I am trying decide on how I want to handle the UI for an external-facing web app. Because it is external, latency caused by page bloat could be an issue.
I have used jQuery some in the past, and I am evaluating the Telerik controls now. I have seen a lot of good recommendations on the Telerik controls, including some on StackOverflow. Indeed they do seem fairly full-featured. I also have no doubt that I can develop the application much more quickly using those controls than I can with jQuery. However, I am worried that they will cause too much bloat on my pages.
Do any of you have experience comparing the performance of these controls against a purely jQuery implementation? Specifically,
- Is the RadScriptManager from Telerik really any better than the MS Ajax ScriptManager?
- Are there performance issues in general with the Telerik controls?
- Is there any plug-in for jQuery that comes close to the grid functionality of RadGrid?
Any other related information would be useful as well.