Infragistics and telerik grant better control over ASP.Net 2.0 development
Injected with AJAX, NetAdvantage and r.a.d.controls expand developers' toolboxes
For its part, r.a.d.grid has many of the same capabilities, as well as dedicated checkbox, drop-down list, and text editors for grid columns. It appears that the UltraWebGrid might have some lazy data load options that r.a.d.grid lacks, and it might be a little easier to migrate from a GridView to a r.a.d.grid than to an
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NetAdvantage also includes a Web scheduler, with recurring appointments and a notification service, and Web tabs support delayed data load. In addition to an upload control, r.a.d.controls contains a Window control, which is useful for creating dialogs with the user without triggering a popup blocker.
Both packages can be examined online as example Web pages with source code; you can also access their documentation. The products’ respective samples are both quite good; as for documentation, Infragistics has a slight edge. Additionally, I have found both companies offer great support.
Pricing on these two products is similar enough not to be a factor in choosing one over the other. I like to be able to see the source code for third-party controls that I buy, which would favor NetAdvantage over r.a.d.controls for small purchases. It
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Notably, these two ASP.Net control collections have plenty of competition. Syncfusion Essential Studio has 11 component libraries for Windows Forms and eight for ASP.Net; ComponentArt Web.UI has 13 controls. DeveloperExpress combines dozens of ASP.Net and WinForms controls into a variety of product and subscription packages. ComponentOne Studio Enterprise has 10 ASP.Net 2.0 components, as well as some for WinForms, mobile devices, and ActiveX.
Additionally, there’s PowerWEB for ASP.Net, a collection of AJAX-enabled controls. Nevron .Net Vision includes user interface components, diagramming, and charting for ASP.Net and Windows Forms. SoftwareFX ChartFX and Dundas Chart for .Net compete with the charting components of NetAdvantage and r.a.d.controls.
Both Infragistics NetAdvantage for ASP.Net and telerik r.a.d.controls for ASP.Net will boost productivity and improve the robustness of the resulting Web site. Either one could easily return its investment in a few weeks of serious ASP.Net development. Frankly, you can’t go far wrong choosing either one, although given its superior chart capabilities and documentation, I’d have to give the nod to NetAdvantage.
On the other hand, every development shop has its own needs. I’d encourage you to play with each company’s samples on the Web, look at the source code, download and work with the trial packages, and make your own decision.