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HHalim asked on 21 Apr 2010, 05:05 PM
According to the Q2 roadmap, the ListView will get client templates:

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  • Visual Studio design-time improvements
  • Client templates support

This is great news, but can we get more clarification on this please? Will this allow webservices/WCF data binding from the client with pure JSON?

Is Telerik going to use the asp.net ajax library or jquery template or your own code to support the client templates?

I'm rather curious since I had requested a feature last week about this exact same thing and got this response:
"I'm afraid that currently ASP.NET 4.0 does not include the client-side templates as they have been pushed to ajax script library (part of Ajax Control Toolkit).
From this blog post, it seems that MS will not invest in their own templates but encourage people to use of jQuery's templates instead. Therefore we currently does not have plans to immediately include built-in support for asp templates, but more like will consider providing demos of how to use them with some of RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX.

All the best,

Rosen
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answered on 22 Apr 2010, 12:59 PM
Hi Hart,

The text in the roadmap has been posted before the actual release of the VS2010, thus we were relying on the ASP.NET AJAX client-templates release. However as they did not make it into the official release of the framework, the uncertainties around their future and also having in mind that actually there are currently no "official" jQuery templates, we may temporary postpone the implementation of this as a built-in feature for RadListView and provide some sample of how to use them with the control. I must say that we will continue our research in this matter and try to choose the most appropriate implementation approach.

All the best,
Rosen
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answered on 22 Apr 2010, 03:25 PM
Ahhh.... okay, thank you for clarifying this issue.

Microsoft decision to put asp.net ajax library into ajax toolkit and deprecating it definitely throws a mass confusion into the webform + asp.net ajax future.

In my opinion telerik should move further and further away from asp.net ajax and start using jQuery as a replacement. I do realize there are many things in asp.net ajax such as update panel, bi-directional bindings, etc. that possibly can not be replaced. Wow..., what a messy situation.


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