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April 2016 - Posts

  • Help test the new DevExpress ASP.NET Bootstrap enabled controls

    We're working on a new set of ASP.NET controls that will support Bootstrap. And I would like your help in testing these new controls. More details on that below.

    First, let's address your questions:

    Why? What problem are you solving?

    Our current ASP.NET controls are great but their HTML rendering makes it hard for us to support:

    1. Adaptive and mobile-friendly features
    2. Frameworks like Bootstrap that provide their own themes

    So to solve these main issues, we're going to keep the majority of our current ASP.NET codebase and create new (descendant) controls with new HTML rendering. This approach is great because it gives you a benefit of new controls, new rendering, and a solid codebase that they inherit from.

    This effort will take many releases before we have a full suite of controls like our existing ASP.NET controls. But in the first beta release, we'll likely have a Grid control and a few others.

    And we want your help in testing these controls. If you're interested and willing, click the link below and we'll register you for a private closed testing once we have a build ready.

    Register Now

    Why Bootstrap?

    Bootstrap is one of many great frameworks out there. And the new ASP.NET controls we're working on will make it easier for us provide support for other frameworks besides Bootstrap. We chose Bootstrap because:

    1. It's established), popular, and free
    2. It has a good ecosystem of open-source contributors, third-party themes, etc.
    3. Microsoft chose Bootstrap for their File->New experience.

    Here's a small preview of our new ASP.NET pager control using different Bootstrap themes:

    Not all controls nor features

    Creating a new line of controls also gives us a fresh start to decide which controls and features are worth it to you. So, our initial goal is to create similar versions of our major controls and features. In fact, in the beta that we would like you test, it will likely only include the new Grid.

    Sign Up Today

    Click this link to sign-up for the private testing and we'll contact you once the build is ready:

    Register Now and Be the First to Get the Preview Build


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