The first time I used Kendo UI Mobile was earlier this year. And
almost immediately, I noticed that all of the views I built were in
the same .html file. This made sense, given how the navigation between
the pages worked - you specify a
#pageName in a link, and the
framework intercepts this to load a div of that id. It works well,
and it allows for optimizations in performance, etc.
But a view views in to building an app, I wanted to have my views in separate files. At first I tried to do some complex things with build tools that would concatenate my files in a build step. This works, but it adds some additional process in development and testing that I didn't want at the time. Fortunately, there's a solution built in to Kendo UI Mobile now: remote views.
Remote views are easy to set up and use. Add a
secondView.html file (or whatever
file format your server will parse and render) to your project and
build the standard
<div data-role="view">...</div> setup for a
view in to this file. Now instead of specifying a
#secondView in a
link, you can specify
/secondView.html in your links. Kendo UI
mobile will recognize this as a "remote view" - a view that has to be
loaded from the server before it can be displayed.
Rather than just copy & paste code samples at this point, though, it is much more effective to see this in action. So I've put together a quick video demonstrating the remote views.
As you can see, it's easy to get an existing application to work with a remote view setup. You just put the view definition in a separate file, and then change the links to point to that files instead of a hash fragment.
If you'd like to learn more about remote views and Kendo UI Mobile, be sure to check out these resources:
And then head on over to the downloads so you can grab your copy of Kendo UI Mobile and give it whirl for yourself!
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