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What is the best approach either to use jQWidgets or Telerik or something else? I am in the process of building a asp.net website.   The web based software will have similar features as comprehensive

Posted on 2014-11-12
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What is the best approach either to use jQWidgets or Telerik or something else? I am in the process of building a asp.net website.

The web based software will have similar features as comprehensive accounting software.

I am using MSSQL.  I am reasonably proficient in using scripts and css and pretty good in the use of DB.  

I would like to see that the website also works on mobile devices.
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Alexandre Simões earned 2000 total points
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Hi mate,
consider this as my personal opinion.

UX Controls

I've used DevExpress and I have some close projects that use Telerik.
The controls are awesome but freaking slow.
They produce a huge viewstate and customization ends where the developers allowed it.
Traffic on the wire is usually a lot more that what is actually needed, so if you really want performance stick to native HTML.
What usually sucks people into these libraries is the Grid control but unless you really need something that only they have, run away :)

Have a look at jqGrid (http://www.trirand.com/blog/) probably it will be more than enough.
I've use it in a lot of applications, including financial heavy financial apps and basically all you have to care about is the actual SQL that feeds it, the grid dosn't have any kind of issues.

Form-factor Aware

Here you have several approaches.
Bootstrap is kind of the most known but arguably the best.
Foundation has a different approach to the same problem.
Ionic is kind of the new kid in town, looks really good but I didn't have the chance to use it yet.

The last two have a Mobile First approach, so they are arguably easier to adapt to any device form-factor.
I would say, give them a try and choose wisely :)


I like ASP.net but for the last couple of years I've been working on Enterprise class web portals without code-behind and... it's great.
Server-side code is behind REST webservices and this really eases the maintenance and scalability of both development and sys admin.
Consider pure havascript MVC frameworks like AngularJS, React, EmberJS... they are already pretty solid, you'll stop doing a mess of jQuery selectors, the application will be much smoother to the user and your productivity will get a big boost.

Although just be aware... a really sharp knowledge of javascript is required in order to really understand what you're doing.

Here you go... my 2 cents :)

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thank you very much.  Comprehensive and to the point

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