This is a commercial (non-free) product that users can download and use for free for 45 days in trial mode.
Unlike all other Silverlight datagrids! Xceed DataGrid for Silverlight is fast in ways that other grids simply aren’t: it lets end-users see their data quickly no matter where it is—meaning not just local data but also remote data. This is possible because of on-demand data retrieval (data virtualization), which loads data only when it’s needed and in the background. Other datagrids load the entire data source to provide the appearance of speed, which takes time and forces end-users to wait. And the data virtualization is enabled with all features, so there’s no compromise between performance and capabilities. Plus, it works for almost any kind of data source and provides high performance when using grids that occupy large screen surface area!
This focus on speed defines the product. An intelligent background record retrieval system keeps the UI responsive, even with slow servers. The system passively pre-fetches extra records, so the data is ready to be displayed when the end-user pages or scrolls. And when idle, the datagrid actively makes sure this cache is always filled, further improving the end-user experience.
Network communications are optimized using several strategies. First, the datagrid doesn’t rely on discovery: it needs no knowledge of the data source, which avoids extra requests and allows the control to load much faster. Second, requests are more efficient than those made by other datagrids, so navigating in the control feels much more rapid. Third, local CPU and server load are reduced, as requests are voided if no longer needed, enhancing heavy scrolling.
Pioneering techniques in the UI such as lag-masking, readability-enhancing smooth scrolling and a fully asynchronous architecture result in the fastest-feeling applications possible, whether sorting, grouping, filtering or scrolling, even with an extremely large data source. Other animations used throughout the datagrid’s interface contribute to beautiful apps that have a fluid, modern feel.
Designed from the ground up for Silverlight 4 to take full advantage of Microsoft’s latest development platform, Xceed DataGrid for Silverlight also features fully responsive editing and validation, distinct look for group levels to better distinguish them, pinnable headers and footers, a flexible group navigation control, and animation throughout to guide the user’s eye to where the action is taking place.
The product comes with full documentation that fully integrates into Visual Studio for quick access. It also provides C# and VB.NET sample applications that make getting started with it easy.
Xceed DataGrid for Silverlight is available through single-developer licenses, as well as cost-effective team and site licenses. It is available through a subscription that delivers much more than a perpetual license for versions received during the subscription. The subscription also provides an entire year of these great services: expert, priority support and access to new versions, new features, and bug fixes. Additional years can be added at a discounted price at the time of purchase or before the subscription expires; a new subscription is required after it has expired. Choosing the Blueprint subscription adds the full C# and XAML source.
Xceed's products can be tried out with a fully functional 45-day trial and come with a 60-day money-back guarantee.