Telerik Simplifies Data Manipulation with JavaScript Applications

Mike Vizard
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With more organizations relying on JavaScript to build complex applications, manipulating large amounts of data has become a significant challenge. To address that issue, Telerik has released an update to its JavaScript framework that adds new data management widgets.

The latest version of the Kendo UI Suite adds TreeList, which combines grid and tree view features into one widget with load-on-demand and data editing capabilities, and PivotGrid, the data vizualization component that enables developers to perform operations over multidimensional/pivot data.

Telerik is also adding an offline mode capability to its DataSource component that allows applications to store data locally alongside new export capabilities that are compatible with PDF and Microsoft Excel data formats.

While there is no shortage of JavaScript frameworks, TJ VanToll, developer advocate for Telerik, says that as an organization that cut its teeth helping developers build Microsoft.net applications for use in the enterprise, Telerik has created a JavaScript framework that is optimized for use in enterprise IT environments that need to be able to access data both online and off. Requiring continuous connections to the Internet using a mobile computing device can be prohibitively expensive.

Because JavaScript allows organizations to reuse code both on the client and the server side, it is being hailed as a replacement for Java. But JavaScript can still be fairly cumbersome to work with, which accounts for why there are now so many frameworks available that promise to simplify the development of JavaScript applications.

In the case of Telerik, which is in the process of being acquired by Progress Software, chances are high that more IT organizations in the enterprise will soon be exposed to the Kendo UI Suite. The only question is to what degree they will embrace JavaScript in the first place and, once done, what JavaScript framework, if any, they may choose to actually adopt.



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