Visual Studio addins

I wish to move from asp vbs to asp.net mainly for creating web applications.
Visual studio 2008 seems to be the way to go but the learning curve seems steep.
In the past I have used Dreamweaver where extensions ease the learning curve  and I believe that VS uses addins for this purpose.
I was looking for a simple addin for form validation and wonder if there are preferred sites for this and other addins.
Thanks for any help
John
johnhardyAsked:
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amxCommented:
Visual studio 2008 already has form validation built in.

Its in the toolbox along with other add ins, simply drag and drop :)
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks amx
I found the validation in the web side but could not find it in the Windows Forms
Is that right?
Also do you have any good sources of other addins?
I located Code Smith and one or two others but they seem all very expensive
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amxCommented:
yeah thats right, the controls are alot more powerful with win forms so use don't implement the validation the same way as web apps.

Telerik and infragistics are two major players in the market, but i guess it comes down to whether it meets your needs and if you can afford it.

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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks
Theres lots of items on Telerik and infragistics so thanks for that.
I opened the tool box items and ticked Validation summary but could not see it in the Toolbox side bar.
Should it be there?
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amxCommented:
Validation summary relates to web and mobile controls and you'll find it under the validation panel in the toolbox when you have a web site project open in visual studio. Its not there if you have a winforms project open as its not relevent
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks
I am nearly there.but I dont understand why validation is not applicable  to a winforms poject?
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amxCommented:
It is applicable but its a differenet programming model which is supported by a different team at microsoft, they don't seem to have built much support for validation controls as the asp.net team.

You best bet is to google around about win forms validation, i found alot of people asking the same question as you about this.

If you really want some more expertise it might be a good idea to post a new question about it

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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks amx

You have helped me greatly.
Regards

John
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