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Let's talk about telerik (the good and the bad)
Great Things with RadControls
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Posted 07 Apr 2006
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I just had to take a moment to share that I (finally) started digging into RadCallback over the past week and a half, and I couldn't be happier.
I've put it off for quite a while, but with Q12006 and some free time, I decided to dig in. I have since gone overboard with the new versions by replacing several image navigation systems with TabStrips, implented some toolbars with RadToolbar, and Ajaxified several areas of a large application for things like saving records and user management interfaces.
The interaction and compatabilty between controls from Telerik has been outstanding. Although I have read about the interaction many times over, I was so impressed to be able to see it first hand.
An example: I took an existing RadMenu that had a group for "selecting an option" where on Postback the leftimage would either be blank, or a checkbox to indicate which option was selected. The options on the RadMenu would initiate a postback.
I switched this up for those menu items by having them fire a callback using a generic callback control instead of posting back. I know it is trivial for those of us that use RadControls, but I still can't believe how easy it was to just add the RadMenu to the controls to update and everything simply worked. The data on the screen was updated and the RadMenu now had the correct checkmark images in the right place.
Anyway, I'm sure this all second nature for those of you using RadCallBack already, but I had to share my experiences with those who have not taken the plunge yet.
Yes, there are some issues with validation, but I think I've gotten around those pretty well at this point.
RadControls has gone from an excellent suite of controls to a simply amazing suite of controls. I don't think I could ever develop without them again!
Keep up the great work!
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