I am glad you have solved your issue.
Regarding the $create() statement I am sorry for not being clear enough. The point is that the Telerik controls are created on Sys.Application.add_init()
event where is invoked the $create()
statement for each control.
You can check the server-side settings of a particular RadControl by inspecting this $create() statement. Note that if you make any changes on the client-side this will not affect the $create() statement of the control. I have created a short video here
demonstrating that. This can help in debugging scenarios in order to investigate whether the control changes its behavior on the client-side or on server-side.
the Telerik team
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