Accompanying the 15.1 release we are focusing in on an aspect of Ignite UI that is specifically tailored to the ASP.NET MVC developer. In light of this effort, I wanted to share a few ideas for you to keep in mind as you begin to Ignite UI in ASP.NET MVC.
Are Helpers Required?
You are not required to use the MVC Helpers if you want to use Ignite UI with ASP.NET MVC and there are many different approaches you can take to build your applications. Ultimately Ignite UI is a collection of jQuery UI controls and Ignite UI MVC simply focuses on the ASP.NET MVC helpers available for each control.
While the helpers are available you out-of-the-box, they are by no means required when using ASP.NET MVC. You could opt to use a straight jQuery approach, exclusively use the MVC helpers or decide to mix approaches depending on the needs of your application. In the end, the very same functionality is available from Ignite UI regardless of if you decide to use the MVC helpers or not.
For more information on building ASP.NET MVC applications with Ignite UI, make sure to read Developing ASP.NET MVC Applications with igGrid.