WaveMaker 5.1.0 is now available for early access to the community. We plan to provide regular updates to WaveMaker, making new features and bug fixes available on a regular basis. In WaveMaker 5.1 we’ve made WaveMaker easier to use and more intuitive.
The first thing you’ll notice is that we reorganized the widget palette.
– More groupings with fewer items within each group, making it easier to find the widget you’re looking for. Alphabetical order within each group.
– Editors are a new separate section. You no longer need to drag an Editor widget then set its display property. If you want a Number editor, drag it directly from the palette.
Next, take a look at the Property Inspector. Each property and event has a ? on its right. We’ve documented each property and event and integrated a help system within WaveMaker. The documentation comes from the WaveMaker wiki so you must be online to see the documentation. We also cleaned up the properties, including the removal of unnecessary properties.
The bind dialog has been improved. We started by improving the type matching system. In the Simple mode the list of bind sources is much shorter because unmatched types are not presented. You can still go to the Advanced mode an bind any value. There’s also a type validation flag. The green check mark shows that bind source and destination match. The red x show that the types do not match. The Expression mode provides an expression builder, which will make it much easier to build expressions with the proper sytax. You can still type your binding expression directly if you prefer.
Finally, we added binding diagnostics. Click the Source button then the Diagnostics tab. You will see a diagnostics area that shows all bindings within the project. This information can be quite helpful to follow the flow of activities within your application.
Most of the ideas for these improvements came from WaveMaker users. Thanks very much for providing the input and suggestions. Please keep the ideas coming. We’re doing our best to implement as many of the ideas as we can. Feedback on WaveMaker 5.1.0 will be greatly appreciated. Please let us know of any problems you encounter. If bugs are found we plan to fix quickly and deliver to the community.
The 5.1.0 download page is here.