This is the second of a series of reviews that will cover what is contained in the DevExpress DXperience Universal Edition. This is the most complete of the subscription packages available from DevExpress. The other packages include Enterprise, WinForms, and ASP.NET. For a matrix of what each package contains, check out their edition page. In this review I will examine what is available for working with ASP.NET.
There are two packages that you can get for working with ASP.NET. The first is the ASPxperience Suite which is a collection of Web development tools that are designed to add advanced capabilities to your Web applications. The suite includes lightweight controls that are made to create the least amount of code, to load scripts only when they are needed, to fully optimize style usage, and provide a full client-side API where it is appropriate.
The second is the DXperience ASP.NET subscription. This includes everything in the ASPxperience Suite, plus a number of add-on suites and components that will give you the tools to do just about anything with your Web development.
What are the controls that you get with ASPxperience Suite?
• ASPxCallback is a non-visual component that provides for an easy method to implement AJAX callback functionality. It exposes a method that initiates a callback and passes arbitrary data to the server. Once processed, a client-side event is raised so that you can update Web page on the client to finish the cycle. The ASPxCallbackPanel works in the same way as a lightweight replacement for the UpdatePanel from the standard AJAX library.
• ASPxCloudControl will let you organize hyperlinks by automatically arranging them within the specified area, and will highlight their importance by using fonts of different sizes, colors, and weight value display. This will let visitors locate the most important information on your site.
• ASPxDataView provides a flexible tool for data presentation. The main purpose of this control is to arrange data record placeholders and provide navigation between them. The control automatically creates a basic template similar to the card format of Outlook, but you can modify it to construct any record layout.
• ASPxHeadline gives you the ability to create a flexible representation of a single headline that can consist of image, header text, data, content text, and a tail section which can contain both images and text.