‘Alternative to Blazor’ Wisej 3 Ships — Visual Studio Magazine


‘Alternative to Blazor’ Wisej 3 Ships

Wisej 3 was shipped, described as an “alternative for Blazor developers” to build enterprise-level ASP.NET web applications with specialized Visual Studio templates.

Running on .NET 6 on Windows, Linux and macOS, the third edition of the framework from IceTeaGroup, a global development consulting firm, is available in a free community version for small businesses and independent developers, as well as paid licenses and a free trial.

“IceTeaGroup provides a solid, proven alternative for Blazor developers looking to build complex, real-world, enterprise-level web applications,” the company said in an April 20 press release. “Wisej’s pixel-perfect designer helps developers create complex views and integrate features like drag-and-drop, customizable themes, complex layouts, modal workflows, and more.”

The offering includes a suite of over 100 commands, as well as command sets for popular third-party offerings from Syncfusion, DevExpress, Telerik, and others.

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[Click on image for larger view.] Smart controls (source: Ice Tea Group).

Although it primarily targets web applications, integrations for mobile development are also provided. These web applications, however, are no ordinary websites, as Wisej is described as a highly specialized framework for real-time web applications. One of the framework’s main selling points is that developers don’t have to dive deep into HTML, CSS or JavaScript and struggle with state management, backend services, callbacks, Ajax panels, synchronization, DOM, security, authentication, concurrency, etc. Microsoft’s Blazor, to which the product is compared, is known for providing a C#-based experience instead of primarily using JavaScript code in web development projects.

A 2020 ProjectCode The article written by Microsoft’s Jeremy Likness states “Wisej is a powerful platform that takes the nuances out of client/server interactions while embracing everything the web has to offer, including HTML5-based third-party solutions. is the perfect tool for creating enterprise web applications.”

IceTeaGroup provides template downloads for use in Visual Studio 2022 and 2019 editions. SharpDevelop, a discontinued, free and lightweight alternative to Visual Studio, can also be used.

The main highlight of the v3 version is that it is the first to support both the old .NET Framework (v4.8) and .NET Core (which became .NET 6, .NET 7, etc. .) while running on all three major OSes. So while much of the development effort for Wisej 3 was to split code between .NET Core and .NET Framework and replace all ASP.NET code with ASP.NET Core code, some new features have also been added. Some of these include download callbacks, auto-layout functionality, new interfaces, and new experimental functionality to extend the current data binding model to make it compatible with the command approach found in . NET MAUI (evolution of Xamarin.Forms with added desktop support).

Going forward, the company said it will tackle the development of embedded systems, planning a 2022 release optimized for devices with processor and memory constraints, typically used in the Internet of Things (IoT) , programmable logic controllers (PLC), home automation and similar projects.

After that, a Wisej designer for .NET 6 is available, which the company says will pave the way for Wisej to become platform independent at design time. Currently, the designer does not work for .NET 6 single-target projects because it is tied to the old .NET Framework. These plans are still in their infancy, so nothing is guaranteed.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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