Telerik keeps making news in mobile software development, especially for operations who routinely must produce software that will display across different devices from smartphones to tablets. Under the product Kendo UI we’ve seen that it’s possible to provide a library that permits a build-once display-anywhere paradigm using HTML5, reducing overall elbow grease for developers and pain-on-deployment for operations. In their most recent update, Kendo UI is bringing HTML5 to the wider audience of Enterprise DevOps teams.
This newest release of Kendo UI introduces Java server-side wrappers that enable Java developers to use familiar server-side programming skills to help build mobile applications. It also puts a lot more focus on the Enterprise-side of mobile development by adding highly interactive UI components such as HTML5-based financial charts to DataViz.
I was fortunate enough to speak again with Todd Anglin, vice president, HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools at Telerik about this newest development.
Kendo UI has added the capability to zoom, pan, and interact with data charts via the UI to all chart widgets built by the library. Additions include greater support for cross-platform gesture frameworks (tap, double-tap, swipe, pinch/zoom) and including new transitions and hardware-accelerated animations.
This should make the product that much more appealing to Enterprise-level application design where dashboards and data visualization are important components and being able to manipulate how that data is displayed hands-on becomes tantamount to quicker reaction.
Recently, Telerik conducted a survey amid 4,000 developers; they were asked about their feelings on HTML5 in mobile development and the results have been more than promising. Much of the responses to that survey suggests that it’s about time that the Enterprise-side of mobile development might take advantage of that portability and capabilities of HTML5.
Kendo UI does exactly that by providing a library that can ease production of data-aware and highly accessible applications for Enterprise mobile.
Anglin believes that this trend will buoy up HTML5 development and mean that products such as Kendo UI will become evermore necessary to fill that niche.