I'm very excited to announce that the Q1 Beta version of RadScheduler features a completely new Web Service binding mode. This is an important milestone in our quest for top performance.
In this mode all operations are forwarded to a Web Service for processing using JSON for transport. This completely eliminates the need for postbacks and improves server load and bandwidth usage.
The Firebug screenshot below demonstrates a typical RadScheduler session (with primed browser cache) using Web Service binding:
The live demo demonstrates how to set-up RadScheduler using Web Service binding. The process is straight-forward and will be even easier after the final release. The only requirement is to have a scheduler data provider or to use some of the integrated/sample ones.
A couple of things are still coming together and are not included in the beta. Among them are the grouped views and the advanced form.
Of course, this binding mode comes with its own tradeoffs. The lack of server-side events and templates means that the customizations can be done only on the client. It's not meant to replace server-side binding, but to complement it.
Last, but not least, Web Service binding makes RadScheduler MVC-ready.
Iana Tsolova is Product Manager at Telerik’s DevTools division. She joined the company back in the beginning of 2008 as a Support Officer and has since occupied various positions at Telerik, including Senior Support Officer, Team Lead at one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and Technical Support Director. Iana’s main interests are web development, reading articles related to geography, wild nature and latest renewable energy technologies.