Here's how KendoUI describes itself:

Kendo UI is everything professional developers need to build HTML5 sites and mobile apps. Today, productivity of an average HTML/jQuery developer is hampered by assembling a Frankenstein framework of disparate JavaScript libraries and plug-ins. Kendo UI has it all: rich jQuery-based widgets, a simple and consistent programming interface, a rock-solid DataSource, validation, internationalization, a MVVM framework, themes, templates and the list goes on.

Since KenoUI has its own databinding framework, we need to do a little configuration to enable it to integrate into Durandal as well as Knockout does.

Note: If you are using Knockout-Kendo bindings, rather than native KendoUI bindings, you should NOT use the following configuration. It only applies if you wish to use KendoUI bindings for KendoUI's controls and Knockout bindings for everything else.

Here are the steps to get things working:

  1. In your main.js, before calling setRoot, add this line of code:

    kendo.ns = "kendo-";

    Doing this will allow Knockout to distinguish its bindings as data-bind and KendoUI to distinguish its bindings as data-kendo-bind.

  2. Immediately after that, add the following configuration for the binder:

    binder.binding = function (obj, view) {
      kendo.bind(view, obj.viewModel || obj);

    This bit of code automatically applies KendoUI bindings any time Durandal's binder is called.

  3. Finally, use data-bind for normal bindings in your views and data-kendo-bind for KendoUI controls.