New version of our very popular DotNetBar for WPF is nearing its final release. The 4.0 version adds 7 completely new controls. DotNetBar for WPF 4.0 includes total of 10 controls that will help you create professional WPF applications with ease.

Some are large and some are small, but they all are very useful. Over next couple of days I will try to cover in detail what is new.

First new control I would like to mention is the WPF Date/Time Picker control. When we first looked into which control to add next we initially skipped the date/time picker. Why? It seemed to us there are many of them already available and we wrongly assumed that they are good.

After repeated requests from our customers I decided to take a look at what is available. I was shocked. I saw text-box controls with drop-down calendars posing as date/time pickers. Ouch. You can focus that date/time picker and type any text you want into it… No validation during input or auto-complete. Its just a text-box with button next to it…

We knew why people do it this way though. It is easy!

That was not our idea of what professional Date/Time Picker control should be so we set out to make the Date/Time picker from scratch. That meant developing input control without relying on the built-in text box control.

I am happy to report that we ended up with really nice Date/Time picker 100% developed in WPF and with all the features and functionality you would expect from such control. Here is screen-shot of the control in action:

There are ton of features. Here are some:

  • NULL value support so you can bind control safely to database fields
  • Typed input with auto-complete where applicable
  • Minimum and Maximum input date support
  • Fully internationally aware
  • Great custom formats support

I am confident to say that this is by far the best WPF Date/Time Picker control available.

DotNetBar for WPF 4.0  is coming soon. Stay tuned for more…

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