3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
I've been a huge fan of Telerik and their products for years. I began my .NET career at Telerik and, since moving on to other opportunities, have continued to use their development tools for one reason: they surpass any other .NET component suites currently on the market in both quality and performance.
The RadControls for ASP.NET and Silverlight are a huge set of controls with an enormous amount of features. Covering them is no easy task, but Jose hits one out of the park with this book. He covers all the major controls with practical examples and just enough information to whet the appetite of any aspiring Telerik developer. His writing is clear and the code samples are excellent. Even after years of Telerik development I was surprised to learn several new things when going through the chapters.
This book is a great resource for developers just getting started with Telerik controls, and a handy reference for the seasoned Telerik developer as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
One question often asked in software discussions is "Build vs. Buy". In other words, is it more cost effective to utilize your development team to build reusable components of software or should the organization purchase a commercial offering. Buying components that handle the generic functions of an application allows the development team to focus on creating software that provides true business value.
The question then comes down to which tools to use, and how to use them. Telerik is an award winning and industry leader provider of controls for .NET developers, as well as reporting, Object Relational Mapping, Agile Project Management, and Visual Studio productivity add-ins. This book does a great job of diving into how to use the RadControls for ASP.NET Ajax, RadControls for Silverlight, Telerik Reporting, OpenAccess ORM, and ASP.NET MVC Extensions.
"Pro Telerik ASP.NET and Silverlight Controls" (Apress Publishing, Jose Rolando Guay Paz) does an excellent job going into the details of all of these controls, and provides a great desktop reference for .NET developers interested in developing better software faster. There are a significant number of controls in the suite, and Jose wisely chose to discuss each logical group controls in their own chapter. After the obligatory intro chapter that discusses ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, and Telerik and a chapter that explains how to install all of the required software, there are seven chapters devoted to the main controls.
* Input Controls
* Navigation Controls
* Date, Time, and Scheduling Controls
* Data Controls (broken into two chapters due to the amount of content)
* Layout Controls
* Chart and Imaging Controls
* Additional Controls (such as RadCaptcha, RadUploader, and RadFileExplorer)
* RadControls for ASP.NET Ajax
These chapters are very detailed, and do a great job explaining the finer details installing and using the RadControls. The only negative that I have with these chapters is they read a bit like a help manual. Great information, great reference material, but no cohesive story. It would be nice to have a reference application that was built up over the course of the chapters to show the controls in context.
The next chapter is on RadControls for Silverlight. This is in my opinion the best chapter in the book, as it provides usage information in the context of a working application.
Telerik Reporting and OpenAccess ORM are covered in the final two chapters, and are again covered in great detail, Again, really good information presenting in the form of a reference guide.
All in all, this is a very good book to use as a starting point for learning to work with the Telerik Controls. Unfortunately, as Telerik provides additional releases, this text will become dated, as the controls are constantly adding new functionality and updating existing functionality. However, this should not be too much of a concern for a developer looking for a strong place to start learning the products, and I still place this book in the recommended list.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
Whilst I am a fan of Telerik asp.net I have recenly moved over to WPF & Silverlight. One of the biggest problems with Telerik controls is that it can be a black art and certian business directors hating ever engaging with Telerik. One of the causes it because some of it is just a black art that those on the inside have mastered. This is one reason to get this book. Telerik components offer a lot of power(and have excellent support and are responsive on customer innovation/wishlist feedback), but you have to do it the Telerik way in the case of asp.net you have the standard themes doing anything different is a big departure (very doable but scarey for some). The biggest drama is when you abusiness director (with OCD) that has a PDF (not a PSD) file of a site and wants it exactly as that. Even animating the slices from a Photoshop file can be time consuming (tho MVC might be a better route).
Telerik offers some storming benefits, that have immediate benefit for your corporate website, for a commercial website (from photoshop to code) it will take a little longer if you are picky.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2010
I had to get up to speed on the Telerik controls quickly. I went to the Telerik website, saw the chaotic melange of videos which spanned many different versions and had a minor meltdown.
So I needed another approach. APIs would be a last resort (with time being of the essence).
I wandered here to Amazon and Lo and behold, there was a brand new book on the current controls. And a very good one at that.
Jose gets you up to speed very quickly. The controls are different enough from the Windows controls to warrant a detailed examination. Jose hones in on the important aspects and shows you some really cool tricks.
If you need to learn Telerik quickly, devour this book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
When you are building enterprise applications, you want to create sleek and professional looking controls for your websites. Telerik controls is one of the popular options that you can choose from to enhance your .NET development. This book covers a good array of Telerik controls from installation, configuration, to customization. These ASP.NET and Silverlight controls can save you time and efforts to create stunning presentation layer.