Ged Mead (XTab) is a Microsoft Visual Basic MVP who has been working on computer software and design for more than 25 years. His journey has taken him through many different facets of IT. These include training as a Systems Analyst, working in a mainframe software development environment, creating financial management systems and a short time spent on military laptop systems in the days when it took two strong men to carry a 'mobile' system.
Based in an idyllic lochside location in the West of Scotland, he is currently involved in an ever-widening range of VB.NET, WPF and Silverlight development projects. Now working in a consultancy environment, his passion however still remains helping students and professional developers to take advantage of the ever increasing range of sophisticated tools available to them.
Ged is a regular contributor to forums on vbCity and authors articles for DevCity. He is a moderator on VBCity and the MSDN Tech Forums and spends a lot of time answering technical questions there and in several other VB forum sites. Senior Editor for DevCity.NET, vbCity Developer Community Leader and Admin, and DevCity.NET Newsletter Editor. He has written and continues to tutor a number of free online courses for VB.NET developers.
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I tried out some of the Studio for .NET components in detail, briefly tinkered with others, and looked at length at many of those which were fully demonstrated in the samples, videos and demo executables. It is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer scale and range of the offering in the Studio Enterprise package. The smaller components do their job easily and intuitively; the higher end ones, while requiring more effort to master, bring a comprehensive range of facilities right to your fingertips
In my opinion this an excellent product. It is obvious that many man-hours (sorry, person-hours!) of effort have gone into creating this package and its associated help files. Of course, as always, there’s the odd glitch in the documentation and the occasional small fiddly thing to make setting up the demos frustrating, but overall this is a tremendously useful productivity package which would save an individual or a team a huge amount of development time.
All the components are downloadable on a trial basis from the ComponentOne Home Page, fully functional but with the expected nag screen when used. I recommend that you give at least some of them a try. I’ve tried to avoid using this tired old cliché so far, but actually it probably is true: in this package there is something for everyone.