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New UI Toolset For "Emerging" Technologies


User interface development tools company Infragistics has this week announced its new lengthily-named NetAdvantage Ultimate 2011 Volume 1. The product provides a new UI toolset for development teams that need the flexibility to move between platforms and work with the newest device form factors.

This new product release features NetAdvantage for jQuery, a client-side standards-based toolset for building user interfaces for public websites, tablets, and desktop applications. Infragistics says that this release of NetAdvantage Ultimate brings enhanced interoperability with Microsoft Word including a Word library.

Infragistics' goal is to provide a portfolio of libraries and components to help developers visualize and share data throughout their projects. In terms of balance, while the company clearly enjoys some solid adoption in the market, its "presentation layer technologies" are not the only offerings available today.

"We've also introduced the 'IG Theme', a consistent visual style that can be applied to all controls to make applications look modern and different from the traditional Microsoft Office brand," said Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics. "With product enhancements and new UI toolsets, we empower our customers to develop UIs that match how their end users consume data — whether on the desktop, web, or mobile platforms."

Infragistics presents its latest products with marketing-driven spin designed to suggest that the company is targeting the so-called 'modern' web with its suite of ASP.NET MVC and jQuery controls. In fairness, NetAdvantage for jQuery is based on emerging web technologies including CSS3, HTML5, and streaming video.

Microsoft Office 2010 integration is extended to the jQuery toolset enabling .NET developers to create and work with Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PDF/XPS files from within their web applications, provided the applications are jQuery web applications running with .NET.

NetAdvantage for jQuery debuts with numerous client controls including the Grid to examine, filter, page, and sort through tabular data; Data Source to handle the heavy lifting data operations; and Rating to harvest crowd opinion in social media applications.


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