Infragistics and telerik grant better control over ASP.Net 2.0 development
Injected with AJAX, NetAdvantage and r.a.d.controls expand developers' toolboxes
Using r.a.d.controls, which lacks a specific input control for numbers, you add a RadMaskedTextBox control to your Web form and either set its Mask property to the maximum number of digits or set a NumericRange into its Mask property. The final capabilities are very similar here; in fact, NetAdvantage has a WebMaskEdit control that uses the same approach as the RadMaskedTextBox. Overall, however, I find the NetAdvantage approach to user input controls a little more convenient because it has controls that have already been typed and customized for editing numbers, dates, currency, and percentages.
As for allowing the user to edit RTF or HTML with spell checking, the standard Microsoft Web controls fall down completely, and these two products pick up the slack. Using NetAdvantage, you drag a WebHtmlEditor and a WebSpellChecker to your form, configure the editor style, set a property in the WebHtmlEditor to connect the two, and set another to activate a SpellCheck button. The WebHtmlEditor and WebSpellChecker are recent additions to NetAdvantage, but they are very competitive with their telerik counterparts.
Using telerik’s offering, you drag a r.a.d.editor control to your form, and the r.a.d.spell component will be activated automatically. The recently “AJAX-ified” r.a.d.editor is quite mature, boasts improved performance, and can spell-check in multiple languages. As a new capability, r.a.d.spell offers a .Net API that can be used from Web services, WinForms applications, and AJAX callbacks.
Both the WebHtmlEditor and r.a.d.editor provide a full set of editing toolbars. Overall, however, I slightly prefer telerik’s Rich Text editor and spell checker to Infragistics’s.