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Your favorite software built in .NET?

liya zheng
May 24, 2006 11:31am

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Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to share? I'm looking for something that is particularly well design and/or leverages off the technology to meet user's goals particularly well. I'm on a project where we are designing for this platform and wouldn't mind being inspired =)

Thanks!

Liya

 
Marci Ikeler
May 24, 2006 12:18pm

Hi Liya,

In general I feel that you can get a good sense of what .NET offers as a technology by taking a look at a few control libraries. These show a few common interface components built with .NET, often with source code. In my opinion you can gauge how well certain features are integrated into this technology by looking at what the controls can do and comparing that to the complexity of their code (not that you need to understand everything in the code -- I certainly don't -- but it's a good bet that a feature requiring 5 lines of code is more integrated with the .NET architecture than one requiring 500 lines).

Here's some control libraries I find to be useful: http://samples.infragistics.com/2006.1/
http://www.asp.net/default.aspx?tabindex=6&tabid=31 http://www.123aspx.com/Directory.aspx?dir=205
http://www.telerik.com/asp-net-controls/ui-components/online-demos.aspx

With that said, I'd like to step on my soap box for a moment and point out that the technology available doesn't necessarily affect the quality or usability of the end product. I have seen some awesome applications built in JavaScript, and some horrendous applications built in .NET. Ultimately you need a good plan, a good design, and a good programmer to work their magic :) Good luck,

Marci http://www.designmartini.com/

On 5/24/06, liya zheng <liya.zheng at gmail.com wrote: Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to share? I'm looking for something that is particularly well design and/or leverages off the technology to meet user's goals particularly well. I'm on a project where we are designing for this platform and wouldn't mind being inspired =) Thanks!
Liya


 
Andrew Otwell
May 26, 2006 6:59am

In addition to the control libraries that Marci listed, I'd suggest looking at the stuff Component Art offers:
http://www.componentart.com/home.aspx

You want to look at the WebUI set in particular:
http://www.componentart.com/webui.aspx

I was fairly happy with using these controls on a large project I worked on. If you're willing to work within their (pretty flexible) styling limitations, you'll find that they're really well-designed, especially the Grid control.

 
Jack Moffett
May 26, 2006 7:32am

I just listened to an interview with Jan Jannink, the founder of iMeem, on Adam Christianson's "The MacCast" podcast. They talked a good bit about how it was developed with .NET. They used Mono for cross-platform development.

imeem: http://www.imeem.com/
Mono: http://www.mono-project.com/
MacCast: http://www.maccast.com/
http://www.maccast.com/2006/05/24/maccast-05242006-special-imeem/

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    Meara NI
    May 26, 2006 7:55am

    Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to share?

    Hi Liya,

    I believe that the excellent Writely < http://www.writely.com is built in .NET. There's a brief article at O'Reilly Radar about why they chose C# (integrated debugging of browser and server components, apparently).

    < http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/10/the_secret_sauce_of_writely.ht ml .

    Cheers,

    Nick. . Nick Meara Senior Systems Implementer
    Information Systems Aston
    Aston University, Birmingham

     
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