Available RAD Tools for ASP.Net The Rapid Application Development (RAD) approach to software projects has gained momentum in recent years, thanks to the extreme speed and flexibility it offers time-pressed developers. Certain tools can help speed up the process of rapid prototyping even more, especially if you're a .NET or ASP.NET developer. RAD Tutorials for .Net Topics - Creating A RAD Web Application - Customizing Web Applications Quickly - CASE RAD Tools for ASP.Net - Using Relational Databases And Custom Queries .NET CASE Tools One tool that offers a lot to the .NET and ASP.NET developer working on a RAD project is Visual WebGUI. Created by Gizmox, an Israel-based software firm, Visual WebGUI is a "cross-platform Web/Cloud/Mobile application delivery platform that...provides the best of Client-Server, Web, Ajax RIA and enterprise mobile," according to its website. It is designed to let users create a Windows Form application targeting the Web, Silverlight RIAs, and/or the Windows Azure cloud - all with a minimum of hassle. With Visual WebGUI, all of the application logic sits on the server, which is more secure than the client. Visual WebGUI can also use third-part ASP.NET controls in Azure thanks to a simple wrapper. It can easily simulate an ASP.NET environment. Iron Speed offers Iron Speed Designer, a tool that lets you build visually stunning, feature-rich web-based applications that are easy to customize and fast to deploy. Developers can customize applications with a simple layout editor, wizards and toolbox. Users can choose between 27 different page styles for a uniform look-and-feel across the entire application they're creating. Iron Speed Designer supports multi-lingual applications out of the box. You can even switch between languages at run-time. You don't need to know any HTML to create a web application with this tool. After you've built your application, you can switch to Design Mode to customize it. Customization is an intuitive, drag-and-drop procedure. For more flexibility, you can customize your code with the Quick Layout Spreadsheet. Iron Speed offers a subscription to their product for $195 per month, or a perpetual license for $1,195 per month. *** Editor's note: By downloading and activating your free trial of Iron Speed Designer through ASPFree, you will be automatically entered into a contest to win one of three (3) perpetual licenses or one of twelve (12) one-month licenses. For more contest information, go Here Gizmox offers a free trial download of it's rapid prototype and development software, Visual WebGUI. It comes in several versions: Pro Studio WinWeb, Pro Studio .NETHTML5, and Express Studio flavors of both of the previous versions. Express Studio versions are free; Pro Studio WinWeb can be had for a 30-day free trial, or purchased for anywhere from $339 to $1399, depending on the exact licensing and subscription you choose. Telerik offers a collection of tools built around the RAD model and rapid development. These include RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX, RadControls for Silverlight, RadControls for WinForms, and RadControls for Windows Phone. RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX offer more than 70 user interface controls to help developers build high-quality line-of-business web applications quickly and easily. Controls include a calendar, editor, grid, menu, scheduler, TreeView, SiteMap, toolbar, and too many more to list. The company offers excellent online support for their tools, including technical documentation, step-by-step PDF course ware, forums, videos, and custom consulting. Telerik offers several add-ons for their AJAX Controls. These include Visual Style Builder, Visual Studio Extensions, and automated testing for AJAX apps. The Telerik Visual Style Builder is a web-based CSS customization tool that lets the user create custom skins, without needing to understand the front-end HTML and CSS structure of the controls. Visual Studio Extensions provide increased control of the IDE and a more intuitive environment for new users, including a set of ready-to-use Visual Studio templates. Telerik Test Studio is an automated testing tool that lets you quickly test complex actions like drag-and-drop and even perform logging actions. Developer licenses for RadControls For ASP.NET AJAX start at $799. Develop Guidance offers RADvolution Designer, a powerful RAD tool that is fully integrated in Microsoft Visual Studio. With the tool, you can quickly create a fully functional professional-looking application complete with views, search/filter, grids and data entry. A variety of wizards (project, grid, and data entry form) speed you through the creation process. RADvolution is optimized for Microsoft SQL Server, including free SQL Server Express editions. While RADvolution is fully integrated in Microsoft Visual Studio, it's also .NET language independent, which means you can use it with C#, VB, and other languages. RADvolution can also be used in combination with the free version of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio, as well as other professional reporting tools. RADvolution lets you use your preferred naming convention easily and automatically. It also lets you create multi-lingual applications with ease. The latest version, RADvolution Designer 7, starts at $390. These are just a few of the tools you can find to help you with your Rapid App Development projects involving .NET or ASP.NET.