I am glad to announce that we have just released a "Futures" version of RadControls Prometheus. Why "Futures"? I will tell you in detail below, but those of you who are anxious to get their hands on the latest release, can download it from here: http://www.telerik.com/community/forums/thread/b311D-mhkha.aspx

What's new in the "Futures" release?
The RadScheduler demos require SQL Express in order to function properly. If you don’t have SQL Express, please import ~/App_Data/SchedulerData.mdf to a SQL Server instance and modify the connection string in the web.config file.
So what’s the purpose of the "Futures" release? It’s a new thing in our release process, but those of you who have been working with Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX are more or less familiar with the concept. The goal of the Prometheus "Futures" releases is to provide customers with early previews of everything we do so that you can guys can comment whether we are going in the right direction and report any issues that you notice early in the development cycle.

I would like to make a note that the "Futures" releases are preview builds and we don’t recommend using them in production. The bits are still in the development and QA phase so don’t get frustrated if you spot a bug or two or find some missing features. Please send us your feedback and will do everything we can to add the missing features and to fix outstanding issues before the bits are officially released.

"Futures" builds are separate from the Go-live Beta builds of RadControls "Prometheus" and they are available only as a trial. As we’ve previously mentioned, the controls that are with a Go-live status come with a developer build and are ready for use in production despite the Beta tag (which just signifies our new development approach and the fact that the "Prometheus" suite is yet incomplete). Once a control is ready for prime time, we will move it from the Futures build to the Go-live one. Essentially this means that the new Scheduler and Chart should make the transition in September. Once they are moved from the Futures and join the existing controls with Go-live licenses, their release cycle will be the way you know them: 3 releases per year, service packs, etc. Until September, they will be offered only in trial version, though, so if you would like to use them in production before that time, just let us know.

We plan to regularly update the "Futures" as we march along towards the September Q2 release, and we will be adding the RadEditor and RadWindow in a few weeks time. Your feedback will be highly appreciated - after all that’s one of the main ideas behind RadControls Prometheus "Futures". Don't hesitate to drop us a line in our beta forums: http://www.telerik.com/community/forums/allthreads/b312H-ccm.aspx

About the Author

Stefan Rahnev

Stefan Rahnev (@StDiR) is Product Manager for Telerik Kendo UI living in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been working for the company since 2005, when he started out as a regular support officer. His next steps at Telerik took him through the positions of Technical Support Director, co-team leader in one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and unit manager for UI for ASP.NET AJAX and Kendo UI. Stefan’s main interests are web development, agile processes planning and management, client services and psychology.

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