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create a GUI with drag and drop functionality for the user...

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Forgive me if this group is for the discussion of pure VB.NET language
topics. My question may be more about add-on components to VB.NET that
will allow the functionality I'm looking for. I'm very comfortable in
VB.NET, and need to create a user interface to a back end program that
has no interface itself. This is a client app that needs to:

1. Be used to configure the back-end software by creating XML config
files, and triggering actions via web services calls from the client
to the server. This would be via a drag and drop GUI, with the
software components being brought into the work area. Then these
components would be connected to each other the same way that
connectors in PowerPoint work.
2. Right clicking on either a component or connector needs to bring up
a context menu allowing that software component to be configured.
Eventually you have a field in the GUI with little boxes in it that
have lines connecting them.
3. This same GUI would then reflect the actual operation of the
underlying software. This means the same GUI is used to configure as
well as monitor/mange the application. Once the context menu is
brought up, things like graphs can be displayed showing that
component's performance, metrics, etc.
4. If it helps, think of this client interfacing with the server
solely via web services. This doesn't affect the product I'm looking
for, as I'd write all the WS client stuff anyway.

I'm good with all of this, except the part where the user drags &
drops the components into an empty work area. I don't know if I can
write such functionality from scratch, but I haven't turned up any
products that fit the bill.

So the question is: Do you know of any software components/products
available for .NET projects that allow this?

TIA!

Bogus Exception

Mar 2 '07 #1
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