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On Friday we sent out a mailshot with a 1-question survey for our user base:

Q: Should we remove the Version Number from the SciChart DLL Filename?

The results are not as clear-cut as you might think! Here are the results as of Sunday 15th June.

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We are preparing to release v3.1 of SciChart, so we need to know fairly soon what you think.

  • Should the DLL (for this, and all subsequent releases) be named Abt.Controls.SciChart.Wpf.dll? If so vote Yes!
  • Should the DLL for this release be named Abt.Controls.SciChart.Wpf.3.1.dll? If so vote No!

If you’re still not clear what we’re talking about, see below!

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What are the pros/cons?

  • Well, keeping a version number in filename leads to easy identification of File Version, no possibility of referencing an incorrect version / file clash and ability to have different parts of an application referencing different version(s) of SciChart.
  • Removing a version number leads to easier upgrades (drop in replacement, no need to re-reference in your Visual Studio projects) and possibility of starting a NuGet feed with automatic updates in the future.

We want to remove it. If you want us to keep it, we need a good reason, so use the comments!

If you haven’t voted yet, let us know soon. The survey is here:

Best regards,
[SciChart HQ]


Andrew Burnett-Thompson
Andrew Burnett-Thompson
CEO / Founder of SciChart & SciTrader. Masters (MEng) and PhD in Electronics & Signal Processing.


  1. Andrew says:

    Someone said in the survey

    >> “It’s not very important, though. I can always copy and rename the DLL if I want to.”

    Aha but you can’t! It’s a strong named DLL. This is why its such a contentious issue. Either we release with version number in, or we don’t

    Also whoever said

    >> i have no problems with version number and my private NuGet private source for scichart package

    Please contact me 🙂

    • Mike Melancon says:

      It sounds like the answer is to have maybe to have both a signed and unsigned package, then those who want the versions can rename the dlls, or possibly build with one with versions and one without.

      It’s a pain for us. We have between 5-7 different projects that reference the SciChart dll. Every upgrade we have to go remove and re-add the reference( a pain in VS), or go search through csproj files and replace it.

      It’s definitely an interruption to development to have to upgrade SciChart right now.

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