Thursday, July 14, 2011

Telerik batch installer script for Q2 2011

powershell-telerikReady to update your dev system to Q2 2011 bits from Telerik? Not ready to manually run 12 different MSI installers? No problem. I've updated the simple PowerShell batch installer script that will perform the following actions for you:

  1. Locate and uninstall any previous Telerik product installs
  2. Locate and install any Telerik MSI installers downloaded to your system
    • By default, the script looks for installers in this path:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Telerik\Downloads\Q2 2011

That's about it. Plain. Simple. Saves you time, and in about 20 minutes or so (for a system with everything) Telerik installed, you'll have all of the Q1 2011 bits uninstalled, and all of the Q2 2011 bits installed. You can learn more about the original script and how to execute it with PowerShell in the original blog post from late 2010.

What about a "unified" installer from Telerik that can do this (and more) for you? It's in the works, so stay tuned. In the mean time, enjoy the Q2 2011 bits and updated batch installer!

Download the updated Q2 2011 batch installer script (ZIP)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Q2 2011 has arrived!


Time flies when you’re having fun, producing best-in-class software. Four months have quickly passed since the official Q1 2011 release, and today it's time to welcome Telerik’s Q2 2011 release to the world! Telerik's second major release of 2011 is loaded with improvements across the board, shipping updates for 14 different products today. It's a feat of incredible planning and process (thanks, TeamPulse!) to consistently ship simultaneous updates on this scale, not to mention incredible, high-quality product engineering.

With Q2 2011, Telerik solidifies its position as your developer toolbox provider for any development platform future. Whether you choose to invest in XAML, AJAX, HTML5, or WinForms, Telerik provides a toolbox that has what you need. Here are some of the ways we're helping you embrace the future in Q2 2011:

  1. XAML: New Metro Theme for Silverlight, WPF (and WinForms) Controls
    As Microsoft's Metro UI increasingly becomes the new "standard" for Windows experience, you need tools that help deliver that experience to customers. With the new Metro theme for the RadControls for Silverlight, WPF, and WinForms, you can start building those experiences today and begin impressing customers (even if you're sticking with the tried-and-true WinForms platform).
  2. HTML5: New HTML5-powered Data Visualizations
    Introduced in the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC, Telerik is re-investing in data visualization for ASP.NET MVC with the new HTML5-powered Charts. Rendered with SVG and VML for broad browser compatibility, the new Charts help you easily adopt HTML5 without worrying about older browsers.
  3. DATA: New OpenAccess ORM Profiler
    With this release, we're helping you eliminate the ORM "black box" by providing the new OpenAccess ORM Profiler. This standalone tool makes it easy to see and understand the SQL generated by an OpenAccess application, and quickly tune OpenAccess for maximum performance. Just another example of how Telerik goes beyond the basics to address all the challenges of software development.

Of course, there is much, much more happening in Q2 than these three highlights. Other significant things you'll find in Q2 2011:


  • Official v1 release!
  • New Post-Beta Features: Support for IIS Express, Compare Snapshots, Auto-update support (so expect more improvements to keep coming)


  • Milestone Beta 2 release!
  • New Since Beta 1: Decompiling to VB.NET & MSIL, Extract Resources, BAML to XAML


  • 6 new quick hints, 4 new code generation features, 3 new code nav features, 2 new refactorings, (and a partridge in a pear tree…)


  • 2 New Controls: RadImageEditor & RadWebAlert
  • 4 new common skins


  • 1 New Control: HTML5-powered Chart
  • 3 new common skins
  • Major improvements to Grid client-side features (sorting, paging, filtering, grouping)

XAML (Silverlight/WPF)

  • 7 New Controls: BreadCrumb, ImageEditor, PropertyGrid, PersistenceFramework, TreeMap, PivotMap, & DataServiceDataSource


  • 3 New Controls: Chart, Calendar, & BusyIndicator
  • New "ToDo" sample app with source


  • 3 New Controls: ListView, PropertyGrid, RichTextEditor (Beta)


  • New Profiler (of course)
  • New ADO.NET API (very cool - join the webinars to see it in action)
  • Updated VS wizards and Fluent Mapping API


  • Huge optimizations for huge reports

And even that is just scratching the surface! Check-out more by visiting the official "What's New" landing page on

Clearly, Q2 2011 is a huge release, but by now I hope you've come to expect this from Telerik. No tools provider works harder to ship three major, high-quality updates every year, and we thank you, our passionate customers, for helping us continue to reach new levels of success.

Next Steps

Now that Q2 2011 is here, we need you to do three simple things:

  1. Download the Q2 2011 bits from and start enjoying the improvements
  2. Register for the Q2 2011 Webinar Week (starting on Monday) to learn more about Q2
  3. Tell a friend about Q2 2011 on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook!

Enjoy the release and stay tuned for more Q2 2011 news and updates.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Q2 2011 Webinar Week Info

q2-2011-webinar-weekWith the arrival of Q2 2011 comes the need to master a whole new round of Telerik product updates and new controls. Fortunately, there is a Webinar Week for that, packed with 10 live events designed to help you quickly navigate what's new. Each event focuses on a different area of the Telerik Toolbox, except the Friday event, which will help connect the dots between Telerik products and show you how everything can work together to build more "real world" applications.

The Q2 Webinar Week kicks-off on Monday, July 18 at 11:00 AM Eastern. Every day, except Friday, there are two webinars: one at 11:00 AM, and another with new content at 2:00 PM. All webinars are being recorded, too, so if you can't attend one of the live events, you'll be able to get the recording on Telerik TV.

Here's the schedule for the week:

MONDAY, July 18

  • [11:00 AM] What's New Q2 Overview & Data Tools
  • [02:00 PM] What's New for Windows Phone

TUESDAY, July 19

  • [11:00 AM] What's New for Web Developers (AJAX/MVC)
  • [02:00 PM] What's New in Telerik Test Studio


  • [11:00 AM] What's New for XAML Developers (SL/WPF)
  • [02:00 PM] What's New for Desktop Developers (WinForms)


  • [11:00 AM] What's New for Productivity Tools (JT/JC/JM/JD)
  • [12:00 PM] What's New in TeamPulse R2 2011 Beta [*Bonus Event]
  • [02:00 PM] Introduction to Sitefinity eCommerce

FRIDAY, July 22

  • [11:00 AM] Putting It All Together: Evolving Conference Junkie

Fortunately, we've also finally created a way to enable you to register for all of these webinars with a single registration form! No more repetitive registrations. Just visit the Telerik Webinars page, check the boxes next to the webinars you want to attend, and then submit the common registration form. Boom! You're registered for the Q2 2011 Webinar Week.

We can't wait to show-off all of the new stuff so you can start using it in your projects. Register today and we'll see you on Monday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Slides from My Summer HTML5 Sessions (so far)

html5-megaphoneIt's been an unusually busy summer for me and conferences. Where I normally take a break from conference travel, I found myself spanning the United States in June, with quick stops at the SoCal Code Camp in San Diego, the huge ASP.NET Users Group in Dallas, and the inaugural MADExpo in Virginia. Fortunately, at each stop the focus of my sessions was the same: HTML5.

I've been "preaching" and teaching HTML5 concepts for nearly 2 years now, so it's fun to see the industry catching-up. It's always a good feeling to be ahead of a curve instead of behind it! But if you're just jumping in to HTML5, don't dismay. It's still very early in the HTML5 technology curve, and getting started now will set you up to be an expert as the technology matures.

For those of you that attended my sessions at any of the conferences this summer, thanks for choosing to attend! Hopefully you got some value out of our brief conversations and are now energized to learn HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. As promised (albeit a bit belated), slides from those sessions are available below. Enjoy the resources and stay tuned for more more HTML5 content in the very near future!

(Oh! And don't forget about and @htmlUI. I'll be updating this resource significantly very soon, so bookmark for lots of great HTML5 resources.)

The Rich Standard: Getting Familiar with HTML5

Doing More with LESS for CSS

HTML5 for Tablets and Mobile

HTML5 and CSS3 Techniques You Can Use Today (v2)