Archive for the ‘ Free’ Category

Doug Holland has released an updated code snippets set for C# developers using Visual Studio 2010 on CodePlex.

The project was formerly known as CodePlex.Snippets and the version for VS2008 had nearly 5,000 downloads.

Check it out at :

Also, check out an  associated project:

VSTemplates ss under development and today provides StyleCop compliant versions of the Visual Studio Project & Item templates for standard C# projects, Silverlight projects, Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 projects.

Doug will refactoring additional templates for ASP.NET etc. over the coming few weeks.

Download them and send feedback to Doug via twitter at @dougholland and use twitter use the tags #vssnippets and #vstemplates.

Free ORM from our friends at Telerik

 OpenAccess ORM Express

Telerik OpenAccess is an Enterprise-grade ORM that does the data access plumbing in desktop and web applications. Supporting both forward and reverse mapping, the tool offers transparent persistence for your DAL and business objects. OpenAccess ORM provides tight Visual Studio integration and allows you to seamlessly create database independent code. OpenAccess ORM Express Edition provides the same functionality as the commercial version, but supports only the free databases (MS SQL Server Express, Oracle Express, MySQL and Firebird). List of features [ Click HERE ] …

Check tomorrow for another freebie for developers !!!

Free AJAX Data Controls.

The Slackers have been busy !

Check out the Open Source project on CodePlex.

Not only is there a controls library and all the source code for the controls but a RICH set of demos that illustrate utilization.

I’m now using them in my own projects.

Check ’em out !

Free controls from DevExpress ?

60 Free controls are available from DevExpress.

Some for ASP.NET and some for Windows Forms.

Check them out at ……

Free Silverlight Datagrid from DevExpress

The folks at DevExpress are releasing a FREE DataGrid for Silverlight.

Here are come of the features…..

  • Data Grouping against multiple Silverlight Grid columns
  • Data Sorting against multiple Silverlight Grid columns
  • Comprehensive Summary Computation support against multiple Silverlight Grid columns
  • Column Movement
  • Column Resizing
  • Column Auto-Width
  • Row Editing
  • Row Preview (with animation)
  • Template Support (for cell content, cell editing, row preview and headers)
  • Auto Height Support for cells, headers, and totals.
  • Virtual StackPanel Row Container (simply means we are able to handle an unlimited number of rows)
  • Focused Row and Focused Cell
  • Multi-Row Selection Cell Text Wrapping
  • Vertical/Horizontal Lines
  • Multiple column types/editors

[ Click HERE for more info. ]

Free Mind Mapping Application

Mindmapping tools can be great for flushing out design ideas.

Here is a cool FREE Mind Mapping tool built with .NET 3.0

Free CMS and Hosting for .NET User Groups

Applied Innovations, Kentico Partner to Offer Unique Solution for .NET User Groups

Kentico Software, maker of Kentico CMS, and Applied Innovations, a Microsoft Gold Certified provider of Windows-based Hosting solutions, announced today the two companies have partnered to offer a unique free Web site solution for .NET User Groups.

Boca Raton, Fla. (PRWEB) April 8, 2008 — Kentico Software (, maker of Kentico CMS, and Applied Innovations (, a Microsoft Gold Certified provider of Windows-based Hosting solutions, announced today the two companies have partnered to offer a unique free Web site solution for .NET User Groups.

The solution, available through Kentico’s partnership with Applied Innovations, allows local .NET developer communities to collaborate between community members.

We are excited to further our relationship with the .NET user community as we continue to build a line of robust hosting services geared toward developers

Users will receive a free license of Kentico CMS Enterprise Edition (valued at $1,499) and a ready-to-use Web site template that helps .NET User Groups to share information with group members; inform members about group meetings; publish articles and presentations from the meetings; communicate in discussion forums; distribute e-mail newsletters; create blogs; share files and photos; and create member-only areas.

The custom Web site template was created to meet the specific needs of .NET user groups. The template allows groups to focus on their community activities, rather than exhaust resources building a Web site.

“.NET User Groups provide valuable information and training for their members and we are happy that we can support their activities,” said Petr Palas, founder and CEO of Kentico Software. “We are happy that we found a professional hosting partner, Applied Innovations, to offer free web hosting for .NET User Groups. Users get a complete solution and they can start editing their new Web site instantly.”

Applied Innovations will provide a free hosting account for .NET user groups to host their Kentico CMS installation.

“We are excited to further our relationship with the .NET user community as we continue to build a line of robust hosting services geared toward developers,” said Jess Coburn, CEO, Applied Innovations. “In partnering with Kentico Software, we are able to leverage their advanced CMS solution to create an out-of-box collaboration solution for .NET user communities.”

.NET User Groups can sign up for a free license and hosting at To learn more about Applied Innovations, please visit

About Kentico CMS
Kentico CMS is an affordable ($499 to $1499 per Web site) web content management solution providing a complete set of features for creating interactive Web 2.0 sites on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports content/design separation, workflow, permissions, multilingual support, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, blogs, polls and 70+ configurable web parts. It’s being used by more than 600 web sites in 55 countries. The clients include Gibson, Bayer, Guinness, Deutsche Telekom and others. Kentico CMS trial version is available at

About Applied Innovations
Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Applied Innovations ( is a Microsoft Gold Certified Web hosting provider specializing in Windows Web hosting. Since 1999, Applied Innovations has hosted thousands of domains for small to medium sized businesses internationally, offering world-class service and support at competitive and economical rates.

¬†This program was announced in February but it seems like alot of students still don’t know about it.

Students, get the details HERE.

RIAnimation – Cool Free ASP.NET AJAX Control

From the web site….

RIAnimation = Rich Interactive Animation

Give your ASP.NET projects new life with RIAnimation. We have taken powerful JavaScript libraries (Prototype, JQuery and Interface) and developed a simple ASP.NET control for applying RIAnimations (Rich Interactive Animations) to any ASP.NET control. With RIAnimation, adding sophisticated interaction to your existing web apps is as easy as dropping our control on the form and setting three properties!

[Click here for more info]