With the R2 release of Progress Telerik, we're going back to our roots—we're giving you the tools you need to be the best possible .NET ninja.
The sun is shining. The weather is warming up. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. Yep, it is summer time for most of the world, so step out and enjoy the great outdoors. Unless, of course, you are in Australia—but then you’re probably already brave enough to fight off the wilderness and get plenty of outdoor time regardless.
We're hoping the R2 release of Progress Telerik will help you get out of your cubicle a bit and enjoy the great summer weather. We know that to deliver your awesome software projects on time and delight your users, you need cutting-edge developer tooling. You need tooling that will elevate your development experience and enable you to deliver solutions faster.
No matter your app platform—mobile, web or desktop—this R2 release will help you improve the way you operate. We’re getting back to our roots and making the best .NET tooling for .NET ninjas, like yourself. Your success is our business.
On May 25, Progress Developer Advocates John Bristowe, Ed Charbeneau and Sam Basu unpacked the Telerik R2 release with a developer’s perspective on the juicy new bits. Yes, there were slides, but the demo gods were happy with us as well. If you had joined us for the release webinar, a sincere thank you! If you missed it, you can relive the webinar in all its glory via this high-definition recording.
What’s a Progress webinar without some awesome prizes? Our first gadget pick this time was the Amazon Echo—because life gets lonely without Alexa.
And the winner for the best question goes to Chris Sutton!
Our next gadget giveaway was the Parrot Bebop 2 Drone—because geeks dig aerial photography in HD.
And the winner is Duane Moore—you win just for showing up.
Congrats winners. Hope you enjoy your prizes!
One of the most enjoyable aspects of our webinars is the audience interaction and Q&A all throughout. We appreciate developers bringing up real-world questions and concerns on the latest technologies.
While we tried to answer as many questions as we could on air, here’s an excerpt of some short Q&A topics that were important to resurface:
Q: Are the ASP.NET UI widgets shown available for both MVC & Core?
A: Yes. The TagHelpers are exclusive to UI for ASP.NET Core, but all widgets are available for MVC as well.
Q: How do we prevent freezing of a UI grid with unlimited data while binding?
A: First, you should always be conscious of the amount of client-side data you bind to UI grids. Having said that, most of our Grids (ASP.NET, UWP, WPF, etc.) do virtualization and smart data binding through lazy loading. Check this out.
Q: Is there RTL support in Kendo UI?
A: Yes, both Kendo UI for jQuery and Kendo UI for Angular support RTL features.
Q: When will Kendo UI for MVC support the Scaffolder Wizard within Visual Studio 2017? I still keep VS2015 in addition to VS2017 just for this purpose alone.
A: The Scaffolding Wizard is already available for VS2017 when using UI for ASP.NET MVC. If you're not seeing this functionality, try updating to the latest release.
Q: With Kendo UI, do I now have to choose between jQuery and Angular?
A: Nope, technology stack is entirely your call based on your expertise and type of app you are building. We want to enable you to render sharp UI no matter your approach—hence, the choices in Kendo UI.
Q: Can more than one signatory sign a PDF?
A: RadPdfProcessing currently supports only signing of a single signature field. Signing more than one signature field will result in invalidation of all signatures except the last one.
Q: Is there a big gap between Kendo UI ABL vs .NET in term of features/support? We are working in an ABL environment but we are looking toward .NET for new apps.
A: Perhaps a bit in tooling, but we've worked hard to bridge that gap. Check this.
Q: Can I use different map providers with the Kendo UI Map control?
A: Yes, check this.
Q: I do not see a way to adjust anything but colors in the WPF Theme Generator and the MaterialPalette class has nothing related to margin or padding.
A: Customize the control template instead, like here.
Q: Are the shapes for the rating control in UI for Xamarin a fixed set or are they customizable?
A: There are several pre-defined shapes, but you can also customize. Check this.
Q: Is online documentation updated for all .NET products shown?
A: Yes, docs are updated the day of the release and reflect latest bits.
Q: Get Out! Your Ninja Skills are sweet. How are we going to justify the ‘long time’ it takes to develop complex UI functionality ever again?
A: We have teams of smart engineers working non-stop to produce these UI controls, so you can focus on solving real-world problems. Enjoy!
Q: Is John Bristowe a cyborg?
A: Close—he’s Canadian.
Hosting webinars is hard work. But we do it because we’re excited about our releases and want fellow developers to be successful. We always appreciate your kind words and strive to make your lives even easier as developers. Here’s some love:
There are tons of things to point out, but it is often best to start at the product pages. From there, you can drill down to UI features, demos and docs. So here goes:
With Microsoft’s renewed mojo and cross-platform tooling, this is probably one of the best times to be a .NET developer. Your professional apps need polished modern UI though—stop reinventing the wheel and ship your apps faster.
Progress Telerik .NET tools are here to help, providing you with a rich complete .NET UI toolkit and frameworks for all applications, including web, desktop and mobile. Hope we have given you plenty of ammunition with this R2 2017 release to go build amazing apps. Stay classy and have fun coding!
Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.