Summary: In May, I introduced a new series that highlights the work happening in the Kendo UI Labs. Today, I’ll share an update for July and August, including new projects, updates and key contributors.
With our Q1 2013 release, we introduced a brand new website for open-source Kendo UI extensions and integrations, the Kendo UI Labs. By now, I hope you’ve had a chance to head on over to labs.kendoui.com and check out one or more of the projects there. For an overview of the purpose of the Labs, check out my blog post from March.
In May, I introduced a new series on the blogs, in which I spend a few moments each month highlighting all of the notable additions, releases and major happenings over at labs.kendoui.com. The goal is to keep you informed of the goings on over in that space, while also highlighting some of the excellent contributions coming from Kendo UI community members.
So, here we go…
If you were following along during the Kendo UI Q2 2013 release, you probably know that we launched a new tool, called the Kendo UI Bootstrapper, in Beta. Since the launch we, and by “we,” I mostly mean Mihai, have been hard at work on additional features, tweaks and improvements to the bootstrapper. If you’ve not yet downloaded the bootstrapper, head over to the docs to view an overview video and read the getting started guide. And, of course, since we’re sill in Beta, we’d love your feedback, issues and suggestions.
npm install grunt-kendo-lint --save-dev and then defining the
kendo_lint task in your gruntfile. For more information, check out the project README.
If your a vim user, you’ll be happy to hear that Derick created a plugin for you to use when working with Kendo UI and the great vim editor. Derick also wrote a blog post about the plugin, including a quick overview video, so be sure to check that and the project page out to get started with the plugin.
kendo-railsgem got an update as well. If you’re already using the gem, just run
gem update kendo-railsand you’re off.
bower install kendo-uior update your existing package with
bower update kendo-ui.
kendo-ui-formspolyfill, a project designed to allow you to author HTML5 Forms markup (using new input types like color, number, etc.) and automatically have those forms upgraded to use Kendo UI widgets for a great, cross-browser experience. Since the initial release, I’ve completed initial input type support and added placeholder support for oldIE and Opera Mobile. There’s more good stuff coming soon, so head over to the repo and check it out!
Even though I, Burke and Derick do love spending as much time as we can working in the labs, we owe much of the activity in these and other projects to our first-class contributors. The following is a list of folks that have made a noticeable contribution to Kendo UI Labs projects over the last month:
angular-kendoproject is the result of the hard work of Pierre and Omkar, both of whom have brought their real world experience using Kendo UI and Angular together to build a really robust set of integrations. We’re grateful for their continued involvement in this project, and you should be too!
bower.jsonfile of the
angular-kendoproject, which improves the Bower installation experience for that library. Thanks Robin!
Want to add your name to the list for next time, or maybe even join our core team? We have fifteen great projects to choose from in the Labs, and we’d love to have you contribute to any of them, so jump on in!
That’s all for the August update. Keep an eye on the Labs, and we’ll see you next month with more Kendo UI Labs goodies!
Brandon is the founder of Carrot Pants Press, a maker education and publishing company, the founder and CEO of Tangible Labs and an avid tinkerer.
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