I was skimming through this thread and forum, but wasn't able to find any changelog. Which I also looked for in the DX folder. Is there any, anywhere?
I haven't been around here at WC for a couple of years now. And I haven't used DX either for a long while. Got some hopes on this new DX4 - but I'm still not sure what to expect. Ithought I read somewhere that DX4 would allow widgets to become user skinable. Is that correct?
But before any new features I'd much more like to see years old outstanding bugs, showstopper bugs, to be fixed.
I remember that there was questions to why DX never got nay widgets more advanced than clendars, clocks etc. And why it wasn't favoured over the HTML+CSS+JS alternatives. I think the reason simply is that DX isn't very developer friendly. Doesn't scale well for larger projects.
With the HTML+CSS+JS powered variants you can code like you do with websites. Even take advantage of existing JS libraries etc. (I'm still puzzled when SD picked VBS as default language - I'd think there are far more people out there with JS experience due to it's usage with websites) And with the alternatives you can dynamically create any objects from skratch.
But with DX you have to pre-build the objects, and even then it's not easy to duplicate and reuse them. For instance, I made a Textbox object in pure DX - but reusing it wasn't easy. Which I find to be a major obsticle of making DX projects that are dynamic and user configurable.
Then you have the issues and bugs I mentioned in my previous posts - never addressed. "Developers, developers, developers" comes to mind here.
IMO, DX hasn't "made it" because of poor object model and developer tools. It works for small stuff like clocks etc, but for more elaborate things it just get too awkward.