WebUI Studio.NET 2007: Build Rich Client-Side UIs
A comprehensive suite of user interface and data components for ASP.NET 2.0 using Visual Studio 2005
WebUI Studio.NET 2007 is a comprehensive suite of user interface and data components for ASP.NET 2.0 using Visual Studio 2005. The vendor, Intersoft Solutions, has AJAX-enabled its previous offerings and bundled 17 items for building rich Internet applications.
The centerpiece of the suite is WebGrid.NET Enterprise, which provides not only a grid, but hierarchical drilldowns, data lists, and a treeview (see Figure 2). To get a feel for what the grid can do, I started with the examples that it conveniently installs as Visual Studio Web projects in C# and VB. The default "Elegant" style renders a Northwind-driven grid inside an HTML table that's decorated with subtle gradients, background images, rounded corners, and drop shadows. I had to enter some data to be sure I was viewing a real grid and not an artist's rendering. Right-clicking on the Company Name header brings up a context menu that offers sorting, filtering, grouping, and the ability to remove columns from view. The column-freezing is excellent because you always get a complete view of the adjacent column as you scroll. The starter page, including its explanatory and marketing text, weighs in at a reasonable 91,754 bytes.
WebUI Studio.NET 2007 is so feature rich it would be impossible to cover them all in the space for this article. I could write a page about the extensive WebInput controls alone. Imagine a text, currency, or number format, and you'll almost certainly find a highly functional mask for it. The design-time support for creating input types is superb, not to mention a handy wizard for newbies.
The suite's documentation isn't quite as polished as the components themselves. There's plenty of useful, well-organized content, but it needs a once-over by a professional editor whose mother tongue is English to brush up the grammar and overall readability.
WebUI Studio.NET 2007 does its job extremely well. At $1,499 for a realistic developer license (you can install your personal copy on more than one computer) and free runtime distribution, it's also a tremendous value.
WebUI Studio.NET 2007
Phone: +62 21 5204711
Quick Facts: Advanced suite of user interface components for ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 including grid, input, combo box, menus, treeview, panels, and data source controls.
Pros: Handles large datasets; excellent use of AJAX, client-side scripting and CSS; hundreds of useful examples; attractive default designs; grid exports data to many formats; excellent design-time experience.