ComponentOne Adds ASP.NET AJAX Support to Studio Enterprise
- By John K. Waters
ComponentOne has just released a new version of its Studio Enterprise toolset for Windows, Web, and mobile application development. Among the new components in this release (v3) is the WebSplitter for ASP.NET, which the company is billing as the first-ever server-side AJAX control. This version also supports Microsoft AJAX interoperability across the entire ASP.NET product line.
With this release, the Pittsburgh-based maker of .NET development tools and email self-service solutions joins the growing number of vendors offering support for Microsoft's .NET-based approach to the AJAX-style development.
"We are dedicated to providing our customers with new components and features that support the latest emerging technologies," said the company's Managing Director, Gustavo Eydelsteyn, in a statement. "This mission is demonstrated in our latest release, delivering the first ever server-side Atlas component..."
Also new in this version of ComponentOne Enterprise Studio: WebInput for ASP.NET, a suite of 5 data input controls; SuperToolTip for .NET, which allows developers to add Windows Vista-style elements to .NET applications; NavBar and TopicBar, two new components included in Menus and Toolbars for .NET; AJAX support in WebChart for ASP.NET; and new chart types for Chart for .NET and WebChart for ASP.NET, including cylindrical, cone and pyramid charts.
Microsoft's AJAX framework has the potential to lure .NET developers into the AJAX camp, says Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst and founder of ZapThink, because it leverages much of the existing technology for asynchronous distributed computing they already know. Furthermore, it allows organizations, not only to build distributed applications using browser-based technologies, but also finally to migrate their client-server apps to a richer browser environment.
Microsoft is planning to release its own commercial-grade tools for building AJAX-style Web apps by the end of the year. The company has said that it will integrate the AJAX framework into the next version of Visual Studio (code-named "Orcas"), which is due some time next year.
The new release of ComponentOne Studio Enterprise offers more than 200 components for .NET, ASP.NET, Mobile and ActiveX, and it includes a subscription that provides customers with new releases, updates, upgrades, and online support for one full year. To learn more about ComponentOne Studio Enterprise 2006 v3, or to download a free trial version, visit: http://www.componentone.com/enterprise.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached