When time to market matters and you need to deliver functional and
easy-to-use business solutions that target both WinForms and ASP.NET,
look no further than the award-winning eXpressApp Framework™ (XAF).
I've been using DevEpress Universal for more than 2 years. As an ISV we provide WebForms based multilingual enterprise level business applications. That's a very demanding customer base and we've managed to achieve a very high level of customer satisfaction.
I've been able to focus on business logic and project requirements; instead of wrestling with the components, HTML, etc. and trying to implement the infrastructure needed to support such applications from scratch.
ASP.NET components provided the nice UI (standard components, grid, pivot, chart, scheduler etc.) which works across all major browsers, XAF provided the business application infrastructure (security, business rules, audit, UI design, state machine etc.) and XPO provided the database infrastructure which works across major databases.
Also, their support is the best I've seen in a long time. There were cases I've got, not only a response but also the solution in 3-4 hours.
I really suggest you to take a serious and detailed look into DevExpress products whatever you do : Web, WinForms, WPF, Mobile etc.
The XAF-framework of DevExpress is the most powerful tool I ever programed with. All other DevExpress-tools are very good as well, but XAF is an outstanding product that every business application programmer makes his life very much easier. The best thing about DevExpress is the support that is unparalleled in the software industry. It is staffed by people only that are in heart and mind in the matter they consider it as their duty to help the customer.
The DevExpress eXpressApp Framework (in short XAF) allows you to deliver cutting edge applications in a fraction of the time compared to conventional Winforms/Webforms development. XAF will teach you best practices in separating DAL/BLL/GUI layers by using an MVC-like architecture. And it comes with a lot of ready-to-use modules, like Security, Validation, Localization, Printing/Exporting, Reporting, Analysis, Workflow, Statemachine, Automatic Generation of Customizable UI (Winforms and ASP.NET), Functional Testing and full Visual Studio Integration. Add to that the best-in-industry premium support delivered by DevExpress Support Center.
I came to Developer Express because I love ORMs I am a coder who likes to take complex business cases and encode them into tight beautiful routines that automate these processes to leave a user free to focus one creativity and "out of the box" problems. My short coming is I SUCK at UI design. I hate "drag and drop" design. With the DevExpress eXpressApp Framework or XAF (ex-Aff) you are free to focus on just the parts you are strong at. You can tear up your project into different pieces and work on them independently of others. When you add CodeRush, the work is faster and seamless. The ability to target several deployment scenarios AT THE SAME TIME is also another plus. XAF not only teaches you best coding practices but it also supports "Cowboy Coding". With the excellent, fast and easy to access support at Devexpress, even as a Cowboy Developer, you are covered and in good hands.
The DevExpress XAF Framework has allowed us to deliver a cutting edge application in a fraction of the time compared to a normal development process. The best part about the framework is the unbeatable support delivered by Dennis at DevExpress and his support crew. You will not be disappointed if you base your future software projects on the DevExpress products!
Great framework for business apps. Lets our team focus on what's important (the business logic) while providing enough configuration and extensibility to handle those fringe cases where a little extra customization is required.
The support from DevExpress is amazing. Their documentation and online code library is extensive and helps me find the solution almost every time. Failing that, a ticket to their support team is ALWAYS answered in a timely manner, usually with detailed guidance and code samples. Couldn't ask for anything more than that.
XAF is by far the most complete framework on the market, using DX's multi award winning components you can create and publish a great application with common functionality "before lunch". With very little code you can achieve alot of functionality which is even controllable by the end user (security depending) allowing for rapid and dynamic application development.
What makes XAF brilliant is the ability to control and extend all aspects of the framework via Controllers. This allows for not only the IT based junior developers to create powerful applications but also for senior professional developers to create powerful enterprise level results as well.
I run a small business and for years I had ideas for internal line of business applications which would make things so much better for us. However we just never had the time to create them - you have to keep focussed on the client projects to keep paying the bills.
I discovered XAF and I was stunned. It is incredible what you can achieve in just a few hours. Just incredible.
Now I have an idea on a Friday, I spend a few hours tinkering on a Saturday morning, and then I launch the new app to the team on a Monday morning.
Now our business is running like a well oiled machine, and a lot of the credit has to go to XAF.
The ability to make changes to the system and have the database update automatically is great for allowing apps to "Evolve" over time with the minimum of fuss.
I must mention the support team too. They are the best I've ever dealt with. Just post any question, even a bit of code you are working on, and they get right on it and come back with a detailed, helpful response. I've posted questions and had responses back on a Saturday morning when I'm trying something out. You just don't get that with other companies.
There is simply nothing you can't do with XAF. Every idea i have in mind, gets its implementation, fast, easy and with superb quality. I am a professional programmer since 1994. I say all the time "I cannot live without XPO". Now i say "I cannot live without XPO and XAF". Don't hesitate and go for it now. Every single penny worths the money.
This is the best business application framework I have ever seen. Because of its modular architecture, it helps you build highly configurable applications with the most convenient and maintainable way. Simply rules!
One of it's kind. The application framework is the most extensible I have ever used. Excellent support, good releases, components that rock and a dedicated community - take a look at www.expandframework.com. A developers dream-come-true kind of software.
Quality, Speed, and Cost For us, XAF-is the ability to conduct high quality, rapid and thus inexpensive development of modern, good-looking business applications.
High Quality - DevExpress is considered to be the gold standard in the development of graphical user interfaces. Using XAF is like hiring a team of professional developers, analysts and graphical designers to design our program. It also gives us testers for free, because XAF ships with a built-in functional testing framework - Easy Test that helps us to automatically check the quality of the programs we created.
The product is a proven technology and our company has migrated ALL our projects to this platform and has been doing projects on it for the last 3 years.
It is a true time and money saver.
Saves most time by creating a default interface, and eliminating the need of mapping controlls to data source, by forcing a developer to write code in a reusable manner and by taking care of all the data procedures (saving, deleting etc) events and structures.
I am currently searching for a RAD tool.
I would like to learn how much code should be written for sample apps that we see on pictures?
It is being advertised liked "no code". And i want to believe in it :)
The screenshots are taken from our demos and they do have a small amount of code. However the code can be replaced by a declarative approach. I would suggest to download them and explore them by your self. XAF architecture is so genius that almost all of your code will end up in a reusable library. DevExpress code central has hundredths of ready to use samples and you can plug & play them in any project. As a proof you may consider to look our community open source project www.expandframework.com