I am happy to share with you that the Q2 2012 Beta of Telerik’s ASP.NET AJAX controls is here and you can try it right away. Just as the Q1 2012 SP1 was full of fixes, today’s Beta is full of new features and controls. Let’s have a quick trip.
Barcode – The control allows you to visualize barcodes for your products using the most popular standards. It’s really easy to use and configure. The resulting image is rendered as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) in the modern browsers where HTML5 allows embedding SVG in your web pages. In older browsers the output comes as VML (Vector Markup Language). See Demos
HtmlChart – Telerik’s new ASP.NET AJAX chart component is HTML5-based with pure client-side rendering and features the most important chart types you need for your line-of-business applications. Take advantage of its flexible data-binding and remarkable performance. See Demos
ODataDataSource – This control will allow you to use the Visual Studio Designer to query any OData service supporting JSON. XML support is coming with the Q2 2012 official release. Then you can build your data model(s) to easily display the data in your pages. See Demos
Track changes for RadEditor – Last Q Telerik’s ASP.NET AJAX Editor added a new feature allowing you to add comments to the content you have created. With this Beta release you can also keep track of the changes made by a user while editing the content. See Demos
Drill down and load on demand for RadOrgChart – Improve the performance of your ASP.NET AJAX OrgChart controls by leveraging the load on demand functionality. Or if you have big charts with lots of items, enable the drill down functionality for better usability and experience. See Demos
AdRotator functionality for RadRotator – Do you have a lot of cases where you need to bind a list of banners to a control which will then display the ads? You can easily achieve this with the new ASP.NET AJAX Rotator functionality by setting a single property. See Demos
WCF service binding for RadTagCloud – Telerik’s ASP.NET AJAX TagCloud is adding one of the last missing features with this release – ability to bind it dynamically to WCF services. See Demos
Client templates – You know that for true client-side binding you need to be able to create customized look and feel for the data items on the client. We also know it, and starting with the ListView in Q1 2012, which uses client templates for its client-side binding, we continue with more controls with this release. Among them are RadComboBox, RadTreeView, RadMenu and RadListBox. Our ASP.NET AJAX Grid also gives you the ability to define client templates. See Demos
Enhanced ToolTips for RadRibbonBar – Add more descriptive tooltips to the commands displayed in your RibbonBar controls, just as the ones you see in MS Office :) See demos
Multi-column headers for RadGrid – Last in my quick trip comes the new functionality of our ASP.NET AJAX Grid providing you the ability to have multi-column headers. And this is really easy to configure and easy to add to current grids as the logic for the multi-headers is separated from the columns definition itself. See Demos
To see the full list of the fixes and new features, check the Q2 2012 BETA release notes. To see how it works, play with the online demos. If you are eager to try it yourself, download RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX now.
Finally, don’t forget to share your feedback with us, either by leaving a comment here, or by contacting us though the Beta forum.
Iana Tsolova is Product Manager at Telerik’s DevTools division. She joined the company back in the beginning of 2008 as a Support Officer and has since occupied various positions at Telerik, including Senior Support Officer, Team Lead at one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and Technical Support Director. Iana’s main interests are web development, reading articles related to geography, wild nature and latest renewable energy technologies.