Earlier today, we took the wraps off Kendo UI, a framework for creating interactive web applications with modern web standards. My colleague, Todd Anglin wrote about today’s release in a blog post where he highlights what’s new in Kendo UI, the breakdown of products (Kendo UI Web, Kendo UI DataViz, and Kendo UI Mobile – currently, a preview), and the official licensing that underpins it. The good news? Existing customers will have access to Kendo UI Web in both the Telerik Premium and Ultimate Collections.
There’s a lot to like in the v1.0 release. In addition to some of the new UI widgets, we’ve added an integrated ability to modify themes. We call this the ThemeBuilder.
The ThemeBuilder is a tool that lets you modify the Kendo themes with ease, so that they match the look and feel of your site or app. Through a series of mouse clicks, you can quickly customize the look and feel of the Kendo UI widgets. Once you’re done, the ThemeBuilder will generate LESS or CSS text, which you can then integrate into your web application.
It’s pretty freaking sweet.
We’ve also introduced two new aspects of the Kendo UI framework: globalization and validation.
Globalization is the process of designing and developing an application that works in multiple cultures. The culture defines specific information for the number formats, week and month names, date and time formats, etc. Kendo UI exposes the culture(cultureName) method, which allows you to select the culture script corresponding to the “culture name”. This method then uses the culture name to select culture from the culture scripts that you have included and then sets the current culture. You can check out a live demo of this in-action by visiting the Kendo UI demos.
The Validator in Kendo UI provides an easy mechanism of client-side validation to web developers. Built around the HTML5 form validation attributes, the Validator supports a variety of built-in validation rules, but also provides a convenient way for setting custom rules handling. A live demo of the Validator can be seen on the Kendo UI demos page.
There’s certainly a lot more to cover. Fortunately, we’ll be hosting a webinar that provides you with everything you need to know about Kendo UI to help you get started. Simply register, attend, and you’ll hear everything you need to know about building awesome web experiences with Kendo UI.