Kendo UI is just two years old (check out the Kendo UI Google Trend graph) but has already helped thousands of customers build better next generation web sites and mobile apps. Today, if you need assistance with your Kendo UI project, there are many places you can go to find it. This article covers seven of them to help you get started, whether you just need a particular question answered, or you're looking to hire a team of software developers with the Kendo UI skills you need for your project to be a success.
Of course, if you're a customer or a 30-day trial holder, you can access the Kendo UI Premium Forums. These are only available for trial and commercial support license holders, but as you can see from this snapshot, they tend to be very active:
The Premium Forums are a great place to go with your troubleshooting questions, though of course you'll want to be a good citizen and do a little bit of research before posting. For instance, you should check Google, check the forums history, and also maybe check...
You're probably already familiar with StackOverflow, which includes a search tag dedicated to Kendo UI questions. Currently there are over 1,000 questions tagged with Kendo UI, with more added every day. And of course, StackOverflow is free for anyone to use, regardless of whether you have a valid Kendo UI license. You can also check out many related tags, like kendo-grid, kendo-asp.net-mvc, and kendo-treeview.
The Kendo UI Dojo is a great place to get started with the basics of Kendo UI, for free, without leaving your browser. It includes lessons on Kendo UI Web, DataViz, and Mobile, as well as the framework, with live results as you work through the lessons. See if you can complete all of the lessons!
If youíre just looking to brush up on your skills, and youíve already completed the Kendo UI Dojo, a good next step might be the Kendo UI courses available through Pluralsight. You'll find two 2-hour(ish) courses there, the first providing an Introduction To Kendo UI, and the second offering some tips on Delivering a Real World Application with Kendo UI. If you're a license holder, you're eligible to receive a free 30-day subscription to all Telerik content available through Pluralsight, making these courses free for you to use to quickly become productive with Kendo UI.
If your needs go beyond what the above online resources can offer, you may want to consider working with professionals who have demonstrated experience working with Kendo UI. A great place to start is the Telerik Partner Network, which includes many firms offering these services. Telerik can evaluate your needs and provide you with a referral to a trusted partner capable of providing the services you need to ensure your projectís success. In addition, Telerik's own Services team can provide training, assessments, mentoring, consulting, and software development when using a partner is not an option.
Sometimes the best option is to hire someone with the skills you need. In this case, if you're someone with these skills and are looking for work, check out JobsUsing.KendoUI.com to find jobs in your area that are looking for Kendo UI expertise. If you're a company looking to hire somebody who knows Kendo UI, you can post your position on this URL as well (powered by Indeed).
Ok, this list wouldn't really be complete without a callout to Kendo UI's docs and labs. Kendo UI has extensive documentation, with over 1500 pages (web pages, not printed pages, naturally) of content covering all aspects of the API as well as many different tutorials walking through how to work with the widgets and API. In addition, there are several full sample applications, such as the Kendo UI Music Store (with Mobile App) and the SalesHub line of business sample, just to name two (three).
The Kendo UI Labs are projects that provide extensions to Kendo UI. These might be modified versions of standard Kendo UI widgets, or integrations with popular toolsets like Knockout, Angular, or Backbone. The lab projects are all open-source, so in addition to using them to help you get started, you can also contribute back to them if you create something useful you'd like to share.
As the need for modern web applications as well as mobile and cross-platform apps continues to grow, Kendo UI continues to be a great choice to help deliver your projects successfully. When you need help, whether it's just a quick answer to a question or a new fulltime developer to add to your team, there are a number of great resources at your disposal.
Steve Smith is an Executive VP of Services for Telerik, as well as a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. He’s passionate about software quality, and is a frequent speaker at software developer conferences. Steve has authored several courses on software development for Pluralsight, and you can find him online at ardalis.com or on twitter as @ardalis.