A complete application framework

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
Developer Express has announced availability of the eXpressApp Framework (XAF) – a business application framework making use of its .NET component technologies for Windows Forms and ASP.NET. XAF helps you get started by providing a functionally complete framework out of the box.

Based on UI-independent Business Classes and Controllers, XAF creates all data manipulation functionality automatically and generates two applications at once – for Windows Forms and ASP.NET – often without the need to write a single line of UI-specific code.

A central configuration facility called the Model completes the picture, allowing you to influence and customise the UI generation process along with many other details, such as localisation support across the entire application. XAF offers modules for: Reporting, Scheduling, Data Validation, Pluggable Security Systems and Auditing. It is integrated within Visual Studio, utilising project and file templates as well as special designers and a context-sensitive Action system based on the Developer Express DXCore extensibility layer.

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