Sneak Peek: ASP.NET Splitter Control

ASP.NET Team Blog
17 September 2009

Check out this sneak peek about the upcoming ASP.NET splitter control!

Rich client WinForms applications usually have the ability to split the screen into different sections or panels. For example, take a look at Outlook or even Visual Studio. This ability to layout and resize these panels helps your user interface because the end-users understand how these panels work.

The new ASPxSplitter control helps you create similar user interfaces in your ASP.NET websites. You can use the ASPxSplitter to divide the entire page or just sections of it. And the ASPxSplitter’s client-side capabilities allow your end-users to think you’re a some kind of JavaScript guru because they’ll be able to drag, click and resize the panels as they see fit.

Click the image and watch the “ASP.NET Splitter Control Preview” screencast below to see a demo of the upcoming features. It’s a short 5 minute video. I hope you like what you see!

Video: ASP.NET Splitter Control Preview

The new ASPxSplitter control will be released as part of DXperience 2009 volume 3 later this year. Be sure to drop me a line below with your thoughts on this new control.

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18 comment(s)
Geoff Davis
Geoff Davis

Mehul, Very cool, I love it.

18 September, 2009
Neven
Neven

Finally, nice job!

18 September, 2009
Daniel Schmitz
Daniel Schmitz

Can you say somethting about splitter integration with other DX-controls like GridView.

This should be a possible scenario without writing any "workaround code" in javascript!!!

www.devexpress.com/.../B135541.aspx

Regards

Daniel

18 September, 2009
Claudio Souza
Claudio Souza

Finally!

Better late than never!

18 September, 2009
Anonymous
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18 September, 2009
ALFONSO MORENO
ALFONSO MORENO

yes, long time waiting this control. In my projects I had to use ComponentOne splitter but it is not very pleasant.

18 September, 2009
heather
heather

Too bad you can't release this component as part of the 9.2.6 maintenance release...wink wink, nudge nudge...

19 September, 2009
Claus Bogner
Claus Bogner

Yep, that looks cool! I think I'll love it, too ;)

19 September, 2009
Anonymous
Rober Daroll

Great job!!.Look's good.

Waiting for this component for lot of our projects.Finally releasing , But please don't delay releasing this component after vol 3.Expecting by year end on vol3 release i expected this comp on vol2  release it self but not..

20 September, 2009
Damien Bhanji
Damien Bhanji

Looks really good, well thought out. I especially like the ability to load URLs into the panels. We're still using ComponentArt's splitter and we are keen to replace it with one from you.

23 September, 2009
Rolf Heinen
Rolf Heinen

Great ! The long awaited splitter !!

23 September, 2009
Dave Friedel
Dave Friedel

Nice job...

Some suggestions/wishlist:

 1.  Can you be sure to support % sizing for the entire splitter control instead of forcing us to absolute pixels.

2.  Can you provide a header/menu option we can attach to the splitter pane?  Often vendors forget the most common use of a splitter is to replicate a mini-IDE (outlook, vs.net style) but all of those have a title bar that appears in some or all the panes.  The ability to set 1 or 2 buttons and header would be most useful and set yourselves apart from the others.

I have some more suggestions but let me not get ahead of myself.

regards,

D.

23 September, 2009
Mark Douglass
Mark Douglass

Very nice...the demo looks great.

23 September, 2009
Anonymous
Jeff Forrett

Looks fun, can't wait to put it to work. Thanks!

24 September, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Daniel,

We'll provide new client-side API functions for most of the ASP.NET controls to get the “standard” solution for resizing. As for now, the “workaround code” is still necessary because the complex layout scenarios cannot be automatically resized. The DX ASP.NET team will discuss the Auto Fit scenario (its possible that it may be implemented for the simple layouts). Once we get closer to the 9.3 release then we'll revisit the scenario.

24 September, 2009
Anonymous
Joe Hendricks

Awesome functionality!  And as always, your presentation was clear and concise, thanks..

- Joe

26 September, 2009
Ian Vink
Ian Vink

We're using it live now, so far over 5000 user's have logged into to try it and no bugs reported.

http://BiblePro.BibleOcean.com   100% DevExpress and jQuery

Nice job DX!

31 December, 2009
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Ian

Very cool! And I like your use of the ASPxSplitter control. Smile

31 December, 2009

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