Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
When developing software, third-party controls are often used to speed up the development process. Third-party controls are reusable software components that are developed by software companies and can be redistributed with your software applications. When purchased, most of the controls are usually free to re-distribute. When purchasing controls, they usually come in a package and contain comprehensive out-of-the-box features that are commonly needed within an application. A control can be something as simple as a text box that contains code to auto fill text, to something more complex such as an entire reporting engine. Controls are not just visible objects such as a button or an editor, but can be code that performs processing such as PDF creation. Utilizing third-party controls allows you to develop faster by re-using code and allowing you to focus on the business logic within your applications. It also allows for faster testing times because the code within the controls has been thoroughly tested by the third-party company and your testing team can focus on other key areas within the applications. Below are some examples of third-party controls that can be help speed up your development process.
- AutoComplete Editors
- DateTime Pickers
- Document Upload
- Progress Bars
- Media Players
If you are looking to speed up your development cycle and would like help researching third-party control options, feel free to contact SafeSourcing. We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which one meets your needs.