A bit about the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta

October 21, 2006

I was so excited about the release of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta, that I couldn’t wait till I got my hands on it. Here’s some quick notes about my experience so far.

1. The release is now made in three parts. One is the core Framework with only some of the features/controls (Script Manager, Update Panel and Timer 😦 ) but with full support from Microsoft. The rest of the controls from the previous release is now coming in a “value add” pack and finally the all-cool Ajax Control Toolkit.

2. A new template is now made available in the main VS Template set as ASP.NET AJAX enabled website (what a promotion). There’s anyway some work involved if you are migrating your existing ASP.NET AJAX apps.
Here’s a quicky:

  • Uninstall existing Atlas installations. 
  • Remove / Replace the existing Microsoft.Web.Atlas.dll from the bin folder and add the new assembly (which is now also in the GAC).
  • Add the other new DLLs (from the Value added pack and new AJAXControlToolkit) if you are using those features.
  • Make the required changes in the web.config (core and extra)
  • Do a find/replace to all <atlas:….> server controls to make it <asp:…>
  • Some other individual tweaks to the controls/properties that could be found in the migration document.

3. Technically AJAX enabled web pages now load faster than ever since the team has strategically down sized and separated the javascript file (into miniature parts) that was earlier downloaded fully to the browser. Tested compatibility for Safari is now available and very soon Opera will also get see the power of ASP.NET AJAX. More info: at Scott’s Blog.

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ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta Released

October 21, 2006

So the much awaited “ASP.NET AJAX” (formerly known as Atlas) was released a little while ago as ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta. Hooray!

Here’s a quick guide on the Changes between the ASP.NET AJAX (“Atlas”) CTP and this Release and also the very important Migration Guide to convert CTP Built apps into v1.0 Beta.

Whats keeping you waiting. Dive in! More updates to come soon!