It's an exciting time for developers using Visual Studio 2012 or targeting Windows 8. With recent announcements regarding availability of these products, the obvious question of support with Kendo UI is being asked by developers. Rest assured, the team building Kendo UI has been working hard to ensure that the support for these environments is rock-solid. In this blog post, I'll be highlighting the features we've implemented that underscore our commitment to you - our customers - for both Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8.
A few weeks ago, we shipped Kendo UI Q2 2012. At part of that release, we introduced Kendo UI Complete for ASP.NET MVC, a set of server wrappers that simplifies building applications and sites with Kendo UI in ASP.NET MVC.
Ultimately, this means you can build ASP.NET applications and sites with Kendo UI, both now and in the future, with Visual Studio 2012.
The Visual Studio Extensions for Kendo UI for ASP.NET MVC projects is an integration package that aims at significantly increasing your productivity when managing MVC projects in Visual Studio 2012 (and Visual Studio 2010):
It provides a step-by-step wizard that's designed to automatically bootstrap your project:
Getting your Kendo UI projects up-and-running in Visual Studio 2012 is a snap!
We've outlined the steps necessary to make this work in Visual Studio on our new documentation site.
Many developers appreciate the package management capabilities of Visual Studio via NuGet. Its ability to manage dependencies, all while integrating within new or existing solutions, gives many developers - especially web developers - a huge boost to their overall productivity. For developers targeting Kendo UI Web, this integration is supported for Visual Studio 2012 via the Kendo UI Web NuGet package:
Alternatively, you can integrate Kendo UI Web via the Package Management Console of Visual Studio 2012:
PM> Install-Package KendoUIWeb
We're tremendously supportive of the commitment made by Microsoft to supporting and improving the modern web. Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on Windows 8 represents a significant step forward for users and developers alike. For users, it provides a highly performant and secure browsing environment. For developers, it provides a platform for building advanced web applications and sites with modern web standards. All in all, there's a lot to like with IE10. In fact, Kendo UI leverages many features of the HTML5 and CSS3 specifications that are supported by IE10, including:
In the case of both IE9 and IE10, the applications and sites you build with Kendo UI will utilize hardware accelerated graphics and text. This is evidenced by the effects and animations we generate for widget interactions in Kendo UI Web. It's also evidenced by the charts and gauges we produce for Kendo UI DataViz. The end result of hardware acceleration is a web experience that feels native. Granted, support for many of these capabilities was first introduced with IE9. However, it's good to see Microsoft continues to move the web forward with IE10.
Our team is tremendously excited by the upcoming releases of Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8. Moving ahead, we're committed to ensuring that both products are strongly supported by our team. That means that you'll be able to build next generation applications and sites that target Kendo UI with the knowledge that they work very well in both environments.
John Bristowe is a member of the Developer Relations team at Progress. He specialises in web and mobile app development.