Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC R2 2020 Release

Check out everything that's new in our latest release for Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC, including new Form, TileLayout and Stepper components, improvements to Grid and Scheduler, floating labels and much more.

The R2 2020 release for Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC is here! Check out the latest additions of components like the Form, Stepper, TileLayout, Textbox and new features like Grid data source server-side remote grouping, Scheduler virtualization of resource groups, floating labels for inputs and more!

With the second release for the year we are excited to share all new components and features that you can plug into your projects and create modern and engaging MVC applications. As always, we listened to your feedback and included in the release many of the most voted items and features. Read ahead and see what’s new in Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC R2 2020!

New UI for ASP.NET MVC Components

New UI for ASP.NET MVC Form Component

One of the highlights of the R2 2020 release is the new Form component, which turns creating and customizing forms into a smooth and enjoyable experience. You can easily achieve the required form look by using default or custom editors, specifying orientation, displaying the editors in groups and columns, and taking advantage of the built-in validation.
                    Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Form Component

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Form Component

The Form component allows you to customize the appearance and behavior of its items. By default, the Form will render default editors based on the data type provided in the model, but you can also use custom field editors. In the image below you can see how the Form component uses various other Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC editors within it.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Form with Custom Editors

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Form with Custom Editors

The Form component offers grid layout and two modes of orientation horizontal or vertical – which let you organize form fields in the needed style, and display form fields in logical grouped sections.

Another great thing about the Form component is that it has built-in validation, which is triggered on form submission, but can also be configured to display a validation message when a field is focused by a user, then blurred without setting its value.

You can also enable a validation summary message that shows a list of all validation errors that have occurred in the form and customize the validation error message using the templates feature.
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Form Built-In Validation

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Form Built-In Validation

New UI for ASP.NET MVC Tile Layout Component

The new TileLayout is perfect match if you need to create dashboard-like applications. It is a container UI component, which allows the end users to rearrange and resize the contained tiles inside it in order to create layout that serves their needs the best.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC TileLayout Component
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Tile Layout Component

In essence, the TileLayout component is based on a CSS Grid two-dimensional grid-based sandbox surface that enables you to display content in tiles. For each tile you can configure its dimensions, header and body content which can be some summary information, plain text or a complex template with components in it.

The Tile Layout container items can be resized and reorganized with drag and drop.

Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC TileLayout Resizing 

Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC TileLayout Resizing

New UI for ASP.NET MVC Stepper Component

The new ASP.NET MVC Stepper is a UI component that navigates users through a sequence of logical steps or workflows. The Stepper is perfect match to walk users through processes like registration, application, purchase or booking.

Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC Stepper Component
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Stepper – Horizontal

You can configure the number and name of steps, mark a step as selected or add icon. In addition to that, the UI for ASP.NET MVC Stepper provides a set of modes that define the way the user will interact with the Stepper. You can configure the Stepper logical steps sequence – whether users have to follow it, or whether they can jump to any step irrespective of the steps sequence.

Telerik ASP.NET MVC Stepper Component - Vertical
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Stepper – Vertical

The Stepper component has both horizontal and vertical orientations and allows full customization of its labels, indicators and steps.

Like all other Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC components, the Stepper has built-in keyboard navigation, accessibility and right-to-left support.
Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC Stepper Component RTL Support

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Stepper RTL Support

New UI for ASP.NET MVC Textbox Component

With the new TextBox component you easily convert an <input> element in your ASP.NET MVC applications into a styled textbox.

The Textbox provides multiple configuration options such as value, placeholder, floating label, change event (that fires each time a new value is set by the user) and comes with built-in accessibility and right-to-left support.
Telerik ASP.NET MVC TextBox Component                                        Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Textbox Component

UI for ASP.NET MVC Component Enhancements

Data Source Remote Grouping

Boost your Grid performance with data source remote (server-side) grouping and handle large volumes of data with ease. The data Grid works seamlessly with large data sets, because records are processed on the server and the data for each group is loaded only when the user expands the group. 

Telerik UI MVC Data Source Remote Server Grouping
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Data Source Remote Grouping

Scheduler Enhancements

The Scheduler component is another favorite and widely used MVC component that we enhanced with the R2 2020 release.

Virtualization of Scheduler Resource Groups

The Scheduler virtualization feature is a great way to boost the performance of heavy loaded resource groups and subgroups. When enabled, you can achieve up to a five times reduction of the rendering time and users can scroll smoothly through a heavy loaded Scheduler.

Check out the Scheduler examples of vertical resource grouping with and without virtualization with two groups and three subgroups and see the difference yourself.

Scheduler Search Bar

Users can easily find appointments from their schedule using the new Search events feature of the Scheduler component. Simply start typing and the Scheduler automatically filters only the matching events.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Scheduler Search
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Scheduler Search Box

Integration with iCalendar

You can easily integrate the Scheduler component with other appointment management applications such as Google or Apple calendar by utilizing a third-party library (in this case ical.js) that supports the iCalendar standard. Checkout the UI for ASP.NET MVC Scheduler iCalendar import/export demo.

Setting Working and Non-Working Days

Using the new WorkDays configuration, you can easily set specific days as working/non-working in the Scheduler calendar. Based on the configured days in WorkDays, the Week and TimelineWeek views of the Scheduler will display working days in white, and the non-working days in light grey background colors.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Non-Working Days
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Non-Working Days

Floating Labels for Inputs

You can now add fancy Floating Labels to the Textbox, Masked Textbox and Numeric Textbox components.

Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC Floating Label
Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC Floating Label for Numeric Textbox

Floating labels reside inside the inputs they describe in rest mode and float nicely once the user starts typing into the corresponding element.

New Rendering for Calendar, DatePicker, TimePicker and DateTimePicker

In R2 2020 we introduce new rendering property called ComponentType that provides two separate modes (classic and modern) for the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Calendar, DatePicker, TimePicker and DateTimePicker components.

Telerik ASP.NET MVC DateTime Picker Modern Rendering
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Date and Time Pickers New Rendering

All existing applications will continue to work with the default classic mode, and if you want to take advantage of the new rendering simply set the property ComponentType to modern.

Theming a Specific Component

The Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC suit has 20+ built-in themes such as Default (our own styling), Material (based on the Material Design guidelines) and Bootstrap (which looks like the Bootstrap styling to integrate better). You can easily customize any of out-of-the-box themes, or create a new theme to match your colors and branding by using the Telerik SASS ThemeBuilder application.

We added a convenient option to style specific component directly within the component demos.

Edit Telerik ASP.NET MVC Component in ThemeBuilder

Launch ThemeBuilder from any ASP.NET MVC component demo page

By clicking on the "Edit in Theme Builder" button in a specific component demo, the Telerik ThemeBuilder tool launches, preloads the particular component and lets you customize it. Note that despite the theming of a specific component, depending on the settings you need to change, there may still be modifications on the application level.

                Style specific components with Telerik ThemeBuilder

Style specific components with Telerik ThemeBuilder

Download the Latest from Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC

We would like to thank you for your continuous support and encourage you to download a free trial version of Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC, or if you are an active license holder you can just grab the latest and greatest from the Your Account page!

Share your thoughts with us on our feedback portal and help us shape the future of UI for ASP.NET MVC.

Sign-up for Telerik R2 2020 Webinar

Be sure to sign up for the Telerik R2 2020 release webinar on Thursday May 21, 2020 @11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET for a deeper look at all the new Telerik components and features in the release. 

Happy ASP.NET MVC Coding!


Maria Veledinova
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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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