Technology races ahead, and developers are left holding the bag of maintaining older applications on multiple platforms, creating new apps for new platforms, and working with the complexities of numerous different technologies. Why, it’s enough to drive a developer to drink (Red Bulls, that is)!

In the Microsoft sphere alone, you have Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC, and every developer these days needs to be able to work in jQuery, HTML5 and perhaps even native iOS or Android. Not to mention, applications based on such oldies but goodies as Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight need to either be kept in excellent working order, or migrated onto newer platforms.

Meanwhile, companies want their workers to be able to access enterprise data from any device in the field, and those workers expect the experience to be the same as the one they get when they’re on a high-performance consumer application.
All this means one thing: The use of components, tools and frameworks for the creation of applications is perhaps more important than it ever has been.

In the Microsoft universe, numerous third-party solutions exist for plug-ins, quality-assurance services and much more. This special Supplement to SD Times, “The 2014 .NET Component Buyers Guide & Visual Studio Sourcebook,” will introduce you to the leading solutions providers in the Microsoft ecosystem.
The combination of Microsoft’s Visual Studio and the .NET Framework, together with third-party reusable components, creates an unbeatable combination for enterprise developers and independent software vendors supporting the Microsoft platform.


Build Amazing User Experiences with DevExpress Enterprise developers who want to deliver the best possible user experiences on the desktop, on the Web, and on mobile devices choose DevExpress. DevExpress’ comprehensive, award-winning development tools for Windows, Web and mobile provide everything necessary to create stunning enterprise-ready applications across .NET platforms. “Our customers are under pressure … continue reading


ComponentOne Simplifies Application Development Developers looking to deliver great user experiences on the desktop, the Web and mobile devices choose ComponentOne to speed up the delivery of their projects. For more than two decades, ComponentOne has led the market with its award-winning UI controls, tools and solutions. “ComponentOne is always on the cutting edge,” said … continue reading


Syncfusion’s Multi-platform Offerings Will Extend to Big Data Developers building line-of-business (LOB) applications rely on Syncfusion to deliver the UI, reporting and Business Intelligence (BI) components they need whether they’re targeting specific platforms or creating cross-platform applications. In June, the company will unveil frameworks for Big Data that will be particularly valuable for businesses using … continue reading


Aspose File-Management APIs Now Available for Cloud and Android Aspose file format management APIs, components, and rendering extensions have become a favorite among developers building .NET applications, Java applications, SharePoint applications, and reports. The company now offers Cloud and Android APIs suites that include the same award-winning APIs. “Software and devices are both evolving rapidly,” … continue reading

LEAD Technologies

LEADTOOLS: The Full Package Of Functionality, Libraries, Support Developers don’t want to make compromises when choosing third-party software development kits. If a toolkit is meant to speed up development and make life easier, what is the point of attaining those benefits if you have to sacrifice functionality, performance and customer service? Programmers everywhere are having … continue reading

TX Text Control

Add Powerful Reporting and Word Processing Capabilities with Text Control Today’s users expect self-service reporting and WYSIWYG word processing capabilities. Developers benefit from a WYSIWYG editor and report template designer. With TX Text Control, you get it all. TX Text Control X11 will deliver the first true WYSIWYG Web editor and reporting template designer for … continue reading


Scan, View and Annotate Digital Documents with Atalasoft End users expect digital documents to be as easy to use as their paper equivalents. As more processes move to the web, the usability of digital documents becomes crucial for developers building applications. Using Atalasoft’s SDKs, developers can quickly add document imaging capabilities to their .NET or … continue reading

/n software

/n software Leads Communications Component Innovation For more than two decades, /n software products have been powering applications running in nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 2000 company. Tens of thousands of developers rely on /n software to keep pace with the latest communications technologies. “/n software is the most widely used, widely trusted vendor … continue reading


Advanced Data Visualizations at Lightning Speed Developers building scientific, engineering and trading applications need sophisticated data visualizations and ultra-fast performance. With Arction’s controls and components for Windows Forms (WinForms) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), .NET developers get the tools they need to transform massive data sets into astonishing charts and graphs. “Our engineers are an … continue reading