XtraVerticalGrid Suite 1.0
$299.99 ($249.99 without source code)
Las Vegas, Nevada
The folks from Developer Express are back with another custom control
for your .NET Windows forms applications. They call this one an
"inverted grid" control. That means that, like the DataGrid, it shows a
set of records from a table (or other data source). But unlike the
DataGrid, in the XtraVerticalGrid each record is shown in a column, with
fields rendered as rows. It's as if you stood a regular grid on its
The control includes a lot more features that you're ever going to find
in a Microsoft control, though. For starters, you can select a custom
editor for any field on the grid - a combo box, a date or time editor, a
calculator, an image box, and so on; the control ships with a couple of
dozen of these. Editors can be stored in a central repository so that,
for example, you could design one combo with data unique to your company
and then share it among numerous grids -- and only have to update it in
one place when things change.
Visually, you can control every piece of the display here. Choose
whether or not to use XP themes, use windows styles, turn on or off
alpha blending at a fine level of detail, control gridlines, the style
of tree buttons, and so on. You can arrange the fields within a column
in a hierarchy so that chunks expand and collapse separately. You can
even add multiple editing cells to a single row in the column, giving
you a sort of hybrid of a normal and inverted grid. There's even a way
to set it up for end-users to customize the rows at runtime.
There's a single-record view which means you can use the grid to display
one record at a time. In some cases, this can be superior to just
dropping controls on a form, because you get the benefits of automatic
resizing, theme support, and so on with the XtraVerticalGrid.
Like the other Developer Express controls, XtraVerticalGrid delivers a
very full set of documentation. This includes integrated Visual Studio
.NET style help, a set of demo applications with full source code in
both VB .NET and C#, and the full C# source code for the control itself.
When you're designing a high-end user interface for a .NET application,
their controls are definitely worth a look.
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.