Yesterday we had our 3rd quarterly release for Kendo UI’s 2013 year, and was it ever a good one! We nailed down a huge update to nearly every part of Kendo UI this round, all along our theme of 3 pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Responsive (Kendo UI Widgets)
  • Pillar 2: Adaptive (Grid and Scheduler)
  • Pillar 3: Modern (UI Dimensions)

There’s a lot of great updates to an already amazing suite of resources, including the introduction of our new feline overlord, the GeoKitteh!

There’s a lot of resources that you’ll want to check out, misc bits of house-keeping to take care of, and of course … PRIZE WINNNERRRRRRSSSSSZZZZZ!!!!

But to start with, I want to let you know that you made this, by far, the largest keynote that we’ve done so far! We have near 6,000 people registered for the event, with more than 700 questions during the session! That’s HUGE! Of course the downside to that, is that there is simply no way we could get to all of your questions. Even if we had the entire team of 30+ Kendo UI team members (including the engineers) on the call to answer questions, we would not have been able to cover every question in the session. But I don’t mean this as a complaint… no no… I mean this as a THANK YOU! To everyone that joined us, that asked a question, and that has helped us to make Kendo UI such a great tool set and community - thank you for being here with us!

Play It Again, Sam!

If you missed the keynote or simply want to re-live the glory that it was, you’re in luck! We have the video up on YouTube and conveniently embedded right here in this post.

Demos And Resources

Now you, too, can color your own kitteh, play the browser-accordian game with responsive widgets and charts, and see first hand just how easy it is to scedule your next kitteh-lovers-anonymous session right from your phone! The demos that Burke, TJ and I used for the keynote are all available in one convenient app on Github.

All About What’s New

If you’d like to know more about what we released, from the big picture perspective, check out the post on what’s new in Kendo UI Q3 2013.

There are specific details in the “what’s new” sections for each framework:

And don’t forget about the usual suspects for info:

Get The Demos

Grab the demo repository here: https://github.com/telerik/kendo-keynote-resources

You’ll want the “q3–2013” folder for the demos from this release.

To run them, you’ll need NodeJS installed. Open up a command prompt or terminal where you downloaded the repository, and go in to the “q3–2013” folder. Then run these commands:

npm install
npm start

The first command will install everything the demos need, and the second command will start the app. After you’ve installed everything once, you won’t need to do that again.

With the server running, open your browser to http://localhost:3000 and you’ll see the demo app that we showed during the keynote!

TJ’s Demos: Responsive Charts

TJ’s responsive chart demos are all located under the “Dashboard” menu.

Here, you’ll be able to play browser-accordian to your heart’s content, and see the new responsive charts in action! It really is quite amazing to see how well the charts respond to differen browser sizes. The aren’t HTML elements, after all. These are SVG or Canvas drawings that have to be re-drawn every time the browser window changes size.

Wide Charts

Narrow Charts

Burke’s Demos: Adaptive Grid And Schedular

Burke’s adaptive Grid and Schedular demos are located in the “Management” menu.

The ability to have a control like a Grid or Schedular move from full-scale browser on a desktop (or even an iPad), down to a mobile phone like an Android or iPhone is significant. This isn’t just about resizing the controls with some media queries or JavaScript, though. When you add that “mobile” flag to your Grid or Schedular now, it creates a completely new rendered output that is targeted at mobile devices. This is how we can acheive the desired result of the slide-out options and edit screens instead of just forcing another floating screen on top of the Grid or Schedular.

Adaptive Schedular

This is not a feature to be missed! Your request for a Grid or Schedular that completely transforms itself from desktop to mobile is finally answered!

Derick’s Demos: The Maps And Bootstrap 3

Derick’s demos can be found in the “Locations” menu.

And here, we finally see the Geo-Cat! The … umm… amazing? … use of GeoJSON to draw random things on a map is quite telling at just how flexible and powerful the new Map visualization is, with Kendo UI DataViz. Of course there are other uses for the maps, but honestly - who doesn’t want to draw kittehs all over the world?

Don’t forget about the Bootstrap 3 integration, either! With our new Bootstrap 3 theme and the ability to change the dimensions used within your controls, you now have more control over the visualization and integration with Bootstrap. This creates for a beautiful combination - one that is deeply integrated in to every aspect of the demo apps that Burke, TJ and Derick have built.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Ok, this is what everyone really wants to know about, right?

Well… I managed to rig the machine that we use to pick prize winners so that only my name would be chosen… for all the prizes… but I think teh kitteh overlord squealed on me. I know, I know. Bad news for me, right? But that’s good news for you, though, as it meant we actually had a fair drawing of names and prize winners!

We gave away a lot of great prizes, including a bunch of Kendo UI licenses, Amazon.com gift cards, and of course the big prizes that everyone wanted:

  • 1 x Apple iPad Air
  • 1 x Apple iPhone 5S
  • 1 x Apple MacBook Pro
  • 1 x Microsoft Surface Pro 2
  • 1 x Nokia Lumia 1020
  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy S4

And the winners for these amazing prizes are … drum-roll

  • Chris Pena: Apple iPad Air
  • Grant Heger: Apple iPhone 5S
  • Matthew Link: Apple MacBook Pro
  • Dorian White: Microsoft Surface Pro 2
  • Alan Mocksfield: Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Sheldon Bagley: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
  • Andy Gray: Samsung Galaxy S4

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone that joined us for the keynote!


About the Author

Derick Bailey

About the Author
Derick Bailey is a Developer Advocate for Kendo UI, a developer, speaker, trainer, screen-caster and much more. He's been slinging code since the late 80’s and doing it professionally since the mid 90's. These days, Derick spends his time primarily writing javascript with back-end languages of all types, including Ruby, NodeJS, .NET and more. Derick blogs atDerickBailey.LosTechies.com, produces screencasts atWatchMeCode.net, tweets as @derickbailey and provides support and assistance for JavaScript, BackboneJS,MarionetteJS and much more around the web.

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