Monday, December 13, 2010

What a difference a release makes

It's been pretty hectic the last couple of months for me. I'm now involved in a one man enterprise project (yes they exist) and between vetting requirements, architecting and coding there really hasn't been a lot of writing time.

One of the things that is at the top my priority list for this project is to provide a high quality and consistent user experience. To that end I had planned to use the DevExpress Silverlight toolset. This looked like a good choice as they're support had been good and the control set looked to be expanding in areas that I would certainly need, such as Charting. But the DevExpress 10.2 release fell flat for me in more areas than it should of. From lack of documentation for new controls (in mean no documentation) to bugs that had not existed in DevExpress 10.1 and where now closed as "Microsoft's problem" (really it worked fine in the last release) to Themes not working with prisim modules, I decided I needed to rethink my choice.

I decided to take another look at Telerik. To be honest, I really didn't want to change, as it's always hard to say "hey maybe I was wrong", but sometimes you just have to rethink your approach. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the documentation and ease of use of the toolset. The Telerik controls provided a consistent data binding experience, so no longer did I have to ask "ItemsSource or DataSource or is it something more obscure?" or dig through reams of docs to find examples, it worked flawlessly with prisim and provides great support for commanding. The GridView also supports Hierarchical data, which is something that I will need. Overall I've been very impressed with the toolset and in the future will also make use of the MVC extensions as well.


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