It’s the first day at work after the nice and relaxing holidays. You are fresh and pumped to start the new year right by getting stuff done. But by mid-day, you quickly realize you are back exactly where you had left. The same stringent delivery deadlines and projects with UI so antiquated that they give you the chills.
Time to chin up. Your beloved Telerik developer tools just had a big R1 2019 release, that sets the tone for the rest of the year. To deliver your software development projects on time and to the delight of your users, you need awesome tooling. Modern, cutting-edge developer tooling should elevate your development experience and enable you to deliver solutions faster than what you would have envisioned even a few months back. That’s exactly what the latest Telerik DevCraft release promises. No matter what be your app platform – mobile, web or desktop, this R1 release should make developers more productive.
On Jan 18th 2019, Ed Charbeneau and I (Sam Basu) hosted the Telerik R1 Release Webinar - livestreamed from our global HQ in Boston. It is always a daunting ask for us to do justice to all the product updates in the Telerik family within an hour, but we try. If you missed our webinar, got interrupted or just want to catch up, we have the recording up in full HD.
Telerik DevCraft is a diverse product portfolio and R1 2019 was a big release. Across all product updates though, the theme remains the same - Modern UI and Developer Productivity.
Telerik products have always been future-facing - riding the waves of what's latest in the .NET developer ecosystems. We are known to support new tools/technologies in .NET land before they are even released formally. Along those lines, Telerik R1 2019 release comes with support for Preview bits of two big upcoming giants - WPF/WinForms on .NET Core 3 and Visual Studio 2019 for all .NET tooling.
We try pushing the envelope towards the future, while keeping existing products stable with continued enhancements. You can benefit from all of our R1 release goodness - just go get the latest Telerik bits through NuGet, Control Panel or plain downloads. Since we strive to make developers successful, we take pride and pour in efforts behind Documentation and Feedback portals - both redesigned recently.
Here's a quick sampling of major product updates across the Telerik family:
Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core, MVC and AJAX
Telerik UI for Blazor
Telerik UI for Xamarin
Telerik UI for WPF & WinForms
Telerik Reporting & Report Server
Telerik Fiddler & JustMock
One of the consistent pieces of feedback we get during Telerik Release webinars is the desire to see more of a desired/most used technology. We all have our beloved products and it is only natural to want to see more of it. From our side, it is quite a serious challenge to cover all the product updates across the Telerik family within an hour. Our teams pour in their efforts to make releases shine and each product deserves air time.
So, how do we do justice to all products? We'll try changing up the webinar format a little - starting with our R2 release, you'll see the next Telerik Release Webinar split up in two:
With a single webinar registration, you'll be able to attend either or both sections, with a small break in between. We hope this new format will cater to specific interests and be better suited to showcase the plethora of product updates we cover during the release webinar.
We answered a lot of questions during the webinar - both on Twitter and on the Q/A panel. A few of the Q/A were important enough to resurface for everyone's visibility:
Q: Will Telerik UI for Blazor just be Kendo UI Core wrappers?
A: Telerik UI for Blazor is not made of Kendo UI wrappers and will have no jQuery dependencies. We are writing native UI Components for Blazor from the ground up.
Q: Is Blazor fully compatible with Internet Explorer and Edge?
A: Blazor running client-side through WebAssembly is meant for modern evergreen browsers, but has fallback support for older browsers through polyfills. Telerik UI for Blazor will have the same browser support as the Blazor framework, both for client-side runtime or Razor Server Components.
Q: With Telerik UI for Blazor, is it safe to assume that Blazor components will support Material Design?
A: Telerik UI for Blazor will support three themes out of the box - Default (a flat theme), Bootstrap 4 and Material Design.
Q: Can we build Mac desktop apps with .NET Core 3?
A: Not yet. While .NET Core runtime is perfectly compatible on Mac/Linux, there is no UI technology yet that can lift & shift Windows desktop apps. Xamarin.Mac or Mac support for Xamarin.Forms are good candidates for reaching the Mac desktop.
Q: Any plans/news to support/embrace UNO UWP Platform and Universal XAML?
A: We are keeping a close eye on Uno and Universal XAML promise in particular.
That's it then for the Telerik R1 Release. We're known to make Modern UI for .NET technologies and this is one of the most exciting times to be a .NET developer. With R1, we tried pushing the envelope on web/mobile/desktop fronts while enriching utilitarian reporting services and making developers more productive.
Hope you all enjoy the new features across Telerik products. Use them and please give us feedback - If you haven't yet, be sure to download a trial or upgrade to the latest release here. We'll see you all during our next R2 release. Until then, happy coding!
Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.
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