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.NET Winforms control suite

I understand that there is a forum for .NET specific questions like this one, but honestly I prefer my post to be missplaced but commented =).

I am evaluating a user interface control suite for a new shrink wrapped application.

My app will be a tabbed MDI with dockeable panels (like the ones in visual studio .net but hopefully easier to use).

My specific question is if any of you have had any experiences with any one of this two suites:

Infragistics .NET Advantage
http://www.infragistics.com

Janus Systems Winforms Controls
http://www.janusys.com/janus/library/

Infragistics appears to be better architected as a Presentation Layer Framework, but the demos of the Janus suite are truely amazing, a lot more responsive than the demos for Infragistics and way better looking.

I don't know yet if it is just that the people from Infragisics didn't put enough effort in their demos or that the Janus suite is simply better.

Of course I will be evaluating each one from a technical point of view, but I will be very thankfull for any experience you can share.

By the way, this is a new version of a widely deployed application (in my country) and user experience is strategic for this new version. Cost is not an issue. My customer is willing to spend big money in whatever it takes to create a great UI.

.NET Developer
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

No experience with Infragistics or Janus suites.  (I did make use of the Activex Janus GridEX component some years ago; it was OK.)

If you haven't checked out the Developer Express .NET Winforms suite, though, you might want to.  DevEx is the premier 3rd party component developer for Delphi and their .NET offerings look excellent also.  I trust that anything they put out is going to be good. http://www.developerexpress.com

Herbert Sitz
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Sorry, that Developer Express link should have been:

http://www.devexpress.com/

Herbert Sitz
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Herbert,

Thanks for the suggestion. I will take a look at it.

.NET Developer
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

We went through them all, and by far the best both in presentation and stability was DotNetBar (http://www.devcomponets.com). We've used it in numerous productssince v1.0 and very highly reccomend it.

JWA
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

JWA:

Thanks, It looks like might be a good option.

I will add it to my comparision test between suites.

I supose I was being too focused in cool screenshots, but both of your recomendations meet my technical requirements also.

.NET Developer
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

I forgot to mention that the Janus Systems suite is a new release, and therfore is not likely that anyone has already used it, but it looks very, very nice.

And is a little cheaper than Infragistics when licencing for more than 4 developers.

And no, I don't work for them =)

.NET Developer
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

I'm on a project where we've just started using Infragistics.  So far, we're finding that:

- the controls are complex, way more complex than the "standard" .NET ones.  Consequently, you have to wade through heaps of properties to find the one that you actually need to set.
- It can be difficult, with only the documentation as your guide, to figure out what to do.  (No, this is not 'cause we're a bit slow, we're good, experienced developers grappling with complex controls that, in my opinion, are under documented.)

On a more positive note, we have actually managed to accomplish virtually all the things we wanted to do - it just took us a while to figure it out - and most of the comments I've seen about Infragistics on the net have been positive.

I've used some of Developer Express stuff (from pre-.NET days.).  I think they're a great company, who make very solid products.  Even so, their stuff can seem a bit complex at times too.  If I was to choose a product suite for another project, I'd definitely evaluate Dev Express's .NET controls.

Anon
Thursday, July 29, 2004

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