I'm looking for a correct starting point to port and develop our existing DotNet project inside Sitefinity.
This is our scenario:
1. the web GUI is developed in ASP.Net/VB.Net, mostly using web user controls (.ascx) and Telerik ASP.Net controls (we cannot renounce to it, for example)
2. the data layer and business logic is entirely developed in VB.Net classes and compiled in .dll files
I have evaluated these three developing solutions:
1. pluggable module
2. custom controls
3. web user controls (ascx)
Now I am really lost about what way to go on. Every point above has many disadvantages in relation of our scenario.
Briefly I'll try to better explain, using some questions and hoping that your answers can point me to the right decision.
Point 1 (pluggable module):
a. is there a way to use the Visual Studio Designer to build such a complex GUI?
b. is there a way to reuse existent GUI VB code that actually is behind the aspx pages and ascx controls?
Point 2 (custom controls):
At the first look, this seemed to me the way that best fits our needs; but, what about the possibility to use the Visual Studio Designer for the GUI?
Point 3 (web user controls):
Well, should be a good starting pointing; but, after all, all my attempts have always clashed with the following exception: "you can add to the page one instance of ScriptManager". Unless I use simple ASP.Net controls (eg textbox): I'm quite sure I'm missing something that enables me to use Telerik ASP.Net Controls... really can't figure what :-(
I'm sure you can really help me.
Thanks in advance