Yesterday we had our 3rd quarterly release for Kendo UI’s 2013 year, and was it
ever a good one! We nailed down a huge update to nearly every part of Kendo UI
this round, all along our theme of 3 pillars:
There’s a lot of great updates to an already amazing suite of resources,
including the introduction of our new feline overlord, the GeoKitteh!
There’s a lot of resources that you’ll want to check out, misc bits of
house-keeping to take care of, and of course … PRIZE WINNNERRRRRRSSSSSZZZZZ!!!!
But to start with, I want to let you know that you made this, by far,
the largest keynote that we’ve done so far! We have near 6,000 people
registered for the event, with more than 700 questions during the
session! That’s HUGE! Of course the downside to that, is that there is
simply no way we could get to all of your questions. Even if we had the
entire team of 30+ Kendo UI team members (including the engineers) on
the call to answer questions, we would not have been able to cover
every question in the session. But I don’t mean this as a complaint…
no no… I mean this as a THANK YOU! To everyone that joined us, that
asked a question, and that has helped us to make Kendo UI such a great
tool set and community - thank you for being here with us!
If you missed the keynote or simply want to re-live the glory that it was, you’re
in luck! We have the video up on YouTube and conveniently embedded right here
in this post.
Now you, too, can color your own kitteh, play the browser-accordian game with
responsive widgets and charts, and see first hand just how easy it is to scedule
your next kitteh-lovers-anonymous session right from your phone! The demos that
Burke, TJ and I used for the keynote are all available in one convenient app
If you’d like to know more about what we released, from the big picture
perspective, check out the post on what’s new in Kendo UI Q3 2013.
There are specific details in the “what’s new” sections for
And don’t forget about the usual suspects for info:
Grab the demo repository here: https://github.com/telerik/kendo-keynote-resources
You’ll want the “q3–2013” folder for the demos from this release.
To run them, you’ll need NodeJS installed. Open up
a command prompt or terminal where you downloaded the repository, and
go in to the “q3–2013” folder. Then run these commands:
The first command will install everything the demos need, and the second command
will start the app. After you’ve installed everything once, you won’t need to
do that again.
With the server running, open your browser to http://localhost:3000 and you’ll
see the demo app that we showed during the keynote!
TJ’s responsive chart demos are all located under the “Dashboard” menu.
Here, you’ll be able to play browser-accordian to your heart’s content, and see
the new responsive charts in action! It really is quite amazing to see how well
the charts respond to differen browser sizes. The aren’t HTML elements, after
all. These are SVG or Canvas drawings that have to be re-drawn every time the
browser window changes size.
Burke’s adaptive Grid and Schedular demos are located in the “Management” menu.
The ability to have a control like a Grid or Schedular move from full-scale
browser on a desktop (or even an iPad), down to a mobile phone like an Android
or iPhone is significant. This isn’t just about resizing the controls with some
Grid or Schedular now, it creates a completely new rendered output that is
targeted at mobile devices. This is how we can acheive the desired result of
the slide-out options and edit screens instead of just forcing another
floating screen on top of the Grid or Schedular.
This is not a feature to be missed! Your request for a Grid or Schedular that
completely transforms itself from desktop to mobile is finally answered!
Derick’s demos can be found in the “Locations” menu.
And here, we finally see the Geo-Cat! The … umm… amazing? … use of
GeoJSON to draw random things on a map is quite telling at just how flexible
and powerful the new Map visualization is, with Kendo UI DataViz. Of course
there are other uses for the maps, but honestly - who doesn’t want to draw
kittehs all over the world?
Don’t forget about the Bootstrap 3 integration, either! With our new Bootstrap
3 theme and the ability to change the dimensions used within your controls,
you now have more control over the visualization and integration with Bootstrap.
This creates for a beautiful combination - one that is deeply integrated in to
every aspect of the demo apps that Burke, TJ and Derick have built.
Ok, this is what everyone really wants to know about, right?
Well… I managed to rig the machine that we use to pick prize winners so that only my
name would be chosen… for all the prizes… but I think teh kitteh overlord
squealed on me. I know, I know. Bad news for me, right? But that’s good news
for you, though, as it meant we actually had a fair drawing of names and prize
We gave away a lot of great prizes, including a bunch of Kendo UI
licenses, Amazon.com gift cards, and of course the big prizes that
And the winners for these amazing prizes are … drum-roll
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone
that joined us for the keynote!