The Q2 2011 Beta pack of Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC has just been uploaded on telerik.com! As usual, you can find the open source and commercial (paid) version in your Telerik account's > MVC Product Files Download section:
Open Source Download | Commercial Download.
New component, new skins
The Beta release introduces new HTML5-driven MVC charting extension which utilizes SVG/VML for vector graphic drawing. Light-weight and cross-browser component, built from scratch and in perfect harmony with the MVC design pattern paradigm, the chart supports bar/stacked bar series, Ajax binding and exposes basic client API in its Beta version. It will support line series and extended client API for the official Q2 2011 drop.
Our ultimate goal is to extend the supported set of series types and features for this new charting extension for its post- Q2 2011 versions, and here is where we will count on your feedback!
Besides that, we created two new skins for our MVC extensions (Office2010 Blue/Silver) and one more (Transparent) will follow for the official launch. We also provide formal support for the new major version of the FireFox browser (v5).
New MVC Grid Features
Following the good practice to add major features to our MVC grid which has been most voted/requested in our public Issue Tracker, we are pleased to share that this Beta makes no exception. There are four new additions that enriched the current feature set of the Telerik MVC grid:
- Client operation mode - This new mode allows operations like sorting, paging, filtering or grouping to be performed purely on the client, by making a single initial call to the server to retrieve all data.
- Keyboard navigation - Useful feature that allows the end user to navigate between the grid rows, cells, or pages, select rows or edit data using solely the keys from the keyboard. What is more, it enhances the accessibility of the control.
- Yahoo-style paging - Cumulative virtual scrolling that gives the ability to load more items in the grid on demand using its vertical scrollbar.
- Global row template - Now you can define the structure of the grid rows in a completely custom manner using template mechanism. Thus you can tailor the look and feel of the rows in par with your own preferences, scrapping completely the predefined table row/cell model. The feature is supported both with server and client templates.
The MVC Q2 2011 Beta online demos and documentation are available at your disposal: Live Demos | Documentation
Full release notes list can be found here: MVC Q2 2011 Beta Release Notes
As always, we value your feedback, so keep it coming in the MVC Beta forum! There are a couple of weeks until Q2 2011, and we will be happy to hear your comments in advance on what we will be delivering for you in the upcoming major MVC release.