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First Steps

Welcome to the First Steps with Progress® Telerik® UI for ASP.NET MVC in Visual Studio tutorial!

The tutorial guides you through implementing the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Grid and Datepicker in a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET application. To create the application, you will use Visual Studio for Windows and the Visual Studio Extensions that come with the Telerik UI for ASP.NET installation.

The Telerik Extensions streamline the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC setup by automatically adding the necessary references and configuration. The Extensions can also convert an existing ASP.NET MVC application to a Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC application.

If you want to manually set up Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC in an existing application, there are alternative approaches that do not involve the Telerik Visual Studio Extensions:

How about a free Telerik UI onboarding course? Check out the Video Onboarding article and learn how to take advantage of the Telerik Virtual Classroom.


Downloading and Installing

Follow these steps to download and install Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC:

  1. Log in to your Telerik account.

    If you don't have a Telerik account yet, you can create one for free.

  2. Download the installation file:

    • To get the free trial version, follow this link to download UI for ASP.NET MVC and activate your trial.

    • If you have already purchased a license:

      1. Click Downloads in the top navigation bar of your Telerik account.

      2. Click UI for ASP.NET MVC.

      3. Download the .msi installer file from the Installation section.

  3. Close any running Visual Studio instances and run the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC installer. The automatic setup will guide you through the rest of the installation. The Telerik Visual Studio Extensions are installed by default.

The default installation folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\Progress\Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC<version>.

Creating a Telerik ASP.NET MVC Application

After the Visual Studio Extensions are installed, you can create a Telerik ASP.NET MVC application by using the Create New Project wizard in Visual Studio.

  1. In the Visual Studio toolbar, click File > New > Project.

  2. Search for and select the Telerik ASP.NET MVC C# project template. Click Next.

    Telerik ASP.NET MVC application

  3. Select the GRID AND MENU template.

    For more information on the additional predefined Telerik template options, refer to the Creating New Projects article.

    The new Project Wizard

  4. Select the Default-v2 visual theme for your Telerik ASP.NET MVC Application, and click Finish to complete the creation of the application.

The newly created application already has a reference to the required Kendo.Mvc.dll assembly. The wizard also references the client-side resources (the Kendo UI script and theme-related CSS files) in the _Layout.cshtml.

You can now start adding components.

Adding Components to the Application

As a result of selecting the GRID AND MENU template, a Grid component has been added to the Index.cshtml view, and a Menu to the _Layout.cshtml. The Grid is configured and bound remotely to sample data returned by the GridController.

Add a DatePicker to the Index.cshtml view:

    <h4>Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC DatePicker:</h4>

        .Name("datepicker") // The Name of the DatePicker is mandatory. It specifies the "id" attribute of the component.
        .Value(DateTime.Today) // Sets the value of the DatePicker.

Building and Running the Application

Press CTRL+F5 to build and run the application. You have a Grid and a DatePicker on your page.

Sample page

Next Steps

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