Telerik has released DevCraft Q1 2013, the latest update to Telerik’s DevCraft suite of application development tools for Microsoft’s .NET and Windows 8 platforms. DevCraft Q1 2013 includes a number of enhancements to controls and developer productivity tools in the DevCraft suite.

In conjunction with the Microsoft 2013 MVP Global Summit, Telerik announced that it is offering Microsoft MVPs and Regional Directors (RDs) a free DevCraft Complete license from Telerik; MVPs and RDs can register here to get DevCraft Complete.

Here’s an overview of the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013:

UI Controls

  • RadControls for Windows 8: This native Windows 8 controls set features a new Grid control for both XAML and HTML, new XAML versions of the AutoCompleteBox and several Chart controls (annotations and plot bands, empty values), and a new HTML version of the financial series chart Control.
  • ASP.NET AJAX and ASP.NET controls: All ASP.NET AJAX controls work seamlessly in SharePoint 2013 farms. Telerik also released in beta a new Persistence Framework for ASP.NET AJAX that allows persistent control settings between sessions. Also added are .NET 4.5 Model Binding support for the AJAX Grid, ListView, and TreeList controls and new OLAP support for PivotGrid for ASP.NET AJAX, WinForms, and XAML. Additionally, RadControls for ASP.NET’s Image Editor control provides new HTML5-based drawing capabilities and filters.
  • Windows Forms controls: The WinForms controls include a new PDFViewer control and an improved ChartView that supports multiple axes, drill-up/down, and smart labels.
  • XAML controls: A new spreadsheet control lets users work with data directly in an app. The Silverlight and WPF suites also come with new BarcodeReader and TileList (Beta) controls and improved touch support.
New Grid control in Telerik's RadControls for Windows 8 - Telerik DevCraft Q1 2013

New Grid control in Telerik’s RadControls for Windows 8 – Telerik DevCraft Q1 2013

Developer Productivity Tools

  • Improvements to “Just” tools: JustCode includes better warnings and errors and adds support for LESS (the JavaScript-based stylesheet language). Telerik has also added fully profiled automocking to JustMock, added continuous profiling to JustTrace, and added a new Plugin Manager to JustDecompile.
  • Kendo UI ASP.NET MVC: This JavaScript/HMTL5 development framework has a new HTML5 front end for ASP.NET MVC applications and several other enhancements.
  • OpenAccess ORM now supports streaming of large data files from the database with a memory buffer.

You can find more information about the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013 and download a free trial version on Telerik’s DevCraft product page. Telerik is also offering a series of webinars March 4 – March 8, 2013, to explain the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013.