Introducing Infragistics Startup Solutions

Craig Shoemaker / Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How do you learn new technologies? I like to get my hands on some working code and re-write it. This really helps me see how it should be done, but allows me to make my mistakes with the API to see where I’m not understanding how things work.

Often developers have many avenues for learning available to them. Learning options often include product documentation, blogs, articles, videos, webinars, training and the list goes on. The common denominator of each of these methods is the the code. Since developers seem to learn best by reading, editing and often re-writing code, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to interact with our controls in the context of a working project – something we call a Startup Solution.

What Are Startup Solutions?

Startup Solutions are projects assembled specifically with the intent of getting you quickly acquainted with new controls and features found in each release of the toolset. When you open a Startup Solution you find the controls placed in the context of a working application along side some helpful hints as to how to interact with the control. The following image demonstrates a page from the ASP.NET Startup Solution that teaches you how to enable editing in the WebHierarchicalDataGrid:

Along with the instructions found in the file, you’ll find code commented out that will show you exactly how the API should be used:

Between the to-do tasks and the code comments, you have a solid foundation of which to start working with the NetAdvantage controls.

Where Are Startup Solutions Located?

There’s no need to download the Startup Solutions separately, starting with 10.2 they are installed with the product and available via the start menu. You can find a shortcut for the start solution by using the following path:

  Start > Infragistics NetAdvantage [Version] > [Platform] > [Platform] Startup Solution

The image below demonstrates how you would navigate to the ASP.NET Startup Solution.

Note that while this image shows the location for the ASP.NET Startup Solution, each product on each platform has their own solution.

What’s Available in the Startup Solutions?

Each product will highlight different controls and features and the contents will change from release to release. To give you an idea of what’s available in 10.2 for each platform you’ll find screenshots below representing the “home” screen of the project and a peek into the contents of the application through Solution Explorer.


Silverlight Line of Business

Silverlight Data Visualization

WPF Line of Business

WPF Data Visualization


We hope you find these resources useful! Please feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions of ways to better improve the Startup Solutions for you.