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The Windward Roadmap: 13.1 and 13.2

Posted on 06/17/2014

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800px-Rocky_Mountains_CO_summer (3)With Version 13 released this week, it’s time for another roadmap post. This is what we have coming in the near future.

Windward Version 13.1

First up will be 13.1, which should be at the release candidate stage by the end of this month. This adds a really nice feature to merging the data with the template: you can merge multiple data sources at the same time. With this you can have a forEach tag using one data source (say, all employees) and inside it have tags that pull from another data source that are evaluated within each loop of the data source.

The beauty of this is that it allows you to use a ${var} defined by one data source in the select of another data source. So, if your forEach loop has a var=employee, then in the loop, when querying another data source, that select can search against ${}.

It’s not quite a join across data sources, but it gives you 95% of what a join would give you. And… you can do this across dissimilar types so inside a forEach on a SQL database you can then have a query against an XML, JSON, and SFDC data sources where you pull related data from each.

For those that find this useful, I think after a month of using it you’ll never be able to live without it going forward.

Windward Version 13.2

Next comes 13.2, which should be a release candidate in the end of next month. This is a heavy re-write of the PPTX code, where we cleaned up a ton of small details and added handling a bunch of small items. We’re always working to handle more and more of the full document spec, and PowerPoint® was always behind Word & Excel®. The additions to 13.2 bring PowerPoint up much closer in terms of percentage of the spec we handle.

In addition, we are adding the most requested PowerPoint feature: breaking data across multiple slides when it doesn’t all fit on a single slide. The approach we took is pretty slick, and you’ll have to see it to understand it. But it should create additional slides in a way that feels right without your having to specify a ton of stuff about what is repeated on the additional slides and what is not.

Following that will be our web report designer. But that’s a subject for another post…

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Author: David Thielen

Dave, Windward's founder and CEO, is passionate about building superb software teams from scratch and dramatically improving the productivity of existing software teams. He's really proud that he once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job for playing it incessantly on company time. You can read more from Dave on his personal blog, and at Huffington Post.

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