Progress Software Enhances Telerik Kendo UI Framework

Progress adds responsive design elements to its Telerik Kendo UI JavaScript/HTML5 framework.

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Progress Software announced enhancements to its Telerik Kendo UI HTML5 and JavaScript UI framework, and its server wrappers for ASP.NET MVC, PHP and JavaServer Pages (JSP).

The enhancements are aimed at addressing the growing need for responsive design elements in cross-platform and mobile application development.

Telerik officials said the Kendo UI framework has responsiveness in its DNA, via integration with the Bootstrap framework and an internal auto-resizing mechanism and API model.

With the latest release of the Kendo UI suite, Telerik has taken responsive design to the next level by introducing a range of improvements targeting mobile Web applications of all types and sizes. These new features improve the user experience when interacting with mobile Web apps as well as the effectiveness of message delivery by optimizing the use of screen estate, the company said.

Responsive design is a client-side technique for supporting multiple design layouts. It is being used by application developers working on delivering cross-platform solutions to accommodate the many sizes and scopes of devices, screen sizes and more. With the proliferation of the mobile Web and the breadth of form factors and devices, responsiveness has gradually become an important requirement for modern user experience.

"The world of Web and mobile application development is iterating at an increasingly aggressive pace, with no signs of slowing," Aaron Mahimainathan, senior vice president of DevTools and the Telerik Platform at Progress, said in a statement. "Our developer community takes pride in the fact that it is always ahead of the development curve and able to maintain this breakneck speed with the ability to push out remarkable apps that exceed consumer demand. We take pride in the fact that the community is using our tools to do this. That's why we continue to push a consistent stream of valuable updates, such as those released today for the Telerik Kendo UI framework."

New features in the framework enable developers to create a hamburger menu when placed inside of a responsive panel, for use on smaller screens; define whether to show the same Grid or TreeList content on desktop, tablet and phone, or specify different settings for each device; automatically hide the left section of the SplitView widget with on-demand visibility; and shift the overflow of view options in Scheduler into dropdown lists or offer date abbreviations, when possible.

Also with this release, the Kendo UI framework—and the suites for server-side development, UI for ASP.NET MVC, UI for PHP, and UI for JSP—have also made updates to some of its most popular widgets, including export capabilities for all professional widgets; Excel-like filtering with check boxes and copy/paste cell text in Grid; column features in TreeList, such as reordering and resizing, show and hide, and static columns support; exposure of visual templates in Chart for core elements, enabling developers to tweak or completely replace portions of the chart with custom visualizations; and virtual scrolling in ComboBox.