Executive Dashboards (508 Kb PDF file)
"As more organizations are storing their business information via web services, Executive Dashboards are becoming a popular way for C-Level executives to manage information and programs across an enterprise. With its ability to instantly report data from a variety of sources, allow formatting based on business rules, and provide interactive functions Executive Dashboards are quickly becoming the an important tool for executives to obtain information and metrics on their organization."
Top 10 Misconceptions about Component Development
"Components and software reuse are crucial for developers and architects. While most developers understand the value components bring to the table and use them effectively, very few know how to recognize reliable suppliers that will survive the test of time. With over 20 years of experience as a leading component vendor, Rene Garcia, co-founder and president of Software FX,Inc., provides a vendor agnostic analysis of misconceptions around components and software reuse in enterprise application development."
Attention IT Professionals! Don't turn off Windows Sidebar just yet! (867 Kb PDF file)
"If you are considering disabling Windows Sidebar, read how you can take advantage of this wonderful platform to benefit your business and give users access to visualize data in innovative and powerful ways, yet with minimal development efforts."
Chart FX Shines for Silverlight Today (500 Kb PDF file)
"With this approach, the Chart FX 7 ASP.NET server controls enable you to harness
the power of servers and leverage your existent ASP.NET infrastructure while providing
your users with a Silverlight experience beyond what can be done with AJAX and DHTML
Chart FX for Java Performance (172 Kb PDF file)
"In this document, you will learn that the Chart FX server performance will
depend, to a great extent, on the chart format generation and the chart return mechanisms
that you choose in your Java code. However, when generating chart images on the
server you should pay close attention to some visual attributes, chart size and
format as major performance factors when the server is under a heavy load."
Breaking the Language Barrier (482 Kb PDF file)
"The release of the .NET platform posed an exciting challenge to us here at
Software FX, in order to maintain our position as industry leader, we could not
simply distribute our product in a .NET wrapper; we had to totally rewrite it in
C# to take advantage of the platform’s new features and improvements."
Publisher Partner Q&A
"Some developers are expressing concerns about using third party components
in their mission-critical applications; they feel vendors will go belly-up because
of market conditions. Do you agree?"
The Truth About Client Controls (720 Kb PDF file)
"This document takes an in depth look at client controls, the myths that surround
them, and the advantages ActiveX and similar client controls bring to Internet charting.
It highlights the enhanced functionality of client controls in areas like server
performance & scalability and client interactivity, as well as the reasons why
client components are the best solution for mission-critical intranet business applications."
Performance & Scalability Test (2.3 Mb PDF file)
"Today, most developers look for a variety of innovative tools and techniques
to make web application development faster and easier. While it is true that these
tools have shortened the development cycle and allowed quicker deployment of web
applications; in the end, this new development paradigm has revealed a whole new
dilemma: server scalability and performance."
A Component's Road to .NET (799 Kb PDF file)
"Now that Microsoft has released Visual Studio .NET, many of you have started
to take a closer look at .NET and the benefits it brings to the development process.
I was given the task to write about .NET and its impact on components; more specifically
on Software FXs leading charting solution, Chart FX."
"Chart FX for .NET is finally here, and if you’re into .NET development,
we strongly encourage you to experience the powerful and unique features this product
has to offer. We talked to Rene Garcia, President of Software FX, about the new
Chart FX for .NET and its relevance to the Chart FX family of products."
Case Study - Software FX gets a taste of its own medicine
(1.4 Mb PDF file)
"Most developers agree that the one thing you can count on with code is that
it will change. When changes happen, most of us don’t have the luxury to go
through each piece of code. Although components aren’t an absolute requirement
for development, they can save you significant time when making code changes."