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  1. James
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    Posted 09 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    I have an existing .net web application for my customers.  I would like to make some of the functionality available to them on their smart devices.  I've looked at a few of the kendo ui mobile demos and don't see how to add mobile capability to my existing web.  It appears that the demos are creating new applications, not modifying existing ones. Can someone point me in the right direction?  Thanks
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    Cary Abramoff
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    Posted 09 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    I believe you will need to learn the mobile framework and then create a mobile specific version of your .net site. You cannot just flip a switch and have it turn desktop to mobile.

    You can recycle much of your client code and still call your server-side web services but if you do not treat mobile as a separate beast you will lose alot of time and encounter alot of frustration.
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    Kiril Nikolov
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    Posted 11 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    Hello James,

    Currently the Kendo UI Mobile widgets are only available for use inside a mobile application. What I am trying to say is that you cannot use mobile widgets in web applications. For the Q1 release of 2014 the Kendo UI Mobile suite will be opened, so it can be used for web applications as well, however currently there is nothing that we can offer as a workaround.

    Regards,
    Kiril Nikolov
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  4. Markus
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    Posted 19 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    Dear James

    I think the question is if you talking about beeing available on smart device to you mean

    a) do you want the site be more smart phone, tablet usable when they use their browser
    b) do you want some Android, iOS App they can use to get some content from your site

    Here are your options

    For a)
    1. media queries for responsive design. Screensize smaller then x hide y. Google CSS media queries
        https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/CSS/Media_queries
    2. Use Sitefinity as an CSM SE has mobile included now . Not free but worth every penny (or dollar in this case)
      http://www.sitefinity.com/cms-mobile
    For b) 
    1.  Teleriks Icenium is the simplest way to go: www.icenium.com 
    2. Use Sitefinity as an CSM SE has mobile included now . Not free but worth every penny (or dollar in this case)
      http://www.sitefinity.com/cms-mobile . You can build your custom modules which can be accessed as apps via smart phone

    So the question would really be. What do you really want when you talk about making functionallity available on a smart device. Any iPad has a browser where you can pretty much do the same as on a desktop browser.

    Greetings from Switzerland

    Markus
  5. James
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    Posted 19 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    Markus,
    Thanks for your reply. Originally, I was thinking that option a) was the direction I wanted to go in.  Over the past week or so, I have been working with  Icenium to create a mobile app and am now leaning in that direction.  I will take a look at the Sitefinity solution to see what that offers.

    James
  6. Markus
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    Posted 19 Dec 2013 Link to this post

    Dear James

    I did use another Telerik tool Open Access (which is free) to create my Web API to access the data on my SQL Server. 

    Icenium comes with everlive which is more or less a hasslefree backend but of course not suited for getting data you might have already on your server.

    Markus
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