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jQuery UI and Kendo UI are similar frameworks with similar goals, therefore, they are frequently compared by web developers.

Back in January of 2012, John Bristowe (@JohnBristowe), created to document the features of each library in an attempt to provide an accurate and fair comparison.

Unfortunately, by internet standards January 2012 is ancient, and both Kendo UI and jQuery UI have evolved considerably.

I recently started at Telerik as a developer advocate and was tasked with bringing the site up to date. This task is especially intriguing for me because - in addition to being employed by Telerik - I am also a jQuery UI team member. Therefore I am uniquely positioned to provide an unbiased comparison of these two libraries.

So, what has changed?

Twenty Months Worth of Updates

As is turns out, a lot can happen in twenty months. Here's a short list of changes that have occurred to jQuery UI and Kendo UI.


Another major change in web development in the last year and a half is the ever increasing importance of mobile.

In January 2012, Kendo UI Mobile was in beta and jQuery Mobile had released 1.0 two months earlier. Since then, Kendo UI Mobile and jQuery Mobile have become stable, feature-rich libraries capable of building powerful mobile sites and applications.

As such, I have updated to include a comparison of jQuery Mobile and Kendo UI Mobile. Admittedly, the domain should probably be, but that's not as catchy.


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TJ VanToll
About the Author

TJ VanToll

TJ VanToll is a frontend developer, author, and a former principal developer advocate for Progress.


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