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Telerik UI for Blazor R2 2021 75+ Native Blazor Components!

Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24 release brings new PanelBar and Card components, Grid and TreeList updates, Blazor Reporting demo integration, Calendar templates, a new Visual Studio Code Converter Wizard and much more!

Hey developer folks, it’s Telerik R2 2021 release time and we’re excited to announce that the Telerik UI for Blazor component suite reached a new milestone of 75+ truly native components.

While we have continuously shipped new components and features in the period of January to May 2021, we are happy to share that there are even more native Blazor goodies coming your way with the current Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24 release. New PanelBar and Card components are here, along with Grid and TreeList Rows Reorder and Multi-column headers, Virtualization in multiple DropDown components, Blazor Reporting demo integration, Calendar templates, new Visual Studio Code Converter and more.

TL;DR Telerik UI for Blazor R2 2021

Below is a summary of the R2 2021 Telerik UI for Blazor release content shipped between January and May (Telerik UI for Blazor 2.22, 2.23 and 2.24 releases):

  • New components: PanelBar, Form, Card, Color Palette, Arc Gauge, Linear Gauge, Circular Gauge, Radial Gauge, Validation Summary, Validation Tooltip, Validation Message and MediaQuery
  • New Grid features: Multi-column headers, rows drag & drop, Excel-like editing and navigation, fit column width to content, hide columns on small devices, frozen columns with Virtualization, grouping columns in the ColumnMenu, CheckBox-only selection, checkbox as default editor for Boolean, built-in validation for InCell & InLine editing
  • New TreeList features: Multi-column headers, Rows drag & drop, Excel-like editing and navigation, hide columns on small devices, fit column width to content, built-in validation for InCell & InLine editing, frozen columns with Virtualization, CheckBox-only selection, checkbox as default editor for Boolean
  • New Editor features: Highlighting, paste cleanup, copy & paste images
  • New Time Interval feature in DateInput, DatePicker, TimePicker and DateTimePicker components
  • New Window features: Draggable & stacking multiple windows
  • New Calendar features: Templates & Cell Render Event
  • New Dropdowns feature: Virtualization
  • New Predefined Dialogs features: Alert, Confirm and Prompt
  • New DropDownList feature: Filter
  • Support for ShouldRender Property in the Grid, TreeList, Splitter & TreeView
  • Telerik Document Processing: .doc file format support
  • Integration demo with Telerik Reporting Blazor ReportViewer
  • New VS Code Converter: Seamless setup of Telerik UI for Blazor components in existing Blazor projects

Deep Dive into 2.24 Release of UI for Blazor

And if you are eager to learn more about the latest additions in Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24.0 release, read ahead and see in detail all the new components, features and tooling that will help you speed up development of Blazor Server and WebAssembly apps.

Blazor PanelBar UI Component

PanelBar Component Overview

The new Telerik Blazor PanelBar is a data-bound component that renders expandable hierarchical panels consisting of title and content. The PanelBar supports single and multiple expand modes, templates for rendering custom content, flat and hierarchical data, as well as many configuration options for its item and data binding. Like the rest of the Telerik UI for Blazor component, it comes with built-in keyboard navigation support and accessibility.

Telerik UI for Blazor PanelBar Component shown with a list. My Teammates has been expanded and show three people with name, title and photo. Projects has been expanded to show New Business Plan and then Sales Forecasts, which has an arrow option to be expanded. Programs is another item not expanded.

Telerik UI for Blazor PanelBar UI Component

PanelBar Support for Flat and Hierarchical Data

You can bind the PanelBar to either flat data (the entire collection of panel bar items is available at one level) or hierarchical data (the collection of child items is provided in a field of its parent’s model).

Telerik UI for Blazor PanelBar Hierarchical Data shows a similar list. This one has Beverages as a top-level item that's been expanded to show Chai, Chang, and Guarana Fantastica. Chai has also been expanded to show History and How to Make at Home. Condiments is another top-level item that has not been expanded.

Telerik UI for Blazor PanelBar Hierarchical Data

PanelBar Templates

Defining the PanelBar item content is done via templates—you have the flexibility to set HeaderTemplate and ContentTemplate for all the items or for items of a certain level.

PanelBar Configuration

The PanelBar expand mode (ExpandMode property) can be configured to single or multiple, allowing many panels to be expanded. Additionally, you can set a panel as disabled and prevent interaction with it.

Amaya Coffey is expanded to show Chai, Chang, Chef Anton's Cajon Seasoning, Grandma's Boysenberry Spread, and Roquefort. The last two are deactivated, so Roquefort is seen in lighter gray text than the others, and the hover bar, which is normally bright salmon is a paler pink hovering on Grandma's Boysenberry Spread. Two other sections that show expanded lists are: Dawson Humphrey, with Grandma's Boysenberry Spread (this time active) and Aniseed Syrup; and Giulia Haworth: Mozzerella, Cheesecake, Change, and Aniseed Syrup.

Telerik UI for Blazor PanelBar Multiple Expanded Items

PanelBar Events

The PanelBar exposes several events that allow you to respond to user actions and implement custom logic:

  • ExpandedItemsChanged – fires when the expanded state has changed
  • OnItemClick – fires when an item is clicked
  • OnItemRender – fires when an item is rendered

Blazor Card UI Component

Card Component Overview

The new Card component is a great companion for building attractive Blazor apps with its multiple built-in features. You can easily organize card content in different orientations, take advantage of the theme color variations and define custom card layout such as group, list or deck.

Two side-by-side cards show Traditions and Mountains, each with a small circular image by the title. They list the location (both Bulgaria, Europe), and then feature a large rectangular image that is the main body of the card. Below are icons for like (heart), comment (dialog box), and share. And the number of likes.

Telerik UI for Blazor Card UI Component

Card Component Anatomy

While the Card itself can be considered a building block when arranging your layout, it has multiple building blocks itself, which make it really easy and fun to use and customize each part of it: CardHeader, CardImage, CardBody, CardActions, CardFooter, CardSeparator, CardTitle and CardSubtitle.

Card Component Orientation

The Telerik Blazor Card lets you easily rearrange its building blocks by switching between the two built-in orientation options for your layout—horizontal and vertical.

Telerik UI for Blazor Card component Orientation allows flipping between a horizontal card, where the image is a big almost-square rectangular image followed by stacked title, stars, and a review, and vertical, where the image is a smaller vertical image on the side of the same items stacked to its right.

Telerik UI for Blazor Card Orientation Modes

Card Component Theme Colors

The Telerik Blazor Card provides an attractive way of presenting content through its theme color variations. Pick the right one for you—primary, secondary, success, error, light, dark and more.

Card Component Actions Options

The Card actions buttons can be organized horizontally or vertically and laid out in four ways: at start, center or end, or stretched buttons that will fill the whole container with equal size.

Dynamic Cards Rendering

Using data collections, you can dynamically render Telerik Blazor Cards and create beautiful layouts as shown in the image below.

A layout of four tall cards, laid out in two rows and two columns. Each card has a horizontal rectagular image, then a title (How to Make Games for Everyone, How to design with lvoe, Why Minimalist Logos are the Best for Big Businesses, and Money, Likes, and Memes are all the Same Thing), then a subtitle, then options to Save for Later or Add to Favourites.

Telerik UI for Blazor Data Cards

Card Collapse & Expand

The Telerik Blazor Card component can be transformed into a collapsible/expandable card by placing the card body and actions within the TelerikAnimationContainer UI component. This allows for showing a larger number of cards and flexibility to expand only needed cards.

A minimal horizontal rectangle card with title 'Rome', smaller text 'Capital of Italy' below that, and an expandable arrow at the right. The arrow is clicked, and below the initial box, the card expands to show an image, a few paragraphs, then buttons for Map and Weather.

Telerik UI for Blazor Expand & Collapse Card Example

Reporting Demo Integration

As the product and our demos start and end with you in mind, we listened to your feedback and added a demo showcasing the integration between Telerik UI for Blazor and Telerik Reporting.

The Blazor reporting demo showcases the integration between the Grid and Report Viewer. Switch from Grid tab to Reporting and see how your grid data transforms into a report with many built-in features, such as interactivity of grouped items and ability to export to various file formats such as Word, Excel, PPT and more. The report also comes with handy user features such as search, zoom in and out, full-screen mode, printing and more!

In the Report tab, we see a sample report with a list of categories and their products, which can be expanded. When they are minimized, the products still show name, cost, active selling true/false, category names, and started selling date. Under category Chains, we see product Chain has been expanded. It shows an image of a bike chain, color, size, weight, and ID number in addition to the collapsed version of the data, which is also shown.

Telerik UI for Blazor Grid & Blazor ReportViewer Integration

Blazor Report Designer (by Telerik Reporting Team)

Our fellows at Telerik Reporting Team expanded the Blazor reporting capabilities and in addition to the Report Viewer, they just shipped a new version enabling you to integrate Web Report Designer functionality in your Blazor apps. Read the complete story in the dedicated release blog post.

Telerik Reporting Blazor Report Designer

Blazor Grid New Features

Grid Multi-Column Headers

The new Grid multi-column headers feature allows you to visually group relevant columns under a common header through the nested Columns RenderFragment under the GridColumn.

In a grid, header Personal Info spans columns First Name and Last Name; Company is above Name; and Contact Details is above Phone and Email columns.

Telerik UI for Blazor Grid Multi-Column Headers

Grid Drag & Drop Rows

The Telerik Blazor Grid now shines with a row drag-and-drop feature that renders a column with a drag handle. Using RowDraggable parameter, you can instantly enable reordering rows within a grid or drag and drop between grids.

A product row is reordered with a drag and drop

Telerik UI for Blazor Grid Rows Drag & Drop

Blazor TreeList New Features

Just like the Grid, the Telerik Blazor TreeList got expanded with two power features—drag-and-drop rows and multi-column headers.

TreeList Multi-Column headers

The built-in feature for defining multi-column headers in the TreeList can be achieved through the nested Columns RenderFragment of the TreeListColumn.

TreeList Drag & Drop Rows

Just like the Grid, the Telerik Blazor TreeList got the shiny row drag-and-drop feature. You can reorder one or multiple rows between different parents in the same TreeList or between different Telerik TreeList instances.

A row is dragged from third to sixth and dropped.

Telerik UI for Blazor TreeList Rows Drag & Drop

Other Telerik Blazor Components New Features

Virtualization in Multiple DropDown Components

The Telerik Blazor Select components—namely the AutoComplete, ComboBox, DropDownList and MultiSelect—received a major boost with the new virtualization feature enabling loading items on demand based on current scroll position.

To take advantage of selects virtualization, you need to set the ScrollMode property, plus provide specific values for the PopupHeight, ItemHeight and the PageSize properties, which configure the size of the “page” to be rendered/loaded on each scroll.

You can virtualize a large set of local data for blazing fast UI performance, and even fetch each page of data from a remote service to optimize the data queries and loading.

A dropdown lets the user scroll through a list of numbered names, for instance '1 Margaret Peackock'. We see the number get to at least 182.

Telerik UI for Blazor DropDownList Virtualization

Filtering in DropDownList Component

With the current release, the Telerik Blazor DropDownList is enhanced with a filtering capability. Using an input shown at the top of the dropdown popup, users can type in a subset of a searched value and filter the underlying datasource. The supported string filtering operators include: Contains, DoesNotContain, EndsWith, IsContainedIn and StartsWith.

A header bar says Andorra and has a down arrow. A search field shows a user has typed 'it' and Italy is shown at the top of a list that includes Lithuania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

Telerik UI for Blazor DropDownList Filter

Custom Calendar Rendering

Calendar Templates Support

The Telerik Calendar for Blazor now supports custom rendering via templates for the Month, Year, Decade and Century views of the component. In the screenshot below you can see custom rendering of the days in the Month view based on certain conditions.

A simple calendar for April 2021 shows most type in black, but some of the days are blue and some are yellow.

Telerik UI for Blazor Calendar Template

Calendar CellRender Event

To apply further conditional styling to the calendar cells, you can now use the CellRender event and apply additional logic.

A similar calendar of April, but each day shows a small weather icon.

Telerik UI for Blazor CellRender Event

Support for ShouldRender Property in the Grid, TreeList, Splitter & TreeView

The ShouldRender property allows you to make the component re-render after async callback is attached to certain events. We have exposed the feature to multiple relevant events in the following components:

  • Grid – OnRowClick, OnRowContextMenu, OnRowDoubleClick, OnExpand, OnCollapse
  • TreeList – OnExpand, OnCollapse
  • Splitter – OnExpand, OnCollapse, OnResize
  • TreeView – OnExpand, OnItemClick

New Visual Studio Code Converter

Recognizing the growing demand and interest for Visual Studio Code, we added another Telerik time and effort saver to it. In addition to the existing Telerik Blazor Convert Wizard for Visual Studio, with this release we added new Visual Studio Code Converter, which allows seamless setup and configuration of Telerik UI for Blazor components in existing Blazor projects from within your favorite IDE.

Updates in Telerik Document Processing

In the latest distribution package you will find Telerik.Documents.Flow.FormatProviders.Doc NuGet that will allow you to import .doc file format, and then manipulate, convert and export it to any of the other supported format providers.

Telerik Forums Revamp

And last but not least, we revamped one of the favorite places that developers love hanging out—the Telerik Forums. Check out the complete forums story of why and what in the dedicated blog post.

 Telerik and Kendo UI Forums Hub

Telerik and Kendo UI Forums Hub

Download Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24.0

Head over to the Telerik UI for Blazor page, download a free trial of Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24.0, or if you are an active license holder you can grab the latest and greatest from the “Your Account” page or update your NuGet Telerik.UI.for.Blazor package reference to version 2.24.0. directly in your Blazor solutions.

Download Telerik UI for Blazor 2.24.0

Webinar & Dedicated Twitch Sessions

Be sure to sign up for the Telerik R2 2021 release webinar and live Twitch sessions to see the newly released components and features in action:

  • Telerik R2 2021 Release Webinar on Tuesday, May 18 I 11 am – 1 pm ET
  • Live Twitch session on Wednesday, May 19 I 9 – 10:30 am ET (Blazor, WinUI, Xamarin)
  • Live Twitch session on Thursday, May 20 I 1:30 – 3 pm ET (Blazor, WinUI, Xamarin)

Reserve Your Webinar Seat

Thank You!
- Your Telerik Blazor Team at Progress

Maria Veledinova
About the Author

Maria Veledinova

Maria Veledinova is Product Manager for Telerik UI .NET Web components - Blazor, ASP.NET Core, MVC and AJAX. She has experience in the field of product development and transformations of organizations towards forward-looking, innovative and impactful software products. Maria believes that behind every great product along with the cutting-edge technology stands challenging the status quo, close collaboration with the customers, and spirit of experimentation. Follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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