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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?
Nov 19 '05 #1
8 1520
Tim:
Infragistics sells NetAdvantage which comes with most/all of these things
and are pretty robust and capable:
http://www.infragistics.com/products...s/Default.aspx

Depending on your budget, I'd look around and look for free alternatives.

For example, you can use skmMenu for your menus:
http://skmmenu.com/menu/

Free ASP Treeview:
http://www.obout.com/t2/download.aspx

and google can help you out with the rest...

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/ - New and Improved (yes, the popup is annoying)
http://www.openmymind.net/faq.aspx - unofficial newsgroup FAQ (more to
come!)
"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?

Nov 19 '05 #2
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
"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?

Nov 19 '05 #3
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.

"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?

Nov 19 '05 #4
You sound like someone who has actually implemented (or attempted to
implement) Infragistics!

"Rob R. Ainscough" <ro*****@pacbel l.net> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@TK2MSF TNGP12.phx.gbl. ..
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.

"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?


Nov 19 '05 #5
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

Nov 19 '05 #6
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

Nov 19 '05 #7
I'm biased because they're one of my clients but most people agree that
ComponentArt has great controls:

http://www.componentart.com/home.aspx
"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?

Nov 19 '05 #8
Ken,
I certainly agree. Very slick controls....afa ik though they don't offer
everything that was asked for (grids)

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/ - New and Improved (yes, the popup is annoying)
http://www.openmymind.net/faq.aspx - unofficial newsgroup FAQ (more to
come!)
"Ken Cox [Microsoft MVP]" <BA************ @sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..
I'm biased because they're one of my clients but most people agree that
ComponentArt has great controls:

http://www.componentart.com/home.aspx
"Tim Meagher" <ti*@aaom.net > wrote in message
news:ut******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
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?


Nov 19 '05 #9

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