Case Study: Itagent chooses DXperience

17 October 2007

Niko Suni from Itagent is very discerning when it comes to the 3rd party tools he uses for development:

"Past awards mean nothing to us, it is the performance and reliability in our own applications that determine whether we use certain tools or not."

Which is how Niko Suni and Itagent arrived at choosing DXperience for their ERP reporting application:

Developer Express Ribbon and Grid components are used for UI construction

Niko has developed a high confidence for Developer Express tools:

"As the Developer Express development tools are very reliable and robust, we simply achieve more in less time than our competitors. Once we drag and drop a Developer Express control to a form, it takes very little modification for the control to actually make said form production ready."

They have also gained productivity boosts from Refactor! Pro:

"The refactoring and code modifying tools help save immense amounts of time when prototyping, developing and refining back-end code, both new and old. Refactor! Pro enables us to easily promote prototype code to production-ready state, while encouraging robust development practices such as strong naming conventions and code complexity reducing."

Read the full Niko Suni from Itagent case study.

11 comment(s)
Miha Markic - DevExpress MVP

Looks to me like a ribbon is a major unnecessary space waster on that form :-)

17 October, 2007
Righthand blogs

I often wonder why is everybody jumping on the (Office like) ribbon wagon. Ribbon UI is clumsy if it

17 October, 2007
Rollie Claro

miha, no offense but i think you should show what you've got

17 October, 2007
Rollie Claro

Miha, I think you should show what you've got

17 October, 2007
Ben Hayat

I'm not trying to pick on anyone's product, but I think Miha is right. The balance between toolbar and content does not match on that screen. Screen layout "Balance" is very important. I think one of the best and most balanced (space, color, fonts and etc) layout that I come across, are DX applications and samples.

17 October, 2007

The advantage of the Ribbon is that it can grow in options and stay with the same side, I think if you are making an scalable application in options the Ribbon is the way to go.

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17 October, 2007
Miha Markic - DevExpress MVP

@Rollie Claro: I would preffer normal stuff, like toolbar in this case. And I didn't critizie the entire product - just the design of that form and the fact that everybody wants to use ribbon at all costs. Even more so because this isn't the only application misusing ribbon.

@Ramsees: Still I don't see huge benefit there. Scalability can be achieved through toolbars, too, and I doubt that this particular form will get 10000 new options.

18 October, 2007
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

Come on Guys - Im going to allow these comments to stand a few more days, but they will be deleted. This is the exact reason people worry about publishing screenshots. Franklly, I hate the fact that people worry about giving us case studies for fear of criticism.

We all have our own perspective on a good UI and what floats my boat does not float yours. If you have me sitting in front of you and are willing to listen to my rebuttal to your opinion, then critique me...but when Im not around, dont critique me because other than hearing your own opinion, what possible benefit is it to you? Moral of the story, if you have a recommendation, do it privately and comment publicly only when you know the appropriate individual can follow up or at the very least, read your thoughts.

22 October, 2007
Yogi Yang

The layout does not seem to have any problem.

But the user should not be forced to use the Ribbon interface. there should be flexibility of selection as to which kind of UI the user wants to use.

29 October, 2007
Righthand's blog

Ribbon mania

18 February, 2010

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