Even if you are an upcoming star 🌟 developer, falling back on ready-to-use software components makes sense in many ways. To name just some of them:
- components save time ⏳, money 💰, blood, sweat and tears 😰
- you quickly get a highly professional and proven ready-to-use solution for a special demand
- you don't have to care about feature development and ongoing maintenance
- there is support 📧, documentation 📚 and a community 🐝 to help
- usually, you can get a free trial to check exactly what you get
- clearly calculated costs (or sometimes nothing to pay 🆓)
- the buy or make decision is often easily answered: many components bring features worth more than a developer’s whole lifetime
Good places for searching components and extensions include the following
- Visual Studio marketplace
- Reddit and Quora, where you find recommendations and help for almost everything (if you know how to search for it)
- and of course: Wikipedia, which has lists and overviews for almost everything, even though they are never complete
From time to time I also turn to platforms like G2, Capterra and GetApp, even though they sometimes drive me crazy because of their strange classification of components into certain categories. Also, you’ll find doubtful reviews, data selling, vendors have to claim profiles first before they can edit them etc.. But to start your hunt for a component, those platforms should be ok, too.
I would like to show off with “my” component as well. It’s not really my component, because it is developed by a whole team.
And to answer the upcoming question in the back of your head immediately: Yes, we use ready-made components as well. And we do it for exactly the same reasons you can read above 🔝.
But back to our reporting component called List & Label.
It extends your app with a bunch of reporting and export features. You can bind to almost any data source or even multiple data sources and design the barcode, report 💹, chart 📈, dashboard, list 🧾 or whatever you need. Or let your end-user do it in a desktop or web-based designer.
If that sounds interesting or if you just need reporting and output features immediately visit our website or our blog. We also have a thorough comparison of different reporting components, which might make your component hunt a bit easier, no matter what you decide for in the end ⚖️.
Find out more about Reporting Tool List & Label.
Check out our Reporting Blog to get an impression how we develop our tool.
Or search our List & Label Knowledgebase and Forum for special topics.