Resources for webinar “Achieve Responsive Web Applications with Ease using Kendo UI”

On Jan 16 2014 we conducted the very first webinar of 2014 titled “Achieve Responsive Web Application with Ease using Kendo UI”. This blog post will provide you some of the resources from the webinar like Slide Deck, Video recording of the webinar and lastly the Q&A section.

Responsive Web Design:

Responsive Web Design or RWD as it is known as, is an interesting topic in the landscape of modern day web application development. With the proliferation of mobile phones and tablets, your web page is seen not just in one screen i.e. Desktop Browser but also in Mobile Browsers and Tablet Browsers. Because of the screen size or form factor differences, it is important for your as a app developer to provide the right experience across the form factors. So in this webinar we looked at how Kendo UI is responsive and how you can build responsive screens using Kendo UI.

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Slide Deck:

Here is the slide deck from the webinar:

Video:

As with every webinar, we have recorded this one too. Here is the video recording of the webinar for your leisure viewing:

Questions & Answers:

There was a lot of questions asked during this webinar. we were able to answer some of them during the live webinar. Here is the complete list of questions and answers to those questions:

Q: can we mix azure mobile services Apis with kendo?
A: Absolutely. Kendo UI is a client side framework. You can use it with any backend.

Q: can we integrate with Silverlight?
A: Sorry, Silverlight is a very different framework. Kendo UI is a HTML 5 framework.

Q: We have existing clients having content added in tables , can we make existing content responsive using CSS?
A: Yes. Kendo Grid provides adaptive layouts as well.

Q: Is Kendo UI necessary to develop responsive web design?
A: No not necessary. It is a framework that enables writing web applications to deliver responsive design much easier.

Q: What is the difference between Kendo UI and other similar services like Sencha?
A: Kendo UI is an HTML 5 framework for the web, mobile and data visualizations. I am not as knowledgeable about Sencha but it could be just a mobile development framework.

Q: Is it necessary to use visual studio or we can use other IDE also?
A: Any IDE can be used – Eclipse, Sublime or simply notepad 🙂

Q: Required to import Kendo UI framework/library in projects?
A: yes. that’s what gives the functionality of being responsive.

Q: Does Kendo do any polyfill ?
A: Yes. We do polyfilling under the hood. We sniff the browser and see if it supports HTML5. If not we polyfill. This is pertaining only Kendo UI controls and behaviors only.

Q: When we design a responsive web design application, is it like we wont see horizontal scroll bar?
A: Horizontal scroll bars are not considered good usability. So, responsive design avoid having them.

Q: For Kendo UI .net framework required?
A: No. Kendo UI doesn’t require .NET framework.

Q: Can Kendo UI be used with android as well?
A: Kendo UI Mobile controls can be used to create cross platform hybrid mobile applications.

Q: How does the old browsers behave with Media queries?
A: While some polyfill is available, Kendo does require modern browsers with HTML5 support to function correctly. We support IE7+, FF, Chrome and other major browsers.

Q: Does all the controls in Kendo are responsive in nature, or not?
A: Yes, they are. And then there are adaptive layouts for Grid etc.

Q: Can Kendo UI be used with android as well?
A: Yes. We have a specific module for mobile applications – Kendo UI mobile. http://www.kendoui.com/mobile.aspx

Q: How will be the performance of Kendo UI control?
A: We have optimized Kendo UI for extremely fast performance. In our studies it may be perform a lot better than some other frameworks.

Q: Is Kendo UI based on twitter bootstrap?
A: No. We have out of the box 11 themes that we ship. We have also released a Kendo UI Twitter Bootstrap theme and with this theme all our widgets will look and feel like a bootstrap scheme.

Q: Is it light weight?
A: yes, this framework is very light weight with option to assemble only the functionality that you require (reducing the size even further)

Q: Is it mandatory to know HTML5 in order to use Kendo UI?
A: yes, Kendo UI is based on HTML 5 capabilities.

Q: Is it compatible with Windows phone too?
A: Kendo UI Web controls are supported on latest and greatest browsers which support HTML5. We also have Kendo UI Mobile controls which can be used to develop cross platform hybrid mobile apps. Kendo UI Mobile are supported on all major Mobile OS.

Q: Is there any difference between ASP.NET MVC Kedo UI controls and simple Kendo UI controls?
A: The functionality is the same in both. The programming model is different. Kendo UI needs JS programming while MVC controls are programmed with Razor syntax.

Q: Can we use Kendo UI with Asp.Net MVC 4?
A: Yes. We support MVC 3+.

Q: Kendo UI is browser specific?
A: Nope. Just requires a HTML 5 enabled browser.

Q: I’m using fusionchart component for data visualization.. i want to make it responsive as my app works on iPad and desktop.. is it possible with Kendo?
A: Yes. You can use Kendo DataViz for the same. http://www.kendoui.com/dataviz.aspx

Q: can we integrate with PHP site?
A: Absolutely. There is specific wrapper for PHP as well that will allow you to continue to write PHP code. http://www.kendoui.com/server-wrappers/php.aspx

Q: Can we use Kendo UI in xcode?
A: Kendo UI is a web framework. You would be building native app with XCOde. In that case, you can use Kendo in a WebView only.

Q: How can we customize Kendo Ui to adapt style sheet css from our web application, Requirement is Kendo ui controls use the web site theme ?
A: You can use our themebuilder to customize the stylesheet instead of using the theme we ship. Take a look at our theme builder here: http://demos.kendoui.com/themebuilder/web.html

Q: can we create custom controls using Keno UI?
A: Yes. We support plugin architecture. So you can create a custom plugin and use it as a Kendo UI Widget.

Q: Is all Kendo UI controls are responsive?
A: Yes.

Q: Can Kendo UI be used with PhoneGap?
A: Yes. The specific control set for mobiles is Kendo UI mobile: http://www.kendoui.com/mobile.aspx

Q: What is right database connectivity for developing browser application using Kendo UI
A: You will need to develop a server side application that spits out REST based JSON data. In .NET, you can use WebAPI or WCF Data Services.

Q: Can we use Kendo UI in java?
A: YEs you can. We also support JSP based coding via Kendo UI wrapper for JSP. http://www.kendoui.com/server-wrappers/jsp.aspx

Q: is there any drag and drop control in Kendo UI?
A: You can check out our Drag & Drop demos here http://demos.kendoui.com/web/dragdrop/index.html

T-Shirt Give Away:

Every webinar we give away two .NET Ninja T-Shirts which have become quite popular among developers. In this webinar we have selected the following 2 persons to receive our t-shirt.

  • Dhiraj Gautame
  • Tejendra Chaturvedi

Congratulations to the winners. We will contact you on the email address you have provided to us. We will ship the t-shirt to your address. Others don’t feel bad. There are plenty of webinars to come. So keep participating and try your luck next time

Happy Coding!

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