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Dear Morfik Developers,
On behalf of the entire Morfik development team, I am very happy to share with you the exciting news that the Morfik 3 beta is now available. We are particularly excited as we have managed this ahead of the opening game of the Soccer World Cup. Now we can watch the games without feeling guilty!
For those of you who have been waiting for Morfik 3 and would like to get straight into the game, I will share a few thoughts that might help you get off to a good start and, at the same time, prepare you for some rough play that you might experience in the early stages of the beta period.
Morfik 3’s game plan is based on the same basic strategy as Morfik 2—to give you features that help you keep up with the requirements of modern web applications without making the process too complicated.
We are pleased to announce the Morfik Rewards Program, designed to harness and maximize the use of available resources within the community and foster a cooperative support culture among Morfik users by directly rewarding those who voluntarily share their valuable time and experience with their fellow developers.
All peer support activities within the Morfik community attract reward points that can be exchanged for a range of products, services, merchandise and priority support, or used for sponsoring the development of product features and Morfik packages of choice. In addition to Morfik reward points, active participants in peer support will receive reputation badges according to criteria designed to reflect the quality of their contribution, level of expertise and knowledge of Morfik products.
With the upcoming release of Morfik 3.0, the updated documentation and the emergence of an enthusiastic core of experienced developers who are willing and able to provide peer support, we feel the time is right to open our forums to prospective Morfik developers as they download the trial version and investigate the suitability of the Morfik platform for their specific needs.
We believe the key factor in the long-term success of Morfik as an application development tool for use by professional developers is the quality of our support. A runaway support load, however, can easily overwhelm us and reduce the quality of the support below what we regard as acceptable.
Morfik 3 further enhances the presentation capabilities of user interface controls with new animation and transition effects. The rich user interface controls built into Morfik IDE are among the most graphically striking elements available in development tools today. Morfik 3 narrows the gap between the skill set of application developers and graphic artists and the results are serious web business applications with stunning visual appeal developed in record time.
I asked Dmitry Medvedev, who is leading the development of these new features, for some technical insight. Here is what he said:
Today I would like to share with you a preview of another exciting new feature found in the upcoming Morfik 3—an enhanced widgets system. I called Sergey Kostinsky and asked him for some insight into this. Here is what he said:
One of the biggest surprises of Morfik 3 is going to be delivered through a package! While the Morfik development team is still unsure about its inclusion in the first beta, they are confident that this package will be ready in time for the final release.
For a wide range of developers, native database connectivity (for databases other than Firebird) has been an important missing feature in Morfik. The Morfik development team spent a lot of time examining various methods for incorporating this feature into the product. They have come up with a powerful way to bring you native database connectivity using the package architecture.
Let me start by saying how pleasantly surprised I was yesterday when I looked at the latest build of Morfik 3.
While going through the standard routine of creating a new project, Morfik IDE presented me with some ready-made web page templates ("pages as first class objects" are key new design entities in Morfik 3 and you will hear a lot more about them), but what really caught my attention was the fact that it included specially designed template pages for iPhone!
Recently a developer on our blog site made the following comment: "I’ve been watching and trialing Morfik for about a year now. I still can’t use it because of one simple thing. You haven’t created a properly functioning, bug free, good user experience continuous editable form."
Well, I am about to share with you something that will completely change that!
In Morfik 3 the implementation of Continuous Editable Forms is dramatically enhanced. In fact it will have features of both Continuous and Single Forms; content will be displayed like Continuous Forms but will have the editing capabilities of Single Forms! The best way to get a feel for the improvements in performance and usability is to have a look at the following Continuous Editable Forms demo:
Personally I feel most people using the internet don’t notice or appreciate the wonderful work of DNS (Domain Name System) servers. There is no reason really for them to think about it; they type an address on the browser and the website appears. Like a phone number, you dial the right number and the right person answers. That is fine until you offer an online service on the internet, you have your own domain name and somehow you need to use a DNS service. Since most Morfik users will be using Morfik DAS, sooner or later it will be essential to know a few things about DNS and how it relates to Morfik DAS.