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September 11, 2006

Microsoft readies renamed Ajax tooling

Posted by David Hunter at 8:15 PM ET.

Microsoft has been working on their “Atlas” technology for AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) Web applications so popular in the Web 2.0 world and Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie has the latest:

Many people have asked us to deliver a fully-supported 1.0 release of “Atlas” before the next release of Visual Studio. “Fully supported” means that Microsoft product support services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and that any customer can obtain hotfixes if they encounter a bug affecting their application. It also means that the product has a committed servicing product lifetime of 10 years – which provides companies with the ability to depend on it for mission critical applications.

I am excited to announce today that we are going to ship this fully supported “Atlas” 1.0 release on top of ASP.NET 2.0 and ensure that it works with Visual Studio 2005. Our goal is to ship the “Atlas” 1.0 release around the end of this year. The plan is to first have a Beta, then an RC, and then decide on the final date based on customer feedback.

Things will get even better next year with Visual Studio “Orcas” where we are adding rich JavaScript intellisense, debugging and WYSIWYG designer support for the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions within Visual Studio and many other great features to take advantage of.

There are more details on the feature set and “Go-Live” license by following the link.

As far as the renaming, Microsoft had been having a contest to decide on the final product name, but predictably, the end result wasn’t any funky Web 2.0 name. Guthrie again:

1) The client-side “Atlas” javascript library is going to be called the Microsoft AJAX Library. This will work with any browser, and also support any backend web server (read these blog posts to see how to run it on PHP and ColdFusion).

2) The server-side “Atlas” functionality that nicely integrates with ASP.NET will be called the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions. As part of this change the tag prefix for the “Atlas” controls will change from <atlas :> to <asp :>. These controls will also be built-in to ASP.NET vNext.

3) The “Atlas” Control Toolkit today is a set of free, shared source controls and components that help you get the most value from the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions. Going forward, the name of the project will change to be the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.



Filed under AJAX, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX, Microsoft, Technologies, Tools, VS 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Web 2.0

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One Response to “Microsoft readies renamed Ajax tooling”

  1. Microsoft releases ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta 1 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Last month Scott Guthrie laid out the roadmap (and nomenclature) for Microsoft’s Web 2.0 tooling and today he announced that the first milestone had been reached: Today I am very pleased to announce the first official Beta release of Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX v1.0. You can download it now from the http://ajax.asp.net site. Available on the site are three download options: [...]

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