We wrap up another webinar for our latest Kendo UI release, packed with new developer toys and updates about React and Angular 2.

On Wednesday June 22, we hosted the Kendo UI R2'16 Release Webinar, packed with new developer toys and updates about our React and Angular 2 components.Three of our developer advocates, Cody Lindley, Todd Motto and John Bristowe, demonstrated some of the latest features and what we’ve been working on. Let’s summarize the event with all the demos and awesome questions and answers.

Huge thanks for taking the time out your days to join us for another of our live events, we hope you enjoyed it and we’ll see you soon for the next one. Let’s dive into what we covered in the webinar, our resources used and some next steps for you!

Demos and Resources

If you wanted to catch up on some of the content we used during the webinar, here are some resources that you may find helpful. Each of our experts have shared their most important resources below.

Cody Lindley

Cody demoed some brand new boilerplates he’s been cooking up for getting started with Kendo UI, you have a whole host of different boilerplates to choose from in the resource links below to kickstart your next app with. Boilerplates are essentially pre-built starter kits for you that give you some bare essentials and setup defaults to get your project running in just a few seconds. They can include HTML, CSS and JavaScript—as well as library code (such as Kendo UI of course!) and some tooling to get your project running on a local web server.

The Kendo UI boilerplates Cody has put together do exactly this, and offer you a nudge in the right direction for creating your next project. For more, take a dig through some of the code for some further insight and different setups and tooling they provide.

We also presented the new support for our codebase with CommonJS formats and semantic versioning on npm and GitHub.

Cody went on to demo some of the Kendo UI React components the team have been building out, and how to integrate them into a React application.

Catch Cody’s resources, some of which he demoed in the webinar, here:

Todd Motto

I took us through some of the sweet new features of the Kendo UI HTML Editor, using markdown parsers, full control over your serialization/deserialization of content, new paste formatting options and the new auto-URL detection.

We then discussed what’s happening in the Angular 2 world and our progress on supporting Angular 2 components, as well as links to useful articles detailing the roadmap and GitHub projects for keeping track of movement.

Grab my resources and links here:

Prize Winners

A Kendo UI webinar wouldn’t be complete without some epic swag to give away. We’re pleased to announce our two winners!

Selected at random, our attendee winner: Frank Kim

Frank, enjoy the BB-8 droid from Star Wars!

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Best question, our attendee winner: Les Baker

Les, you’ll be shortly enjoying a Myo Gesture Control armband!

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Q&A

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Q&A. Here are some highlights with corresponding answers:

What percentage of your 70+ components have been converted to React?

Right now it's most of the form components—like textbox, button, dropdown, multiselect. We're starting with what's in Kendo UI Core and moving up from there.

Seems really low level and a lot of tech we don't use, what's the high-level overview of the boilerplates or did i miss something?

Boilerplates are definitely lower level and are tools for kickstarting new projects. The JavaScript ecosystem is a little more complicated than it used to be, so we’re aiming to cater for all the types of setups/build tools by creating a base for developers. We are moving on to some higher level concepts here shortly.

Has the dependency on jQuery been removed for new Kendo React and Angular components?

React and Angular 2 components will not use any jQuery, they’re native component implementations.

What is the timeline for similar components in Angular 2?

The Angular team is still working on the release candidates for Angular 2. Once the team has launched, we’ll be launching shortly after so I’d recommend keeping an eye on the team's activity and updates for what’s happening.

Do you have to write markdown in the view source window?

Nope, you can write in HTML or plain text, or even paste from Word or Google Docs!

Now that Kendo works with CommonJS, will Kendo still work with RequireJS without modifying the Kendo JavaScript or RequireJS config files?

Great question! All the components still work with RequireJS.

When will the Angular 2 versions will be available?

We are working on them now—updates coming shortly, but for now check out the links provided in Todd’s demo for our roadmap repository on GitHub, where you’ll see activity from what we’re working on.

Is the Kendo roadmap more focused on adding support for newer libraries (react, angular) or adding new widgets to kendo itself, or both?

All of the above.

Hello, I'm new to Kendo. What are boilerplates?

Hi Brittany! Welcome to Kendo UI. Boilerplates are just empty projects that have all the dependencies already included so that you don't have to set all this up yourself. If you're new to Kendo UI, you should check out this resource.

Webinar Recording

You can relive the Kendo UI R2'16 Release Webinar, or just catch up if you missed it, below or over on our YouTube channel.

Thank You

Thanks everyone again for joining, we’ll see you next time! If you have any feedback, please feel free to leave it in the comments section below.


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About the Author

Todd Motto

Todd Motto (@toddmotto) is a Developer Advocate at Telerik based in England, UK. Todd is also a Google Developer Expert, runs Angular and JavaScript training workshops, speaks at conferences all around the world, contributes to Open Source and is heavily involved in the Angular community.

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