We were happy that 4,000 of you were ready to take time out of your busy Wednesday to join us for our second Kendo UI webinar of the year. We have the recording ready for you, the winners picked, and a bunch of good questions to think about listed below.
In our webinar, we talked about using Kendo UI framework's built-in solutions to build both responsive and adaptive elements in your sites, to ease the process of getting your site to display well across many screen sizes. All of the code samples we demo'd during the webinar can be found on GitHub.
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If you're looking for a text-based overview of everything we covered in this "Responsive or Bust" webinar, take a look at Cody's excellent blog post, in which he discusses five potential strategies to build responsive websites and apps using Kendo UI framework.
Q & A
We had a lot of great questions, and if we didn't answer yours, we encourage you to reach out to us via social media channels such as Facebook or Twitter. Members of the Developer Relations team, including Burke, Cody, TJ, John and Jen, are happy to help you!
The prize package for this webinar was particularly awesome as it included:
- Prize for best question: Apple watch
- Prize for best product feature suggestion: Bower & Wilkins music system
- Randomly drawn prize for attendance: FitBit Surge and 3 Kendo UI licenses
Before I announce the winners, I thought I'd keep you in suspense for a bit longer and include a sampling of questions and answers that we provided during the Q & A session.
Q: Is it possible to use Kendo UI tools with Google Polymer?
A: It shouldn't be a problem to use Kendo UI and Google Polymer components side-by-side. Note that we plan to introduce a web components implementation for Kendo UI widgets for our next major release. See more info here
Q: Is there going to be official support for Knockout.js at some point? I have been using the two together but have some performance issues when using Kendo UI widjets instead of just html and knockout.
A: Knockout will continue to be supported via the knockout-kendo project.
Q: Can the Kendo UI grid be setup to act like an excel data entry grid?
A: It can be, by applying some additional configuration. If you need a spreadsheet component, though, you may be interested in our brand new Spreadsheet component
Q: Are the features demonstrated here all available via Kendo MVC extensions? If not which features are and which aren't?
A: All features presented for Kendo UI framework are available in the ASP.NET MVC server wrappers. This is a general rule for past and future releases.
Q: What about integration with custom Bootstrap libraries? I always see you demonstrating with the 'base' library. Is this easy or hard?
A: It's easy! Check it out
Q: If you are starting from scratch, which library is easier to integrate with Kendo?
A: You don't need another framework with Kendo UI framework. It contains all of the routing, views, layouts, templates, models and datasources you need. But if you must, Angular would be the way to go since support is baked into the library.
Q: Is the toolset tested on Windows 10 Edge Browser?
A: Yes and it's compatible with the current Microsoft Edge browser version.
Q: Any plan to better support Font Awesome?
A: We have integration with Font Awesome as depicted here (http://www.telerik.com/blogs/easy-custom-kendo-ui-mobile-icons-with-font-awesome)
A: Neither approach is necessarily better. It's more about which you prefer and makes more sense in your app. I personally find declarative nice for simple apps and widgets and imperative nice for more complex widgets, but that's just my personal preference.
Q: Is there a future plan to create some sort of WYSIWYG page builder for Kendo UI framework? IMHO it will be so cool. :D
A: We have a builder for Kendo UI Mobile within the Telerik Platform called Screen Builder, but we don't have something for more desktop-oriented apps. This is a good feature suggestion, though.
Q: Does Kendo UI framework's .pdf export feature automatically scale into any page size or just the reactive web features?
A: The .pdf export will output what's visible in the screen in terms of UI. You can also customize the result using the exposed API. See this topic for more info.
Q: Which version of Kendo UI framework will support for MVC 6 and Visual Studio 2015?
A: Kendo UI framework is a client framework and it supports any Visual Studio version. The ASP.NET MVC server wrappers will align with the MVC 6 releases, and you can test the current compatible version using this NuGet feed
Q: The examples shown in this demos all show how to use responsive design from phone to tablet. And the samples still look like mobile websites. Is it also possible to use more mobile-specific components to create html5 mobile apps?
A: Yes, this is possible if you use our Kendo UI mobile widgets together with Telerik Platform or by utilizing the PhoneGap build service directly.
Q: Does Kendo UI framework have some kind of offline support?
A: Yes, you can read more about it here
Q: I am using the original Bootstrap in my project How do I migrate my original Bootstrap to Kendo Bootstrap without changing the code?
A: We have a Bootstrap theme converter tool in our plans for Q3 which will help you with that, so stay tuned.
Q: When will we have integration with Angular 2.0?
A: Beta Preview due with Q3 and official support shortly after it moves to RTM as currently Angular 2.0 is in early Alpha stage. More info here
Q: How easy/hard will it be to integrate the widgets with a customized bootstrap framework?
A: From a functionality standpoint things should just work. From a visual standpoint you'll probably need to do some CSS tweaking to make sure the custom changes you made also apply to the Kendo UI widgets. If you're comfortable tweaking things in CSS, I'd say it should be fairly easy.
I'm pleased to announce the winners of the fabulous prizes mentioned above!
Best Question - Apple Watch:
"It seems that design patterns are starting to focus more on responsive design of single views instead of device-specific views (e.g. https://m.mysite.com for mobile devices). What - if anything - would still force a developer to use device-specific views?"
Best Product Suggestion - Bowers & Wilkins Music System:
"Feature Request: Developer IDE with WYSIWYG editor that will let you populate the UI controls and their specific features. This IDE will create the code."
Fitbit Surge for Attending:
Kendo UI Licenses for Attending:
Katie Smith, Caitlyn Harts, Silviu Aragia
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for attending! If you have questions that weren't answered during the webinar, as always, ping us via Facebook or Twitter and we will do our best to help out. Make sure to download your copy of Kendo UI and start building!