UI dev tools/tech


  I am newbie to .NET. I would like to know is there any tools or technologies in .NET world that will help me to develop a thin client (browser based web application) rapidly. I am looking something like drag n drop for UI components or some tags where I no need to worry about developing these components. I want to just use these tags or drag n drop them and concentrate on my business logic of getting data.  Thanks for your help.


10/23/2006 3:06:35 PM
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Have you checked out Visual Studio? It is an IDE that helps you drag n drop controls on your page?


Bilal Hadiar, MCP, MCTS, MCPD, MCT
Microsoft MVP - Telerik MVP
10/24/2006 9:46:32 AM
Thanks for the reply. I have Visual Studio team edition for developers. I will check it out. I assume from your reply that VS will help me to develop web-based applications by drag n drop components. Thanks once again.
10/24/2006 11:56:30 AM

Absolutely.  That's one of the main reasons it became so popular in the first place.

The 2005 edition makes it even easier for you to write apps with almost no code-behind work (though usually the more advanced applications require *some* coding in VB/C#). 

Peter Brunone
Founder, EasyListBox.com
Do the impossible, and go home early.
10/24/2006 2:51:57 PM

And if you are looking to put your hands in HTML and CSS and design your pages, check out: MS Expression Web Designer

Hope this helps,


Bilal Hadiar, MCP, MCTS, MCPD, MCT
Microsoft MVP - Telerik MVP
10/24/2006 5:39:05 PM

Thanks for the reply guys. I looked at MS Visual Web Developer Express 2005. Its awesome. I really love it. I am planning to play around it more. Btw, may be it is a stupid question, but I would like to ask. If I develop the app using MS Visual tools like Web Developer, I believe it will create files like .aspx if so just wondering will the application work on non-windows platform? Also in general if I use .NET Framework, can I run the application in non-windows platform? Thanks.

I really appreciate your help guys. 


10/24/2006 8:26:24 PM

Well, talking about Microsoft, you are talking about .NET, .NET running on Windows machines! So once you work with Visual Studio and Expression Developer, you are working for limited environment!!

I read once about Mono that runs over UNIX and makes ASPX pages available on other environments, other than Windows!

Hope this helps,



Bilal Hadiar, MCP, MCTS, MCPD, MCT
Microsoft MVP - Telerik MVP
10/25/2006 5:41:05 AM

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