The second major installment of UI for iOS for this year is already here, packed and stacked with new features and improvements. Two new great controls complement the suite: DataForm and Alert. Without beating about the bush, let’s dive into more details about each of these controls. 

DataForm (Beta)

DataForm for iOS by Telerik
 
The Telerik DataForm for iOS displays a business object’s properties in a list helping developers to quickly and easily build various forms, such as registration, login, data entry, settings and more. Here are the features at a glance:

  • Default editors: The control analyzes the object’s property types and automatically shows the appropriate editors that can modify these types of data
  • Support for custom editors: In case there is a specific data type, you can display your own custom editor
  • Grouping: You can group the properties in sections according to a certain criteria
  • Hint text support: Prompting the user to enter specific data
  • Validation with Feedback: You can validate what the end user enters, and if validation fails, you can display what’s wrong and where, so  the end-user can take action
  • Commit modes: In essence, the commit mode determines the moment the underlying data object is updated with what’s entered in the DataForm. There are three modes:
    • Immediate: Every change in the editor reflects on the underlying object
    • OnLostFocus: The underlying object is updated as an editor loses focus
    • Delayed: The update happens on a method call (for example, on a button click)
  • Read-only mode

Alert

Alert for iOS by Telerik
 
The Alert for Xamarin.iOS is a message-box control that will come in handy in your popup-scenarios, which require styling customizations and custom content in the pop-up. The features at a glance are:
  • Predefined show/dismiss animations
    • Scale
    • Fade
    • Slide
  • Blurred or dimmed background style 
  • Parallax effect
  • Custom frame support
  • Swipe or tap dismiss options
  • Horizontal/vertical buttons layout

Xcode 7 and Swift 2.0

Following the latest news from Apple and striving to support all new versions of Xcode and the Swift language, we tested our controls with Xcode 7 and Swift 2.0. The good news is everything works as expected. There were some minor changes to be made in our examples because of changes in the Swift language. And, because the new Xcode version is still Beta, we can't include the modified examples in our official release. However, you can download our SDK examples modified to work with Swift 2.0 from our public GitHub repository.

For more information about all the new goodies coming with Q2 2015, please refer to the UI for iOS Q2 2015  Release Notes.

Get a Trial of Telerik UI for iOS from here, or the Paid bits from your account, if you have an active paid license.

What’s Next?

Right now, the DataForm is in Beta, and we understand that you may not want to wait until Q3 2015 (due in the end of October) for it to become official. Therefore, the DataForm will get rid of its Beta tag in mid-August. Of course, in the meantime, your feedback will be highly welcome and appreciated, so that we can focus our development efforts in the right direction.

Regarding the Q3 2015 Roadmap, we will announce it soon, so stay tuned!
Default editors - the control analyzes the object’s properties types and autom
Default editors - the control analyzes the object’s properties types and autom

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Nikolay Diyanov

Diyanov is the Product Manager of the Native Mobile UI division at Progress. Delivering outstanding solutions that make developers' lives easier is his passion and the biggest reward in his work. In his spare time, Nikolay enjoys travelling around the world, hiking, sun-bathing and kite-surfing.

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