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Which 3rd party grid? Infragistics, XceedSoft, or ComponentOne?


I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them
could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this
is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand
ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike


Nov 15 '05 #1
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You should take a look at SyncFusion too. www.syncfusion.com. Good stuff!

Bruno

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I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #2
Hi Micheal,

You should take a look at Developer Express' XtraGrid.
www.devexpress.com

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www.rthand.com

"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #3
FlexGrid by ComponentOne does all the things you ask for.

I can't speak for the other components, but from my experience flexgrid
is very easy to develop with.

Performance-wise, the grid has always worked well. Never any drawing
lag. Tons of samples of different ways you can use the grid on the
componentone website.

As you mentioned, flexgrid can come bundled in a suite of controls -
more than you'd ever need. All the components work well except for their
spell checker component. It bites - don't know why.

Finally, componentone has a -very- active news server. Excellent
support - componentone employees usually answer questions with one day
turnaround or less.

Erik

"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #4
"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in
news:#5******** ******@tk2msftn gp13.phx.gbl:

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes
them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of
components because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in
the menus, docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very
useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to
understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad?
Other grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....


get Janusgrid. Excellent support, quality code, quality controls.
Xceed is not my favorite, lots of bugs, COmponent one is ok, but hte
support is not that great (they don't release patches that often, although
they fix stuff often)

I'm not familiar with Infragistics controls

FB

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Nov 15 '05 #5
Mike,

I am using the Infragistics grid. I find it very easy to use and there is a
very good help system that integrates into the VS.NET IDE. Lots of samples
and tutorials.

It does everything that you have specified. The grid cannot be bought
separately, only as a bundle of software, but on that note, the other
components are also great. They include Win controls, Web controls and
ActiveX controls.

Support is OK, I have not had to use it much. Updates are also regular.

I have not used any of the other grids you specified, but for value for
money, stability and easy of use, I would recommend this suite of controls.

Brett

"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #6
Michael,

I'm using Component Ones' Flexgrid. Its pretty good. A little hard to
understand at first (at least for me because I was used to work with M$
Datagrid), but it does all that they say it does so far.
My problem with them is documentation. It sucks, period. They have on-line
help, but most of the time VS finds C# relevant stuff instead of theirs.
Their samples are ok, but they lack in explanations.

On the up side, they have news groups:
http://www.componentone.com/pages.aspx?pagesid=52
This web page has links to all of them.

HTH,

Marco
"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #7
Have a look at Syncfusion. www.syncfusion.com.
Their support for developers is excellent.
"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #8
Michael,
I have ComponentOne's DBGrid & FlexGrid and Janusys's GridEx all for .NET.

I have not used them extensively, (read I've used each in one or two small
projects) However I tend to prefer the Janusys's GridEx grid as it is a
better match for the Outlook grid.

I am in the middle of a "larger" project where I plan on using the Janusys's
GridEx.

However I do like & have used the FlexGrid for its row & column merging
ability.

Also for a lot of things the System.Windows. Forms.DataGrid is more then
enough for some of my projects, of course I have created some custom data
columns ;-)

Hope this helps
Jay

"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



Nov 15 '05 #9
Michael,
I've been using the Infragistics controls since late in the beta process
and they work fine for me. I'd suggest a subscription to their suite if you
buy them as that will get you all updates and new controls for a year. Also
the event model is similar between controls which helps in the learning
process. We buy the Enterprise version which covers expedited support and
includes source code.

Ron Allen
"Michael Howes" <mh****@xblueig uana.com> wrote in message
news:%2******** ********@tk2msf tngp13.phx.gbl. ..

I'm looking for a power grid control to use for some C#/Windows forms
development. There are a LOT of grids out there and trying to analyzes them could turn into a long task.

Some things I'm looking for;

Grouping (TreeGrid capabilities)
Outlook style group by
Built in filtering a plus but not required
Works in most recent version of Visual Studio/.Net

It doesn't need to be able to hold 100s of thousands of records.

I've been considering the grids that come as part of suites of components
because a good menu component were it's easy to have icons in the menus,
docking windows, and a outlook bar component could be very useful. But this is not a requirement....

The leading candidates so far are;
Infragistics's .Net Grid

Xceedsoft's Grid for .Net

ComponentOne's DBGrid

Also still in the running are

Janusys's GridEx

and

Data Dynamics SharpGrid

obviously without actually using it and coding it's difficult to understand ease of use.

Anyone have any experience to share with any of these? good or bad? Other
grid that I might have overlooked (I looked at many others).....

thanks

mike



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