Multi-mode operation, support for AJAX callbacks, and client side template feature provide the richest,
highest-performing user experience delivered to date by an ASP.NET Grid control.
Suggestion to other vendors.
You should all make similar grid examples so others can compare.
I really like this grid example
And this one
Telerik only have this
ComponentArt's award-winning Menu has been written from the ground up
for ASP.NET, combining the best practices from our original ASP.NET
Menu with our advanced new rendering technology.
Enhanced performance and added features are now available!
Lightweight and lightning-fast, TreeView is rich on both the client and
server side, easily data-bound and ready for ASP.NET 2.0.
VisualASP TreeView Component
Use this classic component to add tree structure menus to your asp applications.
With eight tree styles the functionality in this component gives you all the power
you need, to create an impressive looking tree to suit your web site. The TreeView
Component includes examples for database, xml and client side event handling, plus
Rich Text Box
#1 r.a.d.editor (will be called RichTextBox)
This rich text box from r.a.d is great.
Unfortunately it is poorly named (they will rename it to RichTextBox) and does not come up on the first few pages of google !
Why do I say the RichTextBox from Telerik is the best one - because when you paste from Word it cleans up the god awful HTML
A common question is why do I recommend RichTextBox over the free ones?
I have heaps of good reasons:
It is a product - RichTextBox provides a professional, supported, commercial product, not just a piece of code
They will be growing with me and my app - They will be here in X yrs time, selling solid, high quality
I get help - They provide really great email support, support in the forums, a
large knowledge base, and have a technical support team devoted to
supporting users of the product
They will fix bugs for me - They invest heavily in research and development, and provide free
products upgrades and bug fixes
The big companies will be subsidising me to get the above
- They have a top-notch customer base including Microsoft, Intel
and Wells Fargo, which says a lot about the trust their product has
There is certainly a place for small bits of code like FreeTextBox,
but I don't think free, unsupported code is suitable for most
corporate applications. And anyway, for a high quality web app,
$150-250 isn't a large investment by any means. Certainly when
compared to the effort required to build one of these editors, it's
Now this is a great control and comes with even better support. RichTextBox is a server
control that you add to an ASP.NET page. You can set a few properties if you like and there
is nothing more to it - it works like any other control. Under the covers, when the page is
configuration that depends on and properties you set for the control. To provide the editing functionality
it relies on editable IFRAME functionality in Internet Explorer and provides a large amount of
code to support that, and it does a great job in bringing such richness to the browser.
FCKeditor is a powerful tool providing a text editor for web pages. The
interface is similar to the ones we know from Microsoft products and has an
easily customizable toolbar. The text editor provides all the formatting
possibilities which are possible in HTML through an online interface. As
FCKeditor is an OpenSource project, it is absolutely free.
One disadvantage is that FCK has problems over a SSL connection.
#4 FreeTextBox (preferred)
A free ASP.NET control written in C# implementing MSHTML in Internet Explorer.
It can be validated using standard ASP.NET validators and has many options for customization..
FreeTextBox has a 'free' version and a paid version which offers things like XHTML compliance. Also DNN uses FreeTextBox as their default editor.
If you have multiple rich text editors on one page then IE uses a large amount of memory - this causes problems on older machines with 256mb of memory and integrated video cards.
Collapsable Panel - from EWorldUI
The collapsable panel control from EWorldUI (www.eworldui.net)
is a great, lightweight, free to use ASP.NET server control that enables you to expand and collapse blocks of content client side.
Figure: The content panel collapses to only show the title row which is clickable.
Figure: Once clicked, the panel expands to show the content without a postback.
ASP.NET comes with a built in Calendar Control that you can put on your web
pages. I don't like the Calendar Control from a usability perspective
- I think it is better to be able to type in the date in a text box. For the
users that want a GUI calendar, they can click a button next to the date field. eg.
Love to know if you Agree/Disagree?
So in my search for a good calendar that can be used as a popup, I found these ones...
In my opinion this is the coolest cross-browser compatible DHTML date picker. It is setup in minutes, with all the features you may require in 90% of your projects. Try dragging it around the page...
Figure: Dynarch Popup Calendar
Dynarch Calendar Overview
What is it?
- Cross-browser popup or flat DHTML calendar
- Suitable for selecting date/time
- The look is customizable through external CSS
- High quality color themes
- Keyboard navigation
- Can show days from adjacent months
- Can show week numbers
- Translated into many languages
- Any day can be "the first day of week"
- The default "first day of week" can be configured in the language file
- One can easily jump back or forward with 24 years
- Provides help hints (also configurable)
- Includes an optional time selector with 1 minute resolution
- Special days (configurable list of days that are displayed differently)
- Allows multiple days selection
- Fast and very easy to setup
ComponentArt Popup Calendar (ASP.NET)
ComponentArt Calendar supports a variety of date and date-range
selection types - without requiring postbacks for month paging or
Peter Blum's DateTextbox (ASP.NET) (Recommended when you have a range eg. Date Start and Date End)
The DateTextBox Control is a complete solution to date entry in a web form. It is a greatly extended TextBox which assists the user in entering the day, month, and year of a date. It always follows the international short date pattern that you supply. Users can popup a calendar to select a date from that interface or use an assortment of commands available as single keystroke, from a context menu, or from a Help button. Two can be connected together for smart date range entry.
RJS Popup Calendar (Free) (Recommended)
Figure: RJS Popup Calendar
DbCombo is an ASP.NET server component for picking from long lists of data.
It uses client scripting to 'auto-complete' a text box while you type - just like a combo box.
On lower browsers, it gracefully degrades to use HTML 3.2 for optimum compatibility.
Functionality is not lost as this happens though, DbCombo uses the postback architecture
to achieve the same result.
Second best is Teleriks combo box
Richer Components is the 3rd best - functional, but a little ugly
It uses the XMLHttpRequest object to make requests and get back data.
Figure: objectgraph dictionary textbox
Real Demo - Search Suburb:
True Combo Behaviour
It is quite common to write HTML code that will create a combo box on your web page. Users can
then make a selection from multiple items within the combo. However, you may want to produce a
combo that also allows the user to enter in custom text, as an alternative.
Although this functionality is normally implemented in Windows by default, you will need
additional code to make it work on a web page.A good explanation of how to do this can be found at the URL below:
The accepted way to debug complex table-based HTML pages is to add a border="1"
attribute to the <TABLE> element. Toggle Borders is a utility which
automates this and more. It is accessed from the context menu in Internet
Explorer and will colour-code tables, span tags and div tags for you to see how your
website, or a third party website has been laid out. Select Toggle Borders
again and the colour-coding is removed.
More information is available on the official website:
Peter's Polling Package
Polling is one of the most common ways to get the user to interact with your site. Often sites will offer polling simply to have something to draw users back to the site. A Poll is a fairly complex combination of HTML and server side code. It has two entirely different looks: its entry view and results view. It uses a database which demands web forms to allow the user to edit the polling data and extract data collected from the users. This Polling package includes all of the pieces.
I use peterblum.com for this.
Figure: Telerik has a good spell checker for ASP.NET
Figure: Infragistic has a spell checker for ASP.NET - but it is not so good
It is easy to retrieve the html source, CSS and script for anywhere you want:
Figure: When you hover over the red box, it indicates where it is in the browser (see green box).
Internet Explorer Developers toolbar
For lovers of Firebugs there is a Microsoft Internet Explorer Equivalent.
The Internet Explorer Developers toolbar has a neat DOM explorer which is nearly as good as Firebug. (I'm sure some of you are aware of this product but I thought I would put up a tip anyway as I wsan't using this until today.)
Latest version can be downloaded from
MSIE Dev toolbar
JQuery has these features: