I have used Kendo UI for close to a year now and I have been very impressed. Not only with the library it self, but mostly with the way Telerik is managing this product; they do constant updates, and take the developers input very seriously (I got awarded points -discount- for reporting an issue).
I have been struggling with the Kendo Grid now for two days. I am using the HTML version, not this one. It is without doubt, the most frustrating piece of software I have ever worked with. I have multiple service calls open and have yet to receive a reply. Having said that, they are still within the SLA.
The website is just as frustrating to work with. You would think a company like Telerik would be able to put together good site. Getting to your posts in the forums is a manual task. No such thing as a "My Posts" link. The only way to get to your posts is through the support tickets, which are buried in your.. wait for it ....User Account information. Makes no sense to me.
The documentation is very sparse and having read ALL of it, nothing comes close to answering my questions or explaining the "side effects" that happen while testing. The API documentation is very difficult to navigate, never mind read. You can count the Video tutorials on one hand, so your best resource is Stack Overflow.
I cant believe the other ratings here. 5 stars ??? Just go to the Kendo forums and you will see a lot of very frustrated users.
I came across Kendo UI whilst researching what tools are available to assist with developing modern browser apps, so I'm just at the start of a development with it. In my case, I wanted integration with Visual Studio and MVC and that's exactly what you get here. The examples and demos are really well put together, showing me quickly how to get a particular job done. The framework (client widgets and their MVC extensions) has been designed so you decide where code should go, and when things should happen: client or server-side, bind local or remote, retrieve now or later? Ok, I could probably do all that anyway without a suite like this, but this is going to save me a lot of effort and the result is going to look better.
After installing the extensions, I've been unable to use the controls at all. When attempting to create a sample project, the Project Configuration Wizard will not let me log in (even though I'm logged in on the website), giving me an error stating "Latest version retrieval did not succeed. Possible invalid credentials." My credentials are NOT invalid (again I'm logged into the website). I believe this is causing me to not be able to add a reference to the Kendo.mvc.dll binary manually either. This is happening with the current version (2012.3.1114.0) and Visual Studio 2012 Professional.
The reason why you are unable to download the latest version is that you have trial license. Downloading latest version through the VS extensions is currently available just for users with paid license.
I suggest you to download and use the msi installation package of the trial version.
Starting with new technology can be hard for a newbie, but not with KendoUI! I downloaded the Telerik package, this extension and 3 click later I had created my first MVC4 KendoUI powered app. It's that simple! At first I was skeptical - new framework, new syntax, etc., but I had no worries with KendoUI. You know jQuery? Then You know KendoUI!
For me this is just a start, but I'm sure that I'll finish my project even sooner that I had planned. Thanks KendoUI team for such a great product!
We have identified the issue you are experiencing and are actively working on fixing it.
In the meantime, you should be able to resolve the issue on your side by just updating all of our VSExtensions through the Visual Studio Extension Manager as outlined in the following sticky thread in our forums: http://www.telerik.com/community/forums/aspnet-ajax/vs-extensions/telerik-visual-studio-extensions-common-crash.aspx
I am a senior .NET developer from Serbia. I am a big fun of .NET development. I first used Telerik products when one of our development partner bought Telerik for ASP.NET. When I started to use their product, I already had a few years of experience working with ASP.NET. I was very surprised how much the development process was easy and fast with the aid of Telerik controls. It was love at a first sight. As a experienced senior developer I gladly recommend every developer and company to try Telerik products because working with their controls is very easy and fast. Developers will be very happy if your Company will buy Telerik products (I know, because I am a developer too :) ). And I think that company will be glad too, because working with Telerik products saves you lot of time. And time is money. I must mention that the workers an Telerik are very helpful and friendly, and their support is great. And that's is very important for a developer like me. So I vote for Telerik! :)
I just downloaded the extension; however, when I ran the Wizard for Kendo MVC project, the project configuration does not have any Themes available to choose from so I cannot continue create the project.
Can you check whether the following forum thread addresses the issue on your side?
The Telerik Team
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Microsoft Visual Studio Extension Installer
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - -------------------------------------------
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Initializing Install...
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Searching for applicable products...
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - The extension with ID 'ffaa2f1b-f595-4b73-88f8-08003a3ba985' is not installed to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate.
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium
12/6/2012 10:21:51 AM - Found installed product -
12/6/2012 10:21:55 AM - The following target products have been selected...
12/6/2012 10:21:55 AM - Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
12/6/2012 10:21:55 AM -
12/6/2012 10:21:55 AM - Beginning to install extension to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate...
12/6/2012 10:21:56 AM - Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.RequiresAdminRightsException: The extension 'Telerik UserSettings VSExtensions' requires administrative privileges in order to be uninstalled.
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.Uninstall(IInstalledExtension extension)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.CommitInstalledAndUninstalledExtensions(Dictionary`2 installedExtensions, List`1 uninstalledExtensions)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.BeginInstall(IInstallableExtension installableExtension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.InstallWorker(IInstallableExtension extension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)