We know grids

ctodx
04 June 2008

It seemed like a long day at the second exhibitor session today. In fact, now that I've sat down I don't know if I'll be able to stand again for quite a while.

The biggest thing that happened today was the editor of Visual Studio Magazine popping around to the booth to present two awards to us. We've won the 2008 Annual Readers Choice Award in two categories: Grid Components - Web Forms, and Grid Components - Desktop; the first for ASPxGridView (and I add "of course" because, well, of course), and the second for XtraGrid Suite. Many thanks to our loyal customers who voted for us with the magazine.

This continues a theme I've been stressing with people who stop by the booth. Developer Express "know" grids intimately. We know what developers want out of them, we know what end- users want out of them. I can quite simply say that our grids are the best at displaying data, at enabling end-users manipulate the look and feel of their grids, and at presenting and promoting the efficient use of analysis features such as grouping and summaries.

This is reinforced by the demos of our pre-beta grids for WPF and Silverlight. One of my most popular demos has been a side-by-side discussion of these two grids to show their similarities from the end-user's viewpoint. If you know how to use our grid in a Windows Forms application, you know how to use it in an ASP.NET app, in a WPF app and in a Silverlight app. The same functionality is there, and the means of invoking that functionality is the same. The demo I do immediately elicits nods of recognition and understanding, which leads us to a discussion of how the grid is configured and themed and how it gets data and so on -- deeper questions that are more meaningful to a developer audience.

So these two awards amply reinforce our dominance in this field, which of course resonates in our other endeavors as well. Think grid, think DevExpress.

6 comment(s)
Luc DEBRUN
Luc DEBRUN

Congratulations on the awards. Our users love the Devexpress Grid. They can easily drag/drop fields, group, filter etc. Press a button and print. Voila a beautiful report.

But dont you rest on your laurels! Competition is not far.

I think your end user experience can be improved a little bit. For example, essential to my eyes would be for the end user to have the ability to add calculated columns. One of the buttons of the navigator should be raising a popup window which let users create a new column and write simple expressions (ie. (mynewcolumn = myfirstcolumn*5 for numeric columns or mynewcolumn = left(myfirstcolumn,5))

Actually, to be honest, that popupwindow should also work with all the other grids such as the pivot or treelist etc ...

Luc

4 June, 2008
Anonymous
MOSA ATY

hello,

Thanks, Thanks, for DevExpress Team.......please

i'm creating a database with V.B 6.0, and i would like to know how i can use an array with one column of a datagrid to get its sum

5 June, 2008
Ovidiu Negus
Ovidiu Negus

Yes the XtraGrid from winform suite is very good, congratulations on the awards

for Luc:

That functionality should be created in your code... It's very particular...

From my point of wiev it only make sense for devexpress to implement such a functionality by using the extender pattern (like ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit extenders)

5 June, 2008
Anonymous
Shankar

Hi Julian

It should be

Think Grid, Think Platform, think Dev Express

5 June, 2008
Anonymous
itgoran

We are wondering when controls for WPF will be released. Do You have some time line for that ?

Beside this, for everyone who didn't try Devexpress Win controls, do it it's really easy to use and customize.

13 July, 2008
Ada.Li
Ada.Li

Thanks ,  thanks

26 August, 2009

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