Coming with 2010.Q2 release of
RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX is some eye candy for
RadGrid users. In fact, never has an HTML grid been more interactive.
RadGrid column animations will have your column headers fly around when you
reorder columns or
drag them over to the group panel.
To get an idea of what column animations really are, try reordering some columns
in Windows Explorer on Windows 7:
What you get is a nice animation where headers move aside to make room for the dragged
header. The idea is the same with RadGrid too. You drag one header to reorder the
columns and the rest of the headers move aside.
Or, you drop the header over an area that does not trigger an action, and the header
diligently moves back to its original place.
Both types of animation can be used together to make your columns flow, providing
a visually appealing indication of the current column related action. If you enable
column reorder, but do not have drag-to-group enabled, the dragged column moves
along the X-axis inside the table header row only. If you have both column reorder
and drag-to-group, you can grab a header and move it freely around. When it gets
over the header row, the other columns step aside to open the place up for the dragged
column. When the dragged column leaves the header row, the rest of the columns move
back to their original place.
We havent's seen such nice HTML animations in a web grid recently, have you? RadGrid
column animations are coming with the 2010.Q2 release of Telerik RadControls and
the beta is really close, so you will be able to try them out in no time.
Iana Tsolova is Product Manager at Telerik’s DevTools division. She joined the company back in the beginning of 2008 as a Support Officer and has since occupied various positions at Telerik, including Senior Support Officer, Team Lead at one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and Technical Support Director. Iana’s main interests are web development, reading articles related to geography, wild nature and latest renewable energy technologies.