Microsoft today released Beta 1 of ASP.NET AJAX, its new Ajax framework for building richer web clients that play well with ASP.NET 2.0 applications. The downloadable package, formerly known as “Atlas”, was announced by Scott Guthie — Microsoft general manager of “all things web” — on his blog (http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2006/10/20/ASP.NET-AJAX-Beta-1-Released.aspx). Scott’s writeup provides, as usual, an excellent overview of key package features and is well worth a read.
You’ll find the everything you need to install and start using ASP.NET AJAX at the new ASP.NET AJAX web site (http://ajax.asp.net/Default.aspx?tabid=47) including a migration whitepaper and list of “Atlas” to Beta 1 changes.
Christian Wenz, author of our just published Programming Atlas (see http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/atlas/index.html) is also tracking developments and was the first to alert me to the new site this morning, hours before Microsoft posted the actual downloads. He’ll be reporting his findings at his own site (for starters, check out http://www.hauser-wenz.de/s9y/index.php?/archives/210-Microsoft-) over the next couple of days. Be sure to tune in.
Let us know what you think. What’s to like or hate about ASP.NET AJAX? Will you use it? How can O’Reilly help you get up to speed?