Peter's Data Entry Suite contains over 100 ASP.NET web controls designed around data entry. Its controls improve data entry and communication with the user by covering these aspects of data entry forms:
Peter's Data Entry Suite complements other third party suites. Feel free to use controls from Telerik, Infragistics, etc, together with the DES Validators and so many other controls that are unique to DES.
PeterBlum.com, founded in 2002, is the work of Peter Blum, one of the best-known asp.net web control programmers.
Peter's Data Entry Suite
Reviewed by: rodell on Sunday, July 08, 2012
I've been using Peter's data entry suite for several years in conjunction with Telerik controls. I have found the interaction between the two sets to be very good. Peter seems to have controls for virtually every scenario and each control is very to use and saves me considerable time and effort and makes my sites much more user friendly. I very much recommend Peter's controls.
Amazing Customer Service
Reviewed by: crc852 on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We have successfully used Peter Blum's controls for many years. Recently, we had a very unique error occur with one of our clients. Upon submitting the problem to Peter Blum, we received a week's worth of one-on-one problem resolution tips offering many detailed instructions on how to test and resolve the issue. The issue was resolved within a week and an easy solution was deployed to our client. Download and implement these controls in your site today!
Reviewed by: shominy on Friday, December 17, 2010
Peter and his DES validators are perfect together. The DES Suite has everything I need to get the job done. Anything I can think of chances are they already exist.
Peter, himself, is a nice and friendly person. He has answered all my email questions within 30 minutes. His support is free but I will happily pay for it.
King of validators
Reviewed by: benjib98 on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The best ever interactive web controls pack you have ever come across. Peter has nailed it again with DES (previously known as VAM) and made it even better, bigger! You can choose from a pack of little neat TextBox controls, Validation controls with literally endless possibilities and other rich and interactive controls with all the fancy features. After more than 3 years of using, tweaking and customising Peter's control I can really say he is the king of web controls! His support is world class, always ready with an answer to satisfy and the documentation as rich as the controls themselves. If you are serious about professional looking web forms it is a no brainer!
Excellent Controls, Documentation and Support
Reviewed by: richardjd on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
As for support, the documentation is great and well laid out, lots of info on the message board and Peter’s quick turn around time makes us feel confident to push our skills and his controls to the limit.
Richard Deisinger, PMP
Reviewed by: cbarber_at_harbourmastery.com on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thank you for a great set of controls – they’ve made a huge difference in the quality of the apps I can deliver!
Reviewed by: BillyB on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Let me just say at the outset that I agree with all the positive comments made by others about Peter's Data Entry Suite. Both the installation and the product features are well-documented (a welcome change in this day and age, non). The support is complete and responsive, etc.
We were also very pleased that the validation support for Infragistics controls worked as advertised.
Don't hesitate to get this validation suite!
*THE* answer for ASP.NET forms
Reviewed by: aezzell on Monday, July 20, 2009
I discovered Peter Blum's Data Entry Suite last summer while in the middle of a massive web site redesign/expansion. Without these tools, we could not have made our launch deadline - at least, not with high quality forms that are user-friendly and provide both client-side and server-side validation. Mostly because of my newness to ASP.NET (I started learning it in March for a redesign effort that started in April), I've had some questions along the way, and each time, Peter has personally seen to it that my code has worked the way I've wanted it to. The tech support for these tools is fantastic. I only wish our company's IT department functioned at even half this level!
I can't imagine working on forms without DES.
Quality Components + Exceptional Support
Reviewed by: Stephen.L.Jones on Monday, June 01, 2009
I have been using Peter's Data Entry Suite (4.x) for about 2 years now. Each and every time I had a question or problem, usually induced by a bad case of PEBCAK, Peter has patiently nudged me in the right direction and fixed anything that was actually a problem with prompt service pack releases. Most recently, I stubbed my toe on an AJAX related implementation and he pointed me to the solution immediately. This was on Memorial Day Weekend. Find another vendor that has senior developer level support available over weekends, let alone holiday weekends. I challenge you!
Quality Components + Exceptional Support!
We use it on all LearnItFirst.com sites
Reviewed by: ScottWhigham on Thursday, March 20, 2008
Peter's controls are the best out there - no question. We've been using PeterBlum.com's Validation controls for three straight years and I've never once even considered looking for additional security controls - Peter's controls have all I need. Thanks, Peter!
Can't Imagine NOT Using It
Reviewed by: Godless on Monday, March 17, 2008
I have been using the predecessor to Peter’s Data Entry Suite (Peter’s Date Package and Professional Validation and More) since the summer of 2005. I’m currently migrating our web applications to ASP.NET 3.5 and Peter’s Data Entry Suite (DES) and have found that not only does DES provide everything that the two previous products had, but it also has so much more: an easy auto-updater for previous PeterBlum products, XHTML compliant output in ASP.NET 2.0 and higher, incredible web browser support (Windows & Mac) that gracefully scale down based on browser limitations, greatly improved CSS capability and compliance, just to name a few. I haven’t yet scratched the surface of DES’s AJAX capabilities in my programming, but from what I’ve read in the documentation, there is a high level of support for multiple frameworks.
Not only is Peter’s Data Entry Suite DES an outstanding product, but the documentation & support are truly second to none. Each module has literally hundreds of pages of useful, detailed documentation. There is also a free developer’s kit download with tons of useful examples. Free email and message board support is also included and I cannot think of a time Peter hasn’t responded to an inquiry the same day it was posted. I’ve personally worked with Peter through issues I’ve come across and he’s always come up with either a workaround or provided an update to the product that fixed the issue.
After nearly three years of using Peter’s products, I can’t imagine ever having to write data entry forms without them. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed by: brundaged on Tuesday, March 11, 2008
What differentiates Peter's Data Entry Suite is that Peter's controls are thoughtfully-designed with lots of customization options and very thorough documentation. And his support is amazing.
Peter's Data Entry Suite is for developers that really care about how ordinary humans work and interact with a computer and that want to have a satisfying development support experience.
Reviewed by: dhmderuiter on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Great suite of controls, a must have for every serious ASP.NET developer. All needed controls you can think of are included, with many usable options. Any detail you can think of is taken care of, and it works good with AJAX too (especially with the latest DES release). I really like the validators (much better then the MS ones), the textboxes (many options available, you really need to create a pro-application) and the security modules. But I also use the other stuff, like the date+time input controls, and many of the other available modules. Easy to use, great documentation, very affordable, and the support is the best in the business. Try the demo, and you will never ever create an application without DES anymore.
Good Value For Money
Reviewed by: jacrose on Wednesday, June 06, 2007
We have been using different versions of VAM for different versions of ASP.NET. Our team had bought different licences for different versions long back , didn't know which licences for which versions and products.
It was a total mess and errors all over web pages. Our team tried for weeks, then decided to contact PeterBlum support.
I must say the respones from them was amazingly quick and the answers were clear and well explained.
I would recommend this product to anyone.
Excellent product which makes the client validation for ASP.NET a bliss. Easy to use , and the support from PeterBlum is second to none. Fabulous support!!!. Definitely, a good value for money.
Excellent Controls & Super Support
Reviewed by: noahpke on Thursday, March 29, 2007
Peter Blum's VAM Controls are a joy to use. User-friendly, intuitive, and powerful, they get the job done quickly and efficiently. On the occasional snag Peter responded within an hour to my email requests - worth its weight in gold!
Superb! Everyone should use these!
Reviewed by: RobinWhitehead on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I've used loads of different 3rd party components for all sorts of programming IDEs (Borland C++ Builder, VC++, ASP.NET in Visual Studio 2005) & these rank as among the best I've ever tried. They sit in that rare category of components that are able to do pretty much everything that I can think of doing with them. Why Microsoft don't buy them & include them as standard with .NET is a mystery to me. Truely excellent stuff!
Thoughtful, reliable and complete!
Reviewed by: sub32 on Friday, July 14, 2006
The only thing better than the controls is the supporting documentaion.
It is great when you start the process of solving a problem by assuming it "can be done easily". Unlike the standard set of included controls which leave you frustrated at every turn, VAM has support for just about all your validation needs.
Get the suite and you won't be disappointed. The data entry controls are a superb compliment.
Reviewed by: Bob Shatzer on Sunday, July 02, 2006
We originally started using Peter Blum’s Professional Validation and More (VAM) product because of the cross-browser validation issues in ASP.NET 1.1. However, once we took a thorough look at VAM, we realized what a gold mine it is! We now use many of his controls in our product and couldn’t be more pleased. Peter’s approach is comprehensive, well-thought out and very well documented. The controls are intelligently designed, extremely versatile and well executed. On top of that, we have found his product support to be responsive and complete.
Awesome control and support
Reviewed by: shominy on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I started asp.net 2.0 a month ago. Was having trouble validating dates and doing lots of custom validation. Discovered VAM suite by P.B. Bought it. Installed it. Wasn't sure if installation was correct. Sent Peter an e-mail. Within 20 minutes got the fix and instruction. How awesome is that? Since then every question was answered within the hour. Based on his recommendation, I also bought his date package to make my life easier. Get it you'll need it.
Best Validation controls around.
Reviewed by: vfdelbene on Monday, May 15, 2006
I am a new developer in asp.net 2.0 and after searching for custom validators, I was introduced to Peter Blum's Professional Validation and More. It is extremely easy to integrate into your existing website or new website and the price is great. This has saved me probably hours or even days or trying to come up with validation solutions on my own. The support is excellent and the documentation is straightforward and easy to follow. I highly recommend this software to others.
This is a must have
Reviewed by: brittainch on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
The bottom line is that these controls work. Extremely easy to integrate and use. Provides much more functionality than the price tag indicates. These controls will be in every application I develop from now on.
By far the best!
Reviewed by: msumerano on Friday, March 31, 2006
Superior validation, superior security protection, and superior support! There's no better set of controls than PeterBlum's Professional Validation and More. They key words are "and more..." since you get much more than expected with Peter's controls. We've even had the security controls tested within our Web application by two 3rd party ethical hacker consultants and the app passed with flying colors! The validation controls go above and beyond what you ever thought possible with little to no effort. And, they work!
I'm very impressed!!!!
Reviewed by: madrianr on Saturday, February 18, 2006
Now I'm using Peter's validation controls and I must say: I'm very impressed!!!!
They solved all our validation problems in a very comfortable, easy and stable way.
Great validation tools
Reviewed by: skbridges on Monday, January 23, 2006
These controls provide the best validation options I've found. I originally purchased V2, and have upgraded to the latest version. The combination of data entry controls and validators has really reduced my development time. I can't tell you how much time I've saved not having to deal with trying to make the MS controls do what I want (and having them not work the same in all browsers). The documentation is excellent -- well written with many examples. It's great to find a product that Just Works.
The support are excellent is well. Any time I've had a problem or question, Peter has responded with a solution within hours.
And more ...
Reviewed by: bobster234 on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Web Project Manager
Above and beyond in every way
Reviewed by: MyMindsOwn on Thursday, September 01, 2005
We've recently purchased the Professional Validation and More Suite. We planned to use it for the flexibility and control it gives you over the display of validation errors, but quickly realized we had other problems to solve. What would have been show stoppers for us were solved by reading the provided documentation or sending off an email to support (the response to which was under a day). We are very impressed with the quality of the product and the service. The functionality this suite provides shows forethought and a real understanding of the problems it's built to solve.
Reviewed by: jbaynham1 on Wednesday, June 08, 2005
If you got excited when you heard that Microsoft were going to provide validation controls for ASP.net, then quickly became disillusioned when you actually tried to do anything with them that involved more than a couple of unrelated inputs and a submit button, then VAM is definitely for you. Peter Blum has thought about every scenario that you were ever likely to find yourself in (and quite a few that I'm sure you're probably not!), and designed a set of controls flexible enough to let you always be able to find a solution. Of course, there is a learning curve involved, but the documentation is well laid out and exhaustive. Coupled to this is Peter's personal support via email. Despite the fact I am probably 5 or more time zones away, I always seem to get a response within an hour. Even when I found a minor bug, Peter was able to supply me with corrected code within a couple of hours. Highly recommended, particularly when the full suite now includes some excellent data entry controls (the multisegment c
Reviewed by: stuart_wachsberg on Friday, May 06, 2005
I have been using this product or almost a year...I just upgraded to Version 3.
This is the best validation you will get anywhere, on any platform. You get cross-browser clientside validation. You must try it to believe it.
Powerful Validation you can't get elsewhere...
Reviewed by: rcoopman on Wednesday, May 04, 2005
I had an excellent experience with Peter's Date Package, and so I decided to give this component a try for some very advanced validation features I could not accomplish with the built in validators. The system I was developing involved dynamically building forms using web controls via code-behind and attaching validators dynamically to those controls. This system worked incredibly well for that and ended up being a real life saver. I ran into a problem in the implementation that I agonized over but after emailing back and forth with the component's actual developer, I finally got it working. As it turned out, the problem I was having was specifically explained in the user guide, I just missed it the first time through. There are literally over 500 pages of in-depth documentation and examples included with the suite. As if that wasn't enough, there's a list-serv where you can post your questions, learn from others mistakes, and almost always get a response within an hour from Mr. Blum himself. I have worked wi
Over the Top!
Reviewed by: darney on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
I have found the PeterBlum Validation controls to be over the top!
They have enabled me to concentrate on the big picture rather than the mundane tasks of creating custom validation logic.
The support is excellent as well!
Essential controls for serious ASP.NET
Reviewed by: alanafif on Saturday, November 27, 2004
I've not been using Peter Blum's VAM for very long. But it's very obvious that this is a quality product which is well designed, well built and has immense flexibility and power.
Previously, I'd built two of my own validators which have no Microsoft equivalents (one for checkboxlists and one for listboxes to allow only a fixed number of selections). This was unwelcome extra work which I did grudgingly and not as well as I should as it detracted from my main development effort. I then noticed that Microsoft's client-side validation was only working on IE.
I decided to try out Peter Blum's VAM. It took only 2 hours to convert a fairly complex input form to use VAM in place of Microsoft and my own validators. It worked faultlessly first time round on IE, Netscape 6+, Mozilla Firefox and Opera 7.
The documentation is comprehensive and very clear (better than many established vendors' manuals). Support was excellent with almost instant e-mail responses from Peter Blum himself. If you're doing any serious
Comprehensive range of excellent controls
Reviewed by: DotNetWork on Sunday, November 14, 2004
Comprehensive range of excellent validation controls with the best technical support I've ever received. Very well priced, and comes complete with extensive documentation. Highly recommended.
Browser Compatibility, oh yeah
Reviewed by: ripper182 on Saturday, October 16, 2004
This product takes .net to the level MS would not do. With the rising levels of interpretation of Internet bases data we need good software to make something robust enough to actually use. Peter does this, in a very eloquent way. I have never been so pleased with such a reasonably priced software package. It is the epitome of, "Get More! Pay Less!" If you enjoying getting new technical toys as much as I do you will be in virtual heaven.
Reviewed by: pshemko on Thursday, August 05, 2004
The development team at MED e-Care (www.mede-care.com) would just like to let you know our appreciation for all your help. The value of your quick responses to our many questions is well beyond the dollar value we paid for the Date and VAM packages.
The controls you have developed are the best we have found. We would highly recommend both packages to anyone building an ASP.NET application as it greatly enhances the usability for the user, and productivity of the developer.
We wish more companies would provide the service, and product quality you have shown.
Awesome controls that are well supported
Reviewed by: boogher on Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Our team needed to solve some validation issues quikly to resolve some defect before our code freeze. We evaluated the controls within a week and Peter Blum was a Great Help. He responded to my emails within hours and we were able to implement the controls which solved 100% of our validation issues. Thank You Peter.
a MUST have
Reviewed by: Matt Samolis on Friday, May 21, 2004
These are one set of controls that you MUST have. It takes a little bit to get it up and running and there is a learning curve associated with learning how to use some of the more complex ones but in the end it will save you a lot of time since these controls will handle most of your validation needs. The Price is right and tech support is good. Its a MUST have for anyone who needs validation.
Reviewed by: blickley on Wednesday, May 19, 2004
These controls work well, are EXTREMELY well documented and provide all the functionality that Microsoft left out. Support is outstanding and the visual appearance of the samples works well in existing sites so you can drop them right in.
These controls are complex and it takes a bit of learning to get up to speed, but it is well worth it.
Professional quality and more
Reviewed by: gthb on Friday, April 23, 2004
Making software would be embarrassingly easy if all third-party components were as well-designed, and their authors as helpful, as is the case here. I have not yet found a validation situation that this framework does not handle gracefully (but if you do, it's designed for extensibility too). The documentation puts most large software houses to shame, but when you do have questions, Peter responds to email very quickly and very thoroughly. It's the best third-party purchase I've made; I recommend this package highly.
An Excellent Package
Reviewed by: ChrisBower on Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Professional Validation And More is probably the most useful suite of controls that you could ever have for ASP.NET. It makes working with complex forms that require a lot of logic nothing short of a breeze. I can't imagine the amount of thought & time that Peter has put into this package because it does everything. Just try out the package and you'll wonder how you ever got along using just the built-in validation. It also saves you from having to write and rewrite client-side scripting for form interaction that used to be so tedious: Just drop a FieldStateController on your form, set the conditions and what it needs to change and voiala.
There is also much to be said for the support you'll receive if you ever have any difficulties using his product. I recently experienced what I thought was a bug in VAM which in fact, turned out to be a conflict in the way I was using another 3rd party control. Peter was VERY responsive to my emails and was able to quickly diagnose what was causing the issue. You
Fantastic Control Package
Reviewed by: Matt Theule on Friday, March 19, 2004
This package has saved me hours, if not days, of programming time. I consider this a *necessary* package for ASP.Net
Feature rich, bug free, well documented and excellent after sales care
Reviewed by: keith_paradise on Thursday, March 18, 2004
With so many companies now marketing controls for ASP.NET it's often hard to know which one to go for, or if you're going to get value for money. I took a leap of faith when I purchased my first Peter Blum control for ASP.NET 6 months ago, and it's a decision that I've never lived to regret. I'm now using most of Peter's controls, including Release 2 of Professional Validation and More, in my ASP.NET applications.
With all of Peter's controls you get a feature rich product that does everything that's promised in the marketing material, that's bug free and extremely well documented. You also get a level of after sales care that's second to none, especially when you consider their relatively low cost.
Above all else, as a developer of commercial websites, what really matters to me is that Peter's products have made my web applications more user friendly and so easier to sell. They’ve also saved me a lot of time, pain and money.
If you're not already using one of Peter's controls I think you should ask
"Number One" add-on tool for ASP.NET development
Reviewed by: rickgifford on Thursday, February 19, 2004
This is an excellent product with tons of features and top notch support. The documentation is excellent. This is a must have for anyone developing any kind of web based data access application. We are porting an ASP 3.0 application to .NEt and have saved thousands of hours of coding by learning to use the features built into VAM.
Deep and Thoughtful...long review here...
Reviewed by: Glucose on Saturday, February 14, 2004
This is a FANTASTIC product. Check out my review at http://tinyurl.com/39bvm
Validation that lives up to its name - Professional
Reviewed by: rickmatejka on Monday, February 02, 2004
Having has the "pleasure" of crafting my own set of validators for "classic ASP", I was overjoyed when I heard .NET featured built-in validation. Unfortunately, the reality was that what MS supplied was only useful for the most trivial forms. Thankfully, there's Professional Validation and More 2.0. It's packed full of the kinds of validators you need to make professional forms like email, zip code, date, credit card, and numerous other validators. Even better, you can use the MultiConditionValidator to combine a wide variety of checks all with a few clicks. And on the display side, there's a wide variety of enhancements like adding links to the summary to focus the user on the field in question that make your forms much easier to use. With a 190 page manual to accompany the product, I haven't even scratched the surface of what PVM2 can do.
Reviewed by: yourtotalsite on Sunday, February 01, 2004
I've been developing on .Net for about a year and a half now, and using VAM for the last 6 months. If I had to choose one 3rd party component that I could not live without on any project, it would be VAM. Not only does VAM overcome all of the basic shortcomings of Microsoft's validation framework, it goes the extra mile to make your site or application easier to maintain. Whether I've used VAM for just basic validation, or more robust and complex types of validation, I don't know how I did without it. Just as important as all of the features, the level and quality of support exceeded even my wildest expectations. Anytime I sent an e-mail, I recieved a very thorough response usually within an hour or two. There have even been a couple of instances where I made feature requests, and Peter added them in and sent the new DLL to me the next day. If only major corporations produced and supported their products and treated their customers like Peter has, the world would be a much better place.
Reviewed by: coryj on Thursday, January 22, 2004
It's refreshing to see high quality product at a reasonable price. So much of the time with other companies there is little documentation and you can barely tell if software is supported
VAM is great!
Reviewed by: skool30 on Thursday, January 22, 2004
I have been using Peter Blum's products for a couple of years now and I have enver had a problem installing, understanding, or using them. VAM extends validation WAY beyond the standard capabilities of .NET and has saved me hour upon hour of developement time when setting up vlidation in complex, dynamic application pages.
VAM goes on, where Microsoft stops
Reviewed by: The|Shark on Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Basically, VAM has saved me days of work. One of .Net's greatest features is client(and server)side validation. However, their implementation lacks a certain amount of things. One of the most important things for me was the required field validator. It is not able to react to other fields in the form. So, for instance, if you give your user the option to choose different kinds of communication, you basically want different fields to be required.
VAM solves this problem in the easiest possible way. It makes interactive forms a possibility by changing the visibility of other controls when needed.
This is only one of it's features though. The crossbrowser validation is great, as is the masked textboxes (for instance, only allow numbers for an integer input). Also, it provides a very easy way of disabling the submit button after the first press.
VAM does what it promises and gives much much more. The documentation is great (very extensive) and it's easy to install.
At $50 it is a steal, don't miss it
Professional Validation and a Whole Lot More...
Reviewed by: jHodgkinson on Wednesday, November 12, 2003
"Professional Validation and More" (VAM) provides a ton of logic where the built in .NET validation objects seemed to fall short (form groups, selective validation, enhanced custom validator, datatype validation, list controls, checkboxes, form field focus, etc). VAM has so much functionality packed into it and you even have the ability to easily extend even further with your own customizations and logic. Great Product! Easy to use. 5 Star Support by Peter himself! An Amazing Product at an incredibly low price! http://www.peterblum.com
Reviewed by: chadrudy on Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Professional Validation is essential for developing rich and consistent user interfaces as well as reducing overall development time. The control features include grouping of validation (allowing submit buttons to validate selected controls), textbox filtering and auto formatting, global settings, easy to implement localization, and many more. The features are clearly detailed with examples in the product documentation. I strongly recommend this product.
Takes us to the next level
Reviewed by: alovhaug on Sunday, September 28, 2003
I always liked the validation controls built into ASP.NET in principal more than in practice. I just ended up creating custom validators SOOOOOO much of the time. But no longer. Peter Blum's Professional Validation and More is amazing - I haven't found a situation yet that it doesn't cover, and client-side, too! Do yourself a favor and download the evaluation copy, to see what it can really do. Peter provides great support, and his tools are outstanding!
Saved me a lot of pain, heartache, and more importantly... postbacks.
Reviewed by: Talonius on Monday, September 22, 2003
Peter's Validation Controls are incredible. While the manual may frighten you off it's really only necessary for the installation; everything else is integrated straight into the Visual Studio IDE and can accessed through the HTML Designer. These controls can validate just about any information you desire -- without posting back to the server.
The degree of control and flexibility built into them is tremendous. For example you can specify that a text box is to be validated, but only if a radio button has been changed to indicate that it's required. If one text field has a value then you may set a different set of rules for the rest of the page. And most importantly I've yet to find a combination of validation that you can't create using his multi validator.
I paid the price for these controls and then some. The amount of heartache they've saved me is already worth more than what I've paid.
And Peter Blum is more than willing to help you with problems that you might encounter. He's professional
"Seriously better" is not an overstatement
Reviewed by: pleblanc13 on Tuesday, August 19, 2003
I beta tested PeterBlum.com's validation package for two months and from a QA perspective I was impressed with how bullet proof it was in beta. Also impressive is how much you can do with the validators that you can't do with MS's validators (or anybody else's for that matter). PBlum also includes controls called FieldStateControllers that capture events and change the status of selected controls on the page (like making them go visible or invisible). No coding necessary. Everything can be validated or captured on the client side with no scripting. He thought it through well and I am quite pleased to have gotten a free copy. I don't think there is another validator package out there that even comes close to it. ~Paul