Following the Q3 2011 Beta previews of our AJAX and MVC components, I am happy to present you the official new major release of both bundles. Aside from the new functionality that has been instituted with the Beta packs, there a few more important spotlights that I would like to draw your attention to.
In addition to the Pie chart which marked its debut with the Q3'11 MVC Beta release, we inaugurate the scatter/scatter line chart types as two more visualization options when you want to display your data in charting format. Here are a couple of screen shots for your visual pleasure, you can also follow the demos below:
Furthermore, we improved even further the performance of all MVC charts to give you the optimal FPS possible. You can perform a quick test on this demo (the results can vary depending on the browser type and version).
With this release four of our AJAX navigation controls expose an option to implement codeless OData binding (which, by the way, is supported by the AJAX grid from some time now). Here is the common configuration for all four components that will suffice for this type of web service binding, the attributes are pretty self-explanatory:
<telerik:ODataEntityType Name="Category" DataValueField="CategoryID" DataTextField="CategoryName" />
<telerik:ODataEntitySet EntityType="Category" Name="Categories" />
Expect a separate blog post on that in the upcoming weeks.
The AJAX Notification and XmlHttpPanel controls are empowered with one more means to request/receive and display data, namely using jQuery ajax WCF binding "under the hood". For this purpose you solely need to specify the request method, service method and service path properties of the control, for instance:
<telerik:RadXmlHttpPanel ID="RadXmlHttpPanel1" runat="server" RenderMode="Block"
and, of course, to define and register the WCF service in the web.config of your site.
Two new major features for the AJAX inputs that lead to optimized rendered input and facilitate the data validation, and make RadTextBox 'behave' as an HTML5 input when specifying its type (under browsers which already support HTML5 input types).
See Demos >>
Our AJAX scheduler introduces drag and drop support for appointments on mobile devices, abreast with the grid, listview and treelist controls.
Also, starting with this release, we are shipping a Trial package for our MVC extensions which can be used for evaluation purposes, when considering the commercial version. The Trial License entitles you to 3 support tickets with 72 hours response time and minor updates (service packs and internal builds), as opposed to the OS license which receives solely major updates and grants access to the public forums only.
For complete details about the Q3'11 release, please follow the links below:
Enjoy the new bits and let me know what you would like to see (in terms of new components and features) in our AJAX and MVC bundles in year 2012! I will be monitoring the comments here to see what your wishes/preferences are. And one never knows, they may turn into reality at some point next year ;)
Stefan Rahnev (@StDiR) is Product Manager for Telerik Kendo UI living in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been working for the company since 2005, when he started out as a regular support officer. His next steps at Telerik took him through the positions of Technical Support Director, co-team leader in one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and unit manager for UI for ASP.NET AJAX and Kendo UI. Stefan’s main interests are web development, agile processes planning and management, client services and psychology.
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