Dr. Dobb's is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Channels ▼

Jolt Awards 2013: The Best Programmer Libraries

, March 26, 2013 The best programmer libraries of the past year
  • E-mail
  • Print

Finalist: Telerik DevCraft Ultimate

Telerik's DevCraft Ultimate won a Productivity award in the Coding category at the end of 2012. Now, it has repeated acclaim in the Libraries category. All of us lean on our libraries to provide comprehensive features, tested-in quality, and especially an API that is simple and coherent. Ultimate does an admirable job of meeting these criteria across its rich family of libraries and UI components. Telerik offers the Kendo UI library for Web and mobile apps, as well as rich data visualization and Theme Builders to get just the sizzle you want. Grids, menus, and treeviews are just a few of the host of widgets Kendo supports. Because HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery make for attractive, responsive interfaces, and Ultimate even provides a subset re-creation of HTML5 capability for older browsers, as well as ASP.NET MVC extensions.

But Kendo is only part of the story. Ultimate as a library offering includes more than 350 UI controls for ASP.NET AJAX, WPF, and Silverlight, as well as WinForms libraries. Some controls, such the Grid controls and some AJAX feature require somewhat more documentation than provided, and many developers rely for this addition help on the Telerik Forums, which show good post/response time. DevCraft Ultimate is a treasure-trove of libraries to leverage for your apps. And to top off the offering, Telerik bundless several useful utilities that plug into Visual Studio: JustCode (code quality analysis), JustTrace (tracing), JustDecompile, and JustMock (testing). That's a lot of software!

— Gary K. Evans

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.