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Anyone using .NET for 'professional' looking GUIs?
I'm currently working as a java programmer, you know, doing all those buzzword compliant things like j2ee etc. etc. However I have a few ideas about some simple little windows applications that I want to write. Just small utilities that I think some people will find useful and might pay me some money for.
Don't know what you mean by cool, but .NET lets me do a heck of a lot more than I ever did with Java ala Swing or Win32 ala Visual Basic. Microsoft's .NET libraries are comprehensive and fast. So far, I have yet to "go native" (which is quite easy with Interop).
Windows Forms have all the standard boring MS controls, but none of the flashy stuff like XP panels or Office-style toolbars. But there are add-ons, ranging from free to terribly expensive, that can supply all of those things. http://www.dotnetmagic.com/ is one freebie that might give you some idea of what's possible.
DotNetMagic is no longer free.
Yeah, you can develop very nice, professional looking GUI apps with .NET- and very simply as well.
I'm a *very* satisfied and happy user of DotNetBAr from DevComponents (www.DevComponents.com). I"ve been using it for all of my apps since v1 (now on 3.2) and it's been rock solid stable. Take a look at it, is that the kind of interface you meant?
Thanks for the suggestions guys, both DotNetBar and dotnetmagic look like exactly what I'm after. Now it's just a matter of actually trying them out and seeing what they're like. Now all I need is enough diskspace in my XP installation to actually install visual studio and/or C#Builder.
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