Web applications have become an integral part of the modern-day office environment. You can enter any virtual or in-person workplace and find an employee communicating with another through Slack or booking an interview using a scheduler like Calendly. We’ve come to rely on apps for connectivity and to manage multiple daily tasks. It’s almost impossible to find a successful, smooth-running business that isn’t using some form of application, whether Facebook or Salesforce, to boost their productivity.
The great thing is that there is an app for practically every problem; if not, there is probably one on the way to solve another operational pain point in the corporate world. The tech landscape is constantly evolving, with new technologies hitting the market and new bottlenecks or obstacles to overcome. But that means developers need to be equipped with the right tools and a quick time to market as new problems arise.
Component libraries have become a fantastic resource and development accelerator for many companies over the years. They help facilitate the design process of web application development with the use of ready-made templates and tools. UI libraries include multiple elements, from buttons and banners to more complex components, such as graphs and navigation menus. Components can help developers target specific fields, with many tailored for unique department solutions.
“In recent years, there has also been a burst in the popularity of UI components for project management applications, especially Gantt charts and Schedulers,” said Kate Konyukh, Product Marketing Manager at DHTMLX.
Launching Updates Tailored for Productivity and Project Management Apps
In January 2022, DHTMLX released a new version of its UI widget library, the DHTMLX Suite 7.3. Updates to its framework have helped DHTMLX stay ahead of the market and respond to user requests. With this newly updated suite, DHTMLX was able to deliver more solutions to streamline and simplify the development process.
“This update brought out a brand-new chart type, treemap chart, which visualizes data inside a layout of nested tiles. Besides that, we delivered the ability to create custom filters for the Grid and TreeGrid widgets and add your own options into ComboBox,” said Kate.
DHTMLX focuses largely on facilitating the design process of productivity and project management applications. Its project management-specific components include Gantt, Scheduler, Kanban, To Do List, and Event Calendar. Gantt and Scheduler have more than 10 years on the market. Kate said those two had been enhanced and retooled over the years to meet customer needs. That’s also how the other three came along.
“Not long ago, we decided to reinforce our product line with Kanban, To Do List, and Event Calendar to allow developers to create full-fledged applications for project management and event scheduling,” said Kate.
The Gantt Chart library and Scheduler help users develop applications with powerful API and a customizable interface for simple configurations. These feature-rich components set developers up with the tools and simplicity they need to jump right into the designing process with only a few lines of code. DHTMLX also allows developers to combine some of these components into one solution.
“Altogether, DHTMLX components allow developers to reduce their development efforts, cut their time to market, and offer their customers efficient and modern software solutions. It is essential now when companies strive to optimize their budgets and devote efforts to productivity,” said Kate.
Supporting Developers Along their Journey with Ready-to-Use Solutions
DHTMLX services more than 4,000 customers, and its mission is to simplify the developer’s journey. DHTMLX has equipped many businesses, including JP Morgan Chase and Apple, with the tools they need to develop web and mobile apps with less time and effort. Its ready-to-use solutions supply users with resources to boost the design process and eliminate the hassle of creating applications from scratch.
“We have succeeded in transitioning to the modern development pipeline, which benefits both our users and us. The code of our new widgets, Kanban, Todo, and Event Calendar, is written in pure TypeScript. The UI and logic layers are separated and covered by tests. New styles are based on CSS variables,” said Kate.
DHTMLX continues to evolve to meet customer expectations and deliver the best results. Kate told us that customer feedback and requests play a massive role in the company’s development process. Before releasing new widgets, the DHTMLX team conducts market research and gathers customer input to build its solutions. As for its latest widget launch, it took DHTMLX a year to develop it from scratch and release it.
“By combining our vision with real-life feedback, we can create solutions that can be used in a wide range of projects and at the same time be agile and flexible. As for the visual styles of our widgets, we monitor trends and release new skins every few years to match user expectations,” said Kate.
What’s Next: More Widgets on the Horizon
The DHTMLX Suite, released in 2022, delivers several anticipated features and improvements in response to the market’s needs. This update gave users more functionality for their workflows, upped security for DHTMLX widgets, and enhanced the Suite API.
“Among the widgets from DHTMLX Suite, the most popular ones have always been Grid, TreeGrid, Form, and Charts. Besides, developers often need spreadsheets to complement internal systems with Excel-like functionality,” said Kate.
Kate mentioned another widget, a part of the Diagram library, that was also high in demand. The UI widget is an org chart that depicts organizational structure, giving users a better view and control. As for the year ahead, the DHTMLX has more widgets planned for release. “We are focusing on complex widgets, especially those related to task and data management. We plan to release at least two new complex widgets in 2023: for file management and report building. Major updates for Pivot and RichText widgets are also in the pipeline,” said Kate.