Calendar Pro Sighting

While shopping for gifts for my daughter before Christmas this home office play set from Playmobil caught my eye:

Playmobil office

Initially I just thought it was funny because it looked like a “Harry Potter at age 35″ set where he’s long graduated from Hogwarts and is now a disaffected office drone, plugging away at his TPS reports.  But on closer inspection, I noticed something quite interesting on Harry’s computer screen:

Playmobil Calendar Pro?

Looks uncannily similar to some other software I’ve seen before…

Extensible Calendar Pro

It makes me happy to see Extensible products being put to good use in the real world! :)

Have an example of Calendar Pro being used in your own software?  Please share!

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Happy New Year

Well, OK — New Year was a couple of weeks ago. Still, I thought it might be a great time to usher in 2012 with a little status update about what’s going on in Extensible land and what the immediate plans are.

Extensible 1.0.2 & 1.5.1

For the past few weeks I’ve been fixing bugs, including a few pretty important ones, and preparing for the next maintenance releases of both the Ext 3.x and Ext 4.x branches of the calendar. Most importantly, as of today Calendar Pro is fully Ext 4.1-compatible, at least as of the most current beta version (things could still change, but I’m hopeful that any remaining issues that might come up will be minor). Although Ext 4.1 is a minor point release, it’s actually a huge revamp of the rendering and layout systems under the hood, so some hiccups were to be expected. These have been addressed and the calendar is back in full working form.

I have a few additional issues to iron out and some build process improvements to make, but I expect to be able to put out the new releases within the next week or so.

Extensible 1.1 & 1.6 (a.k.a., Recurrence)

I’ve also been working on recurrence support, off and on, for a while now. Most recently I’ve been porting (well, rewriting) the existing recurrence editor widget to work under Ext 4, the only component from Extensible 1.0.x that had not yet been touched in the upgrade to Ext 4. That effort has been progressing nicely and I should have the new and improved widget done within the next few days.

I still have work to do on the event editing side to support recurrence fully, and I’ve been working on a separate blog post series that will soon lay out Extensible’s recurrence support in full detail. No ETA yet, but finishing recurrence and making it available is the highest priority feature right now.

Next…?

I have lots of feature ideas on the whiteboard right now, but nothing much set in stone yet for releases beyond 1.6. The current most popular request after recurrence is Outlook-style split day view support, which is planned.  A mobile / Sencha Touch version of the calendar has been a common request lately, what do you think? What other ideas do you have for next features?

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Happy Holidays

Just a quick note that Extensible will be taking a few days off starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 22 through Monday, December 26 to spend some quality time with family and enjoy the holidays.  The forums of course are always open, but please be aware that there will likely be a delay in answering questions or responding to support inquiries over the next few days.

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

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Extensible 1.5 Released

At long last, the beta is over and the final release is here. Extensible 1.5 provides full compatibility with Ext JS 4, and includes a ton of fixes since the original beta was released.

Download Extensible 1.5

A few notable issues that were fixed in this release:

  • A daylight savings bug in Extensible.Date.add() caused bad things to happen around the end of October.
  • The new scrollbars in OSX Lion created a layout bug in day and week views since they rely on the scroll width as a layout offset for the header area. It’s now calculated correctly rather than a hard-coded pixel offset.
  • The new Ext 4 CSS classname prefixes are now used in the Extensible CSS rules that rely on them (“.x-” instead of “.ext-”). The beta still used the old-style prefixes in some cases, which led to subtle CSS bugs (including faulty event colors and borders in IE).
  • The DateRangeField now support the multi-line layout again.

There are many other fixes as well – for the complete list check out the release notes. If you are still using the beta, please upgrade as soon as possible!

Here are the upcoming next steps we have planned:

  • Extensible 1.0.2
    This will be a maintenance release for the Ext 3 branch to push out the bug fixes that have been made since 1.0.1 (including the Lion scrollbar fix).
  • Extensible 1.1 / 1.6
    This will be a new feature release for both branches focused primarily on the top two features currently in the request queue: recurrence support and split day view support (the ability to subdivide the day view into multiple columns based on some attribute like a user’s calendar).

Now that we’re caught back up with the latest Sencha release we can again start adding new features and continuing to make Calendar Pro the best JavaScript calendar available. We have no shortage of ideas for 1.7 and beyond, but we also love to hear from our community regarding what’s most important, so please tell us.

Have you been using Ext Calendar Pro successfully in your company?  Please let us know. We’d love to receive testimonials and screenshots from happy customers that we can post on our website.  You can also buy a license or support to show your support and help keep Extensible adding new features and products.

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Extensible 1.0.1 + 1.5.0 beta

Now that Ext 4 is officially out (already at 4.0.2 as of this writing) I’ve been working for the past several weeks on updating Extensible to support it. The bad news is that since Ext 4 is nowhere close to backwards-compatible, Extensible must now be branched into two separate, actively-maintained code bases to support both Ext 3.x and 4.x.  The good news is that this is finally (mostly) done.

Extensible 1.5 beta

The Ext 4 compatible version of Extensible is 1.5.x, and this is now the master branch in Github.  I briefly considered releasing this version as 2.0, but decided not to primarily for two reasons:

  • No new features were added, aside from Ext 4 support
  • This release is a free upgrade for all existing Extensible 1.x licensees

Extensible 2.0 will be a major new feature release, and may also be a paid upgrade when it comes out (it’s not even started at this time). Because of that I felt it appropriate to keep the entire current Extensible line, both for Ext 3 and Ext 4, at the same major version number.

The first beta build of 1.5.0 is now available, or you can fork the master branch and build it yourself from source. There are a couple of known issues, so you might want to check the release notes as well. Please provide feedback and bug reports in the forums.

Extensible 1.0.1

For existing Ext 3.x users who plan to stick with 3.x for a while, the Extensible 1.x branch will also be actively maintained, and regular maintenance releases will still be made. The official 1.0.1 bug fix release is available now (see the release notes for what’s changed). It is a fully-compatible upgrade from 1.0.0 and is recommended for all Ext 3.x users.

Future Plans

Some new features will still be made in both branches (including recurrence support, which was already planned for 1.1 before Ext 4 even came out). Moving forward, most new features will start going only into the Extensible 1.5.x branch and/or 2.0 once it gets started. Extensible 1.x will be fully supported for at least as long as Ext 3.x is supported by Sencha (which will be a while yet), but just as with Ext JS itself, major new features will typically appear only in the newest versions.

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Quick Update

It’s been a while since my last update and I thought a few people might be interested in what’s going on with Extensible lately.  Originally I had planned to put out a 1.1 version by now.  After Extensible 1.0 I ended up focusing quite a lot of time writing the Ext JS 3→4 migration pack for Sencha for the past couple of months.  Last week I was in Croatia presenting several sessions at the Sourc{ conference.

Now that Ext 4 is out and the conference is over, I’m refocusing on Extensible and plan to get 1.1 out as soon as possible.  I’ve already started adding recurrence support and hope to have something committed for testing very soon.

I have also started updating the calendar for Ext 4 support, which will reside in a separate branch so that Ext 3 will still be fully supported as well.  This will not be part of the 1.1 release plan, but should also be released pretty soon thereafter.

Finally, I will have more exciting Extensible product news in the coming weeks, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise just yet…

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At Long Last… 1.0!

Earlier this week I uploaded the official Extensible 1.0 package for download.  Hooray!  It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited to finally hit this milestone.  You can browse the release notes to see what’s changed since the last release.  As always you can also try the demos or browse the API docs online.

Thank you to all who took advantage of the 1.0 pre-release sale and ordered licenses. Even though the sale is now over, it’s never too late to order a license and help support the project as we start working on new features.

Road Map

The next feature release will be 1.1, currently slated for early-to-mid-April. The primary focus will be on implementing recurrence and adding support for dividing the Day View into multiple sub-views, a la MS Outlook.  I’ll most likely sneak in a couple of additional minor features as well, like event tooltip support.

I’ll be looking at Ext 4 support very soon, and I plan to maintain separate branches for 3.x and 4.x support (for at least as long as Ext 3.x is officially supported by Sencha).  Ext 4.0 support will be provided as a free upgrade for any current Extensible 1.0 commercial license holders, regardless of how the Extensible version numbers end up working out (not sure about that yet).

I have a lot of other features already on the drawing board and will publish a longer-term road map soon.  I’m also using UserVoice to monitor community feedback on new feature requests and prioritizing based partially on that (as you can see by the 1.1 plans).  Do you have other features that you’d like to see in a future release?  Let me know!

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Extensible Release Candidate 2 Available

Extensible RC2 is ready for download.  You can also try the examples online or browse the updated docs.  Please give it a try and report any issues you find.  For complete details on what’s new check out the release notes. This will be the final pre-release version — the next version will be 1.0 final!  The only changes between now and the final release will be any last bug fixes that might come up this week.

The plan is for one last week of testing, and then 1.0 final should be ready next weekend.  That also means that this will be the final week of our super-duper pre-release sale on licenses, so if you’ve been on the fence, now would be a great time to head on over to the store page and get your discount while it lasts!

The next major release on the road map will be 1.1, and the focus will be on getting recurrence support fully implemented throughout the framework.  The other major feature that folks have been requesting lately is the ability to divide the Day view so that you can show multiple calendars for the same day a la MS Outlook, so I’ll definitely be looking at that as well.  If you have other ideas for features you want, be sure to suggest them.

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Extensible Release Candidate 1 Available!

I’m very pleased to announce the immediate availability of Extensible 1.0 RC1 for download. Now that Extensible is at RC status that means features are frozen and only bug fixes will be done between now and the final release (probably around the second week of February unless something major comes up). So far the calendar has been very stable, even since the alpha release days, and I’m excited that 1.0 final is just around the corner so that I can get back to adding new exciting features (ahem, recurrence…).

Speaking of new features, you might have noticed the little “feedback” link hanging around the left edge of the screen if you’ve visited the site recently. I’m evaluating the UserVoice service to accept feature requests in a structured way that will hopefully provide some kind of realistic weighting behind each request. The service gives you a handful of votes that you can allocate toward the ideas you consider to be most important, and if enough people request features and vote it should give a real sense of the community’s priorities.  Please give it a try and make your voice heard!

Just a reminder that the Extensible pre-release sale is still in full force, but only for a limited time.  Once 1.0 final is ready the sale will be over, so if you are still considering purchasing a 1.0 commercial license, now would be the perfect opportunity to save up to 27% off the regular price.  If you are interested, head on over to the store.

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Extensible Pre-Release Sale Has Begun

I’m very pleased to announce that the Extensible store is now open! We have commercial licenses and premium support subscriptions available immediately.

In advance of the 1.0 Final release we’re having a pre-release sale on all commercial licenses. You can save up to 27% off the normal license price, depending on how many you need. This discounted price is only good until 1.0 Final is released (~early February).

You may also notice that the overall site has had a bit of a face-lift – I hope you like the improvements. You may need to refresh your browser if any pages are cached. Please let us know if you notice any snags with the site, or if you have any other issues or feedback.

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