Thank you for your question.
Before getting to your question, I wanted to say that we are quite surprised by the adoption of this control by our customers. RadDateTimePicker
was one of the most requested controls that we were lacking in the suite, but we did not expect this level of interest in it. Let me give you a little history on the control:
was created to cover for the date/time picking functionality that is needed for a feature-rich RadCalendar
. It is not an official control yet, because it still lacks the API, documentation and examples to make it a full blown control. As a matter of fact, we have not announced it in the Q2 2007 Release Notes
, because the control was intended to be used with RadCalendar
It nevertheless appears in the VS ToolBox and I guess this fact alone is enough for you guys to start using it :). Why did we separate it from RadCalendar? Because it will be included in the WinForms suite at one point or another any way. So, we decided to blog
that the DateTimePicker "comes as a bonus and demonstrates our willingness to deliver more than expected". Well, since the expectations about this control are very high, we will add some basic functionality to it in Q2 service packs, but will classify it as a beta
, so that we do not raise our customer's expectations too high on its features at this time. RadDateTimePicker
will be officially released as a stand alone control in Q3 of RadControls for WinForms. With the Q3 release we will provide masked edit functionality as well, and then you will be able to change the fore color of the text box as it would be editable.
I hope this sheds some light on the latest addition to RadControls for WinForms.
Feel free to write back in case you have any questions.
the Telerik team