Telerik expands HTML5 development tools with iPad widgets

Mobile Web apps now can be tailored for tablets

Telerik has released some iPad-specific widgets for its development toolkit for mobile Web apps. The move expands the focus of the Kendo product line from PCs and smartphones to tablets.

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The tools vendor, which traditionally has focused on a battery of professional developer tools for Microsoft client and server applications, also announced a set of server-side Kendo wrappers that let programmers working in Microsoft's ASP.NET and Model View Controller frameworks to use existing Microsoft tools and then output HTML5, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 3 and JavaScript.

The vast majority of mobile app development is still done using tools and languages specific to iOS or Android, creating native apps that are installed on the device. But the evolving HTML5 standards and improving JavaScript performance promise apps that can run in any HTML5-compliant browser, and that can mimic the interactivity and performance of many native apps.

Telerik, in Waltham, Mass., is competing with companies like Sencha in Web app development tools.

Kendo UI, announced earlier this year, is a framework based on jQuery, the widely used JavaScript Library designed to simplify a range of HTML functions such event handling, animating and Ajax interactions. The framework can be used in various development environments such as Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio. Kendo UI Web is aimed at desktop browsers; Kendo UI DataViz for dashboard-style Web apps without plug-ins; and Kendo UI Mobile, which is intended to create mobile Web apps that have the look, feel and performance of native apps on Apple iOS or Google Android devices. Kendo UI Complete includes the first of what will be additional server-side wrappers.

Telerik has added three new iPad widgets or controls to Kendo UI Mobile: split view, which creates panels on the Web page to show different information; popover, which lets a pop-up menu overlay other content onscreen; also new are controls for action sheets and modal views.

The company has also added updates and new features to the other members of the Kendo UI family.

Pricing is unchanged, starting at about $700 yearly per developer. Each of the Kendo UI toolsets is licensed separately. Kendo UI Complete, which includes the server side wrappers, is roughly $1,000 yearly per developer.

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World. : http://twitter.com/johnwcoxnww john_cox@nww.comhttp://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/2989/feed

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