data controllers is core of offline feature and is the foundation of the upcoming CoT v9.

    We expect the update to go out in a couple of weeks.

    It will be followed by release 8.7.0.0 that will bring to life the native apps. Expected release date is the last week of July or early August.