ASP.NET MVC Forums Preview

27 April 2009

Check out the screenshots below for an internal project we've been cooking up.

DevExpress MVC Forums Welcome Page

The shot above shows off a new forums website that uses:

  • ASPxHtmlEditor
  • ASPxUploadControl
  • ASPxEditors
  • ASPxPageControl

Wanna see more?

DevExpress MVC Forums - Edit Profile - HTML Editor - Upload control

 DevExpress MVC Forums - Reply To Thread - Quote - HTML Editor

DevExpress MVC Forums Thread Response

That's a sneak peek. We'll roll it out as soon as it's ready. What do you think so far?

18 comment(s)
Jeroen Nijhuis

Wow, this is looking very sleek Mehul, definately like it!

28 April, 2009
Jose Rolando Guay Paz

Hi Mehul.

I see DevExpress is finally diving into MVC. Just a quick couple of questions:

1. Are you using any specific version of DevExpress components?

2. Is there any special component/configuration to use DevExpress into MVC?


28 April, 2009
Uwe Keim

So when do the GUI component builders stop cloning from each other/Microsoft the same old boring interfaces with low usability and start being innovative and at least clone Googles phantastic UIs like Google Reader or Google Mail, etc.?

28 April, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Thanks Jeroen and Jose.


1. Yes, the latest version, currently 2009 volume 1.

2. Yes, you'll need to disable viewstate. I'll get into this more later, in the meantime, there is a screencast to check out here:

28 April, 2009
Aaron Smith

Looks cool! Now you've made me want to open up MVC again. Shame on you! lol

28 April, 2009
Gary Cox

Is there any reason you chose MVC over the XAF?

28 April, 2009
Geoff Davis

Mehul, Fantastic... I'm really looking forward to how you might/may go about supporting MVC for the future and your experiences on using it with DevExpress.

28 April, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)


Google puts out some very good functionality in their apps like Gmail. However, the UI design is up to you. You can design sites like gmail or yahoo mail using our ASP.NET tools.

DevExpress innovates with fast ASP.NET controls (google like) and wide feature set and configurability.

What Google features would you like to have in a component?

28 April, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)


Learning is good Smile

Look forward to see what you do with ASP.NET MVC.

28 April, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)


Thanks, I'll get some MVC related videos out in the future.

28 April, 2009

Awesome!!! not words Mehul...

MVC seems very interesting. Waiting the roll out...


29 April, 2009

Will the component work with jQuery or does it rely on ASP.NET Ajax

29 April, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Thanks Cesar.

29 April, 2009
Ivan Nik (DevExpress)

Wiryadi, if you talk about new forums website, currently we don't feel necessity to rely much on any third party clientside/AJAX frameworks due to the rich functionality of our own controls. But, as you can mention this project is wide open for new ideas and technologies, that was never used by DevExpress before. So, according to the fact that jQuery became a de-facto client-side pair for ASP MVC, who knows, maybe one day we'll use it to implement some cool feature for this forum. =)

29 April, 2009

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't DevExpress using Community Server for their Forums? Why the need to create your own Forum? Just curious if your running into limitations with CS or other forums, etc.

4 May, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Hi Callon,

Yes, we use Community Server now and well it does leave some features to be desired. We haven't decided if we'll use the MVC version to replace CS.

The MVC forums project was to explore support for MVC with our controls as well as give some student interns a test project. Btw, they're doing a fantastic job. Smile

4 May, 2009
Cody Skidmore

.. snuck one in on me Mehul.   :-)  

Glad to see things are coming along.

17 May, 2009
John Sheppard

MVC wtf.....I'm still learning how to program properly and I been programming for 10 years...

No wonder so many projects fail and go over budget....I'd suggest lay off the amphetamines and solve the business problems instead of creating technical ones...

lol yeah right like thats gona happen...

17 June, 2009

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