ASP.NET AJAX, Microsoft's toolkit for incorporating Ajax functionality into Web applications, has been released. The product, available for download on MSDN's ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 page, incorporates client script libraries into the ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 server-based development framework.
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ASP.NET AJAX, code-named Atlas, has been more than a year in the making. It has also been a highlight of recent Microsoft shows. Atlas was first revealed at the PDC 2005, after it was announced at Tech Ed 2005, and at the MIX06 show the Atlas CTP and Go-Live license emerged.
As has been the case throughout the product's life cycle, Scott Guthrie, head of the ASP.NET developer division at Microsoft, announced the release in his blog. Guthrie's post, ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Released, includes the following bits of news:
- Though the product is a free download, it comes with a full Microsoft support license -- 24 hours a day and seven days a week for 10 years.
More on ASP.NET AJAX
In order for ASP.NET AJAX to make it to market when it did, Microsoft took out some functionality that needed additional work. These features, which are slated for inclusion in Orcas, have been bundled together and are available for download as the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Futures January CTP.
New ASP.NET AJAX controls hit the street, too
Part of Microsoft's development strategy for ASP.NET AJAX is community involvement. This is reflected in its ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, which as its name implies is a set of controls that can be plugged into existing applications.
With the general release of ASP.NET AJAX, the toolkit has received a refresh. There are four new controls, including AutoComplete, and more than 75 bug fixes. All controls are available for download on the ASP.NET AJAX Control toolkit page.
A couple bloggers also used the occasion to post their own controls:
- Bipin Joshi has created BinaryIntellect Web Site File Manager, a control for managing files and folders.
- David Barkol has posted Ajax Server Extensions, which simulates Ajax client behavior while keeping UI and application logic on the server.
Don't forget to upgrade your IDE
Finally, according to Microsoft it is "strongly recommended" that ASP.NET AJAX developers use Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. Additional information about this IDE patch is available on MSDN's Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 homepage.