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I’ve been testing\evaluating ComponentOne’s Studio for ASP.NET Wijmo suite for an MVC 3 project and I’m quickly becoming a fan! This product has so many things going for it that I’m not sure where to start.

I’m going to focus on the Wijmo components, but the suite also contains a set of controls for ASP.NET WebForms development. If the Webform controls are as good as the MVC controls, they’re worth a look.

There are two versions of the Wijmo components. An open source version containing 30 widgets (Wijmo Open) and a commercial, supported version that has over 40 components included (Wijmo Complete).

Rather than list all of the controls included in the suite (you can read that on their site), I’m going to point out a few of my favorite features.


jQuery based

Rather than ‘reinvent the wheel’ the way most companies do, ComponentOne decided to build their product to extend and work seamlessly with jQuery UI – their controls can even use regular jQuery UI themes. As their site states, “If you know jQuery, you know Wijmo”.  This makes the learning curve so small that it’s almost non-existent.

Here’s their treeview component used with an unordered list:



Believe it or not, it only took a few lines of javascript to render the list as a collapsible treeview.

$(document).ready(function () {
      $("#demoTree li.hasChildItem").wijtreenode("option", "collapsedIconClass").wijtreenode("option", "expandedIconClass");

New Project Type in Visual Studio

When you install Studio for ASP.NET, you’ll see a new project type in Visual Studio that already includes all of the references needed to use the components. While it may not seem like much at first glance, this is a huge timesaver!


Example code that is clean, simple, and easy to understand

To find out how to use one of the Wijmo controls, you don’t need to read through a dozen articles or a bunch of help files. ComponentOne set up a great demo site that shows how to use the controls and tells you what the most common options\setting are for each of them.

Having a free version to play with before buying

Having both a free and paid version allows you ‘try before you buy’ without the annoying nag screens and without having to convince your boss that it’s a good investment before you can test it on a real project.

You can use the free version to show your boss how great the controls look and how much development time they save. After that, it shouldn’t take much effort to persuade your boss to buy the full package.



In the testing I’ve done with the product thus far, I haven’t found a single thing to complain about - and yes, I did try to find something because I like to complain (just ask my boss)… <smile>


This looks to be a great product and I’ll definitely be recommending it to many of my clients.

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:09 AM Review | Back to top

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