Need reviews and advice on web and data control tools and vendors

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by Tim Meagher, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Tim Meagher

    Tim Meagher Guest

    In order to reduce my development time, I would like to acquire a suite of
    tools for ASP.Net development that provide grid, treeview, menus, and other
    similar web controls. I would like a tool that provides good documentation
    and that is fairly intuitive to use, is robust and gearing up for ASP.Net
    2.0, and is not buggy. I prefer tohave access to source code, but of the
    controls work well enough than that may not be an issue.

    Recommendations, URLs for reference?
     
    Tim Meagher, Jun 16, 2005
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    Karl Seguin Guest

    Karl Seguin, Jun 16, 2005
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    Jeremy S Guest

    I would strongly advise to *avoid* Infragistics for Web Forms controls
    (their Windows Forms controls, however are great).

    Highly recommended: http://www.componentart.com/home.aspx

    -HTH
     
    Jeremy S, Jun 16, 2005
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  4. Tim,

    Warning on Third party vendors -- they can take you down an ugly path of
    lots of money, very buggy software, and seem to have little or no regard to
    upgrading the components and how those upgrades will break existing code
    (i.e. no compatibility path). Some of the components can be VERY slow also.
    And, their support is terrible -- often out sourced to countries that don't
    provide good English speaking individuals.

    I'd wait for VS 2005 and .NET v2.0 and hope MS provide more robust controls
    and fix a lot of bugs in the process. Of course if MS don't provide a easy
    upgrade path, then we'll all be screwed anyway. But if MS do that, it will
    be the final straw for me.

    Rob.
     
    Rob R. Ainscough, Jun 16, 2005
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  5. Tim Meagher

    Jeremy S Guest

    You sound like someone who has actually implemented (or attempted to
    implement) Infragistics!
     
    Jeremy S, Jun 16, 2005
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  6. Karl,

    Thanks for the obout.com link. This was a wonderful resource! Another
    great resource for free controls would be:

    http://www.eworldui.net/

    I hope this helps!
    Aaron
     
    Aaron Corcoran, Jun 16, 2005
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  7. Someone else suggested it, but I have to back ComponentArt as well
    (www.componentart.com).

    Their new controls are nice and much upgraded. They have a bit of a
    confuzing (though powerful) skinning method which works pretty well.
    Overall we have had pretty good luck with their tree & menu so far.

    My favorite menu guys, even over component art, are Coalesys
    (http://www.coalesys.com/home/). The menu is better in many instances,
    especially since it just gives you hooks to attach the menu to any
    standard HTML object. Very convenient if you need to have custom
    menus, flyouts, etc, where ComponentArt creates the menu iteslf for
    you.

    So... take a look at componentart & coalesys. The only two I have
    found so far that were any good (have dev/source lic for C-Art & dev
    for coalesys for asp).

    -Andrew Backer
     
    Andrew Backer, Jun 16, 2005
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  8. Ken Cox [Microsoft MVP], Jun 17, 2005
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  9. Tim Meagher

    Karl Seguin Guest

    Ken,
    I certainly agree. Very slick controls....afaik though they don't offer
    everything that was asked for (grids)

    Karl

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    Karl Seguin, Jun 18, 2005
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