Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
Microsoft has announced the final 1.0 release of ASP.NET Ajax (a.k.a. Atlas).
It consists of a core platform, and a bunch of controls:
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0
ASP.NET AJAX is available for free, and can be used with ASP.NET 2.0 and VS 2005. It is a fully supported Microsoft product, and is backed by a standard 10 year Microsoft support license (with Microsoft Product Support available via phone 24 hours a day x 7 days a week).
ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit
In addition to the fully-supported ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 release, you can use the more than 30 free ASP.NET AJAX enabled controls available within the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. The control toolkit is a shared-source collaborative project built together by a team containing both Microsoft and non-Microsoft developers (visit the CodePlex Project to learn more, or volunteer to contribute). All source for the controls is provided completely for free (with full re-use and modification rights).
The majority of controls within the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit leverage the “Control Extender” pattern that the core ASP.NET AJAX library introduces, and which delivers a super powerful way to easily enable specific AJAX scenarios on a site with minimal effort.
While the core ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 release is now officially shipped, we are definitely not slowing down. :-)
We are also already at work on the next ASP.NET AJAX release, and will continue to add new features and improvements to the supported ASP.NET AJAX core. You can already start using many of these new features with the ASP.NET AJAX Futures CTP (available for download now on the ASP.NET AJAX site – it also supports a “go live” license).
Is the Microsoft camp of developers going to listen to the ivory tower and use this? Or will you be looking for alternatives?
Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:50 pm