This is a must have. Sooner rather than later please!
Allow each item in a PanelBar to be named via Name() and then allow access to the items with alternatives like: var pb = $("#panelBar").data.("kendoPanelBar"); var item = pb.Items("myName"); or var item5 = pb.Items(5); Further, make the expand. collapse, select methods become methods of the item so that.... $("#panelBar").Items("myItem").expand(); is the way it is done. I am sure the same principle can be applied to other widgets like Menu, for example.
In order to be able to use the Paner Bar as an assistant, or to be more polivalent as such, I think that this would be a nice feature to boost the use of Panel Bar