Johan den Haan on June 15, 2015
It’s time for another update on the product front. We have released a whole range of neat improvements that I’m sure you will like!
First of all, we improved the performance of opening an application built on the Mendix App Platform a lot. These improvements combined lead to 4 (!) times faster performance when reloading the application, as visualized in the following figure:
A cache bust is a unique string generated on every project deployment. To make use of cache busting you should modify your existing theme’s HTML files.
If you create a new application, the default theme will automatically include the new cache bust configuration.
In addition, custom widgets are now automatically bundled when you create a deployment package, either locally or in the Mendix Cloud. This speeds up loading of the app, as it decreases the amount of requests required to load a Mendix application. Please note that this bundling process includes more stringent checks on how custom widgets use our APIs. See the release notes for more information.
It was great to see how enthusiastically our community engaged in the first “Idea forum.” We selected the top 3 ideas for implementation. The first one is part of this release:
We added two new operations to the ‘List Operation’ microflow action: ‘Head’ and ‘Tail’.
The next release will include another top-voted idea: autospace in microflows. I already played with a first implementation, and I think you are going to like it… a lot!
We are about to select the next implementation candidates from the submitted ideas in the second edition of the Idea Forum. Again, an amazing amount of quality ideas have been posted. Thanks for being so involved with the direction of our product!
Another neat improvement: we included more than 200 glyphicons in our Business Modeler. Glyphicons are the modern take on images.
Glyphicons have a number of advantages over bitmap icons:
And the best part of this feature: we included a way to batch update button icons (with some nice filtering options) to quickly update existing application models. Read everything about it in this blog post.
I need to wrap up, but there are just a few more features I want to briefly highlight:
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