Your favorite software built in .NET?

24 May 2006 - 2:31pm
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liyazheng
2005

Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to share? I'm
looking for something that is particularly well design and/or leverages off
the technology to meet user's goals particularly well. I'm on a project
where we are designing for this platform and wouldn't mind being inspired =)

Thanks!

Liya

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24 May 2006 - 3:18pm
Marci Ikeler
2003

Hi Liya,

In general I feel that you can get a good sense of what .NET offers as a
technology by taking a look at a few control libraries. These show a few
common interface components built with .NET, often with source code. In my
opinion you can gauge how well certain features are integrated into this
technology by looking at what the controls can do and comparing that to the
complexity of their code (not that you need to understand everything in the
code -- I certainly don't -- but it's a good bet that a feature requiring 5
lines of code is more integrated with the .NET architecture than one
requiring 500 lines).

Here's some control libraries I find to be useful:
http://samples.infragistics.com/2006.1/
http://www.asp.net/default.aspx?tabindex=6&tabid=31
http://www.123aspx.com/Directory.aspx?dir=205
http://www.telerik.com/asp-net-controls/ui-components/online-demos.aspx

With that said, I'd like to step on my soap box for a moment and point out
that the technology available doesn't necessarily affect the quality or
usability of the end product. I have seen some awesome applications built in
JavaScript, and some horrendous applications built in .NET. Ultimately you
need a good plan, a good design, and a good programmer to work their magic
:)

Good luck,

Marci
http://www.designmartini.com/

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> Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to share?
> I'm
> looking for something that is particularly well design and/or leverages
> off
> the technology to meet user's goals particularly well. I'm on a project
> where we are designing for this platform and wouldn't mind being inspired
> =)
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> Thanks!
>
> Liya
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26 May 2006 - 9:59am
Andrew Otwell
2004

In addition to the control libraries that Marci listed, I'd suggest
looking at the stuff Component Art offers:
http://www.componentart.com/home.aspx

You want to look at the WebUI set in particular:
http://www.componentart.com/webui.aspx

I was fairly happy with using these controls on a large project I
worked on. If you're willing to work within their (pretty flexible)
styling limitations, you'll find that they're really well-designed,
especially the Grid control.

26 May 2006 - 10:32am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

I just listened to an interview with Jan Jannink, the founder of
iMeem, on Adam Christianson's "The MacCast" podcast. They talked a
good bit about how it was developed with .NET. They used Mono for
cross-platform development.

imeem: http://www.imeem.com/
Mono: http://www.mono-project.com/
MacCast: http://www.maccast.com/
http://www.maccast.com/2006/05/24/maccast-05242006-special-imeem/

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.690.2360 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Questions about whether design
is necessary or affordable
are quite beside the point:
design is inevitable.

The alternative to good design
is bad design, not no design at all.

- Douglas Martin

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26 May 2006 - 10:55am
Meara NI
2005

> Do you have a favorite software built in .NET that you'd like to
share?

Hi Liya,

I believe that the excellent Writely < http://www.writely.com > is built
in .NET. There's a brief article at O'Reilly Radar about why they chose
C# (integrated debugging of browser and server components, apparently).

<
http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/10/the_secret_sauce_of_writely.ht
ml >.

Cheers,

Nick.
.................................................
Nick Meara Senior Systems Implementer
Information Systems Aston
Aston University, Birmingham

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