Comparison with the ASP.NET Web Part Framework

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  1. ajd
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    Posted 28 Mar 2009 Link to this post

    I am looking to implement a personalized portal. Initially I was looking at the ASP.NET Web Part Framework but I just discovered Telerik RadDock. I would appreciare any comments/suggestions on why I would use one over the other. My core requirements are:

    Server Side Controls will be responsible for content of 'widgets'
    Consistent look and feel (styling) in title bar
    Expand, Collapse, Add, Delete docks
    Drag and Drop on IE, Firefox and Safari
    Catch drag and drop events to notify user
    Reset to default view
    State will be saved to a database using userid as the key

    Thanks.
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
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    Posted 01 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    The RadDock for ASP.NET AJAX control consist of RadDock, RadDockZone, and RadDockLayout. Together, they can be used to create ASP.NET applications that contain movable content regions that can be dragged around the Web page, docked into docking zones, collapsed into a minimized state and expanded to display their content, pinned in place, and so on. RadDockLayout provides you the ability to save the positions of the dock objects on the page in various storage mediums, such as Database, Session, Cookie, etc. More information about how to persisting a dock layout you can find in the following links:
    Save state in cookies for statically created RadDocks
    Dynamically add or delete RadDocks via ajax and save their state in the session
    You can find more about RadDock's client events here:
    http://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-ajax/dock/examples/clientsideevents/defaultcs.aspx
    The RadDock control will work on IE6+, FF1.5+,Safari 3.0+ etc. You can find more about the supported browsers here:
    http://www.telerik.com/products/aspnet-ajax/resources/browser-support.aspx






  3. ajd
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    Posted 04 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Thanks for the reply.

    As far as I can gather, the main differences between RadDock and the ASP.NET Web Part Framework are:

    1. Better multi-browser support in RadDock - Drag and Drop supported in non-IE browsers.
    2. Better client side API and AJAX support in RadDock.
    3. Support for a Web Part Catalog in the ASP.NET Web Part Framework to be able to add new web parts.

    Apart from that they are pretty much the same. Have I missed anything?

  4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
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    Posted 07 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    In general these are the major differences between the RadDock and WebParts. The Drag and Drop, Resize, Expand, Collapse, Close, Pin  will behave equal on all browsers. To change the "widget" configuration you could add config panels in RadDock and show/hide them via ajax.
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