Microsoft Targets Earlier ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Ship Date
- By Kathleen Richards
As reported by ADT last month, Brian Goldfarb, lead product manager, Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft, and his team were looking for a way to get the AJAX technology released sooner so that developers could use it in production environments. (See "Microsoft to Ship Atlas Sooner?" The "fully-supported" 1.0 release will include 24/7 tech support, hot fixes, as well as a 10-year commitment for product servicing, according to Guthrie.
Microsoft plans to ship a 1.0 beta, an RC and then says it will determine the final release date based on customer feedback. However, some features in the "Atlas" Community Technology Previews won't be included in the "core bucket" of the 1.0 release, explains Guthrie. The Go-Live license will still support all of these features and they will be available separately for download. "We aren’t pulling back from these features at all," writes Guthrie in his blog. "We are simply trying to optimize the timing of the first fully supported set of features and also make sure that we have the flexibility to continue to evolve and innovate some features in a more agile fashion…" A white paper with more details about the "core" features and product roadmap will be made available in the next several weeks, according to Guthrie.
The server-side AJAX functionality is called ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions; as such the controls tag prefixes are changing to <asp:> from <atlas:>, notes Guthrie. The client-side class library, which supports cross-platform browsers and PHP and Cold Fusion Web servers, is now the Microsoft AJAX Library. The "Atlas" Control Toolkit is renamed the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. All of this technology is available to developers for download.
Kathleen Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the editor of RedDevNews.com and executive editor of Visual Studio Magazine.