In case you missed the news about the recently introduced beta releases of the Telerik ASP.NET AJAX and ASP.NET MVC component suites, this blog post is coming just at the right time to set your expectations about the upcoming first major release for 2011.
IE9 RC compliance and enhanced mobile devices support are the two major themes overarching the releases of the Telerik ASP.NET suites. RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX, for example, will ship an upgraded TouchScrollExtender and support for touch-and-drag gestures for all controls.
Q3 2010 introduced Level A accessibility compliance for all Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC and now the upcoming Q1 release will put a highlight on accessibility improvements across the entire ASP.NET AJAX suite as well. You can test this for yourself in the newly created dedicated demo examples for each ASP.NET AJAX control.
Among the major things to be shipped with Q1 are the two new web parts for SharePoint 2010, the ListView and the Scheduler, shipped as part of the ASP.NET AJAX suite. The ListView web part will host the Telerik ASP.NET AJAX ListView control giving you options to bind it to SharePoint lists or SQL backend. The web part will not only provide you with another way to visualize your data, but also with an easy, point-and-click design-time configuration capability. The new Scheduler web part, on the other hand, will give you access to features previously unavailable through the use of SharePoint 2010 Calendar, such as insert and edit options for appointments. Both web parts will make your SharePoint development experience significantly richer and easier.
Another thing standing out in the approaching Q1 release is the new RibbonBar control for ASP.NET AJAX. Yes, you can now codelessly provide your end-users with the familiar from Microsoft Office 2007 way to navigate around your application. If you are curious to know details from the horse’s mouth, check out this blog post that says it all.
Of course, there will be a majority of big features added to the existing controls. For example, many of you might find useful the design-time wizard we are introducing for RadGrid for ASP.NET AJAX, as well as the numerous columns and data editing operations for RadTreeList for ASP.NET AJAX.
I bet the ASP.NET MVC developers will be happy to know that the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC adds 3 more extensions to make your applications even more user friendly – Upload, Splitter and Slider. The Upload will leverage HTML5 features, such as drag and drop and multiple file upload. The Splitter will separate the content components of your web application into resizable panes, thus giving your end-users the freedom to arrange the UI presentation of each module according to their preferences. The Slider, on the other hand, will provide your end-users with a familiar and friendly way to select a value from a defined range using a smooth or step-based slider.
If you’d like to be shown around the new stuff we ship with Q1 2011 by Telerik Evangelists, sign up for the free What’s New Webinar covering RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX, Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC, and RadControls for Silverlight:
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