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Which ASP.NET Controls are the best? Telerik or DevExpress?

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I have tested ASP.NET controls from both Telerik and DevExpress, both seem to be very professional and adds a lot of features and functionality, however, I can't figure out which one I should ultimately end up using. Does anyone here have experience with the ASP.NET controls from Telerik and DevExpress, I would love to hear your 2 cents. I should add that I don't have any exotic requirements.
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Question by:ShaunDumas
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by:wilks01
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I have used both and they both have pros and cons.  I personally prefer Telerik for the most part as I have found that it is faster to implement due to their very well put together documentation.  One of the most common controls I use from both suites is the Grid.  If the scenario needed a basic grid I would use telerik, but if it needed a more complex grid for things such as Pivot, or advanced grouping I would use DevExpress.
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by:ShaunDumas
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That is very helpful, thank you. The grid would be one of the primary components I would use. Since you have experience in both Telerik and DevExpress grids, what is the main difference between them?
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by:ShaunDumas
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I forgot to mention, one thing I noticed is that DevExpress have their editors work both inside and outside of a grid, it doesn't look like the Telerik grid operates in the same way?

Also, Telerik has some style controllers which I haven't been able to find with DevExpress, it looks like they don't have these?
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The main differences I've found in the grids is the pivot functionality.  Telerik has the pivot ability but it is harder to implement, and is fairly new to the grid control.  The devexpress has had that functionality for a while is is fairly straight forward to implement.  Telerik grid also has a really cool export functionality that is pretty easy to implement I'm not sure if devexpress has that built in.  Devxpress does have some fairly easy styling features but not as in depth as telerik.  Telerik uses CSS classes in pretty much all of the tags that are rendered for the grid.
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by:Anurag Agarwal
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Shaun i would also suggest u to use telerik as they r far better then any thing available due to its well documented library and easy to use functionality. Telerik have there own style controllers for each component available............

u may also refer to what other people feel at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/624371/telerik-radcontrols-vs-devexpress-dxperience
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by:ShaunDumas
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Thanks for the input guys, it was very helpful.

I ended up choosing Telerik, why? I checked out the code that the components are generating, and Telerik's components outputs extremely clean and very well formatted and structured code. DevExpress is the exact opposite, my jaw dropped, completely horrible output, and some really weird concepts for managing content and data. I wouldn't want to use DevExpress components for ASP.NET. If you are in doubt simply do a "view source" in your browser and compare, it ain't pretty with DevExpress.
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